Taking the podium at the 2023 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting for the last time as President and CEO, Lisa Simpson looked out on an audience in the Seattle Convention Center that was much more diverse than when she took over the organization 12 years ago. She spoke of the dynamism of the health services research community and the new voices and ethnic and racial perspectives that are enriching and strengthening its work. She also noted the existential threats that continue to push against progress, including campaigns of misinformation, partisan rhetoric, and increasing hate and national division.
“We must all be mentors, champions, and sponsors for the next generation. Most importantly, we must stand together in the face of unprecedented attacks on science, education, and freedom of speech. Make no mistake. If science and education are suffering anywhere, they are suffering everywhere,” Simpson said to rousing applause. Further underscoring the legacy of her tenure were the topics of the three plenary sessions of the four-day event: health equity, reproductive justice, and the impact of climate change on health and health care.
As it has done since it played a role in the formation of AcademyHealth 41 years ago, the University of Pennsylvania’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) was heavily involved in the latest event with dozens of its Senior and Associate Fellows involved in podium presentations, panel discussions, research poster displays, and networking activities: