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School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago
CHAS eNews: March 2017
ACA Repeal Would Worsen Opioid Epidemic
Spring 2017 Davis Lecturer Peter Friedmann (University of MA Medical Center, Baystate Health), SSA alumna Christina Andrews (University of South Carolina), and 2016 Davis lecturer Keith Humphries (Stanford School of Health) were published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine. As experts in the fields of internal medicine, social work, and psychology/psychiatry, the three argue that although not its original intent, the ACA has offered "valuable tools" to those affected by opioid use and abuse, namely: it expanded Medicaid coverage; it required that addiction treatment be included in existing insurance plans; and it instructed that care for opioid use disorder would be provided at parity to other health services. The researchers predict that total repeal of the ACA would harm the millions of Americans with substance use disorders, but rural communities—who have historically had the highest rates of opioid-related mortality nationwide—would be hit the hardest.
Identifying Case of Child Maltreatment Through Medicaid Claims
A study conducted by CHAS fellow Donald Hedeker (Dept. of Public Health Sciences) and colleagues discovered that only 15.2% of children identified by caseworkers as being maltreated had any relevant ICD-9-CM code in their Medicaid files over a four year time. Furthermore, of those identified by caseworkers, male children and children of African-American race were even less likely to have Medicaid documentation of maltreatment. The researchers thus conclude Medicaid claims of maltreatment are an unacceptable metric for determining that actual frequency to which child maltreatment occurs. They also acknowledge that additional research is needed to explore the validity of caseworker identification of maltreatment.
Preventing HIV Among Women with Criminal Justice Involvement
University of Chicago (School of Social Service Administration) researchers Sameena V. AzharKathryn R. Berringer, and CHAS Fellow Matthew W. Epperson reviewed HIV prevention interventions targeting women with criminal justice involvement that were tested from 1980 to 2014. Their review revealed that interventions utilizing social cognitive theory or a motivational interviewing approach were more effective than those which were not explicitly associated with a particular theoretical orientation. They advise that current behavioral interventions fail to adequately consider "contextual and social factors that influence women's sexual behavior," and therefore new research and intervention development should focus on these two factors to improve effectiveness.
CHAS Annual Report Available Online
In 2015, CHAS began publishing an annual report to inform stakeholders on how the center's programming continues to strategically advance healthcare policy and research so as to improve the lives of disadvantaged populations. A PDF copy of the 2016 report is now available for download on CHAS's website. If you would like a printed copy, please email your request to
Fellow Celebrated as "Exceptional International Women Leader" in Chicago
Congratulations to CHAS Fellow Olufunmilayo Olopade for being included in Chicago Woman Magazine's list of "10 Exceptional International Women Leaders." The list, which was published on March 8, highlights Olopade's numerous awards and honorary degrees from universities across the nation.
NIH to Open Grants for HIV Prevention & Care
Two grants seeking to encourage "innovative, targeted basic behavioral and social science and intervention development research to reduce incident HIV infections and improve the health of those living with HIV" were posted in January of this year. PA-17-105 (the exploratory/developmental research grant) and its companion, PA-17-106 (the research project grant), will open for applications on April 7.
"The Long-Run Effects of Childhood Insurance Coverage"
Andrew Goodman-Bacon, PhD
April 4, 2017

"White Opioids: Race and the War on Drugs that Wasn't"
Helena Hansen, MD, PhD
April 11, 2017

"Medicaid and Health Reform..."
Benjamin Sommers, MD, PhD
April 18, 2017

"Using Implementation Science to Reduce Health Disparities..."
Leopoldo J. Cabassa, PhD
April 25, 2017

"Opioid Use Disorders in Criminal Justice Populations"
Peter Friedmann, MD, MPH, FASAM, FACP
May 2, 2017

"Design-based Research for Adolescent Sexual Health"
Melissa Gilliam, MD, MPH
May 9, 2017

"... A Computer System Designed to Support Quality of Life in Older Adults"
David Gustafson, PhD, MS
May 16, 2017
Global Health & Innovation
New Haven, CT
April 22-23, 2017

Physician-Scholars in the Social Sciences & Humanities
Boston, MA
April 29-30, 2017

NASW: Aging Through the Social Work Lens
June 14-15, 2017

Academy Health Annual Research Meeting
New Orleans, LA
June 25-27, 2017

Addiction Health Services Research*
Madison, WI
October 18-20, 2017

American Public Health Association
Atlanta, GA
November 4-8, 2017

Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action*
Grand Rapids, MI
November 16-18, 2017

Society for Social Work & Research*
Washington, DC
January 10-14, 2018

* currently accepting abstracts or proposals
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