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The Kaiser Family Foundation is providing webcasts of select sessions from the 2007 National Health Policy Conference. The webcasts include:
Webcasts can be viewed at http://www.kaisernetwork.org/healthcast/nhpc/12feb07.
April 2—deadline for early registration discount
April 30—deadline for preregistration
Join more than 2,000 health services researchers, policy makers, and practitioners to hear the latest research on issues critical to improving the health care delivery system. Learn about new methodologies, data resources, and funding opportunities.
Presentation of cutting-edge health services research is the cornerstone of the ARM, offering opportunities for researchers to share important findings with policy makers and providers who can put the research into action. Details on the specific theme topics and the preliminary agenda can be found online.
Many adjunct meetings and events will be held in conjunction with the ARM. Before making your travel arrangements, check out the many activities being held before and after the ARM. http://www.academyhealth.org/arm/adjunct
All meetings are held in conjunction with the ARM in Orlando, FL, June 3–5.
Saturday, June 2
Long-Term Care 2007 Colloquium
8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Child Health Services Research
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
State Health Research and Policy
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Public Health Systems Research
Gender and Health
Health Information Technology
State Health Research and Policy Business Meeting
4:00– 5:00 p.m.
Long-Term Care Next Generation Reception
Child Health Services Research Business Meeting
Health Economics Business Meeting
Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues
Sunday, June 3
Gender and Health Business Meeting
Health Information Technology Business Meeting
IRGNI Business Meeting
Long-Term Care Business Meeting
Tuesday, June 5
Health Policy Communications
Behavioral Health Services Research
For more information on these meetings or to register, please visit http://www.academyhealth.org/membership/interestgroups.htm.
The HSR Impact Award is presented by AcademyHealth in recognition of outstanding positive impact of health services research on health policy or practice. This year, two winners were chosen for the HSR Impact Award.
Jack Holahan, Ph.D., director of the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute and his colleagues will receive the award for research that contributed key information to help frame the health care reform debate in Massachusetts. One of the team's critical contributions was to demonstrate that the health and economic benefits of expanding coverage far outweighed the additional spending needed to make it a reality. Key findings of the research team included an accurate count of uninsured in Massachusetts, an estimate of total health care spending in the state devoted to care for the uninsured, and analysis of the resources necessary to finance coverage for the uninsured, including the need for additional spending beyond that already used to provide care to the uninsured. In April 2006, Massachusetts implemented the Massachusetts Health Care Reform Plan, which incorporated insights form the research.
Flaura Winston, Ph.D., associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania and principal investigator for Partners for Child Passenger Safety (PCPS) will receive the award for research that underscores the need for improved public education campaigns to increase appropriate car seat use, particularly among those families at highest risk for crash injury. PCPS studies have demonstrated that using age- and size-appropriate child restraints can reduce the risk of injury to children resulting from a motor vehicular crash to less than 1 percent. Dr. Winston's research has resulted in upgrades to child restraint laws in 33 states to include requirements for booster seats as well as two federal laws on child restraint systems.
AcademyHealth and Kaiser Permanente are pleased to announce the selection of two fellows for Health Policy in Action!, a new “reverse fellowship” for federal health policy professionals. These federal employees will have the opportunity to spend 1–3 months in residence at state or local government agencies, community organizations, local health care providers, or other health care organizations to better understand and evaluate the effects of federal health policy and decision making on state, local, and community health care organizations.
Over the course of the program's inaugural year, fellows will witness at the grassroots level the impact of a health policy or program of their choice. At the conclusion of the work-study, fellows will be encouraged to report on their experience through articles and briefings.
Congratulations to the 2007 class of Health Policy in Action! fellows:
K.C. Decker, Program Analyst, Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Public Health and Emergency Preparedness.
Oliver J. Kim, Health and Social Policy Legislative Assistant, Office of Senator Debbie Stabenow.
If you are interested in learning more about the program, or applying for the 2008 fellowship, visit the http://www.academyhealth.org for more information.
The SCI annual year-in-review report that tracks state progress to expand health insurance coverage is now available. State of the States 2007, Building Hope, Raising Expectations looks at the innovative efforts states have made to expand coverage amidst growing health care costs, and looks ahead to what challenges might arise in the coming year. State of the States is produced by the SCI program, a national initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.