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Health Serv Res. 2006 February; 41(1): ix–xii.
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AcademyHealth Update

National Health Policy Conference

February 6–7, 2006—Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel

Join AcademyHealth and Health Affairs to hear leading experts from the Administration, academia, Congress, and the health industry share their insights on critical health care issues confronting policy makers. Among the topics to be addressed are: reducing disparities in health care, patient safety, improving services for mental health and substance use disorders, public and private sector perspective on responsibility for America's health care, preventing and managing chronic conditions in children, pay for performance, Medicare modernization, and rebuilding the health care system post Katrina.

Participants include federal and state policy makers, policy researchers, and analysts, health industry executives, clinical decision makers, research funders, and health services researchers.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.academyhealth.org/conferences/nhpc.htm

Health in Foreign Policy Forum: Migration and the Global Shortage of Health Care Professionals

February 8, 2006—Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel

The 2006 Forum will focus on an issue that literally crosses national borders: the migration of health professionals. The Forum will examine the causes, consequences, and possible domestic and foreign policy responses to the global shortage of nurses and physicians. Panel discussions will focus on the following topics:

  • Domestic Staffing Shortages: Role of International Recruitment: A panel of experts, including academics and the CEO of one the largest nurse recruitment firms, will describe the past, present, and future directions of this phenomenon as it relates to nurses and physicians.
  • Developing Nations: Migration, Retention & Return of Professionals: International speakers will present data and an analysis of differing interests and viewpoints in developing nations.
  • Promising Domestic & Foreign Policy Practices: Speakers will present an overview of both the domestic policy debate regarding strategies to increase self-sufficiency, and a discussion of different foreign aid strategies that seek to build health system capacity in the world's poorest nations.
  • Public & Private Sector Policy Debate: Participants will be asked to react to the policy proposals presented during the day and to offer their own ideas on short-term and long-term strategies for strengthening health workforce capacity in this country and abroad.

Additional registration is required. For more information, visit: http://www.academyhealth.org/nhpc/foreignpolicy

Building Bridges: Making a Difference in Long-Term Care February 8, 2006, Embassy Suites—Washington, DC Convention Center

Sponsored by The Commonwealth Fund's Building Bridges: Making a Difference in Long-Term Care initiative, this seminar will address long-term care issues of interest to state and federal policy makers. The seminar will feature highlights from Randall Brown's background paper on consumer-directed care.

Additional registration is required. For more information, visit: http://www.academyhealth.org/ltc/2006/index.htm

AcademyHealth Awards

Call for Awards

Each year AcademyHealth seeks nominations for its prestigious awards. Recognized at the Annual Research Meeting in June, these awards are presented to individuals who have made an impact on the field of HSR. Nominations are due Wednesday, March 1, for the following awards:

  • Distinguished Investigator Award—recognizes individuals who have made a significant and long-lasting contribution to the field of health services research.
  • Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award—recognizes scholars early in their careers as health services researchers who show exceptional promise for future contributions.
  • Article-of-the-Year Award—recognizes the best scientific work that the fields of health services research and health policy have produced and published during the previous calendar year.
  • Dissertation Award—honors an outstanding scientific contribution from a doctoral thesis in health services research.

Learn more at http://www.academyhealth.org/awards.

Is Your Project in HSRProj?

Do you want to receive worldwide recognition for your contributions to solving today's health care cost, quality, and access problems? Unlike other databases that provide information on completed and published research, the HSRProj (Health Services Research Projects in Progress) database provides information about grants and contracts in health services research that are still in progress. By listing ongoing and recently completed research projects, HSRProj can provide researchers and policy makers with a vital link to information that is not readily available from other sources. The National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care (NICHSR) coordinates the continued development of this free database for NLM. Search the database at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hsrproj.

To submit a project, send an email to hsrproj@academyhealth.org, or complete an online submission form at http://www.academyhealth.org/hsrproj.

Discover statecoverage.net

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's State Coverage Initiatives (SCI) program, housed at AcademyHealth, recently added new resources to its website (http://www.statecoverage.net) to better help states navigate options for expanding health insurance coverage.

One of the most significant improvements is the state coverage matrix, which now provides at-a-glance comparisons and in-depth descriptions of coverage strategies, such as Medicaid and State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) waivers, reinsurance, high-risk pools, limited-benefit plans, and group purchasing arrangements. Also included in the matrix are coverage profiles of each state, which offer useful statistics including sources of health insurance coverage and an overview of Medicaid and SCHIP coverage within each state, as well details and analyses of strategies that states have implemented to expand or sustain coverage.

Visit http://www.statecoverage.net today to learn more about what states are doing.


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