Gretchen Alkema, PhD, LCSW (2008-09 Health and Aging Policy Fellows)– was appointed Vice President for Policy and communications for the SCAN Foundation immediately after her Fellowship. She served as lead staffer for the Congressionally appointed, Long-Term Care Commission chair and has worked on including chronic care management into the language on the establishment of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation within CMS as part of the Affordable Care Act.
Dawn Alley, PhD (2011-12 Health and Aging Policy Fellows)– has been continuing in her role as the Surgeon General’s Senior Policy Advisor.
Arlene Bierman, PhD (2012-13 Health and Aging Policy Fellows)– was promoted to full professor at the University of Toronto. She led the landmark POWER study that examined gender and health outcomes across multiple programs in Ontario. The results have shaped policy in the province from government to the health service delivery level and the methodology is being replicated around the world. During her 2012-13 fellowship year, she played a major role in the cross-HHS initiative for patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health and as an advisor to Representative James McDermott, ranking minority member of the House Ways and Means Committee.
Christine Bishop, PhD (2012-13 Health and Aging Policy Fellows)– a Professor at Brandeis University, served as senior staff on the Commission on Long-Term Care (as arranged by the HAPF program and the commission leadership) and played a major role in shaping the commission’s recommendations which are expected to be published later this year.
Chad Boult, MD, MPH, MBA (2009-10 Health and Aging Policy Fellows)– has been serving as the Program Director, Improving Healthcare Systems, of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Dr. Boult helped to implement and establish the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation
Ken Brummel-Smith, MD (2012-13 Health and Aging Policy Fellows)– worked as staff for the Senate Committee on Aging during his Fellowship and advocated for and got the first hearing on the Hill since the election on advance care planning and has been working with three Florida cities (Ft. Myers, Pensacola, and Jacksonville) to begin POLST pilot programs. He has also been working at a state policy level with the staff of the Speaker of the House, the Senate President and the Department of Health to look at legislative or regulatory means for implementing POLST in Florida. Ken was also elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Society and along with Marshall Kapp, JD, MPH, was awarded a grant by the Retirement Research Foundation & Oregon Health Sciences University to study end-of-life training and curriculum in Florida allopathic and osteopathic medical schools.
Julie Bynum, MD, MPH (2011-12 Health and Aging Policy Fellows)– has been working on patient reported quality measures and the implementation of the Physician Compare Program at the CMS Office of Clinical Standards and Quality, during her Fellowship. This program, authorized under the Affordable Care Act, is designed to permit consumers to evaluate the quality of care provided by individual physicians. She is also now a member of the IOM Committee, Core Metrics for Better Health at Lower Costs, and is a guest editor for a special issue of Health Affairs dedicated to issues related to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
Joan Davitt, PhD, MSS, MLSP (2012-13 Health and Aging Policy Fellows)– developed a position statement on the Older Americans Act for the National Committee that was posted to their website. She has also been appointed to the Public Policy Committee of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA).
Xinqi Dong, MD, MPH (2010-11 Health and Aging Policy Fellows)– was prominently featured in a report for the NY Time’s Health section by reporter Judy Graham on elder self-neglect issues (July 10, 2013):
Michael Fosina, MPH, FACHE (2011-12 Health and Aging Policy Fellows)– worked at CMS during his Fellowship. On his return to his role as VP and Executive Director of NYP/Allen Hospital, he was asked to merge the former New York Downtown Hospital into New York Presbyterian. The merger became effective on July 1, 2013. He was then promoted to SVP of NYP and Chief Operating Officer of NYP Lower Manhattan Hospital.
Tracie Harrison, PhD (2011-12 Health and Aging Policy Fellows)– was the recipient of the 2012 Southern Nursing Research Society/John A. Hartford Foundation Geriatric Research Award and has co-authored several recent publications.
Maureen Henry, JD (2012-13 Health and Aging Policy Fellows)– formerly Executive Director of the Utah Commission on Aging, worked on the staff of Senator Mark Warner from Virginia during her fellowship year and helped to introduced the first bi-partisan bill on advanced care planning in the Senate. This major health reform legislation would strengthen the quality and availability of counseling, support services and care management for patients and families coping with life-limiting illnesses and addresses inadequate access to often unorganized care planning services that can result in unnecessary tests, treatments and hospitalizations – medical services that more informed individuals might not otherwise choose.
Angelica Herrera, DrPH, MPH (2010-11 Health and Aging Policy Fellows)– has co-authored several recent publications including “Opportunity costs associated with caring for older Mexican-Americans” in the Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, “Local health department assurance of services and the health of California’s seniors” in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice and “Variation in Older Americans Act caregiver service use, unmet hours of care, and independence among Hispanics, African Americans, and Whites” in Home Health Care Services Quarterly.
Greg Hinrichsen, PhD (2008-09 Health and Aging Policy Fellows)– has left his role as VA National Director of Community Mental Health but continues as a consultant on the development, implementation, and evaluation of VA’s national evidence-based training program in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) for the treatment of depression in Veterans. This year he joined the faculty of the Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine integrating evidence-based mental health practices (including the IMPACT model) into their geriatric primary care clinic (The Martha Stewart Center for Living). He is chair of the workgroup revising the American Psychological Association’s Guidelines for Psychological Practice for Older Adults, is part of a committee that is completing the establishment of boarding in Clinical Geropsychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology, joined the editorial board of The Gerontologist, and has authored numerous publications.
Brooke Hollister, PhD (2012-13 Health and Aging Policy Fellows)– worked in the House minority leadership office with Wendell Primus, the Senior Policy Adviser on Budget and Health issues to Leader Nancy Pelosi during her 2012-13 fellowship year. She focused on a range of domestic issues affecting older Americans and has developed a deep and extensive understanding of legislative and budgetary processes.
Kelly Horton, MS, RD (2009-10 Health and Aging Policy Fellows)-was appointed as legislative assistant to Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee. She will be handling a portfolio that includes agriculture, food safety, and nutrition, as well drug, device, and product safety, among other issues.
Kathryn G. Kietzman, PhD, MSW (2008-09 Health and Aging Policy Fellows)– has continued her positions as Research Scientist at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and as Assistant Researcher in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Department of Community Health Sciences. In recent months, Kathryn published a paper in the Journal of Geriatric Care Management entitled “Using a “person-centered” approach to improve care coordination: opportunities emerging from the Affordable Care Act”. She was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Society on Aging, presented testimony about the mental health status of the older adult population to the California Assembly Aging and Long Term Care Committee during a hearing about the Geriatric Mental Health Workforce, and was selected by the National Institute on Aging to participate in the Butler-Williams Scholars Program (formerly known as the Summer Institute on Aging Research) at NIH in Bethesda, MD last July. She is also serving as Co-Investigator on a Mellon Mutual Mentoring Grant with former fellows Lisa Troy and Eileen Sullivan-Marx which aims to support tenure-track faculty in creating policy-relevant research agendas.
Bruce Leff, MD (2010-11 Health and Aging Policy Fellows)– developed the Hospital at Home model and is president of the American Academy of Home Care Physicians and was quoted in the Wall Street Journal (February 4, 2013) article entitled “Hospitals Try House Calls to Cut Costs, Admissions”.
Lené Levy-Storms, PhD, MPH (2010-11 Health and Aging Policy Fellows)– has co-authored a white paper on pharmacological and person-centered approaches to dementia care as part of the Dementia Initiative with funding from Archstone. She is on the leadership committee of this effort, which includes 40 researchers, policymakers and practitioners across the country. Lené is also working on a policy project that includes the NAHHA (nurse aide/home health aide) inquiry to HRSA-funded training sites across the country about their curricula. The goal of this project is to review their approaches to and content for training NAHHA in order to make policy recommendations on core competencies.
Lew Lipsitz, MD (2011-12 Health and Aging Policy Fellows)– continues to work closely with the Office of Medicare/Medicaid Coordination and the CMS Innovation Center on their initiative to reduce hospitalizations from nursing homes. He recently had two commentaries published in JAMA “Understanding Health Care as a Complex System, the Foundation for Unintended Consequences” and “The 3-Night Hospital Stay and Medicare Coverage for Skilled Nursing Care”.
Susan Lynch, JD, MPH (2012-13 Health and Aging Policy Fellows)– had a key role in the CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality initiative to reduce the use of antipsychotic medications in nursing homes during her 2012-13 fellowship year. She presented at the Institute of Medicine’s Elder Abuse and its Prevention Workshop on the topics of: ethical issues in elder justice, informed consent, elder abuse reporting, and HIPAA regulations and at the Health Care Compliance Association’s National Compliance Institute on a half-day panel entitled “The Drive to Quality: Are You on the Bus or Under it?”. Susan also testified before the Elder Justice Coordinating Council at its second public meeting and presented the Elder Justice Working Group Prosecution Subcommittee’s recommendations on how to improve federal coordination on elder abuse and further support those in the field who seek to prosecute elder abuse cases.
Diane E. Meier, MD (2009-10 Health and Aging Policy Fellows)- was awarded American Cancer Society’s Medal of Honor for Cancer Control in recognition of her pioneering leadership of the effort to bring non-hospice palliative care into mainstream medicine and received the AGS Edward Henderson Award in honor for her long standing and highly valued contributions to the field of geriatrics. Following her fellowship, during which she worked as a staffer on the Senate HELP Committee and in the office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy and Evaluation at HHS, she reoriented her National Center on Palliative Care to focus on policy change, successfully promoting major initiatives at state and national levels.
Toni P. Miles, MD, PhD (2008-09 Health and Aging Policy Fellows)– was appointed the Director of the Institute on Aging at the University of Georgia. She also published a book (“Healthcare Reform and Disparities”) based on her fellowship experience focusing on eliminating health disparities based on race, ethnicity and income.
Rajean Moone, PhD (2012-13 Health and Aging Policy Fellows)– has been pursuing multiple projects with both public funders and private foundations. His work with United Way Worldwide is investigating the role UWW will play in supporting UWs across the US in their aging policies and work. His work with the Administration for Community Living during his 2012-13 fellowship year, investigated the intersection of private philanthropy and public funding policies in the implementation of ADRCs. Rajean also published an article in the Journal of Gerontological Social Work and presented at the National Adult Protective Services Association conference.
Kathleen Negri, JD (2009-10 Health and Aging Policy Fellows)– has had two articles published in The Colorado Lawyer publication of the Colorado Bar Association (and online with WestLaw) entitled “The Older Americans Act: What Every Elder Law Attorney Needs to Know” and “Advance Care Planning: The Attorney’s Role of in Helping Clients Achieve a “Good Death”.
Emily Nicklett, PhD, MSW (2012-13 Health and Aging Policy Fellows)– worked closely with both the CDC and EPA on aging initiatives during her 2012-13 fellowship year and has had 3 primary-authored papers, 1 collaborated book chapter, and 2 articles published or accepted, has participated in the preparation and submission of 7 grant proposals for internal and external awards, and has presented research at 6 conferences and has engaged in program leadership at other events.
Joseph Ouslander, MD (2010-11 Health and Aging Policy Fellows)– Chief of Geriatrics at Florida Atlantic University, was the principal creator of the INTERACT program, designed to reduce unnecessary hospitalizations for the elderly, which has been widely adopted across the country. He received the 2013 Nascher/ Manning Award from the AGS for recognizing his innovative contributions to geriatrics. He also became Interim Chair of the Department of Integrated Medical Science at the College of Medicine.
Joan Penrod, PhD (2012-13 Health and Aging Policy Fellows)– represented the CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality at meetings on quality measures for people with multiple chronic conditions including Health and Human Services Interagency Work Group where she reported on data that she had compiled about available measures in the PQRS Program that are relevant to patients with multiple chronic conditions; The Self-management Alliance Winter and Spring meetings; and the AARP Public Policy Institute Innovation Roundtable on family caregiving.
Adriana Perez, PhD, ANP (2011-12 Health and Aging Policy Fellows)– was awarded the 2012 John A. Hartford Foundation – Western Institute of Nursing Regional Geriatric Nursing New Researcher Award. She also wrote a blog on CoLab Radio, a city and regional planning publication, about community engagement workshops which will inform city planning policies for community design in Central City South Phoenix.
Karon L. Phillips, PhD, MPH (2011-12 Health and Aging Policy Fellows)– is a Research Associate with IMPAQ International, working with the health team on long-term care and health disparities issues.
Dorry Segev MD, PhD (2008-09 Health and Aging Policy Fellows)– is a transplant surgeon at Johns Hopkins, who, as a fellow, played a major role in changing the rules regulating the distribution of organs to expand their overall availability and permit a more equitable distribution. More recently he worked with legislators and advocates to author the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act (aka the HOPE act) which would permit donated, HIV-positive organs to be used for transplantation in HIV-positive patients, a medical procedure currently prohibited by federal law. He has been widely recognized in the New York Times and other major news media for these efforts.
Erica Solway, PhD (2011-12 Health and Aging Policy Fellows)– has been working as a staffer on the Senate HELP subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging. She played a major role in developing the Older Americans Act reauthorization bill that was introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders and co-sponsors on May 23, 2013.
Sally Stearns, PhD (2011-12 Health and Aging Policy Fellows)– published an article in Health Affairs based on work during her fellowship entitled “Proportion of Physicians in Large Group Practices Continued to Grow in 2009-11”.
Eileen Sullivan-Marx, PhD, CRNP, FAAN (2010-11 Health and Aging Policy Fellows)– was selected as the Dean of the School of Nursing at NYU after completing her fellowship (during which she worked at CMS to expand the PACE model under the ACA). She received the 2013 Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award and was inducted as a Fellow in the Health Science section of the Gerontological Society of America. Also, along with fellow alumni, Eileen Sullivan-Marx and Kathryn Kietzman, received a Mellon Grant to examine strengthening the links between science and policy. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation provided funding to University of Massachusetts, Amherst for competitive grants to encourage pre-tenure faculty to identify desirable areas for professional growth and opportunity and to develop the necessary mentoring partnerships to make such changes possible.
Mary Tinetti, MD (2010-11 Health and Aging Policy Fellows)– was centrally involved in implementing the initial set of programs for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation and continues to be a consultant to CMS. She is frequently asked by other organizations and agencies to assist them in their policy initiatives. She was asked to be a regular contributor to The Journal of the American Medical Association Viewpoint section publishing major commentaries on health and aging policy that have received wide recognition such as “Designing health care for the most common chronic condition—multimorbidity”, “The Journey Across the Health Care (Dis)Continuum for Vulnerable Patients”, “The gap between clinical trials and the real world: extrapolating treatment effects from younger to older adults”, and “Patients’ responsibility to participate in decision making and research” published in JAMA.
Lisa Troy, PhD (2010-11 Health and Aging Policy Fellows)– is an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts and along with alumni fellows Eileen Sullivan-Marx and Kathryn Kietzman, received a Mellon Grant to examine strengthening the links between science and policy. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation provided funding to University of Massachusetts, Amherst for competitive grants to encourage pre-tenure faculty to identify desirable areas for professional growth and opportunity and to develop the necessary mentoring partnerships to make such changes possible.
Kathleen Unroe, MD, MHA (2009-10 Health and Aging Policy Fellows)– and her team at Indiana University were selected as one of 7 sites across the country to participate in the “Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Facility Residents” which is funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The project will implement an intervention strategy in 20 nursing facilities in Indiana aimed at improving care and lowering costs.
Jennifer Wolff, PhD (2013-14 Health and Aging Policy Fellow)- and several colleagues, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society in February. The article, titled “A tool to strengthen the older patient-companion partnership in primary care: results from a pilot study”, directly involves caregivers of older patients in improving and assessing the patients’ care using a checklist.
Irene Yen, PhD, MPH (2010-11 Health and Aging Policy Fellows)– was appointed as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
Judy Zerzan, MD, MPH (2008-09 Health and Aging Policy Fellows)– is serving as the Deputy Medicaid Director and Chief Medical Officer for the Medicaid Program in Colorado and is using the knowledge and skills she learned during the Fellowship on a daily basis.