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Department of Justice Funds Study on Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation 
The Department of Justice funded study (PI: Post) aims to combat elder abuse by developing a screening tool with superior psychometric properties that are generalizable from the Emergency Department into the community. According to Buehler Center Director, Dr. Lori Post, If you want to be able to understand something, you cannot sit behind your desk; we need to interview older adults in the community to gain a better understanding of their experiences with abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Dr. Post goes on to say, our study relies on concordant screening. When our data collection team matches the target population in terms of age and race and ethnicity, we get a much higher consent rate and better quality of data. Concordant screening and enrollment are critical to representative research studies according to several NIH studies.
Dr. Richard Spano, Research Assistant Professor of the Buehler Center and Department of Emergency Medicine who hails from Miami, FL with a PhD in Criminology, collects data on elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation in the community with Buehler Center Research Assistants, Reverend Robin Hood and Louvenia Hood. 
Robin Hood, Louvenia Hood, and Richard Spano pose with community members
Dr. Richard Spano: I have had the pleasure of meeting community leaders, residents, and clergy who deal with elder abuse on a day to day basis. These leaders and residents taught me about the human cost associated with elder abuse, as well as a long history of financial exploitation of the elderly and reverse mortgage fraud in Chicago communities.
Louvenia Hood: Northwestern has built on our relationships in the community with seniors and we are excited to be a part of this project, which will deepen our understanding of elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. The most humbling thing we have learned is that the older adults in the community recognize the importance of this project and have been so supportive and open with us about it. We have only scratched the surface so we look forward to continuing this important work in the community.

Reverend Robin Hood: This started with our work with at-risk older adults who brought reverse mortgages that evicted older adults to our attention. The Pritzker School of Law, also on the present Department of Justice study, runs the Bluhm Legal Clinics that has resulted in convictions for fraud. This project has shed even more light on these long standing problems in the community by raising awareness among seniors.This study has also built new relationships between NU and faith-based leaders, and community organizers who focus on violence prevention. At the end of the day, we have learned that the simple act of listening can change the lives of older adults who have been open and supportive of this project.

Health Economics Meetings
On May 1, 2019, Buehler Associate Director, Matthew J. Notowidigdo, Department of Economics, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, visited Princeton University to present his paper Plan Value-Added: Evaluating Medicaid Managed Care Plans Using Random Assignment (co-authored with Craig Garthwaite). This study is based on the South Carolina experimental data to understand how managed care plans differ and exactly how we want to think about their quality. Anna Chorniy, who will be joining the Feinberg School of Medicine in July 2019 has been working with the South Carolina data set since 2013. When Chorniy met Matt at Princeton, she said, I’m very excited that Matt and Craig are a part of the center as we have quite a few common interests not just in terms of research questions, but also in terms of data sources we have tapped into.
Matthew J. Notowidigdo, Buehler Associate Director visits Princeton to present his paper: Plan Value-Added: Evaluating Medicaid Managed Care Plans Using Random Assignment (co-authored with Craig Garthwaite)
On May 10, 2019, The 8th Annual Healthcare Markets Conference was organized by Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. This invitation-only conference attracts academics from around the world who listen to and discuss research presentations. Topic areas include provider competition, insurer competition, competition among suppliers, impact of payment reform and/or regulation on markets and market performance (including healthcare and spending outcomes).
View from Kellogg Global Hub in Evanston, IL at The Annual Healthcare Markets Conference 
Dr. Anna Chorniy, who will be joining the Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics in July, had the chance to meet with Craig Garthwaite in person as well as other Kellogg economists who work in the health economics space. Garthwaite is the Buehler Associate Director and Herman Smith Research Professor in Hospital and Health Services Management, Director of Healthcare at Kellogg School of Management.
Dr. Garthwaite speaking at the Annual Healthcare Markets Conference in May, 2019

Buehler Center Strategic Planning Meeting
On May 24, 2019, The Buehler Center held a strategic planning meeting
Buehler Center Associate Directors, Drs. Craig Garthwaite and Matthew Notowidigdo with Center Director, Dr. Lori Post 

Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) 
Working Group Annual Retreat at Tulane University, May 2019
ELAM graduates class of 2018 at Tulane University Retreat - From Left to Right: Anne Pereira, MD, MPH, FACP, Assistant Dean for Curriculum, University of Minnesota Medical School; Richelle Koopman, MD, Director of Research, Department of Family Medicine, University of Missouri Medical School; Lori Ann Post, PhD, Director of the Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine; Mary T. Killackey, MD, Chair Department of Surgery, Tulane School of Medicine; Nancy Freitag, PhD, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, University of Illinois at Chicago and Assistant Dean of Education, College of Medicine; not pictured: Flora McConnell Hammond, MD, Chair of Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Indiana University School of Medicine.
Established in 1995, the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) program offers an intensive one-year fellowship of leadership training with extensive coaching, networking and mentoring opportunities aimed at expanding the national pool of qualified women candidates for leadership in academic medicine, dentistry, public health and pharmacy.
Despite the greater numbers of women matriculating at our nation's medical, dental and public health schools, women are still significantly underrepresented within the topmost administrative ranks of academic health centers (AHCs), even though there is a widely acknowledged need to diversify leadership and improve cultural and gender sensitivity in health care training and delivery. Placing more women in positions of senior leadership at AHCs will provide important new perspectives for decision making and help speed the curricular, organizational and policy changes needed to ensure a more effective, representative and responsive health care system.
The ELAM program has been specially developed for senior women faculty at the associate or full professor level who demonstrate the greatest potential for assuming executive leadership positions at academic health centers within the next five years. While attaining higher levels within the AHC executive ranks is the program's primary focus, ELAM encourages its graduates to pursue the full diversity of roles that offer opportunities for leadership within their organizations.
ELAM is a fabulous opportunity for women leaders. It is a program that provides life long mentorship. Within the broader graduating class are work groups comprised of six women. My workgroup remains in touch by monthly conference calls, assignments, and retreats in Chicago and New Orleans. To become an ELAM fellow, candidates require the endorsement of the Dean’s office and Department Chair. For information on how to write an application to be considered for ELAM, refer to the website or feel free to contact me.

Member Awards
Congratulations to Dr. Linda Teplin! 
Linda Teplin, PhD, Owen L. Coon Professor and Vice Chair for Research of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences received the Paula H. Stern Award for Outstanding Women in Science and Medicine on May 20, 2019.

Dr. Teplin gave a poignant and inspirational talk about her journey from high school to endowed professor at Northwestern University. Deemed “not college material” in her formative years, Teplin had to battle limitations placed on her from high school to graduate school until she joined the Northwestern faculty at a time when female employees were primarily secretaries. When I joined Northwestern University, washrooms were labeled ‘Faculty’ and ‘Ladies’. I did not know which one to use, commented Dr. Teplin.

Open Faculty Positions
The Buehler Center is expected to make several faculty hires over the next five years in conjunction with home departments consistent with applicant’s research focus. The following positions are currently open at the Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics within the Institute for Public Health and Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Questions about the positions or applications can be directed to Lori Post, PhD, at If you know someone who would make a good:
Health Policy Professor Assistant, associate or full professor – Tenure Track. The Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics at the Institute for Public Health and Medicine at the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, is seeking a full-time health policy professor at any rank.
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Health Economist Professor Assistant, associate or full professor – Tenure Track. The Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics at the Institute for Public Health and Medicine at the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, is seeking a full-time health policy professor at any rank.
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Health Policy Evaluation Professor Assistant, associate or full professor – Team Scientist. The Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics at the Institute for Public Health and Medicine at the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine is seeking a full-time health policy evaluation professor at any rank.
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