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CHAS eNews: March 2018

School of Social Service Administration


Biosimilars: Reimbursement Issues in Oncology Practice 

Medicaid Working Group PI and CHAS Fellow Rena Conti, PhD., discussed the challenges facing practitioners and patients in a new age of biosimilars. These are a biological medical product which is almost an identical copy of an original product manufactured by another company. In her article, Conti lays out the benefits including: lower-costs for patients while receiving clinically equivalent therapeutic alternatives, and the disadvantages including significant practice costs incurred by the use of these alternatives. 

Differences Betweens Husbands and Wives in Colonoscopy Use: Results From a National Sample.  

University of Chicago Professor and Department Chair of Public Health Services, Diane Sperling Lauderdale, PhD., set out to find whether self-reported colonoscopy rates are correlated with marriage, and the the characteristics of spouses associated with colonoscopy use. Data was drawn from a US nationally-representative 2010 survey, which included 804 heterosexual marriages drawn from a community sample of 3132 adults aged 55-90 years old. Results showed that married men have higher adjusted colonoscopy rates than unmarried men (61% vs. 52%), but that women's rates do not differ by Maritas status. Individuals are also almost twice as likely to receive a colonoscopy if their spouse has recently had one. 

Development of the ThyCAT: Computerized Test To Assess Quality of Life in Thyroid Cancer Survivors

Blum-Riese Professor in the Department of Medicine & Public Health Sciences, Robert Gibbons, PhD., in collaboration with other scholars set out to develop quality of life computerized adaptive tests (ThyCAT) for thyroid cancer survivors. The methodology was a bifactor item response theory model designed to fit the questionnaire responses from over 1,000 North American cancer survivors. The results showed that ThyCAT assessed quality of life with strong correlation with the original 75 North American Thyroid Cancer Survivorship Study questions using an average of 9.94 questions. The ThyCAT can be administered on a smartphone app in under 10 minutes, allowing for efficient and accurate clinic identification of patients struggling with quality of live after treatment.  

CHAS Seed Grant Applications Due April 30, 2019

CHAS Seed Grant proposals are currently being accepted online through April 30, 2018. New Awards will be funded for the performance cycle of July 2018-June 2020. 

To learn more about the CHAS Seed Grant program or to submit a proposal, please click here

Consensus Study Nearly Fully Funded at the National Academy of Sciences with help of CHAS and SSA Sponsorship. 

CHAS and SSA co-sponsored the consensus study on Integrating Social Needs Care into the Delivery of Health Care to Improve the Nation's Health, in collaboration with other philanthropic organizations. This study had reached 92% of the required funds to bring it to fruition as of January 2018. 


John F. Kelly, PhD
Harvard Medical School
April 3, 2018 

Rena Conti, PhD
The University of Chicago
April 10, 2018 

Todd Gilmer, PhD, 
University of California, San Diego
April 17, 2018 

Larry Davidson, PhD, 
Yale University
April 24, 2018 

Vincent More, PhD, MEd
Brown University
May 1, 2018 

Katherine Baicker, PhD,
The University of Chicago 
May 8, 2018 

Alida Bouris, PhD, MPhil, MSW, 
The University of Chicago 
May 15, 2018 


The School of Social Science Administration has upcoming workshops in April. The Spring Workshop series will end May 18, 2018. Be sure to check the website for registration information. There are discounts for students, alumni and groups! 

Unite for Sight's Global Health & Innovation Conference
New Haven, CT
April 14-15, 2018

Health Datapalooza
Washington, DC
April 26-27, 2018

NASW National Conference
Washington, DC
June 20-23, 2018

Academy Health Annual Research Meeting
Seattle, WA
June 24-26, 2018

American Public Health Association*
San Diego, CA
November 10-14, 2018

Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action*
Austin, TX
November 15-17, 2018

* currently accepting abstracts or applications for involvement
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