September 22, 2016 at Noon

Special presentation by Shari M. Ling, MD, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will be presenting a talk at Noon.  Dr. Ling's presentation is entitled, "Towards a learning health system:  pursuit of better quality, healthier populations, and smarter spending."  This talk will be at the School of Public Health at Brown University, 121 S. Main Street, 3rd Floor, Room 37u5.  All are welcome.

30th Annual Katz Lecture on September 28, 2016 at 4 PM

Our featured speaker is Lewis A. Lipsitz, MD, MA, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Director, Institute for Aging Research, Hebrew SeniorLife and Chief, Division of Gerontology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  Dr. Lipsitz's presentation is entitled, "Improving Long-Term Care Quality in America:  Two Experiments to Bring Geriatric Expertise to the Nursing Home.  This talk will be at the School of Public health at Brown University, 121 S. Main Street, 3rd Floor, Room 375.  All are welcome.

Brown To Create Most Comprehensive Long-Term Care Database

The National Institute on Aging has awarded members of Brown University's Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research a major grant to create a first-ever national database that will allow researchers to study the impact of state policies and market forces on the quality of long-term care. The award comes at a time of increasing demand for the services of nursing homes and other long-term care providers; By 2020, an estimated 12 million U.S. elderly will need some form of long-term care.
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Shaping Long-Term Care in America Project Launches Website is a new website from the Shaping Long-Term Care in America Project being conducted at the Brown University Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research and supported, in part, by the NIA. provides users with research abstracts and publications and allows users to create their own tables and maps to gather information by state, county, or facility, including information on facility characteristics, geo-coded facility locations, resident characteristics, market characteristics, and state long-term care policies.

A technical memo "Identifying Diagnosis-Specific Patient Populations Using Section I of the MDS 3.0."  Click here to see technical memo.
To view a list of all the variables and their definitions, please see the data dictionary.

Three NIH Collaboratory Multiple Chronic Condition Demonstration Projects transition to implementation phase - September 14, 2015

Please see the following new posting on the NIH Collaboratory Website.  After completing a planning phase, the three NIH Collaboratory Multiple Chronic Condition Demonstration Projects have transitioned to the implementation phase.

Faculty in the News

  • September 28, 2016, Professor Linda Resnik and research scientist at the Providence VA Medical Center was awarded a three-year contract by the Department of Defense to study the care of Veterans and service members with upper-limb amputations.  Findings will be used to improve quality of care, and inform evidence based policies for device prescription and provision of rehabilitation services.  The VA News Release is attached as a PDF document at the end of this webpage.
  • August 23, 2016, the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) has chosen Kali St. Marie Thomas, PhD, MA as the 2016 recipient of the Carroll L. Estes Rising Star Award.  This distinguished honor is given annually by GSA’s Social Research, Policy, and Practice Section (SRPP) to one of its members in acknowledgment of outstanding early career contributions in social research, policy, and practice. It was established in 2009 and honors Carroll L. Estes, PhD, a distinguished gerontological researcher, a tireless advocate for older persons, a former SRPP section chair, and a former GSA president.
  • August 8, 2016, The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) — the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging — has chosen Professor Vincent Mor as the 2016 recipient of the Robert W. Kleemeier Award.
  • July 28, 2016, The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) announced Vincent Mor, Ph.D., as the 2016 recipient of the Mary K. Ousley Champion of Quality Award for his contributions to quality in the long term and post-acute care community.   AHCA presents the Mary K. Ousley Champion of Quality Award to an individual or organization that has made a significant national contribution to advancing quality performance in the long term care field.
    June 27, 2016, Dr. James Rudolph, Director of the Center of Innovation in Geriatrics Services and Director of Measurement and Quality Improvement for the VA Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care, both at the Providence VA Medical Center, interviewed by Providence Business News "Five Questions With:  Dr. James Rudolph".
  • June 26-28, 2016 - Brown health policy researchers present at Academy Health's Annual Research Meeting being held in Boston, MA.
  • June 16, 2016, Post Doctoral Research Fellow Clara Berridge's article, "Successful Aging and Its Discontents:  A Systematic Review of the Social Gerontology Literature"  that she coauthored was ranked most cited in 2015 by The Gerontologist.
  • On June 9, 2016, Professor Linda Resnik (Brown) and Research Career Scientist at the Providence VA Medical Center will receive the Catherine Worthingham Fellow Award (FAPTA) from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) at NEXT 2016, APTA’s Annual Conference and Exposition, in Nashville, TN.  The Catherine Worthingham Fellow designation honors individuals whose contributions to the profession through leadership, influence, and achievements demonstrate frequent and sustained efforts to advance the physical therapy profession. 
  • On May 26, 2016, Professor Susan Miller was notified that she will receive the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award bestowed by the Aging and Public Health Section of APHA.
  • On May 11, 2016, Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes 2016 D. L. Hart International Research Award was presented to Pedro Gozalo, Associate Professor, for outstanding research relating to rehabilitation.  
  • On May 2, 2016, Professor Richard Besdine is named one of the Top Docs in geriatrics by his peers.  Geriatrics is a 'passion' for Richard Besdine.
  • Published on-line April 25, 2016, Investigator Maricruz Rivera-Hernandez, lead author of a new study in JAMA Internal Medicine, finds substantial disparities in health care quality experienced by Hispanic Puerto Rican residents in Medicare Advantage plans. "The combination of strained economic circumstances and reduced health care funding may have deleterious effects on the quality of care in Puerto Rico and undermine the federal goal of promoting equity in health care delivery in the Medicare program." 
  • On April 12, 2016, Professor Richard Besdine is featured in Turnto10 News Health Check, "Doctor touts benefits of Mediterranean Diet."
  • On April 4, 2016, Assistant Professor Momotazur 'Shantu' Rahman's work was mentioned in the New York Times.  A recent study found that patients who have been hospitalized or have used home health or nursing home services - all indicating worse health or greater frailty were more likely to switch from Medicare Advantage to traditional Medicare than vice versa.
  • On March 14, 2016, Postdoctoral Elizabeth Goldberg was awarded a grant from the Rhode Island Foundation.  This research project is entitled, "Home Blood Pressure Monitoring to Track Post-Discharge Blood Pressures In At Risk Individuals."
  • On December 7, 2015, Assistant Professor Kali Thomas is featured at News from Brown.  A randomized controlled trial showing that meal deliveries combat loneliness among seniors.  "This continues to build the body of evidence that home-delivered meals provide more than nutrition and food security," says study lead author Kali Thomas.