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June 2005 (Volume 83)
Dale Butterill is the manager of knowledge transfer in the Health Systems Research and Consulting Unit at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health at the University of Toronto. Working with scientists and decision makers, she leads programs designed to increase the relevance and utilization of research and to implement best practices.
Rena M. Conti is a doctoral candidate in health policy and economics at Harvard University.
Richard G. Frank is the Margaret T. Morris Professor of Health Economics at Harvard Medical School and a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is currently conducting research on issues related to the design of health and social insurance for people with mental illness and addictive disorder. He is also engaged in research on the economics of the pharmaceutical industry and in pay-for-performance schemes for quality improvement.
Marion R. Fremont-Smith, an attorney, is a senior research fellow at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University. She has published several books and numerous articles on tax-exempt organizations and the law of charities. Between 1964 and 2004 she was associated with the Boston law firm of Choate, Hall and Stewart, where she was a partner and senior counsel before retiring from active practice. She has served as director of the Division of Public Charities in the Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts, as chair of the Exempt Organization Committee of the American Bar Association’s Tax Section, on the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Group on Exempt Organizations, and on the Advisory Committee to the Program on Philanthropy and the Law at New York University Law School.
Mita Giacomini is an associate professor of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics and a member of the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis at McMaster University in Ontario. Her training is in health policy analysis, history of medicine, and public health. Recent published work addresses topics such as the politics of technology assessment, interdisciplinarity in health research, health resource allocation, the clinical uses of qualitative evidence, and life support decision making. Her current research projects focus on the problem of assessing social aspects and impacts of health technologies, argumentation and evidence in coverage decision making, and the roles of values and ethics in Canadian health policy.
Paula Goering is the section head of the Health Systems Research and Consulting Unit at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and a professor at the University of Toronto. She holds a Canadian Institutes of Health Research/Canadian Health Services Research Foundation chair focused on generating and disseminating best practices in mental health.
Howard H. Goldman is a professor of psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. A mental health policy researcher, he is interested in evidence-based practices and financing policy. He directs the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Network on Mental Health Policy Research, and was the principal investigator of the evaluation of the implementation and impact of mental health and substance abuse parity in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Personnel Management.
Jill R. Horwitz, a lawyer and economist, is assistant professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School and faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She won AcademyHealth’s Dissertation Award in 2004. Horwitz specializes in health care law and policy, with a focus on economics and regulation. Her recent work includes studies of organizational ownership, hospital conversions, and medical quality.
Nora Jacobson is a research scientist in the Health Systems Research and Consulting Unit at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and an assistant professor at the University of Toronto. She is an interpretive social scientist who uses qualitative methods to examine issues related to knowledge transfer, health service delivery, and health policy development.
David Barton Smith is a professor in the Department of Risk, Insurance and Healthcare Management at the Fox School of Business and Management of Temple University. His research interests include the analysis of the effects of segregation on health care and health disparities and the evolution of long-term care services. He has also assisted hospital systems and foundations in many areas of the country in conducting community health assessment and improvement projects.
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Volume 83, Issue 2 (pages 323–325)
Published in 2005
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Consulting as a Strategy for Knowledge Transfer