Alwyn Cassil is principal of Policy Translation, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in health research and policy communications. Before founding Policy Translation in 2013, Cassil served as director of public affairs at the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC), an independent, nonpartisan health policy research organization. At HSC, she was responsible for identifying key policy and research issues, writing and editing HSC publications, and handling media relations and public policy outreach. Previously, Cassil was a press officer at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General and the Health Care Financing Administration, now the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Before serving in the federal government, Cassil was Washington editor of AHA News, the weekly newspaper published by the American Hospital Association. She also was an award-winning staff writer for several daily newspapers and received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Florida.
AcademyHealth, in collaboration with the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, hosted a meeting with clinical experts, researchers, patients and other stakeholders on possible causes of pre-hospital diagnostic delay. This meeting will inform a call for proposals to advance the evidence base for pre-hospital diagnostic delays related to cancer, sepsis, and acute cardiovascular conditions.
Health services researchers and others with expertise in open science issues suggest several next steps for the field including developing a common open science terminology, creating an open science interest group, designing open science trainings, and leveraging federal law to increase access to data.
At a June 2021 AcademyHealth workshop, supported by Blue Shield of California Foundation, public health officials shared their on-the-ground experiences of using disadvantage indices to locate COVID-19 testing sites, allocate vaccines, set up vaccination sites, and conduct community outreach to overcome vaccine hesitancy.
This brief summarizes key points from a May 2021 meeting convened by AcademyHealth as part of the Paradigm Project to explore redesigning academic incentives to prioritize the social impact of health services research. The meeting underscored the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion -- among other factors -- in incentivizing research that has impact.