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Heather Johnson Honored as Outstanding Woman of Color

Heather JohnsonDr. Heather Johnson was selected as one of seven Outstanding Women of Color by the University of Wisconsin - Madison for 2015-16. A campus-wide reception to honor these women will be held on Wednesday, October 7 from 5:00-7:30 pm at the Pyle Center. In addition to her UW-Madison honor, Dr. Johnson has also been nominated for the UW System 20th Annual Awards to Outstanding Women of Color in Education. Congratulations, Dr. Johnson! 

Maureen Smith Receives AAMC Learning Health System Research Award

Maureen SmithDr. Maureen Smith recently received an AAMC Learning Health System Research Champion Award to recognize connections that were built between the UW Health, the UW Office of Continuing Professional Development, and the Health Innovation Program to link clinical quality improvement, maintenance of certification, and research. Together, these groups created a web-based resource to support clinicians in the writing and preparation of manuscripts based on their quality improvement activities, facilitating the evolution from quality improvement to generalizable knowledge. 

Christine Everett Receives PAEA 2014 Article of the Year Award

Christine EverettDr. Christine Everett recently received the 2014 Article of the Year Award from the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) for the article titled, "Physician assistants and nurse practitioners perform effective roles on teams caring for patients with Medicare patients with diabetes," which was published in Health Affairs in November 2013. A $1.1 million grant was recently funded by the Veteran's Administration to further evaluate roles based on her methodology.  

Jennifer Weiss Appointed to National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable

Jennifer WeissDr. Jennifer Weiss has been appointed UW Health liaison to the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT). The NCCRT, which was established by the American Cancer Society and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a national coalition of organizations whose mission is to reduce the incidence and mortality from colorectal cancer in the US, and increase the use of proven colorectal cancer screening tests among the entire population for whom screening is appropriate. 

HIP Investigators Awarded UW-ICTR Pilot Grants

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Several HIP investigators were recently awarded pilot grants from the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (UW-ICTR). Drs. Christie Bartels, Michelle Chui, Korey Kennelty, Nancy Pandhi, and Gretchen Schwarze will be conducting projects on a variety of topics in inpatient, outpatient, and pharmacy settings that engage patients and community health care organizations as collaborators.

Jennifer Weiss Appointed to AGA Ethics Committee

Jen WeissDr. Jennifer Weiss was recently appointed to the American Gastroenterological Association's Ethics Committee, whose mission is to support the AGA Institute's core value to promote the highest standards of professionalism and ethics in the field of gastroenterology.

The committee is currently working on clinical vignettes to promote discussion around ethical issues in gastroenterology, and will be hosting a panel discussion at Digestive Disease Week 2015.

Dr. Nasia Safdar Wins Excellence in Patient Engagement Award

Nasia SafdarDr. Nasia Safdar recently won the John Q. Sherman Award for Excellence in Patient Engagement. This award recognizes individuals and healthcare provider institutions that are changing the face of healthcare by using innovative programs and approaches that increase patient and family engagement.

Read more about the award and Dr. Safdar's innovative approach to involving patients in reducing infections at EngagingPatients.org.

Brock Polnaszek Selected for MSTAR Award

Brock PolnaszekBrock Polnaszek was selected as one of the national recipients of the Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) awards sponsored by the American Federation for Aging Research and the National Institutes on Aging.

His study, under the mentorship of Dr. Amy Kind and Dr. Sanjay Asthana, will aim to deternine the accuracy of written physical activity discharge order communication for hip fracture and stroke patients discharged to nursing homes from the hospital. Specifically, he will examine the accuracy of written activity orders for: (1) medical assistive devices for ambulating or transferring (i.e., cane), (2) level of assistance with sitting to standing, and (3) patient safety restrictions (i.e., fall risk).

Dr. Amy Kind Invited to Participate on CMS Technical Expert Panel

Amy KindDr. Amy Kind has been invited to participate on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Technical Expert Panel on re-evaluating hospital-level measures of 30-day post-discharge care transitions for patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI), heart failure (HF), and pneumonia.

This panel will re-evaluate three measures that are currently endorsed by the National Quality Forum (NQF) so that they can be used in the assessment of providing high-value care to Medicare beneficiaries.

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