This Month at LDI

News and Announcements
Nursing Professor receives award from Honor Society of Nursing. LDI Senior Fellow Linda Aiken, PhD, RN will be honored with Episteme Award from Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing. Dr. Aiken, director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, was honored for her groundbreaking research, particularly in the area of nurse staffing issues. She will receive her award in November.

Firearm Injury Center funded. The Firearm Injury Center at Penn (FICAP) has been awarded a $1.2 million grant from the Joyce Foundation to continue its work to reduce firearm violence through research and data-driven advocacy. FICAP is led by C. William Schwab, MD of the School of Medicine and LDI Senior Fellow Therese Richmond, PhD, RN, of the School of Nursing. LDI staff will work with FICAP investigators to enhance dissemination efforts.

Penn selected as one of AHRQ's new Centers of Excellence for Patient Safety Research. LDI Senior Fellow Brian Strom, MD, MPH and colleagues at the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics have been awarded a five-year $6.7 million program project grant to develop a Center of Excellence on patient safety. The theme of the Penn center is "Improving Patient Safety Through Reduction of Errors in the Medication Use Process."

Upcoming Seminars
Research: Gerard Russo, PhD, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Hawaii, will discuss his working paper entitled "Optimal Commodity Taxation with Moral Hazard and Unobservable Outcomes." He explores the effects of having health insurance on consumption of goods hazardous to health. Do people use hazardous products more when health insurance might shield them from the costs of care, and can taxes be used to counterbalance this effect? Please join us on Friday, November 2, 2001 at 12:00 p.m.
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Health Policy: (This semester's theme: "Underserved Populations")
The first of this year's policy seminars will feature Estelle Richman, Director of Social Services for the City of Philadelphia. Ms. Richman will deliver the Leighton Memorial Lecture on Friday, November 9, from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Please note this time and location: Room 211, Steinberg Hall-Dietrich Hall. A reception will follow.

Issue Brief
Connections Between AIDS and Homelessness
by Dennis Culhane, PhD and Erica Gollub, DrPH

State Helmet Laws and Motorcycle Rider Death Rates
by Charles Branas, PhD and M. Margaret Knudson, MD

Recent Seminars
On October 5, Neil Powe, MD, MPH, MBA, Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Policy & Management at Johns Hopkins, explored the relationship between the quality of chronic kidney disease care and the ownership of dialysis facilities.

Executive Education
Due to the tragic events of September 11, the seven-day GlaxoSmithKline Executive Management Program for Pharmacy Leaders, scheduled for September 19-25, has been postponed. In addition, the UnitedHealthcare President's Development Leadership Program and the University of Pennsylvania Center of Surgical Excellence Executive Management Program, both scheduled in October, have also been postponed. All three Executive Education programs have been re-scheduled in January and April.

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