News in Brief: Health Systems Administration Faculty Contributes to IOM, NPA Reports

APRIL 28, 2015 – Two faculty members in the Department of Health Systems Administration contributed to new reports coming out of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA).

Laura Anderko, PhD, RN, the Robert and Kathleen Scanlon Chair in Values Based Health Care, helped author a report for NPA along with four students from the School of Nursing & Health Studies.

And Michael Stoto, PhD, professor of health systems administration and population health, served as an author of the IOM’s The Air Force Health Study Assets Research Program.

National Partnership

Anderko served as a member of the non-federal Mid-Atlantic Regional Health Equity Council, which released its Regional Blueprint for Action.

Georgetown students Khadijah Davis (NHS’15), Sunbo Igho-Osagie (G’14), Margaret Krackeler (NHS’16), and Helena Manguerra (NHS’15) participated in the effort.

“The vision of the Mid-Atlantic RHEC is a nation free of disparities in health and health care,” the report says. “The mission is to strengthen programs, policies, practices, and services to achieve better health in Region III, in coordination with state offices of minority health to address CLAS and social determinants of health, therefore eliminating health disparities.”

Institute of Medicine

The new IOM report “explores the feasibility and advisability of maintaining the biospecimens” from the Air Force Health Study, which began in the early 1980s to “evaluate the frequency and nature of adverse health effects that might be related to exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides used by the military during the Vietnam conflict.”

“The committee recommends that Congress continue to support the maintenance of the Air Force Health Study data and biospecimens as a resource for research and to facilitate making them available to the scientific community as broadly as possible,” the new report notes.

It adds: “This must be done in a manner that continues to preserve the privacy of study participants and the security of their data.”

By Bill Cessato