Notes from Eric July 5, 2012
Good, affordable health care for all: How long will it take?
With last week’s Supreme Court ruling on health reform, many at Group Health Research Institute (GHRI) felt relieved. The decision to uphold most of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) should put our country on a straighter path toward improving access, affordability, and quality for all—imperatives in our Institute’s mission.
Still, we live with great uncertainty. How will the ACA affect the business of health care? What will the fall elections mean for health care policy? What’s the future of research funding, given shaky economies here and abroad? How will the federal budget impact jobs at GHRI and elsewhere?Answers will emerge over time, but not knowing can be unsettling. In times of hardship and uncertainty, it’s natural to wonder: How will this all turn out?
Rise in radiation exposure seen even in integrated care; for millions of patients radiation exposure doubled from 1996 to 2010
Integrated health systems form largest U.S. private-sector diabetes registry; database of over a million diverse diabetes patients to improve treatment and prevention
- Huffington Post quotes David Grossman, MD, MPH, on new USPSTF obesity treatment guidelines
- Get up, stand up: Sitting too long is even unhealthier than not being active
- Interactive website helps families of kids with asthma improve medication adherence
- Catch-22: Don’t avoid physical activity, even if it might trigger a back pain flare-up
- Clot buster works and is cost-effective when given promptly after a stroke
- Parents track their children’s chronic diseases online on MyGroupHealth
With universal access coming, Dr. Morales sheds light on member diversity at Group Health
As health reform moves from embattled debate to challenging reality, GHRI Associate Investigator Leo Morales, MD, PhD, MPH, is boldly taking Group Health where it has never gone before: to a deeper understanding of what it takes to care for an increasingly diverse patient population.
People and Programs
GHRI welcomes three affiliate investigators and other new faculty
Leadership changes for HMORN, Dr. Larson named interim chair
Dr. Nelson shares innovative methods for CER at AHRQ symposium
ADA video highlights findings from Dr. Newton’s Call-2-Health study
Dr. Rosenberg presents at international nutrition and physical activity meeting
Tues., July 10, 4-5 p.m.: “Advancing healthy aging research: A relational perspective.” Miruna Petrescu-Prahova, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Washington Department of Statistics and Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences.