Paradigm Project June 2021 Newsletter Cover

The Blueprint: Paradigm Project Updates

This newsletter spotlights three recently published Paradigm Project resources, articles on diversity, equity, and inclusion and strategies to engage communities in research, and commentary on scientific publishing.

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In the Paradigm Project’s latest installment of Voices of a New Paradigm, Stephen Shortell, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., professor of health policy and management emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, and Mark Fleming, Ph.D., assistant professor of health and social behavior at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, discuss the field of medical anthropology and how it can be used to examine patient-centered research and power structures within the field of HSR.

A new Paradigm Project blog post similarly looks outside the health care field for inspiration in reimagining health services research. Robin Strongin, previously an AcademyHealth Senior Scholar and active member multiple Paradigm Project Design Teams, highlights the role visual arts can play in exposing racial bias and draws insights from racial equity efforts in the museum world that could be applied to health care.

Finally, as AcademyHealth’s Paradigm Project continues to use human-centered design and other tools to identify ways to increase the relevance, timeliness, quality, and impact of HSR, integrating conversations about real-world data, community engagement, and participation will be critical. A recent issue brief summarizes a meeting of researchers and research users that took place virtually on February 24-25, 2021, titled “Complex Data and New Methods: Emerging Opportunities for Health Services Research.” The meeting was convened by the Paradigm Project to examine greater use of real-world data in HSR and related issues, including safeguarding against the introduction of racial and other biases; addressing privacy concerns; establishing data standards; developing data resources as public goods; and helping researchers gain needed skills to design and conduct studies and interpret and disseminate findings.

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