September 15, 2020
Recent studies from Courtney Schreiber and colleagues point to the clinical and cost effectiveness of mifepristone for the medical management of first trimester miscarriage, and call into question restrictive FDA regulations on access to the drug.  
In BMJ Open, Benjamin Ukert and M. Kit Delgado find that more than 70% of patients receive an opioid prescription after knee arthroscopy, for an average of 40 tablets.
Tatiane Santos describes the collaboration between the Colorado School of Public Health and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, which became a foundation for the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Gregory Shea suggests concrete actions that health care provider organizations can take to sustain telemedicine use after the pandemic.
With a dozen LDI Senior Fellows in its inaugural cohort, LDI’s new dissemination training program will help Fellows expand the reach and impact of policy-relevant research and elevate their profile as policy experts.  
LDI Virtual Events
Friday, September 25, 2020 | 12:00–1:00 p.m. ET
Prospects for Health Care Reform: Pandemics, Politics, and Public Opinion

A Virtual Conversation with Daniel Dawes, JD, Erika Franklin Fowler, PhD, Andy Slavitt, MBA, and Rodney Whitlock, PhD, moderated by Ezekiel Emanuel, PhD, MD, MSc

Friday, October 2, 2020 | Submission Deadline
Call for Papers: 5th Annual Population Health Science Research Workshop

The virtual workshop on December 11, 2020 will bring together scholars from economics, epidemiology, demography, sociology, and related disciplines under the theme “Health Equity in the Age of COVID-19.” To present your work, please submit a full paper or extended abstract to

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

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
As Nursing Goes, So Goes Public Health
Antonia Villarruel and Claire Fagin, The Hill

Where Is America’s Groundbreaking Covid-19 Research?
Ezekiel Emanuel, New York Times

Revise COVID-19 Relief-Fund Decisions to Target Disparities
Joshua Liao and Amol Navathe, Seattle Times 

The Old Rules Were Dumb Anyways
Linda Aiken, NPR 

The Unsung Heroes Who Make This Doctor’s Work Possible
Jason Han, Philadelphia Inquirer

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An Ethical Framework for Global Vaccine Allocation, Science, September 2020, Ezekiel J. Emanuel, Govind Persad, Adam Kern, Allen Buchanan, Cécile Fabre, Daniel Halliday, Joseph Heath, Lisa Herzog, R. J. Leland, Ephrem T. Lemango, Florencia Luna, Matthew S. McCoy, Ole F. Norheim, Trygve Ottersen, G. Owen Schaefer, Kok-Chor Tan, Christopher Heath Wellman, Jonathan Wolff, Henry S. Richardson

Assessment of Receipt of the First Home Health Care Visit After Hospital Discharge Among Older Adults, JAMA Network Open, September 2020, Jun Li, Mingyu Qi, Rachel M. Werner

Economic Influences on Population Health in the United States: Toward Policymaking Driven by Data and Evidence, PLoS Medicine, September 2020, Atheendar S. Venkataramani, Rourke O'Brien, Gregory L. Whitehorn, Alexander C. Tsai

SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Acceptance: We May Need to Choose Our Battles, Annals of Internal Medicine, September 2020, Alison M. Buttenheim

Effect of Peer Mentors in Diabetes Self-management vs Usual Care on Outcomes in US Veterans With Type 2 Diabetes, JAMA Network Open, September 2020, Judith A. Long, Valerie S. Ganetsky, Anne Canamucio, Tanisha N. Dicks, Michele Heisler, Steven C. Marcus 
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Key Themes
       - Aging

       - Vulnerable Populations
       - Access and Coverage
       - Opioid Epidemic


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