October 27, 2020
In a virtual seminar, experts from Penn, Cornell, and Drexel discussed the long history and significant health consequences of structural racism for individuals, families, and communities of color. 
Matthew McHugh, Raina Merchant, and Brendan Carr were appointed new members of the National Academy of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.
Louiza Kalokairinou explains regulatory issues raised by direct-to-consumer (DTC) COVID-19 testing, and recommends steps to promote ethical DTC marketing and equitable access to such tests. 
In the Journal of General Internal Medicine, Ingrid Nembhard and colleagues find that brainstorming and reflection tactics help health care leaders develop and implement ideas to improve primary care.
Access to healthy food is not enough to achieve phosphorus control in dialysis patients, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Researchers Vishnu Potluri and Peter Reese suggest that individual food preferences, food labeling, health literacy, and adhering to diet may be key to better outcomes in these patients.
LDI Virtual Events
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

Missed one of our virtual seminars, or want to watch again? Recordings are available on our website.

In the News
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COVID-19 and Excess All-Cause Mortality in the US and 18 Comparison Countries, JAMA, October 2020, Alyssa Bilinski, Ezekiel J. Emanuel 

Health Policy After a Trump Election Victory, New England Journal of Medicine, October 2020, Mark V. Pauly

Studying Social Media Language Changes Associated With Pregnancy Status, Trimester, And Parity From Medical Records, Women’s Health, October 2020, Sharath Chandra Guntuku, Jessica S. Gaulton, Emily K. Seltzer, David A. Asch, Sindhu K. Srinivas, Lyle H. Ungar, Christina Mancheno, Elissa V. Klinger, Raina M. Merchant 

Structural Ageism and the Health of Older Adults, JAMA Health Forum, October 2020, Austin S. Kilaru, Rebekah E. Gee

Initial Testing of a Web-based Intervention to Reduce Adolescent Driver Inattention: A Randomized Controlled Trial, Journal of Emergency Nursing, October 2020, Catherine C. McDonald, Jamison D. Fargo, Jennifer Swope, Kristina B. Metzger, Marilyn S. Sommers 
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Key Themes
       - Aging

       - Vulnerable Populations
       - Access and Coverage
       - Opioid Epidemic


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