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2024 AcademyHealth Features Westat Research

June 26, 2024

Westat’s health services and health policy researchers will be participating at the 2024 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting (ARM), to be held in Baltimore, Maryland, June 29-July 2. The yearly conference will feature compelling research, innovative methods, and collaborative dialogues about the impact of health services research on health policy and practice. Westat staff’s presentations cover a variety of topics from health care workforce to patient safety culture to maternal health.

Two poster presentations cover multiple perspectives on challenges in nurse staffing and a third examines perceptions of nurses and other clinical staff on patient safety culture in medical offices. A fourth presentation examines the importance of data on clinician performance for consumers making decisions about their care. A fifth presentation on maternal health care examines the lived experiences of pregnant individuals in recovery from opioid use disorder.

Westat is a Gold Sponsor of the conference and is also a sponsor of the Health Equity Interest Group for ARM. Stop by our booth in the exhibit hall to talk to us about our research or what it is like to work with our team, or catch our experts at one of their presentations.

Sunday, June 30

8:00 – 9:15 am

Staff Perceptions of Patient Safety Culture and Diagnostic Safety in Medical Offices (A-233 Poster Session: Improving Safety, Quality and Value)

Authors: Helen Liu, Joanne Campione, Emily Rose Tyler, Joanne Angosta (Westat); Caren Ginsberg (AHRQ)

Presenter: Helen Liu

5:00 – 6:15 pm

Medicare.Gov Compare Tool: Assessing the Usefulness of Clinician Procedure Data to Consumers for Informed Decision Making (B-320 Poster Session: Patient and Consumer Preferences and Needs)

Authors: Courtney Hall, Mikayla Davis, Lauren Mercincavage, Lisa Lentz (Westat); Noy Birger, Heather Litvinoff (Acumen); Julie Johnson, Todd Johnson (CMS)

Presenter: Courtney Hall

Monday, July 1

9:30 – 10:45 am

HRSA’s Nurse Corps Program Increased Nurse Staffing and Patients Served in Medically Underserved Communities (C-214 Poster Session: Health Workforce)

Authors: Jennifer Nooney, Brandon Hesgrove, Helen Liu, Nina Kreiger (Westat); Karen Donelan, Casey Heely (Brandeis University); Emily Russel, Stephanie Ziomek, Hayden Kepley (HRSA)

Presenter: Jennifer Nooney

9:30 – 10:45 am

Impact of a Mindful Self-Compassion Training Incorporating Sand Tray on Burnout in Undergraduate Nursing Students: A Mixed-Methods, Pre-Post Study (C-266 Poster Session: Organizational Behavior and Management)

Authors: Danielle Durant (Westat); Claudia Guerrazzi-Young (Belmont University); V. Fawn Colburn (Corpus Christi Medical Center)

Presenter: Danielle Durant

5:00 – 6:15 pm

Voices of People in Recovery – Lived Experiences of People in the MOM Model (B-457 Poster Session)

Authors: Ian Hill, Brigette Courtot, Juliana Mayer (Urban); Meg Tucker (Westat); Caitlin Cross-Barnet, Jennifer Morone (CMS)

Presenter: Ian Hill


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