Expanding the national reach of UC Davis
As federal and state officials work to implement the changes required by the 2010 Affordable Care Act, they look to the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine (IOM) for unbiased and authoritative advice on how to improve health care.
The IOM, in turn, looks to experts from academia, including many from UC Davis Health System, for recommendations on shaping the future of health care in our country and implementing the changes required by the 2010 Affordable Care Act.
In September, the IOM published a report titled "Women’s Health Research: Progress, Pitfalls, and Promise." The report was co-authored by members of the IOM’s Committee on Women’s Health Research, including Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, director of the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities and a UC Davis professor of internal medicine.
In October, the IOM published a report titled "The Future of Nursing," the result of a joint initiative with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Experts from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing were then called upon to host a special meeting in November on behalf of the California Regional Action Coalition for the joint initiative. The coalition includes the school’s dean, Heather M. Young; Deborah Ward, associate dean; and Casey Shillam, a postdoctoral fellow at the school.
The coalition was charged with coming up with a blueprint for implementing the report’s recommendations, some of which address the new health-care reform law. A significant portion of the meeting was webcast to the National Summit on Advancing Health through Nursing that took place in Washington, D.C.
As health-care reform continues, so will the prominence of UC Davis researchers who have much to share in achieving better health care and health in America.