GIM Faculty Professor Keith Norris, M.D., Ph.D., has been awarded the Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) PI/PD Association 2017 Frederick C. Greenwood Award. The award recognizes Dr. Norris's distinguished service and leadership as the founding Principal Investigator for the first national translational research network dedicated to reducing health disparities, the RCMI Translational Research Network (RTRN).
This award is presented every other year to deserving individuals at the RCMI International Symposium on Health Disparities. In the past, senior scientists and/or research administrators have been recognized by the Greenwood Award for their research excellence and/or long-time meritorious service to the RCMI community.
The Greenwood Award is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Frederick C. Greenwood, an internationally acclaimed scientist and exemplary scientific administrator who worked at the University of Hawaii Manoa until his death in August 2000. From the inception of the RCMI Program and the Program Directors Association, Dr. Greenwood worked tirelessly to ensure that the program was well-funded and addressed the needs of the minority populations it was designed to serve. Dr. Greenwood was highly respected for his contributions to and productivity in his research area. He set and met high standards for research excellence. He also strongly advocated for research opportunities for students, particularly under-represented minority students.
Laura Wherry, Ph.D., is a health policy researcher in the Division of General Internal Medicine & Health Services Research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University California Los Angeles. Her research focuses on the changing role of the Medicaid program and its impact on access to health care and health. Her award-winning article, “Saving Teens: Using a Policy Discontinuity to Estimate the Effects of Medicaid Eligibility,” was published in the Journal of Human Resources in November 2015. She received her Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Chicago.
The Article-of-the-Year Award recognizes the best scientific work that the fields of health services research and health policy have produced and published during the previous calendar year. The award-winning article provides new insights into the delivery of health care and advances the knowledge of the field.
Low-back pain is the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to lost work time. But treatment often is ineffective, costly, and even dangerous. UCLA Health has established an initiative designed to ensure a standard, evidence-based approach to managing back pain in primary-care settings. The initiative is being spearheaded by O. Kenrik Duru, MD, MSHS, Associate Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
UCLA Health Vital Signs, Winter 2017. Read full article >