This Month at LDI

News and Announcements
Is Medicare in your future? On Wednesday, May 14, 2003, LDI Senior Fellow Robert Field and colleagues at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia will host a symposium entitled, "The Future of Medicare: An Afternoon with Gail Wilensky, Bruce Vladeck and Nancy-Ann DeParle, moderated by Dr. Samuel Thier." It will be held from 3-6 pm in Griffith Hall on the USP campus, 43rd Street and Woodland Avenue, followed by a reception.

Mary Naylor to receive Claire M. Fagin Distinguished Researcher Award. The School of Nursing invites you to join them in honoring Mary Naylor, the first recipient of the School's Claire M. Fagin Distinguished Researcher Award. Dr. Naylor, an LDI Senior Fellow and Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology, is being honored for her research in the areas of transitional care and quality of life for vulnerable older adults. She will receive the award at a lecture and reception on May 16, 2003 at 12:00-2:00 pm in the School of Nursing Auditorium.

Flaura Winston awarded Daland Prize. Flaura Winston, LDI Senior Fellow and Director of Traumalink at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, received the Judson Daland Prize from the American Philosophical Society. The Daland Prize recognizes outstanding achievement in patient-oriented research. Dr. Winston was honored "in recognition of her work on the biomedical and psychological foundation of pediatric trauma prevention and treatment." She accepted the award at the APS annual meeting on April 25, 2003 in Philadelphia.

Dennis Culhane honored as advocate for homeless. LDI Senior Fellow Dennis Culhane received the John W. Macy Award from the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Dr. Culhane won the award for his research on the causes of homelessness and for his advocacy of possible solutions. He accepted his award at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC on March 30, 2003.

Katrina Armstrong named SGIM's Junior Investigator of the Year. The Society for General Internal Medicine has named LDI Senior Fellow Katrina Armstrong as its Junior Investigator of the Year. The award is given to researchers whose early career achievements have had national impact on generalist research. She will receive this award at SGIM's annual meeting in Vancouver on May 3, 2003.

Upcoming Seminars
Health Policy: Our series ends for the academic year with a panel discussion entitled, "How Can We Afford Prescription Drugs in the U.S.? Cost, Quality, and Access." Please join us for this LDI Alumni-Faculty exchange program on Friday, May 16, 2003 , from 2:30 - 4:00 pm at the Jon M. Huntsman Hall F-85. The program brings together Penn alumni and faculty who are national health policymakers, corporate leaders and researchers, including:

Sandy Schwartz, MD, former Executive Director of LDI, will moderate the panel.
Please join us.
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Research: We are pleased to welcome back Jacqueline Zinn, PhD, LDI Adjunct Senior Fellow and the Walter J. McNerney Distinguished Professor of Health Industry Management at Temple University. She will present her research on the quality of nursing home care. The seminar is co-sponsored by the RAND/Hartford Center for Interdisciplinary Geriatric Health Care Research at Penn. Don't miss this talk, provocatively entitled, "Driven to Tiers: Evidence and Implications of a Two-tiered System of Nursing Home Care," on Friday, May 9, 2003 at 12:00 pm.
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Government Relations Update:
News about recent federal and state developments, from the University of Pennsylvania Health System's Office of Government Relations
April 11th edition

Issue Briefs
Gatekeeping and Children's Health Care Costs
by Susmita Pati, MD, MPH

Recent Seminars
Health Policy: On April 18, Reed V. Tuckson, MD, of UnitedHealth Group, gave a detailed and inspirational talk on the need to include "essential" prescription drug coverage as part of a basic benefit package provided to everyone. He challenged the audience to work on defining "essential" drugs and services as a step toward convincing public policymakers to address the needs of the uninsured. Dr. Tuckson delivered the Samuel P. Martin III, MD Memorial Lecture, sponsored by LDI and the Division of General Internal Medicine.

Research: Donald S. Kenkel, PhD, of Cornell University, presented his work analyzing direct-to-consumer advertising of smoking cessation products and assessing the effect of changes in FDA regulations.
Abstract of April 25 talk

Executive Education
Nurse executives on the move. Executive Education is preparing to welcome 40 Chief Nursing Officers from across the United States, Canada, Saudi Arabia and Australia to the Johnson & Johnson - Wharton Fellows Program in Management for Nurse Executives. The program, now in its 21st year, continues to respond to the ever-increasing complexity and uncertainty of the heath care systems in which these nurse executives work and lead. The focus of the three-week program is to prepare the nurse executives to be full strategic partners with CFOs, CIOs, COOs, CEOs and board members, and to do so with skill and confidence to secure a clinical voice at the decision-making table. The program will be held June 1-20, 2003 at Penn.

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