JULY 2020
Rising to the challenge of remote learning, the Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) program, now in its 21st year, is helping Penn students from underrepresented minority groups prepare for careers in health services research.  
Lee Fleisher has been named Chief Medical Officer of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and Director of the CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ).  
Alison Buttenheim Appointed to NAM COVID Vaccine Committee

LDI Director of Engagement Alison Buttenheim has been named to National Academy of Medicine (NAM) ad hoc committee on Equitable Allocation of Vaccine for the Novel Coronavirus.
Demand for Advance Care Planning Rises During Pandemic

In JAMA Network Open, Catherine Auriemma, Scott Halpern, David Asch, and colleagues document a 5-fold increase in completion of online advance directives during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Community Health Worker Interventions Effective in Reducing Hospitalizations

A new study in Health Services Research shows that Penn Medicine’s community health worker model reduces hospitalizations three months after the intervention ends. Aditi Vasan and John Morgan discuss the growing evidence base for the CHW model and its importance in the COVID-19 era.
LDI Virtual Events
Friday, November 20, 2020 | Virtual Conference
Expanding Scope of Practice After COVID-19

Co-presented with Penn Nursing, with support from Penn Dental and Penn Law
Please save the date for a half-day virtual conference on how to right-size the scope and regulation of health professional practice to meet community needs after COVID-19, with leading experts in law, economics, nursing, medicine, and dentistry. The morning program will feature a keynote address by Dr. Martin Gaynor. Sign up to receive conference updates.
A digital archive of Penn LDI’s recent virtual seminars is now available, including discussions focused on policing, race, and health; health care innovation during COVID-19; meeting the needs of vulnerable communities during the pandemic, and more. Stay tuned for more coming in the fall. 
In the News: LDI Fellows on COVID-19
Nursing Homes Serving Black and Latino Residents Need More Support
Rachel Werner, Philadelphia Inquirer

Community Health Workers are Essential in this Crisis. We Need More of Them.
Shreya Kangovi, Washington Post

How Hospitals Can Meet the Needs of Non-COVID Patients During the Pandemic
Hummy Song, S. Ryan Greysen, Scott Halpern, Rachel Kohn, Harvard Business Review

White Neighborhoods Have More Access to COVID-19 Testing Sites
Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins, ABC News 

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The Association Of A Sweetened Beverage Tax With Changes In Beverage Prices And Purchases At Independent Stores, Health Affairs, July 2020, Sara N. Bleich, Hannah G. Lawman, Michael T. LeVasseur, Jiali Yan, Nandita Mitra, Caitlin M. Lowery, Ana Peterhans, Sophia Hua, Laura A. Gibson, Christina A. Roberto 

Pragmatic Trials and the Evolution of Serious Illness Research, JAMA Internal Medicine, July 2020, Katherine R. Courtright, Scott D. Halpern 

External Validation of the Skilled Nursing Facility Prognosis Score for Predicting Mortality Hospital Readmission, and Community Discharge in Veterans, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, July 2020, Robert E. Burke, Anne Canamucio, Elina Medvedeva, Kirstin A. Manges, Mary Ersek

Tracking Mental Health And Symptom Mentions On Twitter During COVID-19Journal of General Internal Medicine, July 2020, Sharath Chandra Guntuku, Garrick Sherman, Daniel C. Stokes, Anish K. Agarwal, Emily Seltzer, Raina M. Merchant, Lyle H. Ungar

Statewide Interventions And Covid-19 Mortality In The United States: An Observational StudyClinical Infectious Diseases, July 2020, Nadir Yehya, Atheendar Venkataramani, Michael O. Harhay
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Key Themes
       - Aging

       - Vulnerable Populations
       - Access and Coverage
       - Opioid Epidemic


As Penn’s hub for health services research, health policy, and health economics, Penn LDI catalyzes and facilitates research collaborations and educational programs to expand knowledge and shape policy for a more effective health system. 
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