Items of Note

Richard Mularski Receives Distinguished Physician Award

Richard Mularski

Senior Investigator Richard Mularski, MD, MSHS, MCR, received a 2017 Distinguished Physician Award from the Northwest Permanente medical group. The award is given annually to physicians who are nominated by their peers in recognition of attributes including leadership, high quality of service to members and colleagues, clinical excellence, and patient advocacy.

Stephanie Fitzpatrick Recognized for Outstanding Leadership in Health Policy

Stephanie Fitzpatrick

In August, the American Psychological Association (APA) Society for Health Psychology honored Investigator Stephanie Fitzpatrick, PhD, with a Presidential Citation for Outstanding Leadership in Health Policy and Advocacy. Among the many accomplishments cited in the award were Dr. Fitzpatrick’s advocacy work as a member of the Society’s Health Policy Task Force, her innovative research on primary care–based weight management interventions, and her leadership in responding to the World Health Organization’s call for priority-setting input in the area of nutrition.

Dawn Wilson, PhD, President of the APA Society for Health Psychology, described Dr. Fitzpatrick in her Presidential Citation as “an exceptionally bright and talented colleague [who] exemplifies the very best of our next generation of leaders in health policy and advocacy.”

CHR Investigators Present at NIH Obesity Prevention Workshop

Steve Fortmann
Rachel Gold

Senior Director of Science Programs Stephen Fortmann, MD, and Investigator Rachel Gold, PhD, MPH, presented at Pathways to Prevention: Methods for Evaluating Natural Experiments in Obesity in early December at the campus of the National Institutes of Health. The Pathways to Prevention workshops are geared toward identifying research gaps and needs in various areas of study.

Dr. Fortmann’s presentation was entitled “Linking Health System, Environmental, and Contextual Data for Evaluation of Natural Experiments: Lessons Learned.” Dr. Gold, who is the Lead Research Scientist at OCHIN in addition to her role at the Center for Health Research, delivered a talk on “Using Electronic Health Record Tools to Collect, Summarize, and Take Action on Patients' Social Determinants of Health Data, in the Context of Diabetes Care: Lessons and Challenges.”

CHR Speaker Series: Nilay Shah on Patient-Centered Health Care

Nilay Shah, PhD, a health services researcher and associate professor at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, spoke at the Center for Health Research–Northwest on November 7 as part of our ongoing lecture series. His talk, “Creating a Patient-Centered, High-Value Health Care Delivery System,” is available for viewing online.


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