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Medical Care
Section Newsletter
Fall 2007

Activities of The Medical Care Section

INTERESTED IN BECOMING MORE INVOLVED IN

THE ACTIVITIES OF THE MEDICAL CARE SECTION?

 

The individuals listed below are the current chairs or co-chairs of the Medical Care Section Committees.  Many of these committees will be meeting at the Annual APHA Meeting in Washington, D.C., Nov. 3-7, 2007.  The scheduled meeting time is Monday, Nov. 5, 2007, from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  The meeting will be listed in the program as the Medical Care Section Committee Open Forum.  You are encouraged to stop by and introduce yourself to the committee chairs/co-chairs.  One activity of the committees is the organizing of sessions for the Annual Meeting.  If you are interested in becoming more actively involved but are either not attending the Annual Meeting this year or are unavailable during that time slot, just e-mail the committee chair/co-chairs and copy the e-mail to me as well (virgoks@slu.edu).  Please include a copy of your CV.  I will compile a list of all who would like to be more active and supply this information to Section Chair Gordy Schiff (Gdschiff@aol.com).  The Medical Care Section welcomes your involvement.

 

 

List of Committees and Chairs/Co-Chairs

 

Drug Policy & Pharmacy Services:         

Robert Eilers    (Robert.Eilers@dhs.state.nj.us) &

Stan Edlavitch (Edlavitchs@umkc.edu)

 

Ethnic & Racial Disparities:              

Ernest Moy (Emoy@ahrq.gov)


Health Economics:                       

Luisa Franzini (Luisa.Franzini@uth.tmc.edu) &

Rafia Rasu (rasur@umkc.edu)

 

Health Services Research:               

Bruce Davidson (bruce.davidson@cshs.org)

 

Jail & Prison Health:                             

Corey Weinstein (coreman@igc.org) &

Patricia Kelly (kellypj@umkc.edu)

 

Quality Improvement:          

Eileen Ciesco (eciesco@nc.rr.com)


Rural Health:                              

Wayne Myers (wwm@midcoast.com)


Social Sciences in Health:                   

Victoria Raveis (vhr1@columbia.edu) &

Betty Wolder Levin (bwlevin@brooklyn.cuny.edu)

 

Solicited Sessions:                          

Sudha Xirasagar (SXIRASAG@gwm.sc.edu)

 

Student Session:                           

Ilene Zuckerman (izuckerm@rx.umaryland.edu) &

Linda Green (green_linda@hotmail.com)

 

Urban Health:                             

Zoe Clayson (zoeclay@sfsu.edu)


Veterans Health:                             

Linda Tsan (linda.tsan@va.gov) &

Katherine Virgo (virgoks@slu.edu or kathy.virgo@va.gov)

 

Women's Health:                             

Amal Khoury (akhoury@phhp.ufl.edu)

 

By Kathy Virgo

 

Health Economics Committee Report

The Health Economics Committee is looking forward to the upcoming APHA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.  The Health Economics Committee has been busy preparing for the meeting, where it will be presenting two contributed abstracts sessions, a workshop, several posters, and co-sponsoring 14 sessions.

 

The two contributed abstract sessions sponsored by the Health Economics Committee are:

-          Applications of Health Economics to Provider Shortages and Hospital Behavior (Session 4149.0 on 11/6/2007 8.30 a.m.-10.00 a.m.);

-          Applications of Health Economics to Health Behaviors and Outcomes (Session 5061.0 on 11/7/2007 8.30 a.m.-10.00 a.m.).

We received 15 contributed abstracts, and each was carefully reviewed by at least two reviewers.  We thank Rafia Rasu for coordinating the reviews and Diane Dewar, Michael Rosko, Scott Grosse, Lijing Ouyang, and Arielle Lasry for conducting their reviews. We also thank Mythreyi Bhargavan for organizing the submissions for the Solicited Sessions.

 

John Bridges will present the workshop entitled “Using Conjoint Analysis to Understand Patient Preferences for Health Care and Prevention” on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Both in the practice and regulation of health care and public health, most stakeholders are becoming increasingly concerned with the patient’s point of view.  While a number of theory driven methods to understand preferences from economics and management are used in other sectors of the economy, such methods are not commonly understood or utilized in health care and public health.  The workshop will demonstrate the benefits of using conjoint analysis – a method that is becoming increasingly popular among health economists and health care researchers – through hands on activities.  Participants will gain practical experience of using conjoint analysis and develop a better understanding of the value of measuring patient preferences for health care interventions. 

 

Several health economics-related posters will be displayed during the Medical Care Section poster sessions.

 

Also, please plan to attend the Health Economics Business Meeting on Monday, Nov. 5, 2007 at 6:30 p.m.  It is open to everyone who is interested in health economics.  We will be discussing plans for next year’s Annual Meeting and issues regarding health economics at APHA.

 

By Luisa Franzini

Sunday Study Groups Sponsored by the Committee on Health Services Research

The Committee on Health Services Research of the Medical Care Section sponsors Sunday Study Group Sessions at the APHA Annual Meeting.  These sessions are designed to offer interested groups the opportunity to engage in discussion about work-in-progress. They are not Scientific Sessions but are listed as Business Meetings and are set up to accommodate about 25 participants in a roundtable format. These sessions are scheduled from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007.  Below is a list of session topics, times, locations, and organizers.  Please contact session organizers directly if you are interested in attending any of these sessions and to receive any handout materials that may be made available in advance.

1. Using Conjoint Analysis to Understand Patient Preferences for Health Care and Prevention (discussion leader: John F. P. Bridges, PhD, Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health).

Ø       Brief Description:  This Study Group will discuss conjoint analysis, a tool that has a sound theoretical foundation in economics that can measure preference.

Ø       Time, Location:  2:00-3:30 p.m., Convention Center Room 301

Ø       Organizer:  Luisa Franzini, Luisa.Franzini@uth.tmc.edu.

Ø       Appears in Printed Program under Business Meetings as: (219.0) Committee on Health Services Research Study Group #3.

 

2. Applications of Complexity Science in Health Care Management (discussion leader: Suzanne M. Smith, MD, MPH, MPA, Director of Programs, New England Complex Systems Institute).

Ø       Brief Description:  This Study Group will discuss the application of multiscale complex systems analysis to create effective health care delivery organizations.

Ø       Time, Location:  2:00-3:30 p.m., Convention Center Room 304.

Ø       Organizer: Bruce Davidson, Bruce.Davidson@cshs.org.

Ø       Appears in Printed Program under Business Meetings as: (220.0) Committee on Health Services Research Study Group #4.


3. Is it who you are or where you go?  Geographic variation as partial explanations for health care disparities, Parts I and II.

Ø       Brief Description:  This Study Group will discuss geographic variation as partial explanations for health care disparities.

Ø       Time, Location:  Part I - 2:00-3:30 p.m.; Part II – 4 to 5:30 p.m., Convention Center Room 305.

Ø       Organizers:  Joel Weissman, JWEISSMAN@PARTNERS.ORG, and Arlene Bierman arlene.bierman@utoronto.ca.

Ø       Appears in Printed Program under Business Meetings as: (221.0) Committee on Health Services Research Study Group #5, (261.0) Committee on Health Services Research Study Group #7.

 

4. Drug Safety and FDA Reform, Parts I and II.

Ø       Brief Description:  This Study Group will discuss efforts to improve drug safety from academic, public health, and regulatory perspectives.

Ø       Time, Location:  Part I - 2:00-3:30 p.m.; Part II – 4 to 5:30 pm, Convention Center Room 302.

Ø       Organizers:  Robert Eilers, Robert.Eilers@dhs.state.nj.us, and Stan Edlavitch, edlavitchs@umkc.edu.

Ø       Appears in Printed Program under Business Meetings as: (222.0) Committee on Health Services Research Study Group #6, (262.0) Committee on Health Services Research Study Group #8.

 

By Bruce Davidson

2007 APHA Medical Care Section Program

2007 APHA Medical Care Section Program

  

This year's Medical Care Section Program at the APHA Association Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Nov. 3-7, 2007, consists of 37 sessions organized by the Medical Care Section and covers such topics as:  universal access to health insurance; legislative changes to reform the FDA; congressional updates on hot-button issues; methods to rein in health care costs; payment reform as a bridge between health care and population health; new national surveys (HCAHPS) and data warehouses (CMS chronic condition); social dimensions of disease burden across the lifespan; quality improvement and outcomes of care; ethnic and racial disparities; and the history and politics of regulating harm.  In addition, the Section is co-sponsoring approximately 20 other sessions that includes topics such as effective interventions for immigrants and refugees, trade policy, implications of alcohol use and dependence, tobacco policy, long-term care and national health care.
 
The link to the sessions organized and sponsored by the Medical Care Section is:

http://apha.confex.com/apha/135am/techprogram/program_764.htm

 
The link to the Medical Care Section business meetings and social events is: http://apha.confex.com/apha/135am/techprogram/nt_764.html

 

By Kathy Virgo