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 12, 2008. 
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LDI Senior Fellows garner SGIM awards.  Three of our own were honored at this month’s Society for General Internal Medicine’s annual meeting: Sankey Williams, MD received SGIM’s highest award, the Robert J. Glaser Award, for outstanding contributions to research and education in generalism in medicine; Virginia Chang, MD, PhD, received the Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year Award; and David Grande, MD, received the Hamolsky Award for an outstanding scientific presentation by a junior faculty member at the annual meeting.  Congratulations to all!

Rachel Werner honored.  Kudos to LDI Senior Fellow Rachel Werner, MD, PhD, who has been awarded the John D. Thompson Prize for Young Investigators from the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). The Thompson Prize recognizes young investigators based on their contributions to the health services research literature.  She will receive the award at the AUPHA annual meeting in June.

Upcoming Seminars

Health Policy:  Please join us as John A. Rich, MD, MPH, Professor and Chair of Health Management & Policy at Drexel University, talks about a “Trauma-Informed Approach to Urban Violence: Practice & Policy” on Friday, April 25, 2008 at 12:00 pm.  Note new location: Steinberg-Dietrich Hall, Room 1203.
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And don’t miss this year’s Charles C. Leighton, MD, Memorial Lecture, given by Sara Rosenbaum, JD, Professor and Chair of Health Policy at the George Washington University Medical Center.  She will discuss, “Is There a Role in National Health Reform for a Policy Response to Health Inequality?” on Friday, May 9, 2008, at 12:00 pm.  Note location: John Morgan Building, Class of 62 Auditorium.
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Research:  We welcome Janet Currie, PhD, MA, Professor and Chair of Economics at Columbia, who will present her work on the connection between child health and academic success on Friday, May 2, 2008, at 12:00 pm
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Issue Brief

Hospital Performance Measures and Quality of Care
by Rachel M. Werner, MD, PhD, Eric T. Bradlow, PhD, and David A. Asch, MD, MBA

Recent Seminars

Health Policy:  On April 22, Don Schwarz, MD, the new Philadelphia Health Commissioner, gave us his perspective on how to address the key health priorities of the city, in a talk cosponsored by the Center for Public Health Initiatives.

And on April 11, Anne Vernez-Moudon, Dr. es Sc., of the University of Washington, discussed the intersection of urban health and urban design, in a talk cosponsored by Penn’s School of Design.
Slides from April 11 talk

Research:  On April 18, W. David Bradford, PhD of the Medical University of South Carolina, presented his work on the effect of direct to consumer drug advertising on consumer behavior, specifically in the case of Vioxx and Celebrex.
Slides from April 18 talkBradford paper on direct to consumer advertising


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