IMPAQ Your Week - December 12, 2016

Monday, December 12, 2016


Project Updates

Research Associate, Zachary Miller will be working onsite at the U.S. Department of Labor now through March, to help operationalize components of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act which calls for new ways to measure and report program performance. Zach is playing a key role in developing and implementing guidance for the workforce system, and helping to shepherd it through a rigorous review and approval process.

IMPAQ and the AARP Foundation published a resource guide and toolkit to aid health systems in implementing food security screening and referrals for older patients in primary care practices. Available on the AARP website, the toolkit will also be presented at the Root Cause Coalition Annual Conference on Social Determinants of Health. The project team included Jennifer Pooler, Madeleine Levin, Vanessa Hoffman, Fata Karva, and Colleen McLelland.

The USDA Food & Nutrition Service has published our report Foods Typically Purchased by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Households on their website. The study analyzed food purchase data collected at the point of sale and addresses the questions: What food items are purchased by SNAP households? and How do foods purchased by SNAP households compare to food purchases made by non-SNAP households?

Presentations & Publications

Dr. Ilene Harris recently participated in the Pharmacy Quality Alliance Leadership Summit on a panel discussion on CMMI’s Enhanced MTM Model.

Dr. Harris also participated in a workshop titled Substitutability of Generic Drugs: Perceptions and Reality hosted by Johns Hopkins Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation and the FDA. Dr. Harris presented findings from IMPAQ’s study on Postmarketing Surveillance of Generic Drug Use and Substitution Patterns. Zippora Kiptanui and Christine Franey were co-authors on the paper.

Dr. Dan Andersen recently participated in an all-day Measure Development Expert Listening Session with CMS entitled “A Conversation on Improving the Quality Measure Development Process: A LEAN Approach” where quality measurement experts discussed ways to improve the measure development process. Three more meetings will be held in 2017 to discuss potential improvements to other aspects of the measure development lifecycle.

Good News @ IMPAQ

The Corporate Social Responsibility Committee would like to thank all the staff who participated and raised nearly $12,000 at this year’s American Heart Association Heart Walk.

Upcoming Conferences

IMPAQ to recruit and host an invitation-only reception at the American Economic Association (AEA) Annual Meeting, January 6-8, Chicago, IL.

IMPAQ to exhibit the AcademyHealth National Health Policy Conference (NHPC), January 30-31, Washington, DC.

IMPAQ to exhibit at the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Annual Meeting, March 5-9, Atlanta, GA.

IMPAQ to exhibit at the Devex Career Forum, March 24, Washington, DC.

IMPAQ to exhibit at the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) Forum, March 25-28, Washington, DC.