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Dr. Ana Lopez- De Fede and Congressman James Clyburn

Dr. Ana Lòpez–De Fede Receives 2014 James E. Clyburn Leader in Public Health and Health Disparities Research Award

Dr. Ana Lòpez–De Fede was presented the James E. Clyburn Leader in Public Health and Health Disparities Research Award on April 11, 2014, at the James E. Clyburn Health Disparities Lecture, sponsored by the University’s Institute for Partnership to Eliminate Health Disparities and its community partners. The award, presented annually, recognizes contributions made by those individuals and organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to improving and protecting the health of their respective communities, eliminating health disparities and achieving health equity. 

As a leader in health services research focused on vulnerable populations for more than twenty years, Dr. Lòpez–De Fede has led state level and nationally funded research initiatives dedicated to exploring the links between health, health service delivery systems, and well-being. She also serves in leadership roles on state and national boards, which includes her current role as a standing member of the Healthcare Systems and Value Research (HSVR) study section of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)–the lead federal agency charged with improving the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. Dr. Lòpez–De Fede is also a reviewer of various health focused research and professional journals including Ethnicity and Disease, The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, and Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.

With an emphasis on the social and cultural determinants of health, she is also pioneering work in the application of geospatial analytic methods to examine health disparities related to chronic disease and access to care by developing new research methods focused on “health and place” to predict chronic disease burden and to target health care resources. This award recognizes that the scope of her research is critical to advancing policy and practice, not only in South Carolina, but throughout the nation.

(April 15, 2014)

 

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The Division of Policy and Research on Medicaid and Medicare has launched, in conjunction with the SC Department of Health and Human Services, a new Web site that makes key SC Medicaid statistics readily available for public use. The launch of the site, schealthviz.sc.edu, was reported by The Post & Courier, and featured in The State. (Get the article text here in pdf format.)

(September 26, 2013)

   


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GIS Research Featured in The State

In the July 29 edition of The State, a map developed by the GIS staff of the Divison of Policy and Research on Medicaid and Medicare (PRMM) was featured as a central component of a front page article on obesity in South Carolina. The map provided a graphical depiction of the prevalence of obesity and diabetes among South Carolina's Medicaid recipients by zip code. This ability to provide precise analyses of health patterns makes the GIS work of PRMM particularly valuable to policymakers and others charged with improving health care for those served through the state's Medicaid health services. The Divison of Policy and Research on Medicaid is under the direction of Dr. Ana Lopez - DeFede and Kathy Mayfield-Smith.

(July 30, 2012)


Dr. Suzi Baxter and her team
Dr. Baxter and her research team

Suzi D. Baxter, PhD, RD, LD, FADA was named the 2012 Outstanding Dietitian of the Year by the South Carolina Dietetic Association at its annual meeting in April in Charleston, SC.  The award recognizes demonstrated competence, involvement in professional and community activities, and contributions to the South Carolina Dietetic Association through participation and commitment to the association at the district, state, and national levels. It is the highest honor bestowed upon a member by the South Carolina Dietetic Association, and is recognized at the national level by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Dr. Baxter is a Research Professor with the Institute and is also an Affiliated Scholar for USC's Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities and a member of the Research Consortium on Children and Families.  She conducts methodological research concerning the accuracy of children's dietary recalls as well as childhood obesity and nutrition. 

(April 20, 2012)


Presentation of 2012 Billingsley Research AwardOn February 2, Dr. Rhonda L. White-Johson was presented the 2012 award of the Andrew Billingsley African American Families Pilot Research Program. Given annually by the Institute, the award is intended to facilitate interdisciplinary research and scholarship on the African American family and is given in tribute to the work of Distinguished Professor Emeritus Dr. Andrew Billingsley whose extensive body of professional research has brought important focus to African American families. During his tenure at USC, Dr, Billingsley served as the Senior Scholar in Residence at the Institute for Families in Society.

An assistant professor in the Psychology Department of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. White-Johnson's plans are to use the research award in a pilot study aimed at increasing mental health literacy and reducing the stigma of mental illness among economically disadvantaged African American women. Please join us in congratulating Dr. White-Johnson on having been selected as this year's award recipient.

(February 7, 2012)


Ana Lopez - De Fede, PhDDr. Ana Lòpez-De Fede, who heads the Division of Policy and Research on Medicaid and Medicare, has been appointed to a three-year term as a standing member of the Healthcare Systems and Value Research (HSVR) study section of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)–the lead federal agency charged with improving the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. The HSVR committee is one of five standing study sections concerned with the organization and functions of health care systems. Issues of translational and implementation research, health care markets, access, utilization, quality, cost/financing, organizational delivery systems, and capacity building research are the focus of the study section.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Lòpez - De Fede on receiving this important opportunity to impact health care quality at the national level.

(January 30, 2012)


 

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