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Posted September 2008

Penn Professor Receives '08 Fichter Research Grant

Associate Professor Dr. Barbra Wall has received a 2008 Fichter Research Grant from the Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR) for her study, "Clash and Compromise: Catholic Hospitals, Secularization, and the State in 20th Century America." This study researches the history of women and religion by examining Catholic hospitals from 1925 to 2000 through the lens of five religious nursing congregations, with special emphasis on discovering how religious institutions such as hospitals attempt to shape healthcare and policy in a pluralistic environment. It will compare US Catholic hospitals from 1925 to 2000. The study is done at a time when religious organizations are in the forefront of the American healthcare scene. It will add to the secularization debate by enhancing our understanding of the role that religion plays in the United States,...
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Nutrition
Posted September 2008

NRSA Fellowship to Joanna Holsten

Joanna E. Holsten has received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) for Individual Predoctoral Fellows in Nursing (F31) for her project, “The Food Environment and Body Mass Index in Middle School Children,”  under the mentorship of Dr. Charlene Compher.  The obesity epidemic is escalating unchecked, drastically effecting even our country’s youngest populations.  This cross-sectional study explores the relationship between children’s food environments and body mass index. Understanding this relationship will help direct future research and community interventions to address the epidemic....

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Gerontology
Posted October 2008

Dr. Sochalski is co-investigator on NIH award

Julie A. Sochalski, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor of Nursing, is co-investigator on an NIH/NHLBI R01 award, "Market competition and the quality of home health services," with Dr. Dan Polsky, PI, of the Division of General Internal Medicine from Penn School of Medicine. In 2004 the federal government launched the Home Health Quality Initiative (HHQI) for reporting of quality information and incorporating “pay for performance.” The goal of this project is determine whether HHQI improves the quality of home health care, and whether HHQI is more likely to improve quality in more competitive markets....
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Women's Health
Posted October 2008

Skin color, not race, plays larger role in injury detection

Female victims of sexual assault with dark skin are less likely than females with light skin to have their injuries identified, documented, and treated, leaving them disadvantaged in both the healthcare and criminal justice system, according to a new study published in the November issue of The American Journal of Emergency Medicine.  According to the National Crime Victimization Survey, black women have higher rape/sexual assault cases than white women, and one of the main reasons women do not report sexual victimization is "lack of [physical] proof" that an incident occurred. "This finding is novel and important with respect both to clinical assessment and the decisions made within the criminal justice process," said Penn Nursing professor Marilyn Sommers, PhD, RN, the principal investigator of the study. Dr. Sommers...

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Other
Posted October 2008

Dr. Naylor discusses the nursing shortage and transitional care on PBS

Penn Nursing professor Mary Naylor, PhD, RN, FAAN, was featured on NOW on PBS in an episode that detailed the national nursing shortage. The video can be seen here. The full interview with Dr. Naylor, in which she details her transitional care model, can be seen on the PBS website, on the right hand column, under Video: Interview: Nursing from Hospital to Home....
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Gerontology
Posted November 2008

Penn professor featured on A1 of The New York Times

Adjunct assistant professor Deanna Gray-Miceli, PhD, APRN, FAANP, was featured in a New York Times front-page article on aging as an expert in geriatric falls. The article discussed Dr. Gray-Miceli's research, which focuses on identifying the causes of falls, which might include treatable factors like changes in gait, low blood pressure, declining vision or heart arrhthmias, as well as conditions in the home. Dr. Gray-Miceli is a former John A Hartford Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow with our Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence. ...

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Hospital
Posted December 2008

PVAMC award to Dr. Arlene Houldin

Arlene D. Houldin, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, Associate Professor of Psychosocial Oncology Nursing, was approved for funding from the Veterans Health Administration, Comprehensive End-of-Life Care Initiative through a competitive RFP process.  The purpose over 3 years is to establish a new palliative care/hospice unit at PVAMC, to support staffing, and to measure quality outcomes, including nurse-sensitive patient outcomes.  The proposal was submitted by Jen Kapo, Palliative Care Medical Director at the PVAMC, and Dr. Houldin as Palliative Care Nursing Director, with strong support and commitment from Cindy Heidt and the PVAMC administration.   The overall purpose of the funding is to ensure reliable access to quality end of life care to meet the needs of veterans with life limiting illness and their families, expanding the care of our veterans at PVAMC who are in ne...
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Other
Posted December 2008

Dr. Aiken named Ambassador for Global Health Research

Dr. Linda Aiken has just been named an Ambassador for Global Health Research in the Paul G. Rogers Society of Research!America. Dr. Aiken was selected for this honor from among the nation’s best global health research leaders. As an Ambassador, she will conduct public outreach and advocacy for global health research through Research!America. She will meet with leaders and decision-makers and promote nursing research to non-scientific audiences through her presentations and dialogues, and she will be involved with several community-level activities to engage the public. Dr. Aiken's global commitment to quality care through health outcomes research makes her an ideal candidate for this role and recipient of this major honor. She is the second Ambassador for Global Health Research from Penn Nursing. Marjorie Muecke, the assistant dean for Global Health ...

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