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The Roger C. Lipitz Center for Integrated Health Care

Honoring the Life and Legacy of Judy Kasper: Trailblazer, Colleague, and Friend

On January 18, 2022, colleagues, friends, and family around the country honored the life of Judy Kasper, PhD, professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The virtual event featured testimonials about the impact Judy made to the field throughout her career, including her dedication to science, mentorship, work with the National Health and Aging Trends Study, and much more. Introductory remarks were made by Ellen J. MacKenzie, PhD, Dean, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and many others shared their recollections from working with Judy over the years. Watch “Honoring the Life and Legacy of Judy Kasper: Trailblazer, Colleague, and Friend” now available to view on demand.

It is an honor to announce the development of a dedicated endowment in honor of Dr. Judith Dellinger Kasper to support students engaged in methodologically rigorous, theory-driven dissertation research that informs policies to improve care and well-being of vulnerable older populations and their families.

Judy had a tremendous work ethic, was passionate about high-quality and methodologically rigorous research, and was highly committed to the peer review process. In the spirit of Judy’s career, this award will be structured as a competitively reviewed application process, with applications being reviewed and selected by a small award committee, managed by faculty of the Roger C. Lipitz Center.

We have set an ambitious fundraising goal, and I hope you will make a gift to support talented doctoral students at our school. Donations to the Judith Dellinger Kasper Endowment Fund may be made via the School’s giving page. In the field for gift designation, select “other” and type in “Judy Kasper Fund”. We encourage you to share this information with anyone else who may be interested in giving.

Thank you for considering a gift to honor Judy’s memory in this way.

NHATS/NSOC Dementia Caregiving Conference May 2 – 3 , 2022

The National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) and the National Study of Caregiving (NSOC), with support from the National Institute on Aging, announce a call for conference papers and poster abstracts. The conference will focus on dementia caregiving and will be held May 2-3, 2022. Plans are being made for an in-person meeting in Ann Arbor with hybrid options for attending. Early career researchers are encouraged to apply. We expect to accept 10-12 papers and 10-12 posters. Applications are due October 15, 2021. For details, please visit the NHATS/NSOC Dementia Caregiving Conference webpage.

Final NHATS COVID-19 Sample Person (SP) and Family and Friends (FF) Files Released

Final versions of the NHATS COVID-19 Sample Person (SP) and Family and Friends (FF) files have been released. In 2020, NHATS conducted a supplemental mail study about participants’ experiences during the COVID-19 outbreak. Adult family members and friends who helped NHATS participants were also surveyed about their experiences helping the NHATS participant during the outbreak. The SP file is available under Public Use Files and the FF file is available under Sensitive Data procedures. An updated user guide, variable-instrument crosswalk, and a crosswalk of changes between the beta and final versions are also available. 

Scoping Review of Person and Family Engagement in the context of Multiple Chronic Conditions

In a new Health Services Research study, first author Judith Vick and center director Jennifer Wolff performed a review or definitions, concepts, and evidence regarding person and family engagement for persons with multiple chronic conditions (MCC) in order to identify opportunities to advance the field. The review found that evidence has predominantly described individual-level strategies rather than targeting organizations, systems, or policies for persons with MCC. Promising areas of future work include attention to barriers to engagement including trust, goal-based care, the design of structural changes to care delivery, tradeoffs between benefits and costs, and family engagement for people with MCC. Read more.

Stemming the High and Rising Costs of Prescription Drugs: A new Center issue brief

For over 5 years, faculty at the Center have engaged in a multi-disciplinary initiative to understand the landscape and propose solutions to reduce prescription drug spending in America. Collaborating with decision makers and developing policies to reduce prescription drug spending without stifling innovation in the pharmaceutical industry is key. Learn more about how the Center is working with Congress, partnering with states, and liaising with the Federal Administration on policy initiatives in the issue brief.

Newly Released NHATS Online Dashboard and Chartbook

New National Health and Aging Trends Study online dashboards and a companion chart book have been published to describe trends in late-life functioning of the US Medicare population ages 70 and older. The dashboards are designed to facilitate understanding by researchers, policymakers and care providers of how daily life is changing for older adults as the US population ages. The companion chart book includes key findings about recent trends with an emphasis on differences by age group, gender, and race and Hispanic ethnicity groups.

Center Director, Jennifer Wolff, was recently awarded funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation

Center director Jennifer Wolff and Cait DesRoches of OpenNotes recently received renewed funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation to increase the uptake and use of shared electronic health record access by family caregivers of older adults, evaluate its effects and disseminate best practices to promote national adoption in three health systems. Because millions of older adults manage their health with the help of family caregivers, it is imperative they have shared access to the electronic health record. This work builds on a planning grant with researchers at the Center and leaders of the OpenNotes movement at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. 

Receipt of Posthospitalization Care Training Among Medicare Beneficiaries' Family Caregivers

In a new JAMA Network Open study led by Julia Burgdorf and co-authors Chanee Fabius, Catherine Riffin, and Jennifer Wolff, caregivers were less likely to receive adequate transitional care training if they were Black; experienced financial difficulty; or cared for a Black, female, or Medicaid-enrolled older adult. These findings suggest that changes to the discharge process, such as using standardized caregiver assessments, may be necessary to ensure equitable support of family caregivers. Read more.

Unmet family caregiver training needs associated with acute care utilization during home health care

In a new Journal of the American Geriatrics Society study supported by the T32 Training Program in Health Service and Outcomes Research for Aging Populations grant, first author Julia Burgdorf found that unmet training needs among family caregivers are associated with greater likelihood of acute care utilization among Medicare beneficiaries receiving home health care. Rates of unmet need for training varied by activity, from 8.2% of family caregivers assisting with household chores to 16.0% assisting with self-care tasks. Investigators suggest that identifying and addressing family caregivers' training needs may reduce older adults' risk of acute care utilization during home health care.