We’ve wrapped up day two of the ARM and the energy is high! Yesterday’s sessions emphasized that this is a pivotal time in our history and we need to continue to accelerate the movement of knowledge into practice to ensure the dissemination of important research and transform delivery systems. During yesterday’s plenary luncheon, Kate Baicker, Chair of the AcademyHealth Board of Directors, spoke on the many ways that you can get involved in AcademyHealth. We welcome your participation. Bob St. Peter discussed the need for advocacy. St. Peter encouraged attendees that as a field, we need to mobilize to protect the agencies that fund our research and our work. AcademyHealth president and CEO, Lisa Simpson recognized Carolyn Clancy for her outstanding contributions to the field of health services research and her leadership of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Also in the plenary lunch, we announced the winners of the 2013 AcademyHealth Awards, each of which recognize researchers who have made significant contributions to the fields of health services research and health policy. Donald M. Steinwachs received the Distinguished Investigator Award, which recognizes investigators who have made significant and lasting contributions to the field of health services research through scholarship, teaching, advancement of science and methods, and leadership. Dr. Steinwachs is a Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. He currently serves as Interim Director of the Institute for Policy Studies, The Johns Hopkins University. He is active in the Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research, previously named the Health Services Research and Development Center where he served as director for many years. Ateev Mehrotra, M.D., M.P.H was awarded The Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award. Commemorating the dedication of Alice Hersh to supporting the next generation of health services researchers, the award recognizes scholars early in their careers as health services researchers who show exceptional promise for future contributions to the field. Dr. Mehrotra is an Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a Policy Analyst at RAND. The Article-of-the-Year Award was presented to Zirui Song, Ph.D. for his article on lowering medical spending and improving quality. Zirui Song is a fourth year medical student at Harvard Medical School. He is a recent graduate of the Ph.D. Program in Health Policy (Economics track) at Harvard University. His research has focused on health care spending and quality in global payment contracts in Massachusetts, Medicare physician fee policy, and competitive bidding in Medicare. The Outstanding Dissertation Award was presented to Alicia Cooper, M.P.H., Ph.D. for her dissertation, Predictors and Outcomes of High-Risk Prescribing among Elderly Medicare Beneficiaries. Dr. Cooper is an investigator in the Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D) division at the Providence VA Medical Center. She recently completed her doctoral degree in Health Services Research from Brown University’s Department of Health Services, Policy, and Practice. The Best Student Poster award was presented to Geoffrey Silvera, MHA, Ph.D. candidate, Penn State University for his poster, Empathy Revealed. Following the afternoon break-out sessions, attendees headed to the poster session and reception. Students and young professionals mixed and mingled at a student networking event. Don’t forget to check out attendee perspectives from day 2 on our YouTube page. We hope you enjoy the last and final day of the 30th Annual Research Meeting!

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