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Post-Doc Fellow Awarded New Investigator Grant

Hilary Barnes, a post-doctoral research fellow in Penn Nursing’s Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research recently received an AcademyHealth New Investigator Small Grant Award.

The AcademyHealth New Investigator Small Grant Program is designed to support the early careers of new health services researchers. This grant program funds innovative, timely, and relevant research and translation activities that advance AcademyHealth’s vision of improving health and the performance of the healthcare system by generating evidence and moving evidence into policy and practice.

The 2016 New Investigators were selected through a competitive process that included evaluation by three individual review committees comprised of AcademyHealth staff, staff at partner organizations, and health services research and policy experts.

“The grant is very important to me as I conduct this study and move into my next role as a faculty member and researcher,” said Dr. Barnes. “I will be completing my post-doctoral research fellowship this year, and the grant will provide excellent exposure to and connections with top health services and nurse practitioner researchers.”

Hilary’s research, titled “The Longitudinal Effect of Scope of Practice Regulations on Nurse Practitioners Supply, Medicaid Acceptance, and Access to Care within Physician Practices.” is largely focused on the nurse practitioner (NP) workforce. Her dissertation research examined role transition for NPs, and her post-doctoral work has focused on the impact of state scope of practice policies on NP supply and workforce distribution.