OCTOBER 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. 
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. 
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.
LDI Virtual Events
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


Friday, November 20, 2020 | 8:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. ET
Expanding Scope of Practice After COVID-19

Virtual Conference presented by Penn LDI and Penn Nursing, with keynote address by Martin Gaynor, PhD


Friday, December 4, 2020 | 12:00–1:00 p.m. ET
Coronavirus Vaccine: Addressing Challenges in Distribution and Uptake

A Virtual Conversation with Dayna Bowen Matthew, JD, PhD, Nicole Lurie, MD, MSPH, and Paul Offit, MD, moderated by Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA
 
In the News: LDI Fellows on COVID-19
Elderly and Homeless: America’s Next Housing Crisis
Dennis Culhane, New York Times Magazine

The Future of Health Care

Allison Hoffman, Bloomberg TV (at 1:03:30)

How RNs Can Help Overcome Public Vaccine Hesitancy
Connie Ulrich and Julie Fairman, The Hill

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


Removing Political Influence Over COVID Vaccine Can Build Trust for African American Community

Florence Momplaisir,
Philadelphia Inquirer

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

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

The Impact of Intentionality of Injury and Substance Use History on Receipt of Discharge Opioid Medication in a Cohort of Seriously Injured Black Men, Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, October 2020, Shoshana V. Aronowitz, Sara F. Jacoby, Peggy Compton, Justine Shults, Andrew Robinson, Therese S. Richmond 

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 

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
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