January 2011 HEALTH HOT TOPICS
Dr. Arthur Kellermann Becomes New Director of RAND Health
Dr. Arthur L. Kellermann, one of the nation's leading public health and emergency medicine researchers, has assumed leadership of RAND Health. Kellermann became director on January 1, succeeding Dr. Robert Brook, who stepped down after 19 years to return to full-time research. Kellermann joined RAND a year ago as the recipient of the Paul O'Neill Alcoa Professorship in Policy Analysis.
Kellermann expects RAND Health to expand its already broad policy research agenda, with an increased emphasis on projects directed at identifying ways to address the alarming rise in health care costs while protecting patients and assuring quality. "The rising cost of health care threatens to crush our nation's economy and leave us unable to compete economically on the world stage," Kellermann said. "RAND Health can become a major contributor in understanding how to control costs while making sure that Americans get the health care they need."
Prior to joining RAND, Kellermann served as a professor of emergency medicine at Emory University and as the medical school's first associate dean for health policy. He was also the founding chair of the department of emergency medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta and founding director of the Center for Injury Control at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health, a collaborating center for injury and violence prevention of the World Health Organization. He has published research articles on many aspects of emergency cardiac care, emergency health services, injury prevention, and health care for the uninsured. Kellermann also has conducted important research on the epidemiology and prevention of injuries due to violence. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine.
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Seasonal Influenza Vaccine: Why Don't More Americans Get It?
Only 39 percent of U.S. adults received seasonal flu vaccinations during the 2009–2010 flu season. Uptake rates were also below 50 percent among several groups identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as facing the highest risks from flu: adults aged 18–49 with certain chronic conditions; adults aged 50–65; and adults at greater risk of contact with other high-risk individuals, such as health care workers.
A series of RAND studies has examined the use of seasonal flu vaccine among U.S. adults, explored the reasons that flu vaccination rates are surprisingly low, and examined strategies for increasing uptake. In next month's health newsletter, we highlight the results of these studies.
Jesseca Boyer is the RAND Corporation's legislative analyst for health, judiciary, and small business issues. Prior to joining RAND, she served as government relations manager for the American Public Health Association. She also worked for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Her additional professional experiences include working for the National Center on Education and the Economy and the Alaska Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education. She has a B.A. in political science from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and an M.A. in political science from American University's School of Public Affairs in Washington, D.C.
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