Month at LDI
LDI Senior Fellows go to Washington. Two colleagues have gone to
Washington, DC to make an impact on health care policy. LDI Senior Fellow
Dan Polsky, PhD
has taken a one-year leave from Penn to serve as a senior health economist
advising the President's Council of Economic Advisors (CEA). He is one
of eight senior staff economists advising the three-member council on
specific sectors of the economy. He will advise the CEA on matters of
federal health policy and legislation as the President may request. And
Patrick Conway, MD, LDI Senior Fellow and RWJ Clinical Scholar, was named
White House Fellow. Dr. Conway is one of 15 leaders selected to get
first-hand experience working at the highest levels of government.
John M. Eisenberg awards received. Two LDI Senior Fellows have
garnered prestigious awards named after the late John M. Eisenberg, former
director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and
a long-time member of the Penn faculty. We offer hearty congratulations
to Mark Pauly, PhD, who received the John
M. Eisenberg Excellence in Mentorship Award from AHRQ, an honor based
on nominations from and support by his former students. And kudos to LDI
Senior Fellow Flaura Winston, MD, PhD, who received the 2007
John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award Forum from the
National Quality and the Joint Commission. Dr. Winston was honored for
her lifelong professional commitment to combining public health, biomechanical
engineering and psychologic methodologies to promote safety and prevent
injury among children from motor vehicle crashes.
Lerman garners Smoking & Health award. Congratulations to LDI
Senior Fellow Caryn Lerman, PhD, who has been awarded the Alton Ochsner
Award from the American College of Chest Physicians. The annual award
is given to physicians or scientists whose research or clinical contributions
have affected the overall scientific knowledge and medical practice that
link cigarette smoking to health. Dr. Lerman will receive this award at
the CHEST meeting in Chicago in October.
Masters Program in Health Policy Research launched. Penn's School
of Medicine has developed a Masters
of Science Program in Health Policy Research. It is a collaborative
effort between LDI and the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program
and is closely affiliated with the Annenberg School for Communication,
the School of Social Policy and Practice, and the School of Nursing. The
new degree prepares graduates for health services research and health
policy research careers in academic, government, community, and industry.
It is directed by LDI Senior Fellow Katrina Armstrong, MD, MSCE.
Health Policy (This year's theme: Urban Health)
We kick off this year's health policy seminars with Jonathan E. Fielding,
MD, MPH, Director and Health Officer, Los Angeles County Department of
Health Services. Please join us on Friday, October 19, 2007, from 12:00-1:30
Please join us as our research seminar series begins with Michelle Mello,
JD, PhD, C. Boyden Gray Associate Professor of Health Policy and Law,
Harvard School of Public Health, who will discuss her work entitled, "The
Accuracy of the Medical Malpractice System: What the Evidence Tells Us,"
on Friday, September 28, 2007, from 12:00-1:30 pm.
seminars continue with Andrew Bindman, MD, Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology
& Biostatistics at the University of California San Francisco, who
will discuss, "Moving Toward Evidence-Based Health Policy in California's
Medicaid Program," on Friday, October 12, 2007, from 12:00-1:30 pm.
Firearm Injury: Lessons from Brazil
by James Macinko, PhD & Maria de Fátima Marinho de Souza, MD,
"Sicko"-Thoughts on Health System Reform
Commentaries by LDI Senior Fellows
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