August 2006 RAND Health Newsletter

The RAND Health Newsletter is a monthly update that features recent research from RAND Health.

Contents of August 2006 RAND Health newsletter:

  1. RAND Health researcher receives 2005 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

    Kathryn Pitkin Derose, Health Policy Researcher at RAND, is the recipient of the 2005 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers in recognition of the innovative work she is doing in building community partnerships to promote health and address health disparities. The Award is the nation's highest honor for scientists and engineers at the beginning of their independent research careers whose work shows exceptional promise for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge.

  2. Adolescents who listen to music with degrading sexual lyrics have sex sooner

    The more time adolescents spend listening to music with sexually degrading lyrics, the more likely they are to initiate intercourse and other sexual activities. This holds true for boys and girls as well as for whites and nonwhites. Only sexually degrading lyrics are related to changes in adolescents' sexual behavior.
  3. Citation: Martino SC, Collins RL, Elliott MN, Strachman A, Kanouse DE, Berry SH. Exposure to Degrading Versus Nondegrading Music Lyrics and Sexual Behavior Among Youth, Pediatrics, Vol. 118, No. 2, Aug 2006, pp. e430-e441.

  4. Infectious disease and national security: Strategic information needs

    This report examines infectious disease within the context of national security and assesses the need for and adequacy of information that will enable U.S. policymakers to prevent and respond to such threats.
  5. Citation: Cecchine G, Moore M. Infectious Disease and National Security Strategic Information Needs, RAND Corporation, TR-405-OSD, 2006.

  6. Adoption of information technology in the U.S. health care system could save billions of dollars

    Health care information technology could save U.S. hospitals and health services $162 billion. This article outlines the major barriers to success and possible solutions to these difficulties, including the need for government intervention in implementing health care IT on a broad scale.
  7. Citation: Hillestad R. Health Care IT Adoption Could Save USD162 Billion, World Hospitals and Health Services, Vol. 42, No. 2, 2006, pp. 38-40.

  8. Sociodemographic characteristics of African Americans related to conspiracy beliefs about HIV/AIDS and birth control

    African Americans who were male and had lower incomes were more likely to have stronger conspiracy beliefs regarding HIV/AIDS and black genocide. Males with strong religious beliefs were also more likely to believe in contraceptive safety conspiracies.
  9. Citation: Bogart LM, Thorburn S. Relationship of African Americans’ Sociodemographic Characteristics to Belief in Conspiracies about HIV/AIDS and Birth Control, Journal of the National Medical Association, Vol. 98, No. 7, July 2006, pp. 1144-1150.

  10. Challenges in the evaluation and implementation of school-based health and mental health programs

    This article describes the challenges of launching and evaluating school-based health and mental health programs, while simultaneously maintaining flexibility and cultural awareness during all stages of the process.
  11. Citation: Jaycox LH, McCaffrey DF, Ocampo BW, Shelley GA, Blake SM, Peterson DJ, Richmond LS, Kub JE. Challenges in the Evaluation and Implementation of School-based Prevention and Intervention Programs on Sensitive Topics, American Journal of Evaluation, Vol. 27, No. 3, Sept 1 2006, pp. 320-336.

  12. RAND Health Insurance Experiment continues to influence health services and policy

    The RAND Health Insurance Experiment (HIE), originally begun in 1971, encouraged the restructuring of private health insurance and helped increase the stature of managed care in the U.S. This influential study continues to impact health policy, and most recently was referenced in the Journal of Health Services Research and Policy in the article "Books that Have Changed Health Services and Health Care Policy." The book is titled Free for All? Lessons from the RAND Health Insurance Experiment.
  13. Citation: Newhouse JP. Free for All? Lessons from the RAND Health Insurance Experiment, RAND Corporation, CB-199, 1993.

  14. Bing Center for Health Economics launches new website

    Thanks to a generous donation from former RAND trustee Peter Bing, RAND Health has established a new Bing Center for Health Economics. The new Center will be the home for research, training, and recruiting for health economics activities at RAND. The Center's new website provides information about staff, research projects, and publications.

  15. RAND Health researcher named Beck Institute Scholar for 2006-2007

    Kim Hepner, a Behavioral Scientist at RAND, has been named a Beck Institute Scholar for the 2006-2007 academic year. This fellowship program offers state-of-the-art training to individuals who have and will make significant contributions to the field of cognitive therapy. Beck Institute Scholars participate in an extramural training program that brings together mental health professionals from around the world.

  16. August RAND Health Congressional Newsletter

    This month's newsletter features research on improving care at the end of life and a study about improved care for heart failure and how it seldom affects practice.


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