Igniting national discourse for a healthier world
National media regularly seek the perspectives of our faculty, who give media interviews, serve as panel members, and present at national meetings to address important topics such as gun violence (Garen Wintemute), the environment and autism (Irva Hertz-Piciotto), the future of nursing (Heather M. Young), pain medicine (Scott Fishman) and much more. Our faculty lead national physician groups, consult for international organizations, guide federal research committees and participate in major reports to help shape the future of health and health care. I, myself, am honored to serve on the boards of directors for the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Association of Academic Health Centers as well as the Advisory Committee for Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health.
On an institutional level, UC Davis Health System is a national thought leader. We were tapped by the federal government to build a national-model telehealth network for California. We are the recipients of the nation’s largest philanthropic grant for nursing education. We are home to the MIND Institute which is rapidly advancing our understanding of neuro-developmental disorders. These are just a few of the examples of the way the health system is defining the future of health for our nation.
In this issue of the magazine, we look at several of our key initiatives to help change the way health care is delivered and improve health outcomes for the people we serve.
- In our Center for Healthcare Policy and Research, we are examining the wage disparities among physician specialties, the role of nurses in health-care reform efforts, the cost effectiveness of cancer screenings and the creation of better health-care quality measures.
- A member of our faculty who was just elected to the Institute of Medicine is a leader in conducting research with pediatric emergency departments, including ours, to set new standards of care that are safer and more effective for our children.
- The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, which is dedicated to developing nurse leaders who collaborate in their communities to improve health, has launched an educational program that places students in communities, hospitals, and local governments to work and learn firsthand how to effect change.
The impact of these accomplishments is amplified by a special perspective that is unique to UC Davis: our focus on combining academic excellence with a commitment to social responsibility to transform health care and improve health for all. Our work is important because it is so relevant – it touches and improves lives every day, whether by advancing new treatments quickly to the patient bedside or by addressing the social determinants of health.
I am proud that UC Davis is making a national impact. I invite you to learn more about our growing influence by reading the stories in this issue, and then I invite you to join us in establishing a legacy of future physician, nursing and research leaders who are finding answers to the complex challenges of improving the health of all our communities.