This Month at LDI

News and Announcements
LDI Releases Call For Proposals. LDI is requesting proposals for pilot research, working groups, and innovative small grants in the broad category of health services research. We seek proposals that investigate emerging problems and policy issues in delivery and management of health care, evaluate new approaches in health care organization and financing, or address modifiable determinants of health. An LDI Senior Fellow must be the principal investigator in order for a proposal to be considered; however, co-investigators can be non-Senior Fellows. Project budgets will generally be under $20,000. The application deadline is May 11, 2007. Click below for more details.

LDI Senior Fellows to be honored at AcademyHealth annual meeting. We offer hearty congratulations to Mark Pauly, PhD, who will receive the Distinguished Investigator Award; Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD, who will receive the Alice S. Hersh Young Investigator Award; and to Flaura Winston, MD, PhD, Rachel Werner, MD, PhD, who will receive the Health Services Research Impact Award. They will receive these honors at the AcademyHealth annual meeting in Orlando in June.

Rachel Werner wins SGIM's best published paper award. Congratulations to LD Senior Fellow Rachel Werner, MD, PhD, who has received the Society for General Internal Medicine's Best Published Research Paper of the Year award. Her paper, "Relationship Between Medicare's Hospital Compare Performance Measures and Mortality Rates," appeared in the December 13, 2006 issue of JAMA. She will receive her award at SGIM's annual meeting later this month in Toronto.

Upcoming Seminars
Health Policy:
We are pleased to cosponsor, with the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research and Penn's Center for AIDS Research, a talk by David Paltiel, MD, Associate Professor at Yale. He will deliver the Robert C. Long Memorial Lecture in Mental Health Services Research, entitled, "Expanded HIV screening in the United States: Effect on clinical outcomes, HIV transmission, and costs," on Friday, April 20, 2007, from 12:00-1:30 pm.
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We welcome Leemore Dafny, PhD, Assistant Professor of Management & Strategy at Northwestern University, who will discuss her work entitled, "Are Health Insurance Markets Competitive? A Test of Direct Price Discrimination." Please join us on Friday, April 13, 2007, from 12:00-1:30 pm.
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Issue Brief
How Health Affects Small Business in South Africa
by Li-Wei Chao, PhD and Mark V. Pauly, PhD

Recent Seminars
Health Policy: On March 30, Nils Daulaire, MD, MPH, President and CEO of the Global Health Council, gave the Charles C. Leighton Memorial Lecture. He provided a personal and poignant account of how to harness expertise and advocacy to improve global health equity. For more information on the Global Health Council, click here.

Research: On March 23, we heard from Barbara Mark, RN, PhD, FAAN, Sarah Frances Russell Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, who discussed controversies in nurse staffing research. She commented on issues such as research design, data and analysis, strength of evidence concerns, and the need for better theory.

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