This Month at LDI

News and Announcements
LDI issues call for pilot proposals. LDI invites Senior Fellows and Penn co-investigators to apply to its pilot projects program, which funds innovative health services research. This year, LDI will fund about five pilot projects for up to $20,000 per nine-month project. A short proposal is due May 15, 2006. Click below for application and details.
http://www.upenn.edu/ldi/2006.pilot.announcement.html

Asch receives Linback Award for teaching. Hearty congratulations to LDI Executive Director David Asch, who won a 2006 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching from the University of Pennsylvania. Each year, the university recognizes outstanding teaching based on faculty and staff student recommendations. Dr. Asch received his award at a special ceremony on April 20.
http://www.upenn.edu/almanac/volumes/v52/n29/awards.html

Upcoming Seminars
Health Policy: Please join us for the 2006 Samuel P. Martin III, MD, Memorial Lecture presented by Gary Gottlieb, MD, MBA, President of the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He will discuss, "Strategic Issues in the Management of a Health Care Organization in the Early 21st Century" on Monday, May 1, 2006, from 2:00 pm-3:30 pm in the Austrian Auditorium (415 Curie Boulevard). The lecture honors the memory of Dr. Martin, one of LDI's first Executive Directors, and is co sponsored with Penn's Division of General Internal Medicine and the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. A reception will follow the lecture.
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Alumni-Faculty Exchange Panel: We wrap up our policy seminar series this year with a panel on "Health in Context: Impact of the Built, Social, and Natural Environment." LDI Senior Fellows on this panel include:

Charles C. Branas, PhD, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
The Relationship Between Drinking, Alcohol Outlets, and Shootings in the City of Philadelphia

Dennis P. Culhane, PhD, Professor of Social Welfare Policy
Homelessness and Housing Policy

Shiriki K. Kumanyika, PhD, MPH, Professor of Epidemiology
Culturally Appropriate Interventions to Prevent or Treat Obesity Among African Americans

Linda A. McCauley, PhD, RN, Nightingale Professor of Nursing
Reducing Pesticide Exposure Among Minority Farm Workers

Don't miss this exciting panel, Part of Alumni weekend at Penn, on Friday, May 12, 2006 from 3:30 pm-5:00 pm at Jon M. Huntsman Hall, Room G60.
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Issue Brief
Preparing for the Next Natural Disaster: Learning from Katrina
by Howard Kunreuther, PhD

Government Relations Update
News about recent federal and state developments, from the University of Pennsylvania Health System's Office of Government Relations
April 17 edition

Recent Seminars
Health Policy: On March 31, Thomas LaVeist of Johns Hopkins University gave us a perspective on problems and prospects for research on health disparities.
Slides from March 31 talk

Research: On April 7, Joseph DiMasi of Tufts University discussed the costs associated with the research and development of new biopharmaceutical therapies.
Video from April 7 talk

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