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COVID-19 Furloughs And Retirements Likely To Hurt Rural Hospitals Most

Texas Standard / April 2020

Hospitals and health care provides have had to quickly adjust their operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. But some of those changes might have last effects on Texas’ health care system.


University of Louisville: Creating a Telehealth Program to Improve Care Access in Hospital Burn Center

University of Louisville Hospital / May 2019

The University of Louisville Hospital Burn Center, the only burn care service provider in a 250 mile radius, recently began a
novel telehealth program to increase patient follow up care.  Dr. J’aime Jennings, Co-Director of the CHOT University
of Louisville site, and other researchers collaborated to develop a program which translates outpatient burn center’s
in-patient standards to workable telehealth protocols. Jennings and her team are currently analyzing patient and provider satisfaction surveys to determine the possible next step adjustments.

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Texas A&M: Investigating Hospital Readmission Reduction Efforts

ASPPH Research and Reports / April 2019

With the increasing cost of healthcare and the complex management of diseases, hospitals are experiencing high readmission rates. Patients are returning to the hospital post visit, treatment, or surgery before 30 days after they were discharged. This is causing a multitude of issues in hospitals, therefore, a solution to reducing these rates is vital. This report looks at common hospital readmission reduction strategies to determine the most common interventions.

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Top Five Interventions to Avoid Hospital Readmissions

Vital Record / November 2018

The Texas A&M School of Public Health collaborated with Houston Methodist and Baylor College of Medicine to determine the top five strategies that hospitals can use to reduce hospital readmissions. Hospital type, disease type, intervention timing, type and setting, number of activities in the intervention, and, finally, how these interventions affected the readmissions rate.

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UAB: Factors Associated with Physical Inactivity in Adult Breast Cancer Survivors – A Population-Based Study

ASPPH Research and Reports / November 2018

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health wanted to conclude that physical activity is truly shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer-specific mortality. UAB faculty and students performed a self-reported, population-based study on 1,236 women and their phsyical activity levels.

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Hospital Peer Review

Hospital Peer Review / November 2018

This month’s Hospital Peer Review segment features a wide-variety of articles, such as the relationship between the health information exchange (HIE) and quality, social determinants of health (SDOH), and patient safety risks from hacked devices. Dr. Bita Kash, on behalf of Houston Methodist, is interviewed for her research findings regarding Methodist is using SDOH to reduce not-for-profit hospital readmissions.

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Texas A&M Today

Texas A&M Today / September 2018

College Station, TX – Catch-up on all the latest research initiatives, projects, and findings at Texas A&M University. The featured article discusses how a team of researchers developed a new technology that helps providers find the cause of outages and thereby anticipate and predict some failures before they occur. Click the link to learn more about how Texas A&M designed the newest technology, which they refer to as Distribution Fault Anticipation (DFA).

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It’s 2018. Do You Know Where Your Medical Records Are?

The Conversation / August 2018

The transition from paper-based records to electronic health records (EHR) is a hot topic infiltrating the health field. The EHR has become a popular record-keeping source due to its focus on the continuum of care and distribution-ease between various healthcare providers. As of 2018, studies show that about two in three hospitals engage in some degree of the health information exchange. While there are a vast number of benefits reaped from these health information exchanges, they have not yet reached their full utilization potential. Click the link to read more about the benefits and complications of the health information exchange!

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Texas A&M Public Health Research

Vital Record / July 2018

College Station, TX – Texas A&M Health Science Center uncovers the importance of integrating public health practices into law. While the US has enacted many laws addressing public health issues, these policy makers are not experts in public health research. Therefore, these experts need to work with policy makers to develop impactful and progressive laws to keep the US populations safe and healthy. Click the link to read more about the research!

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CHOT at Penn State Newsletter

PennState News / June 2018

State College, PA – The CHOT Penn State monthly newsletter for June 2018  highlights the most recent CHOT research, events, and ongoing CHOT activities. The feature article titled “2018-2019 CHOT Research Projects” announces the twelve industry-guided projects for the current year. Other articles include insights into the newest 2018/2019 CHOT student scholars, introduces the newest CHOT Research Experiences for Undergraduate (REU) students, and reveals the latest events. Click the link to learn more about the projects and the Penn State CHOT students!

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ASPPH Consultations: Data Center Meets with AUB & Louisville

Association of Schools of Public Health / June 2018

Louisville, KY – ASPPH conducted member consultations with the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences. The consultation focused on the ASPPH Data Center and were tailored to University of Louisville’s current needs and interests. The reason for the consultation is for ASPPH to drive institutional decision-making. The consultation provides an opportunity for ASPPH members to investigate the vital decision-makers and review  academic public health data with an ASPPH data expert present to guide conversation. Click the link to read more about what University of Louisville discussed in their consultation!

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Public Health Reports / June 2018

Seattle, WA – The Public Health Reports released a research article by Drs. Amy Hagopian, Kathleen McGlone West, and India J. Ornelas and Ms. Ariel N. Hart, Ms. Jenn Hagedorn, and Mr. Clarence Spigner of the University of Washington.  Their work with the University of Washington School of Public Health (UWSPH) helped to create a curriculum competency requiring UWSPH students to acknowledge racism, counter the minimization of racism as a topic, and compel the school to develop resources supporting anti-racist education. Click the link to gain a deeper understanding of what their research uncovered!

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CHOT at Penn State Newsletter

PennState News / April 2018

State College, PA – The CHOT Penn State monthly newsletter for April 2018 is filled with the latest CHOT research, events, and highlights of CHOT activities. The feature article titled “Penn State CHOT Site Director Conrad Tucker Attends The Gates Millennium Scholars Celebration” provides details of the event and honors Penn State’s site director, Conrad Tucker. Other articles include insights into the recent 2018 Spring IAB Meeting, Screenomics (a CHOT video highlight), and upcoming events. Click the above link to read these articles!

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2018 INFORMS Franz Edelman Award Finalists

Informs News Room / January 2018

The Franz Edelman competition attests to the contributions of operations research and analytics in both the profit and non-profit sectors. Since its inception, cumulative benefits from Edelman finalist projects has topped the $250 billion mark. Edelman finalist teams have improved organizational efficiency, increased profits, brought better products to consumers, helped foster peace negotiations, and saved lives. The purpose of the Franz Edelman competition is to bring forward, recognize and reward outstanding examples of operations research, management science and advanced analytics in practice in the world.

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Health Science Center Strategic Updates

Practice Plan / January 2018

College Station, TX – The new clinical strategy office will develop an integrated practice plan that will have an emphasis on rural population health management. All licensed professionals from HSC colleges will have an opportunity to participate in the Texas A&M branded practice plan and our School of Public Health, through the Center for Health Organization Transformation, led by Dr. Bita Kash, will serve as the research arm for the plan. The practice plan will serve as a platform for the interprofessional education of our students and will offer sites where our faculty can practice. The practice represents a new opportunity to generate clinical income for all the colleges and schools across the Health Science Center. The Clinical Strategy team will also build and enhance our partnerships with area hospitals and health care systems.

University of Louisville: The Power of Truth

The Power of Truth / November 2017

Louisville, KY – TreyVon Neely knows what people see when West Louisville is described in the media: violence, inequality, crime, poverty… But Neely sees something else in West Louisville. Something he considers much more important and true to his experience. Neely is one of several West Louisville youth fellows working with the University of Louisville’s School of Public Health and Information Sci­ences (SPHIS) to rewrite the narrative of how West Louisville neighborhoods, residents and, specifically, youth are viewed. By combining academic research with grassroots community action, UofL’s Youth Violence Prevention Research Center (YVPRC), aims to reduce youth violence by helping young people understand the context associated with the conditions in which they live, and to provide them with the tools they need to lead the community toward transformation.

University of Alabama: A New Comprehensive Study Examines Gun-related Deaths and How to Prevent Them

Gun-related Death Prevention / November 2017

Birmingham, AL – A decompositional analysis of firearm-related mortality in the United States, 2001 -2012, breaks down rates of firearm-related deaths into respective components based on firearm availability, injury incidence, and deaths among those injured. By separating gun-related deaths into these categories, Dr. Russell Griffin, associate professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health, argues, “researchers are better able to understand the complexity of mortality rates and how to decrease them.”

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Texas A&M on State Laws and Health Information Exchanges

Texas A&M State Laws & HIEs / November 2017

College Station, TX – Health information exchanges (HIE) are a way for patients, providers and other health care stakeholders to overcome the long-standing habit of storing medical information in separate and sometimes redundant systems. Data sharing through HIEs hold promise for more efficient, higher quality and better coordinated health care, and although the use of HIEs has been growing in recent years, these tools face obstacles to more widespread use. Many of these obstacles can be attributed to the complex network of laws related to HIEs; however, research on how these laws affect HIE adoption remains scarce… Click the link to read more!

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ASPPH Friday Newsletter

Association of Schools of Public Health / September 2017

Washington, D.C. – Each Friday, the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health’s (ASPPH) releases a robust and insightful newsletter. They highlight the most current research, opportunities, public health events, and groundbreaking developments from CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health. This weeks letter features articles ranging from public health graduate school fairs to integrating advocacy into the undergraduate curriculum. It also features research reports on topics such as changing the screening for diabetes, food justice in today’s world, and the stigmatization of people with TB in regards to obtaining treatment.

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ISyE Professor Eva Lee Appointed to Virginia C. and Joseph C. Mello Chair / June 2017

Atlanta, GA – The Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering (ISyE) at Georgia Tech announced that Professor Eva Lee has been appointed to the Virginia C. and Joseph C. Mello Chair, effective July 1, 2017. “It is a great honor to be appointed to the Mello Chair. This is a challenging time for health care, with rapid technological advances, enormous data availability, growing demand for evidence-based care, and shifting policies and regulations,” said Lee. “While cost and efficiency remain critical, all of the above provide an opportunity to shape the landscape of health care and bring about true transformation. I look forward to making significant contributions to this important and dynamic field, and to educating and nurturing its next generation of leaders.”


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Texas A&M on Factors Affecting Physical Activity in Older Adults

Texas A&M SPH Researchers featured in ASPPH  / July 2017

College Station, TX – A new study by researchers from the Texas A&M School of Public Health, Texas A&M College of Architecture, and Baylor Scott & White Health, published in the journal BMC Geriatrics, looked into different individual and environmental factors that might affect physical activity in older adults. Study participants filled out a survey about their levels of physical activity and factors commonly related to activity levels. “This study serves as another step toward understanding how to promote physical activity in older adults and shows the important role that physicians’ play,” said Dr. Samuel N. Forjuoh, clinical collaborator from Baylor Scott & White Health. This research has implications for an overall ‘exercise is medicine’ message. Dr. Ory advises “physicians be encouraged to talk to their older patients about how to get the proper ‘dose’ of physical activity. This can be helped by finding ways to limit barriers such as overcoming some of the mental health and environmental issues that contribute to lower physical activity levels and identifying how to enhance positive factors such as social supports.”

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Texas A&M Center for Health Organization Transformation REU Featured by Mays Business School for Healthcare Research

CHOT REU featured by Mays Business School  / April 2017

College Station, TX – While many business majors are preparing for careers in advertising, investment banking, or corporate accounting, sophomore Elizabeth Popp’s sights are set on medicine. The Business Honors and management major is using her time at Texas A&M’s Mays Business School to prepare for a career in pediatric surgery. As a research experience undergraduate (REU) at CHOT, she contributed to a research project overseen by Bita A. Kash and Jane N. Bolin that aims to develop a healthcare model for the state of Texas. The study was recently accepted for publication in the International Journal for Innovation Science.

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Partners in Sustainable Development

Partners In Sustainable Development / February 2017

College Station, TX – The Nuclear Power Institute (NPI) and the Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) are joint centers of Texas A&M University and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station that are dedicated to promoting the safe and secure growth of nuclear energy in the world. Both NPI and NSSPI work with both nuclear “newcomer” countries and countries with active nuclear programs to provide tailor-made training for professionals. These training programs aim to build a highly-qualified workforce to ensure the development of safe and secure nuclear energy programs. Both organizations have Observer status at the IAEA General Conference.

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Improving Outcomes by Centralizing Data for Young Patients in Houston

Modern Healthcare / February 2017

Houston, TX – Five years ago, Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston faced a conundrum. The health records of thousands of young patients who were showing up in its three hospitals’ ERs with asthma attacks and other emergencies weren’t readily at hand for the attending physicians. They were housed not just in the 50-plus primary-care pediatric practices and seven urgent-care centers that were in its network, but in pediatric practices all over the city.

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Industry-Nominated Technology Breakthroughs / October 2016

College Station, TX – An I/UCRC-attributable technological advance or breakthrough is defined as center-related research that either directly or indirectly led to, or likely will lead to, significant process improvements, new processes or techniques, new/improved products or services, and/or economic benefits such as cost savings, increased profits and/or job growth for the sponsor, the industrial sector, and/or the nation’s economy. Check out CHOT’s three highlighted projects!

CHOT 2016 compendium of Industry Nominated NSF I/UCRC Technological Breakthroughs (PDF)

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Designing a Better Space for Cancer Care / July 2016

College Station, TX – The future of cancer care – and perhaps health care more broadly – will likely look very different in the future than it does today. To keep up, new hospitals will have to be built with innovative space and design principles – but what will those look like?

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Texas A&M Center for Health Organization Transformation Partners with Global Architectural Firm to Translate Innovations in Health Care Delivery

Association of Schools of Public Health / April 2016

College Station, TX – HKS, Inc. is the first architecture firm to join the Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT) at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health. The design firm’s involvement will help to expand the dialogue on how the built environment can inform and support emerging models of care.

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Evaluating Health Information Exchanges

Vital Record / April 2016

College Station, TX – Imagine that you are hundreds of miles from home and you need medical treatment. When the nurse asks for your health history, you might be able to rattle off a list of your current medications and major allergies, but when they start probing more deeply (What doses of the medications do you take? What were the results of your last blood test?), you’re stumped.

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IME Faculty Members Receive Seed Grant Funding from the College of Engineering

Penn State Engineering / April 2016

University Park, PA – Researchers from the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) submitted two of the six proposals that have been selected to receive funding through the College of Engineering’s Multidisciplinary Seed Grant program.

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H. Nembhard Receives Funding to Lead Parkinson’s Disease Research

Penn State Engineering / February 2016

University Park, PA – Harriet Nembhard, professor of industrial engineering and director of the Penn State Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems, has been awarded $50,000 by the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) at Penn State for research relating to treating and monitoring patients with Parkinson’s disease remotely.

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SpaceX Chooses Texas A&M to Host Hyperloop Design Competition

Texas A&M Engineering / June 2015

College Station, TX – Some of the best and brightest engineering minds from around the country will be coming to Texas A&M University in January for a SpaceX competition to design and build the company’s proposed Hyperloop transit pod. The competition’s design weekend, which SpaceX announced Monday will be hosted by the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M, is geared toward university students and independent engineering teams. It begins in January 2016.

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Applying Technology from Aerospace Engineering to the Human Jaw

Vital Record / January 2016

College Station, TX –  Ritesh Bhattacharjee was working as a dental oncologist in India when he met Raktim Bhattacharya, Ph.D., a Texas A&M associate professor in aerospace, electrical and computer engineering at the Dwight Look College of Engineering. In the course of their conversation, they discussed lockjaw – the inability to open the mouth widely – that resulted from radiation therapy for head and neck cancer.

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Texas A&M CHOT One of Five Collaborating Institutions Awarded $250K to Study Transitions of Care Strategies

Association of Schools of Public Health / December 2015

College Station, TX – Texas A&M-CHOT site is one of five collaborating institutions awarded $250,000 for a one-year study to research strategies for reducing preventable hospital readmissions at the Texas Medical Center (TMC). The goals of this project are to determine which of a number of transitions of care strategies will be most effective and least costly to reduce unplanned readmissions back to participating acute care hospitals in the TMC and to assess the validity of existing models used to predict risk of readmission.

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Dr. Mark Benden’s Research on Standing Desks Reveal Increased Engagement and Calorie Burn

The Blaze / December 2015

College Station, TX – Dr. Mark Benden (Texas A&M University) found that elementary school students who used standing desks burned 15 percent more calories than those using seated desks. Obese children saw an even more dramatic increase in calorie expenditure, burning 25 percent more.

Dr. Eva Lee Wins the INFORMS Daniel H. Wagner Prize Competition

INFORMS / November 2015

Atlanta, GA – Dr. Eva Lee (CHOT Georgia Institute of Technology Site Director) won the INFORMS Daniel H. Wagner Prize competition for her work on Machine Learning Framework for Predicting Vaccine Immunogenicity along with Bali Pulendran, Helder Nakaya and Troy Quere, Emory University; and Greg Burel, Ferdinand Pietz and Bernard Benecke, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Texas A&M Advances to 17th in New NSF Research Rankings

Texas A&M Today / November 2015

College Station, TX – Texas A&M climbs two positions on NSF’s Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) Survey which ranked 895 U.S. colleges and universities based on research and development expenditures. Texas A&M remains the state’s only university in the survey’s top 20.

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H. Nembhard to Serve as Featured Panelist at International World Quality Forum

Penn State News / October 2015

University Park, PA — Harriet Black Nembhard, professor of industrial engineering and director of the Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems (CIHDS) at Penn State, has been named a featured panelist at the World Quality Forum of the International Academy for Quality (IAQ) Oct. 26-27 in Budapest, Hungary.

The forum will feature panel discussions on quality tools, quality management, lean and six sigma processes, corporate and social responsibility, global quality education, quality development in health care and quality in manufacturing.

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When the Customer Is Stressed

Harvard Business Review / October 2015

Customers’ assessments of quality and value, decisions about what and where to buy, and recommendations to others are all influenced by emotions. But too often companies don’t adequately anticipate those emotions and therefore can’t mitigate negative ones in the design of their offerings. This is especially true for high-emotion services-those that trigger strong feelings before the service even begins. Services relating to major life events such as birth, marriage, illness, and death fall into this category, as do airline travel, car and computer repair, and home buying, selling, and renovation.

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Texas A&M Launches “Healthy South Texas”

Texas A&M Today / September 2015

Corpus Christi, TX – John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System, along with Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, today announced the launch of “Healthy South Texas,” a novel effort to reduce preventable diseases and their consequences throughout the region. The pilot program of the Healthy Texas Initiative, “Healthy South Texas” will combine the expertise of the Texas A&M Health Science Center with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s one-of-a-kind, statewide reach to promote preventative health at the most local level of the community, improving the well-being of South Texans for generations to come.

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H. Nembhard Accepted into the Penn State Hershey Leadership Academy

Penn State News / September 2015

University Park, PA – Harriet Black Nembhard, professor of industrial engineering and director of the Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems (CIHDS) at Penn State, has been accepted into the elite Penn State Hershey Leadership Academy for Excellence in Academic Medicine for 2015.

The academy will be held Oct. 12-16 at Keller Building on the University Park campus. It is a rigorous weeklong program that features sessions on strategic planning, collaborative problem solving, case analyses and budgetary challenges within the academic healthcare setting.

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Texas A&M National Research Cooperative and Major Philadelphia Health System Partner to Combat Health Disparities

Association of Schools of Public Health / August 2015

College Station, TX – Main Line Health, a five-hospital teaching health system in suburban Philadelphia, recently became a member of the Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT) at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health – an industry-university cooperative research center funded by the National Science Foundation and other health care organizations.

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Texas A&M University Awarded Grant to Reduce Teen Pregnancies

Texas Medical Center News / July 2015

College Station, TX – The Center for Community Health Development at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health received a $7.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health. The grant will be used to reduce teen pregnancies in high-risk populations.