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From Our Executive Director
In 2023, LDI continued to lead important and evidence-informed conversations to advance and improve health and the health care of our nation. We hosted seminars and conferences, facilitated public testimonies, and continued our work to support and train the next generation of health services researchers. We featured our Fellows’ research in blogs, videos, and news stories and continued to expand training opportunities in translation and dissemination. LDI also built new collaborations focused on value-based care in community health centers and on generating rigorous evidence about the role of transitional housing programs in promoting population health.
We hope you take a minute to enjoy the highlights of 2023 below. These highlights would not be possible without the contributions from the many people, schools, and organizations across Penn’s campus. And these highlights only scratch the surface of the outstanding work from the LDI community. Make sure to click through to see more. It is now more important than ever to build on this work and drive progress in health-related research, education, and policy impact and I am confident that LDI is up to the task.
Executive Director, Penn LDI; Robert D. Eilers Professor of Health Care Management and Economics, Wharton School; Professor, Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine
2023 By the Numbers
9,500+Journal Articles Published (2019-2023)
2,900+Virtual Seminar Attendees
180+Research Updates Published
$1M+Awarded in Research Grants from LDI
$150M+Awarded in External Grant Funding
Penn LDI published over 180 research updates in 2023, covering the work of a large number of LDI Fellows and a wide array of health care topics, including the opioid crisis, improving care for older adults, health equity, and more. Check out some of the top updates of the year below.
News | Population Health
LDI Senior Fellow leads a major study that details how the high levels of nurse burnout during the pandemic speak to the depth of inadequate nurse staffing policies prior to the pandemic.
Linda Aiken and colleagues from the School of Nursing’s Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research conducted the largest repeated survey ever done of registered nurses.
Blog | Opioid Epidemic
Vending machines can serve as a potential solution to the alarming opioid death toll, particularly in Philadelphia where overdoses have surged, disproportionately impacting Black individuals.
Rebecca Stewart, Rachel French, David Mandell and team explored pubic opinion in Philadelphia regarding the implementation of vending machines for harm reduction.
Brief | Improving Care for Older Adults
An LDI issue brief by Rachel M. Werner et al reviewed Medicare coverage and payment policy around post-acute care, trends in utilization and costs in skilled nursing facilities and more.
Penn LDI hosted a full schedule of events in 2023. Our virtual policy seminars reached a wide, interdisciplinary, national audience of thousands, and were supplemented by in-person seminars, workshops, and events. In total we hosted over 25 events in 2023 on campus, online, and in Seattle, Washington. See recaps of selected events below.
The DHS Secretary Cites Key Moves in Medicaid at an LDI Event
An LDI Seminar Unpacks the Nuances of Racialized Health Care Policy and Practice
Fellow Accomplishments and Awards
Penn LDI brings together the greatest minds from across the University of Pennsylvania to address the most pressing health and health care challenges facing our nation today. Their work garners national attention and the highest honors in the field. This year, LDI Fellows received major awards and honors recognizing their work. A sampling of these is listed below.
- Christopher Forrest Received Prestigious Recognition from National Academy of Medicine
- Rachel M. Werner, Norma Coe, and Sungchul Park Honored with John M. Eisenberg Article of the Year Award
- Olivia Mitchell Honored as Distinguished Fellow by American Economic Association
- Paula Chatterjee Received Society of General Internal Medicine’s (SGIM) 2023 Best Published Research Paper of the Year Award
- Ezekiel Emanuel Named 2023 Guggenheim Fellow
- Senbagam Virudachalam Appointed to Food Trust Board of Directors
- Therese Richmond Recognized for Outstanding Contributions in Nursing with 2023 AACN Distinguished Career Award
- Matthew McHugh Inducted into International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame
- Justin Bekelman Appointed to National Cancer Policy Forum by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
- Zachary Templeton Named 2023 Recipient of William L. Kissick Health Policy Research Award
- Alison Buttenheim and “Nerdy Girls” Colleagues Honored with American Journal of Health Promotion’s 2022 Editor in Chief Award
- Sharon Irving from Penn Nursing Received 2023 Women of Color at Penn Award
- A Study Lead by Three Penn LDI Senior Fellows and Key Perelman School of Medicine Researchers Emerged as a Finalist in the 2023 Top 20 Clinical Research Achievement Awards of the Clinical Research Forum
Fellows in the Media
During 2023, LDI Fellows authored op-eds and commentaries, lending their voices and authority to the nation’s current health care policy debates. LDI Fellows also shared their expertise in major media outlets, including the Washington Post, The Atlantic, and the New York Times. Selected media features are highlighted below.
Aaron Richterman, Christina Roberto, and Harsha Thirumurthy
Penn LDI Research Training Programs
Penn LDI continued its work to help support and train the next generation of researchers in 2023, through its array of training programs, ranging from undergraduate to postdoctoral programs. Highlights from a few of this year’s programs are below.
Seattle Event Immerses Them in the National Health Services Research Community
Amplify@LDI: Translating Research Program Aims to Boost Investigators’ Real-World Impact
Published Results Detail 177% More Press Mentions Than Comparison Groups of Researchers
Penn LDI is committed to engaging in multiple aspects of direct policymaker engagement. Highlights of LDI’s participation in timely and important policy debates are below.
LDI’s Rachel Werner and Paula Chatterjee Note Higher Prices, Worse Patient Care, and Lack of Access
Addiction and Recovery Specialists Provide Evidence for Methadone Distribution Changes
Health Affairs Council of Experts Release Recommendations on Spending and Value