Research

Stay up to date with our grant recipients' publications, presentations and findings from the projects we funded

Our grant making is designed to create positive change in our three program areas – Obesity, Racial and Ethnic Health Care Equity and Integrated Health Care.

Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
Center for Healthcare Equity/Institute for Healthcare Studies

How healthy is your Chicago neighborhood? The south and southwest sides of Chicago suffer the most in terms of residents’ health and access to basic health resources, according to a new study of 77 Chicago neighborhoods by Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in collaboration with the Chicago Department of Public Health.  The 150-page study, published in August, 2011, is the first comprehensive profile compiled in one document of the health of residents and resources in Chicago neighborhoods.  Lead author of the study is Julie Yonek; co-author is Romana Hasnain-Wynia.

Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
Center for Healthcare Equity/Institute for Healthcare Studies

Do technology-supported quality improvements reduce health disparities?  A new study from the Feinberg School of Medicine finds improvement in some chronic conditions but achieving equity in areas with persistent disparities will require a more nuanced, patient-centered systems-oriented approach.  The report, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, is available online and was authored by Muriel Jean-Jacques, Stephen D. Persell, Jasona A. Thompson, Romana Hasnain-Wynia and David W. Baker.

University of Michigan Health System

A study by the University of Michigan Health System shows that blacks are prescribed fewer pain medications and women get weaker doses from primary care physicians.  The results are in the article, “The Adequacy of Chronic Pain Management Prior to Presenting at a Tertiary Care Pain Center: The Role of Patient Socio-Demographic Characteristics,” published in the Journal of Pain, Vol.11 Issue 8, August, 2010. Carmen R. Green, MD, is the lead author.

Health Affairs

With support from the Aetna Foundation, Health Affairs devoted its October 2011 issue to an examination of disparities in health and health care. The special issue, "Agenda for Fighting Disparities," featured 22 articles by leading health care researchers who explored the current landscape of health equity and offered solutions to mitigate racial and ethnic disparities. Health Affairs unveiled the issue at a press briefing in Washington, D.C., on October 6, 2011. Speakers included then-Aetna Foundation President Anne C. Beal, MD, MPH, and Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH, Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.