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Scott Halpern, Raina Merchant Honored as Two of Nation's Top Ten Young Health Leaders

  • Thursday, 25 October 2012

LDI Senior Fellows Scott Halpern and Raina Merchant have each won the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's first ever RWJF Young Leader Award. The award recognizes leaders younger than 40 for their exceptional contributions to improving the nation's health care.

The two are among 10 winners selected across the country. Each receives
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$40,000. RWJF established the award as it marks its own 40th anniversary as the country's largest philanthropy devoted solely to public health. The goal of the new honor, according to the Foundation, is to highlight early career accomplishments that signal an individual's strong potential for future leadership roles.

Health Affairs Profiles
Halpern and Merchant and their work are featured in individual "Young Leader" profile articles in the December issue of Health Affairs magazine.

"As we reflected on our accomplishments over the past 40 years, we also wanted to look to the future," said RWJF President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD. "During the relatively short period that our foundation has been operational, these impressive men and women were born and raised and started doing amazing things that can potentially improve the health of all Americans. We're proud to acknowledge their early success, and inspired by the potential they have to improve U.S. health and health care."

'Talent and dedication'
"Congratulations to both Scott and Raina," said LDI Executive Director Dan Polsky. "Their leadership and outstanding early career achievements are a testament to their talent and dedication as well as assets in LDI's overall efforts to improve the nation's health care through significant research."

Scott Halpern, MD, PhD, MBE, is an Assistant Professor of both Medicine and Epidemiology at Penn's Perelman School of Medicine, Deputy Director of LDI's Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE), Director of CHIBE's new FIELDS Center for the study of end-of-life decision science, and a member of the Penn Medicine Center for Innovation.

Raina Merchant, MD, MS, is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Penn's Perelman School of Medicine, Associate Faculty Director of Penn's Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, Director of the MyHeartMap Challenge social media crowdsourcing project promoting AED availability and awareness throughout Philadelphia, and manager of a Twitter lab project that analyzes tweet streams for data patterns related to resuscitation, critical care, and public health policy.

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