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PRS Students Testify Before New Hampshire Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs Committee

On May 24, 2011, three Dartmouth student researchers from the Policy Research Shop at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center traveled to Concord to testify before the Health, Human  Services, and Elderly Affairs Committee of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Catie Burkhard '11, Karen Doster '11, and Hope McIntyre '11, presented their PRS report, "Shared Decision Making: Background Information and Policy Options for New Hampshire," that describes, summarizes, and analyzes shared decision making in doctor-patient relationships.

Professor Justin Ren Discusses a "Composite Measure of Quality" at Health Policy Faculty Workshop

On May 26, 2011, the Health Policy Faculty Workshop hosted Dr. Justin Ren, Associate Professor of Operations and Technology Management, Dean's Fellow, and Senior Fellow at the Health Policy Institute of the Boston University School of Management. In his presentation, "Composite Measure of Quality," Dr. Ren weighed the arguments for and against composite measures of quality, provided several methods for computing composite measures (some data-based, others model-based), and compared them with applications in the healthcare sector.
Health Policy Faculty Workshops are jointly sponsored by The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.

For more information, please contact Caitlin Clapp or visit our website.

Professor Kimberlyn McGrail Presents Case Study of Cost-Effective Healthcare at Health Policy Faculty Workshop

On May 13, 2011, the Health Policy Faculty Workshop hosted Dr. Kimberlyn McGrail, Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia, Associate Director of the UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, Senior Researcher with Statistics Canada and Associate with the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation. Her talk was entitled, "How Do They Do That: What can we learn from Everett, Washington about improving quality and outcomes without increasing costs?"

Health Policy Faculty Workshops are jointly sponsored by The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.

For more information, please contact Caitlin Clapp or visit our website.

Looking for a Spring 2011 Public Policy Course? Explore Law, Health Policy, or Leadership

PBPL 26: Health Policy and Clinical Practice
Professor Gilbert Welch, MD, MPH, 11S: 10

Health care in the United States costs more than in other countries, but is it better? Answering this question requires understanding a wide range of subjects, including the pathophysiology of disease, clinical decision making, epidemiology, and public policy. This course provides an introduction to these tools. We will also consider additional questions: Is more screening & early diagnosis the best way to stay healthy? Does more treatment always help people feel better? And how has the "Dartmouth School" of health policy contributed to the debate? Dist: SOC; WCult: W.

PBPL 28/GOVT 30.03: Law, Courts and Public Policy
Professors Serena Laws and David Glick, 11S: 2A

Professor Ellen Meara Joins Public Policy Faculty at the Rockefeller Center

During the Winter 2011 Term, Professor Ellen Meara joins the Rockefeller Center as an adjunct associate professor of public policy.  She is teaching a health policy seminar—PBPL 84.2: Health Policy Reform. The goal of her seminar is to analyze the likely strengths and weaknesses in U.S. health reform to address three major challenges in the health care system: access, cost, and quality of health care. 
In addition to her teaching in the Center, Meara is also an associate professor at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.  Professor Meara is an economist whose research examines: 1) trends in medical spending and health outcomes in the U.S. and 2) the interaction of social policy and health outcomes. Much of her research has focused on medically vulnerable populations such as Medicaid enrollees, the uninsured and recipients of public income support with mental and substance use disorders.

Health Policy Talk by Dr. Ashish Jha on "The Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records"

"The Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records: The Opportunities and Challenges Ahead"

On December 9, 2010, the Health Policy Faculty Workshop hosted Dr. Ashish Jha, a national expert on the use of electronic health records by physicians and hospitals in the U.S.  His talk on the policies promoting the use of electronic health records gave rise to a lively discussion among the diverse audience members who came from the medical school, TDI, DHMC, and Tuck, as well as faculty from various departments around the College.  It was a great opportunity for frank interdisciplinary discussion of a major policy initiative in health care.

Health Policy Faculty Workshops are jointly sponsored by The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.

For more information, please visit our website.

Faculty Workshops and Research Grant Presentations

The Rockefeller Center, in addition to offering curricular and co-curricular opportunities for students, also supports faculty in the social sciences and public policy with an array of programs.  You can read more about these faculty opportunities at the Center's web site.    On Thursday, September 23, 2010, Dr. Astri Syse, Norwegian Fulbright Scholar in Residence at Dartmouth this year in Sociology and at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, presented "Life After Cancer in Norway - 'Highlights' from a Registry-Based Study".  Health Policy Faculty Workshops are a collaboration between The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.  Learn more about the Rockefeller Center's Faculty Workshops.  On Friday, September 24, 2010, Dr.

Health Policy Track Taking Shape in Public Policy Minor

With the addition of two new courses, the Health Policy track within the Public Policy Minor at the Rockefeller Center is a great opportunity for Dartmouth students.  We now have multi-year commitments from two Dartmouth faculty members to teach health policy classes annually.  Professor H. Gilbert Welch, professor of medicine and community and family medicine at Dartmouth Medical School, is also affiliated with The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.  A trained medical doctor, Professor Welch also holds a master’s degree in public health (MPH).  During the Spring 2010 term, Welch offered for the first time PDF iconPBPL 26: Health Policy and Clinical Practice (PDF).  Seventy students enrolled in the class; student responses to the course were overwhelmingly positive.  Professor Welch will continue to offer PBPL 26 during the spring term at the 10 hour. 

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