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September/October 2011 Leaders' Link

September/October 2011 Leaders' Link

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RWJF Leaders' Link-September/Octoberhttp://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/...jqq_FzukJTVp1kLc1CBhQhKVetSXV46ofra8DRjZVy0HpMX1EnleSwj2WqxiRNEdNOEo%3D[11/3/2011 5:02:08 PM]
Programs’ Progress
Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action 
Announces State-LevelCollaborations
In October, the
, coordinatedthrough the Center to ChampionNursing in America, an initiative ofAARP, the AARP Foundation, andRWJF, highlighted a year of progresssince the Institute of Medicine (IOM)released its landmark report,
The report outlineda blueprint for ensuring that allAmericans get high-quality, cost-effective care when and where theyneed it. In just one year, the reporthas become one of the most viewedonline reports in the history of theIOM has generated more than 64million media impressions.As the first year since the releaseapproached, the campaignannouncedthe selection of 21 newstate-based collaborations, calledAction Coalitions, to help advancethe report’s recommendations; they join 15 Action Coalitions already inplace. To stay up-to-date on newdevelopments, visit the
Volume 3, Number 5 — September/October 2011
Foundation Focus
This month, we saw the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr.National Monument in Washington, D.C., celebrating the legacyof an extraordinary leader who recognized that by improvinghealth status we could enhance social equity among all people.In his address to the Medical Committee for Human Rights in1966, King declared, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice inhealth care is the most shocking and inhumane.”In August, the Institute for the Advancement of Multicultural &Minority Medicine convened the Martin Luther King, Jr. HealthEquity Summit to build upon his stirring call for health equity.The summit, titled “Enhancing Health Status and AchievingHealth Equity at Lowest Cost,” mobilized world-class leaders inhealth care delivery and health disparity research to evaluatewhere we are today, present best practices, and deliver futuremandates toward fulfilling Dr. King’s vision in health and healthcare. Among these leaders was our very own Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, president and CEO of the Robert WoodJohnson Foundation.® (RWJF), who delivered the keynote onAugust 23, 2011. In herremarks, Risa reflected Dr. King’s ownwords by emphasizing that “America cannot reconcile thedifferences that divide us without also reconciling the inequalityand injustice embedded so deeply in the health and health careof our people.”As I read Risa’s words, I couldn’t help but think of what ourHuman Capital grantees are doing to bring justice and equity tohealth care. Over just the past month, theHuman Capital Webpagehas highlighted the work of grantees who are changing theways we see, understand, and address health care disparities.
RWJF Leaders' Link-September/Octoberhttp://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/...jqq_FzukJTVp1kLc1CBhQhKVetSXV46ofra8DRjZVy0HpMX1EnleSwj2WqxiRNEdNOEo%3D[11/3/2011 5:02:08 PM]
Inside Intelligence
TheRWJF Facebook pagenowfeatures a “Fellowships & More” tabshowcasing the outstanding peopleand programs of the RWJF HumanCapital Portfolio. Prospectiveapplicants will find links to usefulinformation on
;photos of the inspired, diversescholars, fellows, and leaders inHuman Capital and descriptions oftheir work; and videos on newdevelopments in the programs. Sharethe tab with someone who might bea good fit for one of the HumanCapital programs!
Communications Corner
Keeping It Professional WithSocial Media
The advent of social media lets youinstantaneously communicate withvast numbers of people. Individualsuse social media platforms–includingblogs, Facebook, and Twitter–toupdate their followers and friendswith anything from personalWe profiled
RWJF Investigator in Health Policy Research 
JamesJackson, whose groundbreaking work offers a fundamentallydifferent approach to how we might view the root causes ofdisparities (especially in cardiovascular disease and type 2diabetes). We also discussed the impact of the
RWJF Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program 
Project L/EARN 
Summer Medical and Dental Education Program 
onreducing disparities in the medical workplace. And in a Q&Aaddressing health disparities in medical research,
New Connections 
scholars commented on the recent report from theNational Institutes of Health that revealed a disturbing gapbetween the number of grants awarded to white scientists andthose awarded to black scientists.These are only a few of our scholars and fellows who aremaking justice in health care a priority. I encourage you to let usknow you are doing the same, and to read more about yourcolleagues’ contributions, by visiting the Human Capital websiteandblog.As Risa noted in her remarks, the task before us is “to bendthe arc of America’s good health toward justice.” I salute each ofyou in your tireless efforts to bring us all closer to that end.Best regards,
Linda Wright Moore
Senior Communications Officer 
Clinical Scholars 
In astudypublished in the
Journal of General Internal Medicine,
Michael Hochman, MD,(’10) and colleagues found that theresults of medication studies in top medical journals may bemisleading to readers. For “Endpoint Selection and Relative(Versus Absolute) Risk Reporting in Published Medication Trials,”Hochman and colleagues reviewed all the randomized medicationtrials published in the six highest-impact general medicine journals between June 1, 2008, and September 30, 2010, todetermine the prevalence of three types of outcome measuresthat make data interpretation difficult: surrogate outcomes (37percent of studies), composite outcomes (34 percent), anddisease-specific mortality (27 percent). They also reviewed each
RWJF Leaders' Link-September/Octoberhttp://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/...jqq_FzukJTVp1kLc1CBhQhKVetSXV46ofra8DRjZVy0HpMX1EnleSwj2WqxiRNEdNOEo%3D[11/3/2011 5:02:08 PM]
anecdotes to professionalaccomplishments. In just seconds,other Internet users have the optionto “like” a post on Facebook or to“retweet” a comment on Twitter; yournews can travel immediately. As asocial media user, you may havewondered how to balance sharingyour professional messages with thepersonal updates you may post when“off duty.” It’s actually wise to usecaution when posting in either space,as these accounts can easily collide.
Follow us on Twitter:@RWJF_HumanCapRWJF grantees:Do you have an article that will bepublished in a journal within the next30 to 60 days? Would you likeideas, suggestions, or support topromote the research presented?Contacthumancapital@iqsolutions.com.The
RWJF Human Capital GranteeNetwork
is an online communitywhere you can connect withhundreds of colleagues to shareideas, pose questions, get help withresearch, and find opportunities. Joinus! For an invitation, contacthcfeedback@rwjf.org.study’s abstract to determine the percentage of studies thatreported results using relative rather than absolute numbers,which can be misleading. The six journals examined were the
New England Journal of Medicine 
Journal of the American Medical Association 
The Lancet 
Annals of Internal Medicine 
British Medical Journal,
Archives of Internal Medicine 
. Thestudy received media coverage in the
among other media.
Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research 
Robert Wears, MD, (’09) was quoted in the media regarding hiseditorial accompanying a study in the
Annals of Emergency Medicine 
about the increased use of computerized tomography(CT) scans in the emergency room (ER). The study found thatuse of CT scans in the ER more than quadrupled over recentdecades, with more than one in eight patients getting the testsin 2007. Wears cautions that some of the increase is legitimate,such as when scans are ordered in the ER rather than afterpatients are hospitalized, helping to prevent unnecessary stays atthe hospital. Wears acknowledges that conducting the scans onpeople who probably do not need them slows down the ER anddelays CTs for patients who do need them. Wears was quotedby
, amongothers.

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