In JAMA Network Open, Paula Chatterjee and Rachel Werner compare nursing homes with and without COVID-19 cases. The biggest difference between the two groups was in the county-level case rates of COVID-19, suggesting that when the surrounding population case rate is high, area nursing homes are at a high risk of infections.  
Supported by an LDI COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant, a study led by Karen Lasater in BMJ Quality & Safety found inadequate patient-to-nurse staffing ratios in hospitals in New York and Illinois at the start of the pandemic.  
In Health Affairs, Genevieve Kanter and Peter Groeneveld analyze the distribution of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds in the U.S., finding that low-income areas have fewer ICU beds than high-income areas, with a large rural-urban divide. 
Penn Medicine has received a $4.9 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to explore how implementation science and behavioral economics can increase the uptake of evidence-based cancer care. Rinad Beidas and Justin Bekelman will lead the five-year effort.
LDI experts weigh in on efforts to develop an effective COVID-19 vaccine, and how to administer it to over 330 million residents across the country.   
LDI Virtual Events
SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, September 9, 2020  | 1:00–2:30 pm ET
Community Health and Economic Prosperity: Opportunities for the Food Industry to Help Create a Healthy and Equitable Food System

A Virtual Conversation with Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH, Julie Greene, MPH, Kim Kessler, JD, Jim Krieger, MD, MPH, Sandra Noonan, MA, Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD, and Christina Roberto, PhD

Presented by Peach Lab, CHIBE, Penn LDI, and Penn PRC
Friday, September 25, 2020  | 12:00–1:00 pm 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 23, 2020  | 12:00–1:00 pm 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
Friday, November 6, 2020  | 12:00–1:00 pm 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
Friday, November 20, 2020  | 8:30 am–12:15 pm ET
Expanding Scope of Practice After COVID-19 

Virtual Conference presented by Penn LDI and Penn Nursing, with support from Penn Dental and Penn Law
In the News: LDI Fellows on COVID-19
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Intersectionality And Health Inequities For Gender Minority Blacks In The U.S., American Journal of Preventive Medicine, August 2020, Elle Lett, Nadia L. Dowshen, Kellan E. Baker

Reduction Of Postoperative Opioid Use After Elective Spine And Peripheral Nerve Surgery Using An Enhanced Recovery After Surgery ProgramPain Medicine, August 2020, Tracy M. Flanders, Joseph Ifrach, Saurabh Sinha, Disha S. Joshi, Ali K. Ozturk, Neil R. Malhotra, Rachel Pessoa, Michael J. Kallan, Lee A. Fleisher, Michael A. Ashburn, Eileen Maloney, William C. Welch, Zarina S. Ali

Wide Variation in The Percentage Of Donation After Circulatory Death Donors Across Donor Service Areas: A Potential Target For Improvement, Transplantation, August 2020, Elizabeth M. Sonnenberg, Jesse Y. Hsu, Peter P. Reese, David S. Goldberg, Peter L. Abt

"I Don't Have Time to Sit and Talk with Them": Hospitalists' Perspectives on Palliative Care Consultation for Patients with Dementia, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, August 2020, Katherine R. Courtright, Trishya L. Srinivasan, Vanessa L. Madden, Jason Karlawish, Stephanie Szymanski, Sarah H. Hill, Scott D. Halpern, Mary Ersek

Implementing Couple's Human Immunodeficiency Virus Testing and Counseling in the Antenatal Care Setting, Obstetrics and Gynecology, August 2020, Florence Momplaisir, Emily Finley, Sandra Wolf, Erika Aaron, Itoro Inoyo, David Bennett, Sara Seyedroudbari, Allison Groves 
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Key Themes
       - Aging

       - Vulnerable Populations
       - Access and Coverage
       - Opioid Epidemic


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