KPWHRI Assistant Investigator Nora Henrikson, PhD, MPH, presented “Examining the Validity of Clinical Social Risk Screening Tools” to the Social Intervention Research & Evaluation Network (SIREN) on July 18, 2019. One of two invited webinar speakers, Dr. Henrikson shared findings from a systematic review that assessed evidence on the validity of 21 different social-risk screening tools.
SIREN was launched in 2016 with an aim of catalyzing and disseminating research that advances efforts to identify and address social risks in health care settings. Participants include health and social services researchers as well as practitioners and leaders representing health care delivery systems, insurers, community-based organizations, and foundations. The network is based in the Center for Health and Community at the University of California, San Francisco and is supported by Kaiser Permanente and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
KPWHRI affiliate researcher Zachary A. Marcum, PhD, PharmD, is receiving a Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging from the National Institute on Aging and The John A. Hartford Foundation. Dr. Marcum, an assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy, is the first pharmacist to receive the award, which is given to clinically trained early-stage investigators with leadership potential. He will use the 3-year, nearly $700,000 funding to study the association between long-term antihypertensive use and brain health, including Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
A newsletter created by a KPWHRI study team was recently selected as a model resource by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The Surveillance Imaging Modalities for Breast Cancer Assessment (SIMBA) study newsletter will be part of a national repository of resources for facilitating stakeholder engagement in health care research. Study leader Karen Wernli, PhD, KPWHRI associate investigator, and project manager Susan Brandzel, MPH, created the newsletter, which includes contributions from SIMBA patient co-investigators Dianne Johnson and Mary Bush. SIMBA was funded by PCORI.