CHP/PCOR Quarterly Update, summer 2005 issue

This issue of CHP/PCOR's quarterly newsletter covers developments from the spring 2005 quarter. It includes articles about:

  • research on HIV/AIDS in Russia -- presented in May at an international conference -- which shows that in order to contain the country's rapidly expanding HIV/AIDS epidemic, Russia must aggressively treat HIV-positive injection drug users;
  • a CHP/PCOR-hosted discussion session with Edward Sondik, director of the National Center for Health Statistics;
  • an ongoing CHP/PCOR study that examines older adults' preferences about health states in which they would need help with basic tasks like bathing or eating;
  • a panel discussion on "International Responses to Infectious Diseases," led by CHP/PCOR at the Stanford Institute for International Studies' first annual conference, featuring the World Health Organization's chief of infectious diseases;
  • a widely publicized study by CHP/PCOR researchers which found that obese workers are paid less than non-obese workers in similar jobs, but only when they have employer-sponsored health insurance -- a finding suggesting that the wage gap is due to obese workers' higher medical costs, rather than outright prejudice; and
  • an update on the Center on Advancing Decision Making for Aging, including two new seed projects and a lecture given by economics and psychology professor George Loewenstein.