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The Roger C. Lipitz Center for Integrated Health Care

Center Resources and Products

Center Projects: 

National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) 

The National Health and Aging Trends Study is an ongoing national study to enable analyses of disability trends and trajectories in older people. The study is a platform for scientific inquiry to guide efforts to reduce disability, maximize functioning, and enhance older adults' quality of life. The rich (and de-identified) database, run by Lipitz Core Faculty member, Judith Kasper, PhD, is available to those interested in analyzing aging data. For more information, please visit

Explore the newly released Roger C. Lipitz Center for Integrated Health Care 2021 Research Brief highlighting NHATS. 

Educational Opportunities: 

T32 Training Program in Health Service and Outcomes Research for Aging Populations

The Health Services and Outcomes Research for Aging Populations T32 Training Program at Johns Hopkins University seeks to produce the next generation of scientists with rigorous training in person and family-centered health services and outcomes research with a focus on older adults. The program draws on the rich resources for research in health services, health economics, gerontology, nursing, health informatics, and geriatrics across the Johns Hopkins University, including its Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), School of Medicine (SOM), and School of Nursing (SON). Trainees obtain the knowledge, skill, and experience to lead multi-disciplinary, collaborative research teams. The overarching aim of the program is to identify and train pre-doctoral and post-doctoral scholars who will become leaders in person and family-oriented research relating to aging populations.

Questions may be directed to the Training Grant Co-Directors Cynthia Boyd, MD, MPH ( and Jennifer Wolff, PhD (, as well as Sarah Szanton (

Johns Hopkins Certificate in Gerontology

The Johns Hopkins certificate in Gerontology is awarded to qualified students who have acquired a body of knowledge that is essential for success in this exciting field. It offers a rich array of aging-related courses, conferences, research projects, and mentors across its medical institutions: the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the School of Nursing, and the School of Medicine.  

Issue Briefs and Reports 

Coalition for Care Partners: Connecting Through Health Information Technology - a Roger C. Lipitz Center for Integrated Health and OpenNotes Issue Brief 7/26/2022

Engaging and Supporting Family Caregivers in Care Delivery - a Roger C. Lipitz Center for Integrated Health Issue Brief 2/1/2022

Stemming the High and Rising Costs of Prescription Drugs - a Roger C. Lipitz Center for Integrated Health Issue Brief 7/27/2021

Commonwealth Fund issue briefs written by center faculty, staff, and students. 

COVID-19 and Affordability of Coverage and Care for Medicare Beneficiaries – Karen Davis & Amber Willink 9/23/2020

Catastrophic Coverage in the Medicare Part D Drug Benefit: Which Beneficiaries Need It and How Much Are They Spending? – Aditi Sen, Sonal Parasrampuria, Kelly Anderson, Gerard Anderson

Getting Medicare Beneficiaries the Dental, Vision, and Hearing Services They Need – Amber Willink, Nicholas Reed, Bonnielin Swenor, Leah Leinbach, Eva DuGoff, Karen Davis 2/4/2020

Canary in a Coal Mine? A Look at Initial Data on COVID-19’s Impact on U.S. Hospitals – John Jiang, Ge Bai, Lovisa Gustafsson, Gerard Anderson

Medicare Spending Trends 2010–2016: Increase in Prescription Drug Spending More Than Offsets Lower Beneficiary Costs for Other Services – Cathy Schoen, Amber Willink, Karen Davis 11/6/2019

How the Erosion of Employer-Sponsored Insurance Is Contributing to Medicare Beneficiaries’ Financial Burden – Karen Davis, Amber Willink, Cathy Schoen 7/25/2019

Targeting High-Need Beneficiaries in Medicare Advantage: Opportunities to Address Medical and Social Needs – Eva DuGoff, William Buckingham, Amy Kind, Sandra Chao, Gerard Anderson

The Financial Hardship Faced by Older Americans Needing Long-Term Services and Supports –Amber Willink, Karen Davis, John Mulcahy, Jennifer Wolff, Judith Kasper 1/29/2019

Are Older Americans Getting the Long-Term Services and Supports They Need? – Amber Willink, Judith Kasper, Maureen Skehan, Jennifer Wolff, John Mulcahy, Judith Kasper 1/24/2019

Medicare Benefit Redesign: Enhancing Affordability for Beneficiaries While Promoting Choice and Competition – Cathy Schoen, Karen Davis, Christine Buttorff, Amber Willink 10/24/2018

A Policy Option to Enhance Access and Affordability for Medicare’s Low-Income Beneficiaries – Cathy Schoen, Karen Davis, Christine Buttorff, Amber Willink 9/12/2018

Designing a Medicare Help at Home Benefit: Lessons from Maryland’s Community First Choice Program – Karen Davis, Amber Willink, Ian Stockwell, Kaitlyn Whiton, Julia Burgdorf, Cynthia Woodcock 6/27/2018

How Medicare Could Provide Dental, Vision, and Hearing Care for Beneficiaries – Amber Willink, Cathy Schoen, Karen Davis 1/18/2018

Long Term Quality Alliance

Can Health Plans that Address Non-Medical Needs Lower Health Care Costs? – Research Brief, Final Report, Technical Appendix

The Long Term Quality Alliance and Lipitz Center for Integrated Care partnered to conducted a study comparing rates of medical utilization for members age 65 and older who need long term services and supports (LTSS) enrolled in plans integrating LTSS and medical care with rates for similar individuals in traditional (fee-for-service) Medicare. The study was highlighted in Forbes

Medicare Spending on Older Adults Who Need Long-Term Services and Supports – Research Brief, Narrative Slides, Methodology & Appendix

Milbank Memorial Fund

In Support of Family Caregivers: A Snapshot of Five States – Jennifer Aufill, Julia Burgdorf, Jennifer Wolff 6/2019


Coming soon!