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The Center for Health Administration Studies (CHAS) at the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration

CHAS eNews: June 2018

School of Social Service Administration


State Insurance Mandates and Off‐label Use of Chemotherapy 

CHAS Fellow and Department of Public Health Sciences faculty member, Fabrice Smieliauskas, PhD, and other scholars, identified a lack of recent studies or published research estimating yearly trends in off‐label use or evaluating the determinants of off‐label use in the context of cancer drugs. This research team's conclusion was that policymakers should consider shifting away from mandating coverage as a way to ensure access to drugs off‐label and towards incentivizing adherence to clinical practice guidelines to improve the quality and value of off‐label use.

Positive Parenting Practices, Health Disparities, and Developmental Progress 

The examination of the development of American youth, particularly children raised in homes with incomes below the federal poverty level (FPL) in the United States, is pivotal towards determining if interventions are warranted and effective, as well as improving the likelihood of academic and economic successes later in life. Medicaid Working Group member and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Sarah Sobotka, MD, MSCP, and Professor of Pediatrics, Michael Msall, MD, helped design a study to interpret survey data from parents, of children ages 4 months to 5 years in age, in order to observe the relationship of interactive parenting practices on child development in low-income families during early childhood. The study concluded that enrichment of parenting practices should reduce educational disparities among vulnerable children experiencing poverty.

Gender Differences in Trends for Heroin Use and Nonmedical Prescription Opioid Use

Utilizing data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), CHAS Director and SSA Professor Jeanne Marsh, PhD, MSW, and her research team of CHAS Doctoral Stipend Awardees Cliff Bersamira, PhD, Kune Park and Yu-An Lin, compared gender difference in trends in heroin and nonmedical prescription opioid use in the U.S. between 2007 and 2014. The team's findings indicate that women are increasing heroin use at a faster rate than men but decreasing nonmedical prescription opioid use at a slower rate than men.

Seed Grant Recipients Announced

CHAS is pleased to announced the following UChicago Faculty as recipients of 2018 CHAS Seed Grants:
  • Yanilda Maria Gonzalez, PhD, MA: “Right to the City: Can a Municipal Identification Card Unlock the Door to Urban Well-being and Inclusion in Chicago?”
  • Boaz Keysar, PhD, MA: “Consequences of Foreign Language Use on Medical Decision Making”


The Michael M. Davis Lecture Series will resume for Autumn Qurater on October 9, 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

Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health
Washington, DC
December 3-5, 2018

Unite for Sight's Global Health & Innovation Conference*
New Haven, CT
April 13-14, 2019

* currently accepting abstracts or applications for involvement
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