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April 15, 2022

Register to Attend the 2022 PARC Retreat, which will bring together PARC Associates and aging researchers from across Penn. PARC Associate and Penn aging researchers are encouraged to Submit a Brief Abstract for a 5-15 minute presentation or poster by April 15, 2022. Aging related posters presented at the 2022 PAA, Academy Health, and other recent research meetings are welcome.

Addressing Structural Racism in Medicaid to Promote Health Equity
April 15, 2022 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM Virtual 
Moderated by Atheendar Venkataramani (PSC/PARC) 

Medicaid provides a safety net for more than 75 million low-income people. While this is an essential part of achieving health equity, Medicaid’s structure and implementation has often perpetuated structural racism in health care. This panel will bring both a historical lens and fresh perspective to how structural racism manifests itself in Medicaid and what to do about it. Join us as we discuss policies and strategies to leverage Medicaid as a tool for eliminating racial disparities.

Join panelists from the National Science Board (NSB) and the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) located within the National Science Foundation for a discussion on the importance of state level-data for researchers, program managers and decision-makers. 

NIH Social, Behavioral & Economic COVID-19 Health Impacts
April 27-28, 2022

The NIH Social, Behavioral, and Economic (SBE) Health Impacts of COVID-19 initiative would like to invite you to a Spring webinar event for two half-days on April 27-28, 2022. The purpose of this webinar is to present findings from our grants to further connect researchers and foster collaboration.
Tiffany Huang, PSC and Provost Postdoctoral Fellow, wrote a blogpost for AAPI Data on "The Importance of Asian American Identity for Asian Americans: A Quantitative Analysis."
Alison M. Buttenheim (PSC) was quoted in The Atlantic on the potential need for annual COVID-19 shots like the flu, but the unlikeliness of sweeping annual COVID-19 immunization. “I just don’t think we’ll have 70 percent of U.S. adults saying, Oh, an annual COVID shot? Sure.”
Rachel M. Werner (PARC) and Mary Ersek (PARC) co-authored a National Academy of Sciences Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) report calling for sweeping reorganization of the nursing home industry entitled, "The National Imperative to Improve Nursing Home Quality." The report points out that despite nursing home residents making up less than half of one percent of the U.S. population, as of October 2021, they accounted for approximately 19 percent of all COVID-19 deaths. The report shows “the pandemic also highlighted the pervasive ageism evident in undervaluing the lives of older adults.” Read more in the LDI Research Update.
Dorothy E. Roberts (PSC) was featured in Penn Law News for a chapter she authored in The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story, which illuminates the legacy of slavery in the contemporary United States, and highlights the contributions of Black Americans to every aspect of American society. Since 2019, The 1619 Project and the conversations it has sparked have expanded through new resources, including a podcast, a book-length anthology, and a children's book.
Linda H. Aiken (PSC/PARC) was quoted in NPR Health News about the pressures on nurses and the potential effects of the recent Vaught verdict in which RaDonda Vaught, a nurse, was convicted of two felonies for a fatal medication mistake. "The only way you can really learn about errors in these complicated systems is to have people say, 'Oh, I almost gave the wrong drug because...' Well, nobody is going to say that now."
Centola, Damon, Douglas Guilbeault, Urmimala Sarkar, Elaine Khoong, Jingwen Zhang. 2022. "The Reduction of Race and Gender Bias in Clinical Treatment Recommendations Using Clinician Peer Networks in an Experimental Setting." Nature Communications.

Engel-Rebitzer, Eden, Daniel C. Stokes, Alison M. Buttenheim, et al. 2022. "Partisan Differences in Legislators’ Discussion of Vaccination on Twitter During the COVID-19 Era: Natural Language Processing Analysis." JMIR Infodemiology.

Florian, Sandra, Chenoa Flippen, Emilio Parrado. "The Labor Force Trajectories of Immigrant Women in the United States: Intersecting Individual and Gendered Cohort Characteristics." International Migration Review.

Graetz, Nick, Courtney E. Boen, Michael H. Esposito. 2022. "Structural Racism and Quantitative Causal Inference: A Life Course Mediation Framework for Decomposing Racial Health Disparities." Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

Gupta, Aashish, Nikkil Sudharsanan. 2022. "Large and Persistent Life Expectancy Disparities between India's Social Groups." Population and Development Review.

Roberts, Dorothy E. 2022. Torn Apart: How the Child Welfare System Destroys Black Families--and How Abolition Can Build a Safer World. Basic Books: New York, NY.

Tariq, Muhammad, Habib Ahmad, Brian E. Hemphill, Umar Farooq, Theodore G. Schurr. 2022. "Contrasting Maternal and Paternal Genetic Histories among Five Ethnic Groups from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan." Scientific Reports.

Washington, Karla T., Amy Piontek, JoAnn Jabbari, Jacquelyn J. Benson, George Demiris, Paul E. Tatum, Debra P. Oliver. 2022. "The Lived Experience of Physical Separation for Hospice Patients and Families Amid Covid-19." Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.

Werner, Rachel M., Mary Ersek, Committee on the Quality of Care in Nursing Homes. 2022. "The National Imperative to Improve Nursing Home Quality: Honoring Our Commitment to Residents, Families, and Staff." National Academy of Sciences Engineering and Medicine.

Wu, Bingxiao, Guy David. 2022. "Information, Relative Skill, and Technology Abandonment." Journal of Health Economics.
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