LDI Small Grants Program

LDI Small Grants Program

The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) annually requests proposals for pilot research and working group grants during the Fall Semester in the broad category of health systems and health policy research. We seek proposals that investigate emerging medical, economic, social, and policy issues that influence how health care is organized, financed, managed, and delivered. Funded proposals usually align with at least one of LDI’s themes: insurance reform, health care delivery, healthy behaviors, and vulnerable populations. 2017 priorities were opioid crisis, Medicaid, long-term care, and provider access.


1. Stimulate innovative research ideas among the Penn community, 
2. Encourage the development of new collaborations between investigators of different backgrounds and disciplines, and 
3. Encourage cross-school collaborations.

The 2017 Awardees Are:

Senior Fellows
Do Simple Structural Home Repairs Improve the Health of Low-Income Philadelphians and Their Neighborhoods? An Evaluation of Philadelphia’s Basic Systems Repair Program
Principal Investigator: Eugenia C. South, MD, MS
Co-Investigators: John MacDonald, PhD, MA; Vincent Reina, PhD, MSc, MBA

Leveraging National Databases to Understand Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opiate Abuse under Medicaid
Principal Investigator: Paula Chatterjee, MD, MPH
Co-Investigators: Norma B. Coe, PhD

Development of a Safe Injection Facility (SIF) Evaluation Working Group
Principal Investigator: Douglas J. Wiebe, PhD
Co-Investigators: Jennifer Pinto-Martin, PhD, MPH; Heather Klusaritz, PhD, MSW; Carolyn Cannuscio. ScD, ScM; Benjamin Frank Cocchiaro, MD, MPH

Improving Outcomes among Medically Complex Populations in a Safety Net Setting: A Workgroup Proposal
Principal Investigator: Margo Brooks Carthon, PhD, RN, FAAN
Co-Investigators: Kendal Williams, MD, MPH; Martin Bohnenkamp, MD; Sara Holland, DNP, RN; Pamela Cacchione, PhD, MSN

Indirect Effects of Introducing Performance Pay for Hospitals: Evidence from Post-Acute Care
Principal Investigator: Atul Gupta, PhD
Co-Investigators: Guy David, PhD

Influence of Nurse Practitioner Restrictions on Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Diabetes Care
Principal Investigator: Margo Brooks Carthon, PhD, RN, FAAN
Co-Investigators: Linda Aiken, PhD, RN, FAAN; Heather Brom, PhD, APRN; Douglas Sloan, PhD; Barbara Todd, DNP, ACNP‐BC, FAANP

Measuring Medicaid Access to Care and its Downstream Implications: The Case of Hepatitis C
Principal Investigator: Norma B. Coe, PhD
Co-Investigators: Paula Chatterjee, MD, MPH

Associate Fellows
Quality and Cost of Inpatient Nurse Practitioner-Led Care
Principal Investigator: Jordan Harrison, PhD, RN
Mentor: Matthew D. McHugh, PhD, JD, MPH
Co-Investigators: Barbara Todd, DNP, MS; Rebecca Lynn Trotta, PhD, MSN

An Exploration of the Utilization of Pediatric Health Care Facilities by Trafficked Youth in Philadelphia
Principal Investigator: Carmelle Tsai, MD
Mentor: Cynthia Mollen, MD, MSCE

Exploration of Fidelity, Feasibility, Acceptability, and Contextual Factors of a Hospital Mobility Program
Principal Investigator: Heather Greysen, PhD, APRN, RN
Mentor: Mary D. Naylor, PhD, RN, FAAN
Co-Investigators: Frances K. Barg, PhD, MEd; Ryan Greysen, MD, MHS, MA; Mitesh S. Patel, MD, MBA

Measuring Stigma in Patients with Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infections
Principal Investigator: M. Elle Saine
Mentor: Vincent Lo Re, III, MD, MSCE

Physician Variation in Opioid Prescribing and Patient Responses After Legalization of Medical Marijuana
Principal Investigator: Benjamin Ukert, PhD
Mentor: M. Kit Delgado, MD, MS
Co-Investigators: Molly Candon, PhD; Elena Andreyeva, PhD

An archive of award winners can be accessed here.

The 2018 Call for Proposals will be posted September 2018. If you have questions about this program contact Joanne Levy at levyj@wharton.upenn.edu.