Alumni News & Notes
Learn about recent accomplishments by our Dartmouth Institute alumni—and tell us about your own!
Geisel Researchers to Receive $2.6 Million Award to Study Pediatric Hospital Admissions
Dartmouth Institute Associate Professor JoAnna Leyenaar is leading team of Geisel researchers on a PCORI-funded project to compare the effectiveness of direct admission and admission through emergency departments (EDs) for hospitalized children.
Study Finds that Quitting Smoking During Pregnancy Lowers Risk of Preterm Births
Dartmouth Institute Associate Professor Samir Soneji is the lead author on a new study that addresses the important association between maternal cigarette smoking cessation during pregnancy and risk of preterm birth.
James O’Malley Receives Distinguished Award for Scientific Excellence
The Dartmouth Institute professor and director of the Program in Quantitative Biomedical Sciences has received the 2019 ISPOR (International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research) Award for Excellence in Health Economics and Outcomes Research Methodology.
How common are advance care planning conversations when the patient is hospitalized, older, and at a high risk of dying?
A Dartmouth research team analyzed advanced care planning billing at a national physician practice and found that despite incentives, the rate of ACP-billed conversations was low and varied greatly among physicians and practice sites.
Going Public: MPH Students Hone Their Skills in the Field
Find out how four students in the Class of 2019 are working with leading nonprofits, health systems, consulting firms, and even their own companies to improve health and healthcare in communities across the country.
There’s Strength in Numbers for People Facing Serious Illness
Researchers at The Dartmouth Institute are developing a Palliative Care Learning Health System Incubator (LHS-Incubator) that unites the distinct knowledge and experiences of patients, caregivers, and clinicians—enabling these groups to work together to design and develop novel services and tools to improve palliative care experiences.
Tools to Help Seriously Ill Patients Near Death Make Decisions About Their Care Aren’t Commonly Used in Routine Practice
A new study by researchers from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice found that although there are dozens of tools available to help people make difficult decisions near the end of their lives, they are of varying quality and very few are actually available for patients and families to use in hospitals.
Reid Plimpton MPH'19 is Working With Maine’s Immigrant Communities and Gaining Experience in Community-Based Participatory Methods
Reid Plimpton found the topic of his Applied Practice Experience by first identifying the “public health skills he was interested in adding to his professional toolkit.” At the top of the list was experience in community-based participatory methods, project evaluation, and policy development.
Mandy Miller MPH'19 is in a New York State of Mind, Examining How Lawmakers Can Expand Access to Affordable Health Coverage
For her Applied Practice Experience, Mandy Miller turned her attention to analyzing data on New York’s individual health insurance market and investigating what kind of policies New York State could adopt to create a sustainable health insurance system.
Stoddard Davenport MPH'19 and Colleagues Are Bringing Public Health into Private Consulting
Stoddard Davenport Davenport and his colleagues at Milliman’s Denver Health Practice are using their skills as consultants and researchers to help their colleagues across the insurance industry gain a deeper understanding of the opioid epidemic as a public health crisis.
Will Erickson MPH'19 Believes the Patient Should Be the Hero of Their Own Story
As a union organizer and process improvement coach, Will Erickson believes in the power of a group that’s working toward a common goal. So perhaps it’s not surprising that for his Applied Practice Experience (APE), he chose to work with Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) in Eastern Massachusetts focusing on the group visit (GV) model of healthcare delivery.
Can Artificial Intelligence Help Doctors and Patients Have Better Conversations?
Medical Marketing Has Skyrocketed in the Past Two Decades, While Oversight Remains Limited
In an article recently published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), researchers from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice reviewed medical marketing (the marketing of prescription drugs, disease awareness, laboratory tests and health services to consumers and professionals) over a 20-year period from 1997 through 2016 and found that while it had increased dramatically from about $17.7 billion to $29.9 billion, regulation has not.
It’s all in the algorithm!
In an effort to improve what can often be a frustrating and confusing search for information about cancer treatment options, two PhD students at The Dartmouth Institute, Katie Saunders and Curtis Peterson, are using machine-learning technology to rate and evaluate whether the materials patients receive is clear and helpful.
Veterans Health Administration Hospitals Outperform Non–VHA Hospitals in Most Healthcare Markets
The Dartmouth Institute Honors the Legacy of Professor Lisa Schwartz
The Dartmouth Institute honors the legacy of Professor Lisa Schwartz whose pioneering research helped improve the communication of medical information to physicians, policymakers, media, and the public.
Patient Engagement as a New Blockbuster Drug, Not Quite Yet, Study Finds
A new study by Dartmouth Institute researchers tries to answer the question: If patient engagement is the new ‘blockbuster drug,’ why are we not seeing spectacular effects? The team conducted 103 interviews with 68 healthcare professionals designed to measure understanding of PAE and barriers to implementation were conducted in May of 2015 and May of 2016.
Key Elements: Valuing Medical Students in Research
Dartmouth Institute researcher Paul Barr, PhD, MSc and the Open Recordings team have been working with Geisel medical students on a range of projects centered on developing and implementing scalable solutions for the use of recordings in clinical practice.
Professor Ellen Meara Appointed to Endowed Professorship
Ellen Meara, PhD, has been named to the Peggy Y. Thomson Professorship in the Evaluative Clinical Sciences.
Recent Survey Provides an Updated National Estimate of Doctors’ Financial Ties to Industry
Dartmouth Institute physician-researchers Lisa Schwartz and Steven Woloshin were part of a team that conducted a national survey of internal medicine doctors to better understand the effects of changes in gift and payment policies from pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers to physicians implemented in 2013.
New Research: Use of Tobacco and Marijuana Products Regularly Featured in Hip-Hop Music Videos
Dartmouth Institute Receives $3.5 Million Grant for Research to Prevent Acute Kidney Injury During Cardiac Catheterization
Over two million people in the United States undergo cardiac catheterization each year. While the procedure is used effectively for both diagnostic and interventional purposes, it is not without risk: Acute kidney injury (AKI) occurs in up to 14 percent of all patients following a cardiac catheterization and up to 50 percent in patients with pre-existing kidney disease. A research team led by Dartmouth Institute Associate Professor Jeremiah Brown recently was awarded a $3.5 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIH) to test preventative interventions, which have the potential to significantly improve patient safety and outcomes, through a virtual learning collaborative with or without automated surveillance reporting (ASR).
Prof. Louise Davies: Member of an International Task Force Making Recommendations on Thyroid Cancer Monitoring in the Wake of a Nuclear Accident
Dartmouth Institute Associate Professor Louise Davies, a well-known exert on overdiagnosis and thyroid cancer, recently served on a World Health Organization task force that offered recommendations for thyroid screening. The group gave a preview of their recommendations in a recent Lancet Oncology article.
Jazz, Vampires, and Patient Preferences: Dartmouth's First-Ever Healthcare Foundations Offers a Humanistic Approach to Training Future Healthcare Leaders
Over the course of an intensive week, faculty and clinical experts guided students through a week of exploring how the humanities can offer new perspectives and strategies for improving patient care.
Dartmouth Institute study reveals public and physician attitudes on recording clinical visits
New Dartmouth Institute study is the first to measure the prevalence of recording of clinical visits in the United States. The study also assesses the attitudes of doctors and the public toward recording, and surveys 49 large health systems. in the U.S. to determine whether they currently have in place policies on recording.
Solution-Driven & Focused on Systems Improvement: Meet Our New On-Campus MPH Class
The Dartmouth Institute’s on-campus Master of Public Health program brings together business consultants, policy advocates, physicians (aspiring and actual), and other healthcare professionals from around the country—and the world. Find out more about what drives this dedicated group of recent graduate and mid-career professionals, and what they’re looking for in Dartmouth Institute ‘deliverables.’
MPH Student Spotlight: Melanie Wang
MPH Student Spotlight: Karin Pivaral
MPH Student Spotlight: Tarun Jella
MPH Student Spotlight: Juan Jose Delgado-Hurtado, MD
‘Serious’ Video Games May Improve Physician Decision Making in Trauma Triage Situations
An emergency medicine physician working in the field or at a non-trauma center often has minutes to assess a patient’s injuries and decide whether they are severe enough to warrant transfer to a Level I or II trauma center. Under these circumstances—and often with only incomplete or suboptimal information available—emergency physicians rely heavily on their judgment of how closely a patient’s injuries mirror or represent the typical case that would require transfer to a trauma center. In order to help improve this type of physician decision making, known as heuristics, Dartmouth Institute Professor Amber Barnato, MD, recently worked with researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University to develop and test two “serious” video game training interventions designed to improve judgment.
Highly Accomplished & Highly Committed: Meet the Online MPH Class of 2020
From New York City to Canada’s Northwest Territories, working in both the public and private sector, find out more about what drives these dedicated healthcare professionals, and what they’re looking for in Dartmouth Institute ‘deliverables.’
MPH Student Spotlight: Hema Karunakaram, Client Engagement Leader, IBM
MPH Student Spotlight: Daniel Wallingford, Director, New York City Department of Health
MPH Student Spotlight: Joshua Gonzalez, Manager, Aetna Corporate Development & Aetna Ventures
MPH Student Spotlight: Nicole Redvers, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, Co-founder Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation
Research Awards & Updates: Smoking and Serious Mental Illness
Updates and Awards - latest research news, updates, published papers from The Dartmouth Institute community
Addiction, HIV Testing, High Drug Prices, and Cancer Screening: Impact of MPH Internships Extends from Hanover to Kosovo
Read how four recent graduates have worked to effect meaningful improvements in care from rural Vermont to the small nation of Kosovo, Europe’s newest country.
2018 MPH & MS Capstones Offer Fresh Approaches to Achieving Better Health & Healthcare
As part of their capstone work, students design research proposals, conduct health policy reviews and analyses, and design intervention proposals and quality improvement projects.
Congratulations to The Dartmouth Institute Class of 2018!
Eighty-four healthcare "rock stars" just became Dartmouth alumni. Congratulations to our 2018 MPH, MS, and PhD graduates!
Geisel Launches $250M Fundraising Campaign
Interaction: The Campaign for Dartmouth Medicine will amplify the medical school’s academic vitality and global impact.
First Online MPH Gets Set to Graduate
The first class of online MPH students, pioneers themselves, are about to graduate from The Dartmouth Institute's two-year program. Learn more about this dedicated group of professionals, and what they hope to accomplish with the skills and professional relationships they’ve developed here at The Dartmouth Institute.
The Next Generation of Surgeon-Investigators Tackle Tough Questions Facing Surgeons and Patients in the 6th Annual STARS Event
Dartmouth Institute Researchers Receive $2.1 Million Award for Project Aimed at Better Informing Women with Uterine Fibroids about Treatment Options
MPH Hepatitis C Telemedicine Project: There Are Four I's in Team
Learn how four students in Dartmouth Institute's on-campus MPH (Master of Public Health) degree program came together to form the perfect team that investigated an unanswered question about telemedicine and the treatment of Hepatitis C.
Undergraduate Initiative in Health Care Delivery Science Launches with Philanthropic Gift
The Dartmouth Institute and the Faculty of Arts & Sciences have launched a new undergraduate initiative in health care delivery science education thanks to a generous gift from Dartmouth alumnus Eric Eichler '57.
A Passion for Quality Improvement Drives These Nurse Educators Turned Dartmouth Institute MPH Students
Longtime nurse educators Catherine Alexander and Mary “Mimi” Pomerleau each feels strongly that nursing leadership in QI is an untapped opportunity for the nursing profession—and for our health care system as a whole.
The Applied Practice Experience Gives Online MPH Students an Opportunity to Improve Health Care in Communities Across the Country
See how our students are combining their experience, training, and passion to improve health and change lives in their communities and across the country.
Practicum Highlight: Ben Bulkley, MPH’18
For his online MPH practicum experience, Ben Bulkley worked with national initiative ReThink Health to interview anchor employers and other stakeholders in Saginaw, Michigan, in support of the region's Health and Economy Initiative.
Practicum Highlight: Chelsea Strandberg, INHC, MPH’18
Chelsea Strandberg focused her online MPH applied practice experience work on assessing how incorporating nutrition health coaching programs in college settings could help prevent obesity later in life.
Practicum Highlight: Laura Ward, MPH’18
Laura Ward focused her online MPH applied practice experience work on understanding patients' preferences regarding disclosure of childhood trauma to help improve their care.
Practicum Highlight: Krysta Harvey, MPH’18
Krysta Harvey focused her online MPH applied practice experience work on improving access to quality child care in Kearny County, Kansas.
From Quebec to Copenhagen: Annual Preventing Overdiagnosis Conference Raises Awareness Around the Globe
The Dartmouth Institute, widely recognized for its pioneering research on overdiagnosis and overtreatment, is a founding collaborator of the conference.
Q&A with The Dartmouth Institute’s Newest Faculty Member Dr. Amber Barnato
In 2017, Amber Barnato was named the inaugural Susan J. and Richard M. Levy 1960 Distinguished Professor in Health Care Delivery. Learn more about her plans for continuing her groundbreaking research into end-of-life care here at The Dartmouth Institute.
Dartmouth Institute MPH Students on Why the Time is Now!
The incoming class of Dartmouth Institute MPH students come from diverse professional backgrounds, and they believe that despite an environment of uncertainty, it’s a great time to be working in health care!
New Dartmouth Institute Analysis Looks at Laws on Patient Recording of Clinical Encounters
If you are doctor, there is a good chance that at least one of your last 10 patients recorded their visit—either with or without permission. This “new reality” has some doctors and health care clinics worried about the ownership of recordings.
MPH Internship Highlight: QI Work at Boston Children’s Hospital
Allison LaRussa, MPH'17, worked with the Quality Improvement team in Critical Care Medicine at Boston Children’s to develop improvement strategies for monitoring patient sedation.
Geisel Researchers to Receive $1 Million Award for Comparative Outcomes Research
A team of researchers led by Dartmouth Institute Professor Tor Tosteson, ScD, has been approved for a $1 million funding award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
MPH Internship Highlight: Creating a STEM Curriculum for High Schools
Sayoni Saha, MPH '17 and Sarah Bessen, MPH '17 developed a short program designed to help high school students learn about the less visible roles involved in the delivery of patient care.
2017 MPH and MS Capstones Offer Innovative Approaches to Improving Health
From proposals on improving obesity counseling to analyzing the impact of Medicaid Expansion Models on maternal and infant health care, this year's capstone presentations by Dartmouth Institute MPH and MS students took on some of our biggest public health challenges.
Dartmouth Health Economist Carrie Colla Named 2017-2018 RWJF Health Policy Fellow
As a Fellow, Carrie Colla will spend a year in Washington, D.C., working on health-related legislative and regulatory issues with members of Congress and the executive branch.
3 Examples of How Economics Affects Health and Health Care
Many important forces shaping health and health care have more to do with economics and social policy than with any particular medical treatment or procedure. Dartmouth Institute Professor Ellen Meara takes a closer look.
Dartmouth Institute Students Advocate for a Healthier Nation during National Public Health Week
In recognition of National Public Health Week 2017, The Dartmouth Institute Student Advisory Council hosted a variety of events April 3-9 aimed at promoting social justice and equity, and stimulating conversations on how we can become a healthier nation.
3 Public and Health Policy Challenges That Will Define the Next Generation
In this installment of our “3” Series, Assistant Professor Samir Soneji outlines 3 public and health policy challenges that will define the next generation.
Does Payer Type—Commercial Insurance or Medicare—Affect the Use of Low-Value Care?
3 Facts About Contraceptive Care: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
In this installment of our “3” Series, Assistant Professor Rachel Thompson talks about contraceptive care in the U.S. — where we are and where we need to go.
3 Ways We Can Work Together to Improve Health and Health Care
In our “3” Series, Dartmouth Institute faculty, starting with Director Elliott Fisher talk about things we should be thinking of and ways we can improve health and health care.
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