Recognition September 2019

Dr. Palazzo speaks at sociology meeting

KPWHRI Research Associate Lorella Palazzo, PhD, spoke at a roundtable presentation at the American Sociological Association national meeting in New York on August 10. Dr. Palazzo spoke on common barriers, needs, rewards, and benefits of being a health care-embedded social scientist. Coauthors of her presentation were Assistant Investigators Nora Henrikson, PhD, MPH, and Marlaine Figueroa Gray, PhD, and user-centered design researcher Brooks Tiffany, MS.

Dr. Wagner writes for inaugural Milbank series

KPWHRI Senior Investigator and Emeritus Director of the MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation Ed Wagner, MD, MPH, wrote a commentary for the inaugural Classics series of The Milbank Quarterly. Drs. Wagner and Don Berwick, who is president emeritus and senior fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, each wrote a piece reflecting on the Chronic Care Model for managing chronic illness. The model was introduced in a 1996 Milbank Quarterly article by Dr. Wagner, MacColl Center Interim Director Brian Austin, and retired Senior Investigator Michael Von Korff, ScD.

KPWHRI welcomes two new biostatisticians

The KPWHRI Biostatistics Unit recently announced two new members:

Maricela Cruz, PhD, arrives from University of California, Irvine, where she just received her doctorate degree in statistics. Her thesis work was on models for analyzing complex health care interventions. Her overall research interests are in developing pragmatic, robust methodology that is versatile enough to apply to multiple real-world problems in public health, public policy, and social sciences.

Yu-Ru Su, PhD, comes to KPWHRI from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, where she did postdoctoral research and was a staff scientist. Her training includes degrees in applied mathematics, statistics, and biostatistics at National Tsing-Hua University in Taiwan and University of California, Davis. Her current plans are to continue her research on statistical methods in cancer prevention.