Thursday, July 5, 2012

Post Conference Reflections: AcademyHealth’s ARM

This past meeting of health policy researchers at AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting was one full of promise. The content covered included some of the latest and most innovative technology and research in the field. Topics ranged from Propensity Score’s to Knowledge Translation & more. Those in attendance were provided with several unique opportunities to network and explore new & innovative research.

The SCRHRC was well represented as 3 Research Associates (Grishma Patel, MPH, Deshia A. Leonhirth, MBA & Samuel Towne, MPH, CPH) were selected to present their research along with 2 professors (Kevin J. Bennett, Ph.D. & Amy Brock Martin, DrPH). Topics ranged from End Stage Renal Disease, Use of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) in Residential Care Facilities, Health Disparities in the Delta Region, Home Health Care Quality in Areas with high levels of Native American & Alaska Native individuals & Health Information Technology in Regional Extension Centers & the Impact on Physicians Implementation of EHRs.

The location was set in the heart of Walt Disney World, which had its own unique interest. Obviously, many were expecting Sunny Florida, however Tropical Storm Debby gave us a bit more rain than sun to say the least. Some didn't seem to mind the weather (i.e. ducks). 

In all, the future of health services research is moving forward with knowledge dissemination activities such as this and others. As health research & policy moves forward one may hope that the best available evidence is available to those who can use it to improve the health of the nation & global environment.