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Research is a pillar of our mission in the Department of Health Services Administration and Policy (HSAP). The research emphases of our faculty include:

  • Development of health policies affecting areas such as tobacco use, mental health, substance abuse, violence, and obesity
  • Community health, prevention, and emergency preparedness
  • Disparities, access to care, and social determinants of health
  • Global healthcare management and leadership
  • Impacts of health information technologies
  • Patient experience/quality of care, population health, and healthcare costs and financing (i.e., the Triple Aim).

Research Programs with HSAP Faculty Affiliations

Research News

Jennifer Ibrahim will enter the second year of her grant from the American Cancer Society to facilitate the creation of a smokefree campus for Temple University. 

Gabriel Tajeu was an invited speaker at the National Medical Association Region II Annual Meeting (Standing for Health Equity: Practice, Policy, and Action) in Baltimore, MD this past April, 2018. He presented his work exploring the association of healthcare worker race and occupation with implicit and explicit racial bias.

Michael Halpern co-authored a post on The Medical Care Blog titled End-of-Life Care and the Opioid Crisis: Potential Implications and Unintended Consequences.

Michael Halpern was selected to be the Co-Chair of the Policy Subcommittee for the Pennsylvania Cancer Coalition. 

On Aug. 1st, 2018, Gabriel Tajeu was awarded a two year grant from NIH/NIDDK to examine the association of psychological health with preoperative prevalence and control of type II diabetes and hypertension, health services utilization, and changes in these factors following bariatric surgery.

On Sept. 25, Michael Halpern will present the 2018 C.F. Reynolds Medical History Society Annual Lecture at the University of Pittsburgh. His lecture is titled When Health Became Wealth: the Progressive Era and the Economic Foundations of Public Health in the United States.  

Stuart Fine will be the keynote speaker at the Health Leadership Network of the Delaware Valley (HLNDV) Annual Meeting on Oct. 2, 2018. Prof. Fine will present on Confronting Change.  

Maggie Foley is leading three presentation to HIM practitioners groups on the FY 2019 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (MS-DRGs) and new ICD-10-CM codes:

Fiscal Year 2019 Update: MS-DRGS, ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Coding
Delaware Health Information Management Association
September 14, 2018

Fiscal Year 2019 Update: MS-DRGS, ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Coding
Central Pennsylvania Health Information Management Association
September 28, 2018

Fiscal Year 2019 Update: MS-DRGS, ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Coding
Health Information Management Association of New York City
October 3, 2018

Michael Halpern chaired a plenary session at the 11th AACR Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved on Nov. 10 in New Orleans, titled “Quality of Cancer Care, Health Care Costs, and Delivery”.  He gave a presentation during this session on “Coverage and access: State Medicaid policies and disparities in receiving high-quality cancer care”. 

On Nov. 15, Michael Halpern participated in a panel at the 2018 Primary Care Association (PCA) & Health Center Controlled Network (HCCN) Conference in New Orleans on “Understanding Return on Investment: When, Where, and How Do I Apply It to My Organization’s Efforts?”.  

Cathy Flite and Bari Dzomba will present/facilitate a round table discussion at the AUPHA forum at the 2019 HIMSS annual conference on "Using a Design Thinking Approach to Develop an Analytics Thread Across the Health Information Management Curriculum."

Recent Publications and Presentations

Halpern MT, Urato MP, Lines LM, Cohen JB, Arora NK, Kent EE. Healthcare experience among older cancer survivors: Analysis of the SEER-CAHPS dataset. Journal of Geriatric Oncology, 2018 May;9(3):194-203. 

Mefford MT, Tajeu GS, Tanner RM, Colantonio LD, Monda KL, Dent R, Farkouh ME, Rosenson RS, Safford MM, Muntner P. Willingness to be Reinitiated on a Statin (from the REasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke Study). American Journal of Cardiology 2018 Jun 2. [Epub ahead of print] 

Hollin I, Romley J.  Consumer-Directed Health Plans for Children with Medical Complexity. AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, June 2018.  (https://academyhealth.confex.com/academyhealth/2018arm/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/26178)

White A, Lines L, Halpern M, Patterson L, Richards TB, Li C. Persistent Black-White Disparities in Colorectal Cancer Treatment in the United States, 2000–2007. Poster session presented at the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR) Annual Conference, Pittsburgh PA, June 2018.

Hollin IL, Peay H, Fischer R, Janssen EM, Bridges JFP. Engaging patients and caregivers in prioritizing symptoms impacting quality of life for Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy. Qual Life Res. 2018 Sep;27(9):2261-2273.

Winkfield K, Phillips J, Joffe S, Halpern MT, Wollins D, Moy B. Addressing Financial Barriers to Patient Participation in Clinical Trials: American Society of Clinical Oncology Policy Statement. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 36:2018.  http://ascopubs.org/doi/full/10.1200/JCO.18.01132

Tajeu, GS, Stone, J, Juarez, L, Green, A, Halanych, J, and Cherrington, A.  Exploring the Association of Healthcare Worker Race and Occupation with Implicit and Explicit Racial Bias.  In press at Journal of the National Medical Association.  

Maclean JC, Halpern MT, Hill SC, Pesko MF. Changes in prescriptions for breast cancer medications after Medicaid expansion. AACR Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved, Nov. 2018. 

Halpern MT, Cohen J, Lines LM, Mollica M, Kent EE. Association of cancer survivors’ sociodemographic characteristics with survivorship care patterns.  AACR Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved, Nov. 2018.