October 13, 2020
Eugenia South has been named the new Director of the University of Pennsylvania Urban Health Lab, dedicated to designing and testing individual and community level interventions to build healthy neighborhoods. 
A new study led by Austin Kilaru in Academic Emergency Medicine finds that nearly 5% of COVID-19 patients discharged from the emergency department returned within 72 hours and needed admission to the hospital.
In the Journal of General Internal Medicine, Karen Lasater and a team from Penn’s Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research demonstrate that investment in hospital nursing produces better patient outcomes at no higher cost, with the greatest benefits for high-risk and seriously ill patients. 
Mohamed Abdirisak and Holly Fernandez Lynch discuss their recent study in AJOB Empirical Bioethics, in which they provide the first systematic analysis of Institutional Review Board quality assessment tools.
Nadim Mahmud and colleagues developed a new tool—the VOCAL-Penn score—that generates more accurate post-operative risk predictions for patients with cirrhosis.
LDI Virtual Events
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 | 12:00–1:00 pm ET
LDI/SOM Virtual Workshop with Michelle Moniz, MD, MSc

Emerging Scholars Exchange Program, in partnership with University of Michigan Institute of Healthcare Policy & Innovation and University of California, San Francisco Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies.

Friday, October 16, 2020 | 12:00–1:00 p.m. ET
Recognizing and Addressing the Effects of Structural Racism on Health

A Virtual Conversation with Courtney Boen, PhD, MPH, Sara Jacoby, PhD, MPH, MSN, Jamila Michener, PhD, and John Rich, MD, MPH, moderated by Atheendar Venkataramani, MD, PhD

Friday, October 23, 2020 | 12:00–1:00 p.m. ET

The Financial Impact of COVID-19 on Health Care Providers

A Virtual Conversation with Carmela Castellano-Garcia, JD, Rebekah Gee, MD, MPH, MS, Kevin Mahoney, MBA, DBA, and Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM, moderated by Rachel Werner, MD, PhD

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 | 12:00–1:00 p.m. ET

Professional Work in a ‘Post-Racial’ Era: Black Health Care Workers in the New Economy

Penn Sociology Colloquium Series with Adia Harvey Wingfield, PhD, co-presented by Penn LDI, Penn Medical Ethics & Health Policy, Penn Center for Africana Studies, and Penn Department of Africana Studies

Friday, November 6, 2020 | 12:00–1:00 p.m. ET
Post-Election Panel: What’s Next for Health Care Reform?

A Virtual Conversation with Allison Hoffman, JD, Daniel Hopkins, PhD, and Mark Pauly, PhD, moderated by David Grande, MD, MPA

In the News: LDI Fellows on COVID-19
Elderly and Homeless: America’s Next Housing Crisis
Dennis Culhane, New York Times Magazine

Restoring the American Dream Will Make America Healthier
Atheendar Venkataramani, The Hill

Improving Teen Driver Safety with Virtual Driving Assessments
Flaura Winston, Health Affairs Podcast

Why a Hospital Might Shun a Black Patient
Amol Navathe and Harald Schmidt, New York Times 

My Mother is Never Going to Die, But We’ll Plan for it Anyway
Katherine Hicks-Courant, Philadelphia Inquirer

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Improving Identification Of Patients At Low Risk For Major Cardiac Events After Noncardiac Surgery Using Intraoperative Data, Journal of Hospital Medicine, October 2020, Amol S. Navathe, Victor J. Lei, Lee A. Fleisher, ThaiBinh Luong, Xinwei Chen, Edward Kennedy, Kevin G. Volpp, Daniel E. Polsky, Peter W. Groeneveld, Mark Weiner, John H. Holmes, Mark D. Neuman

An Asthma Population Health Improvement Initiative for Children With Frequent Hospitalizations, Pediatrics, October 2020, Chén C. Kenyon, Douglas Strane, G. Chandler Floyd, Ethan G. Jacobi, Tina J. Penrose, Jeffrey M. Ewig, Sigrid Payne DaVeiga, Joseph J. Zorc, David M. Rubin, Tyra C. Bryant-Stephens

Differences In Transitional Care Processes Among High-Performing And Low-Performing Hospital-SNF Pairs: A Rapid Ethnographic Approach, BMJ Quality and Safety, September 2020, Kirstin A. Manges, Roman Ayele, Chelsea Leonard, Marcie Lee, Emily Galenbeck, Robert E. Burke 

Validation of a Machine Learning Algorithm to Predict 180-Day Mortality for Outpatients With Cancer, JAMA Oncology, Sep 2020, Christopher R. Manz, Jinbo Chen, Manqing Liu, Corey Chivers, Susan Harkness Regli, Jennifer Braun, Michael Draugelis, C. William Hanson, Lawrence N. Shulman, Lynn M. Schuchter, Nina O'Connor, Justin E. Bekelman, Mitesh S. Patel, Ravi B. Parikh

One Call Makes A Difference: An Evaluation Of The Alzheimer's Association National Helpline On Dementia Caregiver Outcomes, Patient Education and Counseling, September 2020, Nancy A. Hodgson, Darina V. Petrovsky, Kerry Finegan, Beth A. Kallmyer, Joanne Pike, Sam Fazio
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Key Themes
       - Aging

       - Vulnerable Populations
       - Access and Coverage
       - Opioid Epidemic


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