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Stephen Crystal Receives NIH Subaward for Using Medicaid Data to Advance Care for People with Schizophrenia Stephen Crystal Receives NIH Subaward for Using Medicaid Data to Advance Care for People with Schizophrenia at Risk for HIV (Medicaid-DASH)

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awards Center for State Health Policy $3,020,000 to continue informing health policy in New Jersey
The Center for State Health Policy (CSHP) was awarded a $3,020,000 renewal to continue advancing its New Jersey mission in informing state health policy. Since 1999, the Foundation has invested over $20 million in core funding for the Center’s operation and infrastructure.
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Stephen Crystal Receives NIH Subaward for Using Medicaid Data to Advance Care for People with Schizophrenia at Risk for HIV (Medicaid-DASH)
Utilizing a national retrospective longitudinal Medicaid cohort (including dual eligible beneficiaries), the research team proposes examination of HIV care among people with schizophrenia served within the US public health care system (N=2,221,168).
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New Issue Brief, “Wide Differences in Perceptions of Well-being in New Jersey Communities” is released by the Center for State Health Policy (CSHP)anninfoLink PDF
This brief is the first in a series based on findings from the CSHP's 2016 NJ Health & Well-Being Poll developed in consultation with leading New Jersey philanthropies interested in improving the lives of all of the state’s residents and focused on the broad determinants of health and overall well-being.
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Derek DeLia Receives Grant from the Center for Health Strategies for Evaluating its Six State Transforming Complex Care (TCC) Initiative
Derek DeLia, research professor at the Institute’s Center for State Health Policy, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $249,697.
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Stephen Crystal Awarded 2017 Rutgers Grant in Big Data Analytics
Stephen Crystal has been awarded funding from the 2017 Rutgers Grant Awards in Big Data Analytics Program, a new internal competitive grant program to support research in Big Data Analytics at Rutgers University.
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Panel on Health Care Reform
The Institute is hosting a panel discussion entitled "Health Care Reform After the Affordable Care Act" which will be held on Thursday, March 9, 2017 from 12:00noon-2:30PM in the Livingston Ballroom at the Heldrich Hotel, 10 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.

The panel will address the proposed "repeal and replace" of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with the following experts exploring alternative proposals that are currently being considered.

PANELISTS will include:

Michael K.

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February 9 Brown Bag seminar has been CANCELED

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The Center for State Health Policy is Grantee for Evaluating the Six-Site Transforming Complex Care Initiative
The Center for State Health Policy (CSHP) has been selected as the technical assistance/evaluation grantee for the six-site Transforming Complex Care (TCC) initiative with Derek DeLia as principal Investigator.
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Michael Yedidia Awarded RWJF Grant Addressing Support for Building a Culture of Health in NJ Communities
Michael Yedidia has been awarded a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant of $998,900 over three years for his project “Support for Building a Culture of Health in New Jersey Communities.” Under Dr.
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Joanna Kempner Receives Society of Medical Anthropology's Elaine Basker Memorial Prize
Joanna Kempner received the Society of Medical Anthropology's Elaine Basker Memorial Prize for best scholarship on gender and health for her book, Not Tonight: Migraine and the Politics of Gender and Health published by the University of Chicago Press.
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Bringing the Social Sciences to Health Policy: An Appreciation of David Mechanic
This collection of essays is a special one to sociology and to interdisciplinary research and a tribute to David Mechanic who has been a pioneering leader in the social and behavioral sciences of health, health services and health and mental health policy for almost sixty years.
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Daniel Horton Receives National Institute for Health Award for Research on Pharmacoepidemiology
Daniel Horton, assistant professor in the pharmacoepidemiology program at the Institute for Health and member of the Department of Pediatrics, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $949,430.
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Frank J. Thompson named Rutgers University Board of Governors Professor

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Project L/EARN Intern Presents at Council for Undergraduate Research Conference
Breanna Brock (Project L/EARN cohort of 2016) presented her paper "Racial Discrimination, Racism-Related Coping Strategies, and Mental Health among African Americans" at the Council for Undergraduate Research's Research Experiences for Undergraduates Conference in Arlington, Virginia on October 24.
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Louise Russell Served on Leadership Group of the Second U.S. Panel on Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine
Louise Russell served for the past five years as a member of the leadership group of the Second U.S. Panel on Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine.
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Derek DeLia’s Recent Articles on Health Care Savings, Spending and Outcomes
Derek DeLia provides a thorough empirical analysis of random variation in shared savings arrangements in “Monte Carlo Analysis of Payer and Provider Risks in Shared Savings Arrangements.” He uses claims data from seven provider coalitions that applied for certification to become Medicaid accountable care organizations (ACOs) in New Jersey to conduct Monte Carlo simulations under varying assumptions about true ACO savings.
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Recruiting Tenured/Tenure Track Faculty in Dissemination and Implementation Science and Henry Rutgers Term Chair in Dissemination and Implementation Science
The Institute for Health is developing a program in Dissemination and Implementation Science and seeks tenured/tenure track faculty with a research focus in this area. Funding is anticipated to be available for two positions, one at the Full or Associate Professor level and one at the Assistant Professor level.
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Recruiting Tenured/Track Faculty in Health Systems and Clinical Data Analytics
Advances in data analytic and computing capacity, electronic health records, and healthcare quality measurement have dramatically increased the value of research drawing on large medical and healthcare administrative data sets.
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The Gerald Grob Fund for the History of Medicine
The Gerald Grob Fund for the History of Medicine has been established at the Institute for Health to honor Gerry’s magnificent research career and professional leadership. Gerry was the Henry E.
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Bringing the Social Sciences to Health Policy: An Appreciation of David Mechanic” Special Issue of Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, August, 2016
This collection of essays is a special one to sociology and to interdisciplinary research and a tribute to David Mechanic who has been a pioneering leader in the social and behavioral sciences of health, health services and health and mental health policy for almost sixty years.
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Project L/EARN Marks 25 Years as a Research Program Pipeline
Housed within the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research (IHHCPAR), Project L/Earn features a rigorous, paid 10-week in-residence summer session, and teams interns with program alumni and faculty mentors who teach life, study and graduate-level researching skills.
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Recruiting Tenured/Tenure Track Faculty in Dissemination and Implementation Science and Henry Rutgers Term Chair in Dissemination and Implementation Science
The Institute for Health is developing a program in Dissemination and Implementation Science and seeks tenured/tenure track faculty with a research focus in this area. Funding is anticipated to be available for two positions, one at the Full or Associate Professor level and one at the Assistant Professor level.
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Recruiting Tenured/Track Faculty in Health Systems and Clinical Data Analytics
Advances in data analytic and computing capacity, electronic health records, and healthcare quality measurement have dramatically increased the value of research drawing on large medical and healthcare administrative data sets.
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Stephen Crystal and Colleagues’ Featured Article in Health Affairs Special Issue on Behavioral Health
Significant quality challenges persist in antipsychotic medication use for children in foster care and other Medicaid-insured children according to Professor Stephen Crystal and colleagues’ research, “Rapid Growth of Antipsychotic Prescriptions for Children Who Are Publicly Insured Has Ceased, But Concerns Remain” reported in the June, 2016, issue of Health Affairs.
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Beth Angell Served on National Academies Committee Recommending Strategy for Eliminating the Stigma of Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders
As part of national efforts to understand and change attitudes, beliefs and behaviors that can lead to stigma and discrimination for individuals with mental health and substance abuse disorders, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine was asked to undertake a study of the science of stigma change.
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Memorial Service to Honor Gerry Grob
Please join us for a Memorial Service honoring the life of Gerald N. Grob, Distinguished Henry E. Sigerist Professor of the History of Medicine (Emeritus) on Friday, April 1, 2016 at 2:00 PM.
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A Thoughtful Tribute to Gerald Grob
We are saddened to report the passing of Gerald Grob, our Beloved and Distinguished Henry E. Sigerist Professor of the History of Medicine (Emeritus) on December 16 in Evergreen, Colorado.
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Work of Former Student Featured on PBS
The work of Colleen Nugent, a former student who earned her Ph.D. in Sociology while working at the Institute, and now a statistician with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics is currently featured on PBS.
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Deanna Gray-Miceli Elected as a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow
Deanna Gray-Miceli has been elected to Distinguished Fellowship in the National Academies of Practice and Nursing Academy as a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow.
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First PCORI Grant to an Academic Institution in New Jersey Awarded to Stephen Crystal
Stephen Crystal was awarded a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Grant, “Comparative Effectiveness of State Psychotropic Oversight Systems for Children in Foster Care,” the first PCORI award at an academic institution in New Jersey.
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Senate Bill Introduced in New Jersey State Legislature to Establish Integrated Health Data System in the Center for State Health Policy
Senate Bill No. 3220 was introduced into the New Jersey State legislature on October 19, 2015 to establish a secure, statewide, integrated, de-identified population health data system (iPHD) at the Center for State Health Policy (CSHP) in the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research.
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CBS News Interviews Project L/EARN Alumna
Dr. Yamalis Diaz, a clinical assistant professor at the NYU Child Study Center, was interviewed by CBS News about the use of tablets and other technological devices among very young children starting at one year of age: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/how-young-is-too-young-to-be-using-tablets/.
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Allan Horwitz Receives Reeder Award
Congratulations to Allan Horwitz, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, who received the 2016 Leo G Reeder Award.
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Joel Cantor quoted in NJ Spotlight
Joel Cantor was quoted in NJ Spotlight: “New Jersey Businesses See Sharp Increase in Family Health-Insurance Premiums” offering a possible explanation for why the increase in employer-covered workers is occurring: Workers are choosing to accept employer coverage that they may have turned down previously because they were concerned with the ACA mandate that every American have health insurance or pay a penalty.
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The History News Network at George Mason University publishes op-ed by Johanna Schoen
Johanna Schoen’s op-ed, “The Vital Fact that’s Been Lost in the Debate Over Those Planned Parenthood Videos,” appears online at The History News Network at George Mason University.
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Thompson Receives Best Article Award
Frank Thompson (Distinguished Professor) has been awarded the first Publius, The Journal of Federalism Best Article Award along with his co-author Michael Gusmano for the article "The Administrative Presidency and Fractious Federalism: The Case of Obamacare" by the American Political Science Association's Organized Section on Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations.
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Joanna Kempner Receives Faculty Award
President Barchi just announced that Joanna Kempner is the recipient of a Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence.
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Deanna Gray-Miceli Appointed to Expert Panel
Deanna Gray-Miceli, an assistant professor in the School of Nursing and an associate member of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, has been appointed a member of the expert panel on aging, American Academy of Nursing, Washington, DC.
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Advancing Health Through Community-Engaged Research: Successful & Emerging Approaches A Symposium
Save The Date: March 31, 2015

The Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick will be the site for a symposium on Advancing Health Through Community-Engaged Research. This will be a featured event of the Greater New Brunswick Community Health Collaborative and the Rutgers University Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research.

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Rutgers To Host Statewide Conference on Health Impact Assessment in New Jersey
The New Jersey Health Impact Collaborative (NJHIC), a collaboration of Rutgers University's Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), is hosting a statewide conference on Health Impact Assessment (HIA) on May 7, 2015 at the Cook Campus Center at Rutgers University.
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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Human Capital Blog on Project L/EARN "Thoughts on Mentoring"
For the past 23 years Project L/EARN, an innovative program involving undergraduates in health research with Institute faculty, has prepared students for graduate study in health-related fields.
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"Health, Culture, and Society" by Debby Carr and Johanna Schoen is Selected as the First Integrating Themes Course
One of the initiatives announced by President Barchi as part of the implementation of the University Strategic Plan was the creation of University-wide general education courses in the areas of our integrating themes:
• Cultures, Diversity, and Inequality-Local and Global
• Improving the Health and Wellness of Individuals and Populations
• Creating a Sustainable World through Innovation, Engineering, and Technology
• Educating Involved Citizens and Effective Leaders for a Dynamic World
• Creative Expression and the Human Experience

While many interesting and worthwhile proposals were submitted, the course proposed on Health, Culture, and Society, within the area of Improving the Health and Wellness of Individuals and Populations was selected.

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Truth to "Happy Wife, Happy Life"
When it comes to a happy marriage, a new Rutgers study finds that the more content the wife is with the long-term union, the happier the husband is with his life no matter how he feels about their nuptials.
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Study Finds that Neighbors Improve Well-being in Middle and Later Life
Institute faculty member Emily Greenfield in collaboration with Laurent Reyes, a School of Social Work graduate, and intern with Project L/Earn,explored whether frequency of contact and perceived neighbor support for adults in middle and later life are important for psychological well-being.
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Blog Post about Project L/EARN Health Disparities Curriculum
A post about the health disparities curriculum designed for the Project L/EARN program appears on a blog on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Human Capital web site. The curriculum was designed by Dawne Mouzon, assistant professor in the EJ Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and Theresa Simpson, graduate student in the Department of Sociology.
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H. Shellae Versey Receives the American Journal of Public Health Paper of the Year Award
H. Shellae Versey, NIMH postdoctoral fellow, has received the American Journal of Public Health Paper of the Year Award for her paper "Centering Perspectives on Black Women, Hair Politics, and Physical Activity," which appeared in the May 2014 issue of the journal.
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Stephen Crystal Receives AHRQ Grants
Stephen Crystal, principal investigator of “Applying Evidence to Improve Care and Outcomes in Severe Mental Illness” has been awarded four years of funding to continue the work of the established 6-state consortium for implementation of evidence-based practices in Medicaid mental health care.
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Tobias Gerhard Receives NIMH Grant
Tobias Gerhard is principal investigator of “Safety of Second Generation Antipsychotics for Adult Depression” to assess the safety of second-generation antipsychotic (SGA) medication augmentation in the treatment of adult depression.Inadequate response to initial antidepressant treatment is common and more than half of depressed patients require multiple sequential treatment steps to achieve remission of depressive symptoms.
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Team Science Initiative Awards to the Institute for Health
A Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) Team Science Award to Dr. Stephen Crystal will establish the Rutgers Center of Excellence on Evidence-Based Mental Health Treatment for Children and Youth.
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Allan Horwitz Receives Best Faculty Book Award
Congratulations to Allan Horwitz who has been awarded the Best Faculty Book award from the American Sociological Association's Section on Evolution, Biology & Society for his book, All We Have to Fear: Psychiatry's Transformation of Natural Anxieties into Mental Disorders.
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Deborah Carr Named Editor of The Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences
The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the country’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging, has named Deborah Carr as the next editor of The Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, effective January, 2015.
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Tobias Gerhard’s et al article, “Comparative Mortality Risks of Antipsychotic Medications in Community-Dwelling Older Adults” in British Journal of Psychiatry Receives Notable Editorial by Clive Ballard (and colleagues)
Tobias Gerhard et al clarify our understanding of mortality associated with antipsychotic use in people with dementia by demonstrating a clear dose relationship and highlighting key questions regarding the relative mortality risk of different atypical antipsychotics.
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Margaret Marsh and Wanda Ronner Receive RWJF Investigator Award
Margaret Marsh, Ph.D., Rutgers University and Wanda Ronner, M.D., University of Pennsylvania have been awarded a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research.
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RBHS Speaker Series: The Future of the U.S. Health Delivery System
Outstanding national and local leaders, researchers, and policymakers with expertise in the future of health care services, its organization and what the Affordable Care Act may mean for Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) gave talks in New Brunswick and Newark from March through June, 2014.
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Developing a Strategic Plan for Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
On July 1, 2013, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) became the health care education, research, and clinical division of Rutgers University. RBHS is comprised of most of the units of the former University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, several existing Rutgers units with key health-related missions including the Institute for Health, and two research units that historically were jointly operated by Rutgers and UMDNJ.

RBHS aspires to be recognized as one of the best academic health centers in the country in terms of teaching, research, and clinical care.

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David Mechanic Delivers the Annual John Eisenberg Legacy Lecture
David Mechanic delivered the annual John Eisenberg Legacy Lecture at the Philip R Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco on February 6, 2014.
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Joel Cantor to speak about Health Insurance Markets on March 14
Joel C. Cantor, Sc.D. will present a talk entitled, “How Will Health Insurance Markets Change Under the ACA? Learning From Two Decades of Reform in New Jersey.” The talk will be held on Friday, March 14 at 3:00 PM at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Clinical Academic Building, Conference Room 1302, 125 Paterson Street, New Brunswick.
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Stephen Crystal and Colleagues Play Key Role in Development of Proposed New HEDIS Measures
The release of the new national HEDIS measures on “Safe and Judicious Antipsychotic Use in Children and Adolescents” for public comment by NCQA draws on the research of Stephen Crystal and colleagues, leaders in the MEDNET consortium and the Rutgers CERTs, who along with partner states and collaborators developed and tested the evidence-based practices in multi-state mental health authorities. Development of the new metrics into proposed national quality metrics has been the product of cooperative efforts among several AHRQ-funded programs including the Institute for Health’s Center for Health Services Research on Pharmacotherapy, Chronic Disease Management and Outcomes headed by Stephen Crystal.
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Conference on Immigrant Students' Journeys to Higher Education, December 17, 1:00-5:00 PM
Professor Peter Guarnaccia will report on his study of immigrant students at Rutgers University and their experiences of balancing their family cultures of origin with learning American culture, termed acculturation, to successfully get to university.
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Program on “Spirituality and Health”- Wednesday, December 4th at 7:30PM
Program on “Spirituality and Health”- Wednesday, December 4th at 7:30PM Douglass Campus Center 100 George Street, New Brunswick. Professor Deborah Carr will be the moderator of this program with speakers, Rabbi David Ellenson, President, Hebrew Union College, and Dr Jeff Levin, University Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health, Baylor University.
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Celebrating David Mechanic/Endowment
An endowment has been established to recognize David Mechanic's pioneering contributions to health research and policy and his 34 years of service to the Rutgers community by funding scholarships, fellowships and research studies by faculty and students.
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Sociologist Julie Phillips Explains the Steady Rise in Suicides among Baby Boomers
Julie Phillip's sobering work on the demographics of suicide supports a pattern first observed by professionals during the 1970s: the rising rate of suicide among the generation of Americans known as baby boomers, first when they were adolescents and now as middle-aged Americans.
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Julie Livingston Wins 'Genius Grant'
Julie Livingston, a professor of history and associate member of the Institute, has been named a MacArthur Fellow by the James D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation.
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Allan Horwitz Named the 2013 Recipient of the University’s Daniel Gorenstein Memorial Award
Allan Horwitz, Board of Governors Professor of Sociology and Interim Director of the Institute for Health, was named the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Daniel Gorenstein Memorial Award.
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Tobias Gerhard Appointed to FDA’s Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee
Tobias Gerhard, Associate Professor at the Institute for Health and the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, has been appointed to the FDA’s Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee for a term ending on May 31, 2017.
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Research by Stephen Crystal and Colleagues Cited in Wall Street Journal
Stephen Crystal was cited in the August 10th online WSJ article, “U.S. Probes Use of Antipsychotic Drugs in Children,” that children aged 6 to 17 years old who are on Medicaid are prescribed antipsychotics at four times the rate of privately insured children.
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Institute for Health Faculty Receive Rutgers University Awards
Professor Jeffrey Rubin, Department of Economics, received the Warren R. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching.
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Ayse Akincigil and Karen Zurlo Awarded Grant on Medical Expenditure Burden under Medicare’s Part D Program
Professors Ayse Akincigil (PI) and Karen Zurlo (Co-PI) received a grant from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College under the Steven H Sandell Grant Program for their research on “The Economic Burden of Out-of-Pocket Medical Expenditures Before and After the Implementation of the Medicare Prescription Drug Program.” Using nationally representative data from the Medicare Current Beneficiaries Survey (MCBS), they will analyze if Part D implementation was associated with reduced inequalities in medical expenditure burden.
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Dawne Mouzon's Study Questions ‘Mental Health Advantage’ Among Black Americans
New research by Dr. Dawne Mouzon refutes perceptions that Black Americans’ lower rate of mental health problems stems from stronger family and church ties.
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Joanna Kempner's Misison to Better Understand Migraines
Motivated by her own personal experience, Dr. Joanna Kempner decided to make understanding migraines her mission.
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Louise B. Russell Serves on IOM Committee
Dr. Louise B. Russell served on the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Valuing Community-Based, Non-Clinical Prevention Policies and Wellness Strategies, which has just released its report.
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Naa Oyo A. Kwate, PhD, Wins RWJF Young Leader Award
Dr. Naa Oyo A. Kwate , Associate Professor of Human Ecology and Africana Studies and the Institute for Health, was among the 10 winners of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) first-ever Young Leader Awards.
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CSHP Advances National Model of Chronic Care
The Center for State Health Policy was awarded $14.3 million from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to lead efforts to replicate innovative, cost-effective care management programs in four communities.
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Task Force on Good Research Practices in Modeling Studies
Dr. Louise B. Russell was a member of the Task Force on Good Research Practices in Modeling Studies, jointly sponsored by the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) and the Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM).
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Ongoing Studies at the Clinical Research Center
The Clinical Research Center within the Institute is home to two innovative psychosocial, mind-body studies and one biomarker study. Dr. Danielle McCarthy is developing and refining treatments to help people stop smoking cigarettes.
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New Institute for Health Building
After 25 years at multiple locations on the College Avenue Campus, the Institute for Health has moved to expanded space at 112 Paterson Street (off Joyce Kilmer Avenue) in the Health Sciences Complex.
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Webinar: The Other America
A live webcast of “The Other America: The Future of Inequality in America" will be shown on Tuesday, September 11th from 4:00 - 5:30PM in the 1st floor conference room (120) at the Institute for Health.
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Postdoctoral Opportunities Available
The Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, directed by David Mechanic, offers postdoctoral opportunities for research and training in mental health research.
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David Healy Presenting Two Seminars on March 8
David Healy will present two seminars at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research (112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room) on Thursday, March 8th. The first talk (9:30 AM - 11:00 AM) is entitled, "The Changing Face of Psychosis: Implications for Treatment." Using data from the North Wales asylum and from contemporary services in North Wales, this talk will deal with the emergence and disappearance of psychoses.
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Postdoctoral Opportunities Available
The Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, directed by David Mechanic, offers postdoctoral opportunities for research and training in mental health research.
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Louise B. Russell named Deputy Editor of Medical Decision Making
Medical Decision Making is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Louise B. Russell to the position of Deputy Editor, effective immediately.
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Louise B. Russell featured editor of Medical Decision Making, July/August 2011
Louise B. Russell, Research Professor in the Institute and Professor in the Department of Economics, is the featured editor of the July/August 2011 issue of Medical Decision Making titled Simulation Modeling in Health.
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Beth Angell's Research Featured in Rutgers Today
A story about Beth Angell's research on a mother's attitude toward her child's mental illness is featured in the June 27 issue of Rutgers Today.
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Jane Miller to receive Leaders in Faculty Diversity Award
Congratulations to Professor Jane Miller who will receive a 2011 Faculty Leadership in Diversity Award. The University’s Diversity awards recognize faculty who advance Rutgers’ objectives of fostering diversity in teaching, research and service not only for Rutgers students, but to serve the needs of the State of New Jersey.
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Julie Phillips and Ellen Idler quoted in front page article in New York Times
Julie Phillips and Ellen Idler quoted in front page article in New York Times In “Boomers Hit New Self-Absorption Milestone: Age 65”, an article about the postwar generation of baby boomers who will reach 18% of the population by 2030, Julie Phillips and Ellen Idler are referenced about their study showing that the suicide rate for the middle-aged, notably baby boomers without college degrees, rose substantially from 1999 to 2005.
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Louise Russell is Co-Editor of special supplement for Medical Decision Making
This special supplement to the journal Medical Decision Making, edited by Brian Zikmund-Fisher, Louise Russell, and Michael Pignone, is devoted to articles about the National Survey of Medical Decision Making.
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Diana Sanchez wins the Michele Alexander Early Career Award for Scholarship and Service
Diana T. Sanchez, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers, New Brunswick, received the Michele Alexander Early Career Award for Scholarship and Service.
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Lenna Nepomnyaschy and Irwin Garfinked to Receive Frank R. Breul Memorial Prize
A paper co-authored by Lenna Nepomnyaschy and Irwin Garfinkel has been selected to receive the 2011 Frank R. Breul memorial prize from Social Service Review. The prize was established by the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago and is awarded to the authors of the best article published in the Review each year.
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Institute Promotions Announced
The Institute for Health is pleased to announce that Debby Carr has been promoted to the rank of professor and Allan Horwitz has been appointed a Board of Governors Professor of Sociology.
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Allan Horwitz receives Faculty Scholar-Teacher Award
Allan Horwitz has received the University’s prestigious Faculty Scholar-Teacher Award. The Scholar-Teacher Award honors faculty members who have made outstanding synergistic contributions in research and teaching by integrating their teaching with their research.
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Project L/EARN Recruits Nursing Students
With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation the directors of Project L/EARN have made concerted efforts to recruit more undergraduate nursing students into the program. The program’s intensive research training, strong faculty mentorship and socialization into an academic/research role help to prepare nursing students to move into academia to fill the ranks of needed nursing faculty.
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Thomas Zeltner to Speak At Bloustein School on April 14, 2010
Thomas Zeltner, Former Secretary of Health in Switzerland, will deliver a lecture on “A Swiss Solution for Health Care? How the Swiss Achieved Universal Health Insurance Coverage” followed by comments from David Mechanic on the current status of health care reform in the US.
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Project L/EARN intern chosen for Voorhees Fellowship
Natasha Ramsey, an intern in the Institute’s Project L/EARN program (class of 2009), has been selected for the Ralph Voorhees Fellowship Program in Public Service at the Rutgers Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.
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Rutgers Today Interview with Steve Crystal
The use of antipsychotic drugs to treat very young children appears to be on the rise. That’s the conclusion of a recent study conducted by researchers at Rutgers and Columbia universities.
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Louise Russell one of the "Most Read" in Health Affairs
Louise Russell's paper is one of Health Affairs' 20 "most-read." The journal Health Affairs has just announced that Russell's "Preventing Chronic Disease: An Important Investment, But Don’t Count on Cost Savings," published in January/February 2009, ranked among the top 20 articles published last year.
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IOM awards the 2009 Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health to David Mechanic
The Institute of Medicine has awarded the 2009 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health to David Mechanic.
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Highlights from the 2009 Project L/EARN Summer Session
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded Project L/EARN program enjoyed a highly successful summer session with nine interns from Rutgers, University of Pennsylvania, University of Puerto Rico and University of Illinois.
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2009 New Jersey Health Policy Conference
On October 15, the Center for State Health Policy will be hosting the 2009 New Jersey Health Policy Conference which will engage New Jersey's health policy leaders in discussions on how health care quality and efficiency can be improved in the state.
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Judith Lucas and Colleagues Win Poster Award at ISPE
Judith Lucas and colleagues in the Institute’s Center for Pharmacology, Chronic Disease Management and Outcomes were awarded second place in their poster presentation at the recent silver anniversary meeting of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) held in Providence, RI.
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Dawne Mouzon wins graduate student paper award
Dawne Mouzon, a doctoral student in medical sociology and long-time Project L/EARN instructor at the Institute, was the 1st place winner of the Mental Health Division’s Student Paper Competition at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.
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Kristen W. Springer's research covered by local, national, and international news
Kristen W. Springer's research on masculinity and men's healthcare seeking was recently covered by over 35 news outlets including USA Today, LA Times, and MSNBC.

Springer and Rutgers colleague Dawne Mouzon, a sociology graduate student, examined data from 1,000 middle-aged men who participated in the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study in 2004.

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Louise Russell featured on Columbia Journalism Review online
In four recent posts on the Columbia Journalism Review, contributing editor Trudy Lieberman has used Professor Louise Russell's research to explore the role of prevention in medical spending and raise questions about the claims being made for it in the health reform debate.
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Louise Russell interviewed on WNYC's The Takeaway, June 19, 2009
With all the contentious debate over health care right now, Republicans and Democrats agree on one thing: they want to encourage disease prevention. This stems from the idea that by investing some money up front, you can keep medical costs lower, saving money (and improving quality of life) down the road.
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2009 New Jersey Health Policy Conference
On October 15, the Center for State Health Policy will be hosting the 2009 New Jersey Health Policy Conference which will engage New Jersey's health policy leaders in discussions on how health care quality and efficiency can be improved in the state.
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Keith Wailoo named Garrison Lecturer by AAMH
The American Association for the History of Medicine (AAMH) named Professor Keith Wailoo as its 2010 Garrison Lecturer -- awarded to a scholar distinguished for contributions to medical history or other fields of science and learning.
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Catherine Lee awarded Fellowship at Russell Sage Foundation
Assistant Professor Catherine Lee has been awarded a fellowship to be a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation for 2009-2010.
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Stephen Crystal named Board of Governors Professor of Health Services Research
Professor Stephen Crystal has been promoted to the Board of Governors Professor of Health Services Research based on his extraordinarily productive scholarship that has gained impressive national distinction and visibility for the Institute and Rutgers University.
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Upcoming April Events
In addition to the Thursday Brown Bag seminars, two additional events will take place this month. On Friday, April 10, George W. Brown will be here to discuss “Depression and Gene/Environmental Interaction: An Exciting Development in Need of Psychosocial Contribution.” The seminar will be held at 10:30 AM in the conference room at 30 College Avenue.
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Bruce Vladeck to speak at the Institute for Health on February 5th
Bruce Vladeck, Ph.D. will speak at the Brown Bag seminar on February 5th at 12:00 noon in the Institute’s conference room, 30 College Avenue. The title of his talk is “Health Care Costs: Why 90% of What You Know about It is Wrong.” Bruce Vladeck is a Principal in the Health Sciences Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young LLP, and East Coast Director of its Academic Medical Center service line.
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Reforming Health Care: What Can We Expect
David Mechanic and Joel Cantor will discuss the nation's ailing health care system and the problems involved in fixing it - in Washington and in Trenton.
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Solomon R. Benatar to deliver University lecture: "Human Rights and Global Health: Some Critical Perspectives on System Failures" on December 2nd
Solomon R. Benatar, Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Founding Director of the University of Cape Town's Bioethics Centre, will deliver this lecture in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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Project L/EARN Alumni Meet with Dr. C. Everett Koop
Three alumni (Jacqueline Palmer, L/EARN ’08, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, interned with Dr Derek DeLia, Jennifer Lugris, L/EARN ‘07, sociology major, interned with Dr Helene White and Datrell Ward, L/EARN ’07, biology major, interned with Dr Howard Leventhal) from the Institute’s Project L/EARN program were among six Rutgers undergraduates in health fields who had an opportunity to present their research to former Surgeon General of the United States, Dr.
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David Mechanic Receives the Adam Yarmolinsky Medal from the IOM
David Mechanic was presented the Adam Yarmolinsky Medal at the 38th annual meeting of the Institute of Medicine on October 13th.
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Project L/EARN Intern of the Year Award named for Peter Guarnaccia
In honoring Dr. Peter Guarnaccia for his dedication to developing and overseeing Project L/EARN, a new award for best intern of the year has been created.
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Podcast of Health Care Reform and the 2008 US Presidential Election: An Academic/Community Forum
A panel of Rutgers and UMDNJ scholars discussed the health care plans of presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama at this Forum on October 10, 2008. The speakers included Professors Allison Blake, Joel Cantor, David Mechanic, Alan Monheit and Cliff Zukin.
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Stephen Crystal Leads Multi-University Consortium to Study Use, Safety, and Effectiveness of Antipsychotic Medications
Under a $2.5 million award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), researchers at the Institute for Health with partners at Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Vanderbilt University; and Columbia University, will conduct major studies of the use, safety, and effectiveness of antipsychotic medications.
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Health Care Reform and the 2008 Presidential Election
Leading scholars from Rutgers and UMDNJ will participate in a cross-academic forum on health care reform and the 2008 US presidential election. The forum will be held at the Bloustein School, 33 Livingston Avenue, on Friday, October 10th from 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon.
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Solomon R. Benatar to deliver University lecture: "Human Rights and Global Health: Some Critical Perspectives on System Failures" on December 2nd.
Solomon R. Benatar, Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Founding Director of the University of Cape Town's Bioethics Centre, will deliver this lecture in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Awards Rutgers’ Institute For Health Research $2.95 Million to Increase Diversity among Future Health Researchers
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded a six-year, $2.95 million grant to continue support for Rutgers University’s Project L/EARN, an intensive summer research training internship for undergraduate students from groups that have been under-represented in graduate schools and health research careers.
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Inaugural Demone Memorial Lecture at Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum
The Rutgers University School of Social Work will host the Inaugural Demone Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at 5:00 pm. It will take place at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum on the Rutgers Campus.
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Research Assistant Positions Available
The National Institute on Aging-funded Center for the Study of Health Beliefs and Behaviors directed by Professor Howard Leventhal seeks hourly part-time and/or full-time Research Assistants.
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Web Cast of the 10th Annual William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecture
The Institute will web cast the 10th Annual William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecture in the conference room on Friday, February 29th from 2:00-3:30 PM. The Lecture is the highlight of the 29th Annual UNC School of Public Health Minority Health Conference on “The Impact of Poverty, Culture, and Environment on Minority Health,” presented by the School's Minority Student Caucus.
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The Loss of Sadness Wins Book Award
The Loss of Sadness (Oxford University Press) by Allan V. Horwitz and Jerome Wakefield has been selected as the best psychology book of 2007 by the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers.
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How Voters Decide - Richard Lau's Book Profiled in the RU Focus
Richard Lau and David P. Redlawsk's book entitled How Voters Decide (Cambridge University Press) is profiled in the current issue of the RU Focus.
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Postdoctoral Opportunities Available
The Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, directed by David Mechanic, offers postdoctoral opportunities for research and training in mental health research.
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Professor Louise Russell Authors Report for the National Coalition on Health Care
Louise Russell presented the results of a report entitled "Prevention's Potential for Slowing the Growth of Medical Spending" to the National Coalition on Health Care in October.
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Keith Wailoo's Article in the New York Times, November 13, 2007
Keith Wailoo has an article entitled "Old Story, Updated: Better Living Through Pills," in today's New York Times.
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Keith Wailoo Elected to Institute of Medicine
Keith Wailoo has been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences. The Institute of Medicine is unique for its structure as both an honorific membership organization and an advisory organization.
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New Grant Award
Drs. Judith A. Lucas and Stephen Crystal received a $244,170 award for their project, “Patterns and Guideline Consistency of Antipsychotic Drug Use in Nursing Homes,” from The Retirement Research Foundation.
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Louise B. Russell to Speak to the Board of the National Coalition on Health Care
Dr. Louise B. Russell will give a presentation, "Prevention’s Potential to Slow the Growth of Medical Spending" to the Board of the National Coalition on Health Care on Wednesday, October 3, 2007, in Washington, DC.
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New Institute Faculty Member
Emily A. Greenfield is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work (PhD, Human Development and Family Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007).
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Kristen Springer wins 2007 Roberta G. Simmons Outstanding Dissertation Award
Kristen Springer received the 2007 Roberta G. Simmons Outstanding Dissertation in Medical Sociology Award from the American Sociological Association.
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Ellen Idler Receives CCA Fellowship
Professor Ellen Idler of the Institute and the Department of Sociology received a 2007-2008 fellowship at the Rutgers Center for Cultural Analysis (CCA).
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Nancy Scotto-Rosato Receives Dissertation Award
Assistant Research Professor Nancy Scotto-Rosato received the 2007 Distinguished Dissertation Award from the Rutgers School of Social Work.
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Jane Miller Receives Mentoring Award
Professor Jane Miller received the Research Mentor of the Year Award from the University's Aresty Research Center.
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Howard Leventhal Receives Oncology Award
At the annual meeting of the Society for Behavioral Medicine on March 21-24, 2007, Howard Leventhal received the Distinguished Biobehavioral Oncology Award from the Cancer Special Interest Group.
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Stephen Crystal Helps Legislators Draft Medicare Data Access Bill
Dr. Stephen Crystal, director of the Institute's AHRQ-funded Center for Education and Research on Mental Health Therapeutics (CERTs), has continued his testimony and work with the Senate Finance Committee on Medicare legislation.
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Joel Cantor Appointed to Commission on Rationalizing NJ's Health Care Resources
Joel C. Cantor, Director of the Institute's Center for State Health Policy, was appointed by Governor Jon S. Corzine to the Commission on Rationalizing New Jersey's Health Care Resources.
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Keith Wailoo named Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of History
Keith Wailoo, a professor in the Department of History in New Brunswick and the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, has been appointed Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Postdoctoral Opportunities Available
The Institute offers postdoctoral opportunities for research and training in mental health research. The National Institute of Mental Health provides funding for the program: trainee stipends range from $35,568 to $51,036 per year depending on years since completion of the doctorate.
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New Institute Faculty Member
Kristen W. Springer is an Assistant Professor of Sociology (PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006; MPH, Emory University, 1998).
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News from the Gerontological Society of America
Congratulations to Ellen Idler, the new Chair-elect of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Section of the Gerontological Society of America.
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Amanda Botticello Receives ASA Dissertation Award
The Mental Health Section of the American Sociological Association has selected Amanda Botticello to receive this year's best dissertation award.
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Allan Horwitz Honored by the SRA and the ASA
Allan Horwitz has been elected to the Sociological Research Association (SRA). This association of the most distinguished research sociologists elects only 13-15 members each year.
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Gerry Grob Honored by the American Association for the History of Medicine
Gerry Grob received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association for the History of Medicine in Halifax this past Saturday. Gerry previously received the William H Welch Medal for distinguished scholarship and the Garrison Lecture Award, so he has now received the three top honors the AAHM awards.
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Establishment of a Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics
Under the direction of Professor Stephen Crystal the Institute for Health received a major award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to establish a Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs).
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2005-2006 Faculty Awards and Promotions
President Richard L. McCormick has announced the recipients of the 2005-2006 Faculty Awards. Congratulations to this year's recipients: Peter Guarnaccia, Joel Cantor and Julie Livingston.
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Striving for Excellence in New Jersey Health Care
On April 6, the Center for State Health Policy, with funding provided by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will host a NJ Health Policy Conference to engage New Jersey’s health care leadership in a discussion on how to advance a comprehensive, high performing health care delivery system in New Jersey.
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David Mechanic to Present the First Matilda White Riley Annual Lecture
Ronald P. Abeles, Ph.D., Special Assistant to the Director, Office of Behavioral and Social Research, NIH, has announced that David Mechanic has been invited to deliver the first Matilda White Riley Annual Lecture in the Behavioral and Social Sciences at the National Institutes of Health on May 22, 2006.
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Postdoctoral Opportunities Available Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
The Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, directed by David Mechanic, offers postdoctoral opportunities for research and training in mental health research.
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Keith Wailoo Receives the 2005 William H. Welch Medal
Keith Wailoo has received the 2005 William H. Welch medal for his book, Dying in the City of the Blues: Sickle Cell Anemia and the Politics of Race and Health (University of North Carolina Press).
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New Jersey Conference on Childhood Obesity: Challenges and Solutions
A New Jersey Conference on Childhood Obesity will be held on April 15, 2005 at the Cook Campus Center, Rutgers University. This will be an exciting day-long program covering cutting edge issues in basic science research, clinical treatment & intervention, community based prevention and public policy.
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Postdoctoral Position Available at the Center for Health Beliefs and Behavior
The Center for Health Beliefs and Behavior at Rutgers University in collaboration with the Departments of Medicine and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey at the Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine, is seeking a post-doctoral fellow for behavioral research related to cancer control.
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Howard Leventhal is Recipient of the Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Science of Psychology
Howard Leventhal, Board of Governors Professor of Health Psychology and one of the nation's most noted health psychologists, has been awarded the Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Science of Psychology.
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New Academic Excellence Funded Center
The Center for Health Services Research on Pharmacotherapy, Chronic Disease Management, and Outcomes has been established recently through a Rutgers University Academic Excellence Fund.
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New "Mind-Body" Center Established
A new initiative, the Center for the Study of Health Beliefs and Behavior, was recently funded by the National Institute of Aging and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research.
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Regulatory Reform and Angiography Disparities
Professor Joel Cantor, Director of the Institute's Center for State Health Policy, has received a three year award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to examine the impact of hospital regulatory reforms in New Jersey that concurrently addresed racial and ethnic disparities in the use of cardiac angiography.
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Institute Offering Postdoctoral Opportunities
The Institute offers postdoctoral opportunities for research and training in mental health research. The National Institute of Mental Health provides funding for the program: trainee stipends range from $35,568 to $51,036 per year depending on years since completion of the doctorate.
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Scholars to Examine Cross-Cultural Issues and High-Tech Medicine
Scholars representing anthropology, history, health, politics, medicine, ethnic studies and other disciplines will gather at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick on June 11-12 for a two-day conference to explore the geographical and cultural significance of the death of Jessica Santillan last year.
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Institute Faculty Deliver Distinguished Lectures
Several of our faculty have given the following recent distinguished lectures: David Mechanic presented the Benjamin Rush Lecture at the annual meetings of the American Psychiatric Association in New York, NY.
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Institute Faculty Receive Academic Award and Promotion
The Institute congratulates Keith Wailoo on receiving the 2003-2004 Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research.
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Webcast - April 19, 2004 - 6th Annual William T. Small, Jr. Lecture by Mary Northridge
The Institute will broadcast the 6th Annual William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecture from the 26th Annual UNC School of Public Health Minority Health Conference on Monday, April 19 at 3:00 PM.
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More Than 380,000 Children Diagnosed with Multiple Mental Health Problems
According to the first study to provide reliable, national estimates of young children’s use of mental health services, almost one-third of the 1.3 million children in the U.S. mental health system (388,635) have been diagnosed with two or more psychiatric disorders, a condition that makes them significantly more difficult and expensive to treat.
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Academic Excellence Fund to Support Center for Obesity Research and Intervention
With an award from the Academic Excellence Fund, a Center for Obesity Research and Intervention (Michael Friedman, Principal Investigator) will be established at the Institute. This new Center will address one of the most important public health challenges currently facing the nation.
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Institute Accepting Postdoctoral Applications
The Institute offers postdoctoral opportunities for research and training in mental health research. The National Institute of Mental Health provides funding for the program: trainee stipends range from $34,200 to $50,808 per year depending on years since completion of the doctorate.
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David Mechanic Receives Rema Lapouse Award
David Mechanic received the Rema Lapouse Award from the Mental Health, Epidemiology, and Statistics Section of the American Public Health Association at their annual meeting in San Francisco on November 21.
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CSHP Receives Grant from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
The Institute’s Center for State Health Policy was awarded a three year $4.4 million grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to support states in reforming their long-term care systems.
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Latest Findings: Nearly 66,000 Youth Live in U.S. Mental Health Programs
According to the first study to provide reliable, national estimates of young children’s use of mental health services, some of the nation's most troubled are teenagers who are severely emotionally disturbed and often victims of abuse or neglect.
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Center for Mental Health Services & Criminal Justice Research: First Biennial Conference
The Center for Mental Health Services & Criminal Justice Research will be holding its first biennial conference, "Reentry to Recovery: People with Mental Illness Coming Home from Prison or Jail." The conference will take place in Philadelphia, PA, April 14-16, 2004.
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Phil Yanos Receives K-Award from NIMH
Philip Yanos, former postdoctoral fellow at the Institute, has been awarded a 5-year Career Development Award from the National Institute of Mental Health. The award will support training and research in applying innovative methods from the behavioral sciences to the study of coping strategies among people diagnosed with severe mental illness.
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Allan Horwitz wins Board of Trustees Award for Excellence In Research
In recognition of his career of research on the origins of mental illness and its impact on individuals and families, Allan Horwitz has won the highest Rutgers University award for research.
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Former Project L/EARN Student Receives National Award
Igda Martinez, a project assistant at the Institute’s Center for State Health Policy and former student in the Project L/EARN program, received a fellowship award from the American Psychological Association’s Minority Fellowship Program.
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David Mechanic to Receive Daniel Gorenstein Memorial Award
David Mechanic has been named the recipient of this year's Daniel Gorenstein Memorial Award. The Daniel Gorenstein Memorial Award was established in 1993 by the family, friends, and colleagues of Daniel Gorenstein to commemorate Professor Gorenstein's innovative mathematical research, his skillful and enthusiastic exposition of his field, and his wise and devoted service to Rutgers University.
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Ellen Idler to Deliver Keynote Address
Ellen Idler will be the keynote speaker at the opening session of the research conference “Integrating Research on Spirituality and Health and Well-Being into Service Delivery” which will be held April 1-3, 2003 in Bethesda, Maryland.
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WEBCAST: Confronting Institutionalized Racism
The Institute will broadcast the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health's 25th Annual Minority Health Conference's keynote address on Friday, February 28, 2003 from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm.
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David Mechanic Recipient of UMDNJ-School of Public Health Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Annual Award
David Mechanic received the UMDNJ School of Public Health 2003 Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Annual Award and Lecturer in Public Health. This award was presented on May 19, 2003 at the UMDNJ-School of Public Health Convocation.
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Webcast - February 12, 2003 Transition from Prison to the Community
The Center for Mental Health Services & Criminal Justice Research will be a host site for the National Institute of Corrections videoconference, TRANSITION FROM PRISON TO THE COMMUNITY, on Wednesday, February 12, 2003, from 11:15 am to 4:00 pm.
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Latest Findings in Children's Mental Health, Vol. 1, No. 2
Almost 120,000 preschoolers under the age of six, or one out of 200, received mental health services in the US during 1997, according to the first study to provide reliable, national estimates of young children’s use of mental health services.
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Institute Accepting Applications for Postdoctoral Training Program
The Institute offers postdoctoral opportunities for research and training in mental health research. The National Institute of Mental Health provides funding for the program: trainee stipends range from $31,092 to $48,852 per year depending on years since completion of the doctorate.
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Center for Mental Health Services & Criminal Justice Research Launched
The Institute's Center for Mental Health Services & Criminal Justice Research, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, was launched on September 1, 2002. The Center is designed to improve the ways in which the mental health and criminal justice systems respond to the needs of persons with mental illness and to inform the policies that are intended to affect these responses.
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Keith Wailoo Recipient of Lillian Smith Book Award
Keith A. Wailoo's recent book, Dying in the City of the Blues: Sickle Cell Anemia and the Politics of Race and Health (University of North Carolina Press, 2001), has been awarded the Lillian M Smith Book Award for Non-fiction from the Southern Regional Council.
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Institute Releases Watershed Study of Children’s Mental Health Services
More than 1.3 million US children under the age of 18--or one out of 50--received mental health services in 1997, the most recent year for which statistics are available, according to a new, watershed study from the Institute that provides the first detailed statistics ever of children’s mental health service use.
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NJ and Center for State Health Policy Awarded State Planning Grant
The Institute's Center for State Health Policy, in collaboration with the NJ Department of Human Services, received a one-year grant totaling $982,075 to develop plans to provide affordable health insurance for the state's uninsured citizens.
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Webcast, July 15, 2002: 2002 Leiter Lecture "Genomics, Medicine, and Society"
The Institute will present a webcast of the 2002 Leiter Lecture, "Genomics, Medicine, and Society," on July 15, 2002 at 1:00 PM in the Institute conference room (30 College Avenue).
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New Developing Center Grant Awarded to Nancy Wolff, P.I.
The first NIMH developing center grant will fund the Center for Mental Health Services & Criminal Justice Research which will be launched on September 1, 2002. The new center focuses exclusively on mental health services issues that arise when persons with mental illness have encounters with the criminal justice system.
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The Problem of Pain in Medicine, Culture, and Public Policy
On Friday-Saturday, June 7-8, 2002, a multidisciplinary conference on The Problem of Pain in Medicine, Culture, and Public Policy, will be held at Rutgers University, New Brunswick (at the Hyatt Regency Hotel).
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New Grant Awarded: Sustaining Individual Health Insurance Markets under Community Rating and Open Enrollment to Joel Cantor, PI and Alan Monheit, co-PI
Funded by the Commonwealth Fund and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Institute's Center for State Health Policy will conduct an assessment of the New Jersey Individual Health Coverage Program (IHCP).
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Phyllis Borzi to speak at the Center for State Health Policy
Phyllis Borzi, J.D., M.A., will speak on "Medical Privacy Regulations: The Impact and Implications on Health Care and Health Policy Research" at the Center for State Health Policy on Wednesday, April 24, 2002 from 2:30 - 4:30 pm.
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Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Medical Care: The Evidence and Implications for Policy and Research
H. Jack Geiger will speak at the Institute on Tuesday, April 9, 2002 from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon. H. Jack Geiger, MD, ScD (hon), is the Arthur C Logan Professor Emeritus of Community Medicine, City University of New York (CUNY) Medical School; a founding member and Past President of the Committee for Health in Southern Africa (CHISA); a founding member and Past President of Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), which shared in the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1998; and a founding member and Past President of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), the US affiliate of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War which received the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1985.
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"Reassessing Access - Providing Guidance to Policy Makers"
John Billings, J.D. will speak at the Center for State Health Policy on March 26 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm. John Billings is currently an associate professor at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, and he is the director of the school's Center for Health and Public Service Research.
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Mindy Thompson Fullilove, M.D. will speak at the Institute on March 6
Mindy Thompson Fullilove, M.D., from Columbia University's School of Public Health and Department of Psychiatry will speak at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research on Wednesday, March 6 from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon.
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Alan Monheit Joins the Institute
Alan C. Monheit has joined the faculty as Professor in the School of Public Health, Health Systems and Policy Division, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Research Professor in the Institute and the Center for State Health Policy.
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Award for Research in Patient Safety
The National Patient Safety Foundation and the American Medical Association announced that the Institute's Center for State Health Policy was the recipient of the James S. Todd Memorial Award for Research in Patient Safety.
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Faculty Member Receives RWJF Investigator Award
Keith A. Wailoo, professor of history, has been awarded a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy for his three-year research project on the Social Negotiation of Pain in Medicine, Culture and Public Policy.
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Major Technical Assistance Awards
Dr. Susan Reinhard, co-director of the Institute’s Center for State Health Policy, is the principal investigator of two major technical assistance grants from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
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New Health Services Research Program (BRIC)
Stephen Crystal and Joel C. Cantor were awarded funding to establish an interdisciplinary program in Health Services Research that will operate in partnership with New Jersey state government, the Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine (RWJMS), and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) School of Public Health.
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The Politics of 'Racial Health': Myths, Maladies, and the History of Policy
On Friday-Saturday, October 26-27, 2001, the Hyatt Regency will be the site of a history/policy conference entitled "The Politics of 'Racial Health': Myths, Maladies, and the History of Policy." The event will be a cross-disciplinary discussion among scholars interested in the interplay of past and present in the African and African-American health, health politics, and health policy.
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New Faculty at the Institute
Keith A. Wailoo has joined the Institute as Professor of History with shared responsibilities within the Institute and the Department of History.
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Institute Director Receives Distinguished Career Award
David Mechanic, Director of the Institute and René Dubos Professor of Behavioral Sciences, recieved the 2001 Distinguished Career Award for the Practice of Sociology at the American Sociological Association's annual meeting in Anaheim.
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Award winning article by Drs. Louise Russell and Jane Sisk
Louise Russell, Ph.D., Chair, Division on Health Policy, and her colleague, Jane Sisk, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Health Policy, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City, won the prize for the best article published by the International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care for 2000.
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Dr. Stephen Crystal testifies before US Senate Finance Committee
Stephen Crystal, Ph.D., testified before the Senate Finance Committee on April 24, 2001, on State Pharmacy Assistance Programs and their Implications for a Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit.
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Spring Symposium May 15, 2001
"Health Coverage in New Jersey: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead." A day-long dialogue sponsored by the Center for State Health Policy will focus on recent trends and future prospects for health insurance coverage in New Jersey.
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New Seminar on Cost-Effectiveness in Diabetes Management
Under the direction of Dr. Louise Russell, the Division on Health Policy is exploring ways to work with professionals who are interested in learning more about cost-effectiveness techniques and how to apply them to clinical, research and policy issues.
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