Stat highlights a recent essay published in the New England Journal of Medicine co-authored by Research Associate Atheendar Venkataramani analysing the role of Heath Systems in America to address Stuctural Racism and thereby reduce Racial Wealth Disparities.
"How health systems can truly value Black lives: help close the racial wealth gap," STAT, September 29, 2022.
South E, Venkataramani A, Dalembert G. "Building Black Wealth — The Role of Health Systems in Closing the Gap" N Engl J Med 2022; 387:844-849.
Penn LDI interviewed Research Associeate Atheendar Venkataramani and 2 more of its' Senior Fellows to ask if - and how - they will continue to use Twitter to share information about health-related science.
"What the Twitter Upheaval Means to Penn Health Services Researchers," Penn LDI, H Levins, December 6, 2022.
A Penn LDI blog post titled "Economic Impact of Rural Hospital Closures," features a recent study in Health Services Research coauthored by PSC/PARC Research Associate Atheendar Venkataramani, "Changes in Economic Outcomes Before and After Rural Hospital Closures in the United States: A Difference-in-Differences Study." In the study the authors found that in areas with hospital closures the economies were already in decline.
Atheendar Venkataramani's (PSC/PARC Research Associate) latest Health Services Research paper entitled "Changes in economic outcomes before and after rural hospital closures in the United States: A difference-in-differences study" was quoted in Medical Xpress.
Atheendar Venkataramani (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was featured in Penn Today and an LDI Research Update for new work, published in Demography, that examines health and mortality in communities where manufacturing jobs were replaced by robots and automation.
PSC/PARC Researchers Atheendar Venkataramani, Courtney Boen, and John MacDonald are investigators in a new NIH funded project, which includes an unprecedented $10 million over the course of 5 years, to study the impact of environmental and economic interventions on reducing health disparities in Black Philadelphia neighborhoods. At the community level, the study includes tree planting, vacant lot greening, trash cleanup, and rehabilitation of dilapidated, abandoned houses. For households, the study will help connect participants to local, state, and federal social and economic benefits, including food, unemployment, and prescription drug assistance, provide financial counseling and tax preparation services, and offer emergency cash assistance.
Read more about this project in Penn Medicine News.
PSC and PARC Research Associates, Courtney Boen and Atheendar Venkataramani, were recently awarded funding through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Policies for Action: Public Policy Research to Advance Racial Equity and Racial Justice program. The project, entitled “Impact of State Incarceration Policies on Racial Health Equity,” will investigate the links between state incarceration policy and racial health disparities across the life course.
Atheendar Venkataramani (PSC/PARC Research Associate) co-authored research published in JAMA Network Open that examines the relationship between state-level eviction moratoriums and the risk of individuals being diagnosed with COVID-19. Venkataramani was quoted in Marketplace discussing the obstacles that some people with preexisting health conditions or who live in low-income areas experience; "Some patients will say, ‘I have to work three jobs and I have to take the subway. I have no choice; I don’t have the option to not work.'"
New research by Atheendar Venkatramani (PSC/PARC Research Associate) titled "Association of Remote vs In-Person Benefit Delivery With WIC Participation During the COVID-19 Pandemic" published in JAMA Network Open was cited in a Penn LDI Blog.
New research (cited below) co-authored by Atheendar Vankataramani (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was featured in The Hill.
Bruch, Joesph D., Olzem Barin, Atheendar Venkataramani, Zirui Song. 2021. Mortality Before and After Border Wall Construction Along the US-Mexico Border, 1990-2017. American Journal of Public Health.
In this study, the authors found that border wall construction in 2007-2008 along the US southern border was not associated with discernible changes in mortality. As countries around the world grapple with complex policy decisions surrounding their borders, this study offers one piece of evidence from the US context. The possible effects of border wall construction on other meaningful outcomes, such as other health effects (e.g., mental health) and health behaviors, remain open for scientific inquiry.
Atheendar Venkataramani (PSC/PARC Research Associate) received the Milbank Quarterly Early Career Award in Population Health. Read more in the Penn Medicine announcement.
Atheendar Venkataramani (PSC/PARC Research Associate) moderated the first LDI Health Equity virtual seminar of 2021. The virtual seminar dives into the interconnections of voting, structural racism, and health inequities. Read more about the seminar in Penn LDI news.
New research conducted by Peter W. Groeneveld (PARC Research Associate) and Atheendar S. Venkatramani ( PSC/PARC Research Associate) titled "Association Between County-Level Change in Economic Prosperity and Change in Cardiovascular Mortality Among Middle-aged US Adults" published in JAMA Network Open was cited in a Penn LDI Blog on Population Health.
Atheendar Venkataramani (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was featured in an LDI article about the recent Annual Population Health Science Research Workshop. The keynote speech, "The Shadow of the Past: Black Americans and COVID-19" by Trevor Logan, is now available on LDI's YouTube channel.
New initiative called Bold Solutions: Dismantle Racism. Advance Health led by PSC/PARC Research Associates Atheendar Venkatramani, Rachel Werner, Kevin Volpp and Alison Buttenheim was featured in a Penn LDI blog.
Atheendar Venkataramani (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was featured in the American Medical Association's Prioritizing Equity video series.
Atheendar Venkataramani (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was quoted in a Newsweek article about racism in the time of COVID-19 and why it is also a public health issue.
Atheendar Venkataramani (PSC/PARC Research Associate) penned a piece for the LDI Health Policy$ense blog entitled, "A Cautionary Tale About Medicaid Work Requirements." It is a historical analysis of welfare requirements and features an article Venkataramani co-authored published in JAMA Network Open. The article was also featured in Penn Today.
Atheendar Venkataramani (PSC/PARC Research Associate) says the U.S. does not have the public health infrastructure to foster a speedy economic recovery from the pandemic. Read more at NBC News.
Research by Atheendar Venkataramani (PSC/PARC Associate) on how to increase the length of life for the poorest among us has been cited in a recent article by Los Angeles Times.
Atheendar Venkataramani (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was quoted in Healio article about how social mobility may decrease income-based life expectancy gap.
A new study by Atheendar Venkataramani (PSC/PARC Associate) and co-authors links eroding economic opportunity to opioid deaths. Read more in Penn Today.
PSC/ PARC Associates Atul Gupta, Atheendar Venkatramani and Norma B.Coe publish new research in the Health Affairs Journal titled "Spending And Quality After Three Years Of Medicare’s Voluntary Bundled Payment For Joint Replacement Surgery" which was cited in a blog on the Penn LDI website.
Atheendar Venkataramani's (PSC/PARC) study was cited by a Mexican Government brief and the U.S. Supreme Court. Read the LDI blog post.
Congratulations to Atheendar Venkataramani, PSC & PARC Associate, who has been recognized by the American Journal of Public Health for co-writing one of the best papers of the year, "Economic Vulnerability Among US Female Health Care Workers: Potential Impact of a $15-per-Hour Minimum Wage,” with Kathryn E. W. Himmelstein.
A new study published in PLOS Medicine by Atheendar Venkataramani, PSC & PARC Associate, focuses on how affirmative action bans reduce the chances of underrepresented students’ admission to college and may increase their likelihood of smoking or drinking to excess. “What this study shows us is that reducing their chances to attend a top college and potentially undermining their expectations of upward mobility, more generally, may also increase their risk of engaging in unhealthy behaviors,” says lead author Atheendar Venkataramani. Read more about this article in Penn Medicine News and Penn Today.
PSC Associates, Kevin G. Volpp and Atheendar Venkataramani, are being honoured at the 2019 Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) Annual Meeting. Volpp is receiving The John M. Eisenberg National Award for Career Achievement in Research and Venkataramani, the Best Published Research Paper of the Year. Read more on LDI's website.
PSC researcher, Atheendar Venkataramani, has just been announced as a speaker at next year's SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.
Some worry that recent Medicaid expansions exacerbate prescription-painkiller abuse, but a new study led by PSC researcher Atheendar Venkataramani of the Perelman School of Medicine suggests that Medicaid expansions actually have the opposite effect. By increasing access to treatment, Medicaid coverage reduces opioid abuse. More on Penn News Today and Penn Medicine News.
New research from Atheendar Venkataramani and co-authors published in The Lancet (PennLDI, and Penn News) has found that police killings of unarmed black Americans affects the overall mental health of the black community. The work puts the mental health burden from these deaths at levels close to those associated with diabetes. This research was also highlighted in a recent Washington Post article.