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HSCR In The News

October 2020: A National Geographic article describes the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's (UPMC) use of the Area Deprivation Index (ADI) as a decision-making tool in COVID-19 treatment. The National Academy of Medicine also cited the UPMC model policy for allocating scarce COVID-19 medications as a model for how to mitigate structural inequities during the pandemic in their recommendations on how to allocate scarce vaccines.

June 2020: Articles in the New York Times and Wisconsin State Journal describe recent work at the University of Wisconsin linking neighborhood disadvantage with the presence of Alzheimer's disease-related brain changes at autopsy.

A recent editorial in the New York Times by Harald Schmidt, Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania, recommends the use of the Area Deprivation Index (ADI) as a potential took in managing certain elements of the COVID-19 response.  For more information about the ADI, visit

Recent Publications

Powell WR, Buckingham WR, Larson JL, Vilen L, Yu M, Salamat MS, Bendlin BB, Rissman RA, Kind AJH. Association of Neighborhood-Level Disadvantage With Alzheimer Disease Neuropathology. JAMA Netw Open. 2020;3(6):e207559. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.7559

Powell WR, Kaiksow FA, Kind AJH, Sheehy AM.  What is an observation  stay?  Evaluating the use of hospital observation stays in Medicare.  J Am Geriatr Soc. 2020 Apr 8. doi:10.1111/jgs.16441.  PMID: 32270480

Bartels CM, Rosenthal A, Wang X, Ahmad U, Chang I, Ezeh N, Garg S, Schletzbaum M, Kind AJH.  Investigating Lupus Retention in Care to Inform Interventions for Dispairities Reduction: An observational cohort study.  Arthritis Research and Therapy, 2020, 22: Article number 25.

Kaiksow FA*, Powell WR, Ankuda CK, Kinda AJH, Jaffery JC, Locke CFS, Sheehy AM.  Policy in Clinical Practice: Medicare Advantage and Observation Hospitalizations.  Journal of Hospital Medicine, 2020.15(1): 6-8.

Hunt JFV, Buckingham W, Kim AJ, Oh J, Vogt NM, Jonaitis EM, Hunt TK, Zuelsdorff M, Powell R, Norton D, Rissman RA, Asthana S, Okonkwo OC, Johnson SC, Kind AJH, Bendlin BB.  Association of Neighborhood-Level Disadvantage with Cerebral and Hippocampal Volume. JAMA Neurol. January 6, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2019.4501.  Press release

Gilmore-Bykovskyi, A, Crnich CJ, Kind AJH.  In Pursuit of Meaningful Performance Measures for Post-Acute Care [Invited Commentary]JAMA Network Open, 2019: 2(12). e1917558. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.17558

Health Services and Research Program Care Seminar Series

The Department of Medicine Health Services and Care Research (HSCR) Program sponsors a monthly seminar series during the academic year to provide a venue for health services and care research collaborations across the UW Department of Medicine. A secondary goal of the series is to encourage more trainees to become involved in research. Topics with specific relevance to these trainees will be presented.

The HSCR program seeks to advance high-impact transformational research on care policy, processes and outcomes along with rigorous development, testing and dissemination of pioneering medical care models to promote the health and quality of life of patients and caregivers. Seminars will feature presentations on innovative research within our UW Department of Medicine and incorporate career development discussions targeted at the trainee and junior faculty level.

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Academic Year 2021 Seminar Series Dates

All seminars will take place from noon to one.

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  • Majid Afshar
  • Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning for Diagnostics and Prognostication


  • Andrea Gilmore-Bykovskyi
  • Alzheimer's Care Delivery and Utilization: Disparities and Opportunity


  • TBD


  • Jennifer Weiss
  • Identifying Successful Colorectal Cancer Screening Strategies in Rural and Urban Clinics


  • TBD


  • Nicole Pulia
  • Dementia and Dysphagia


  • TBD

The Neighborhood Atlas®

Led by Dr. Amy Kind, researchers from the HSCR Program have developed an accessible, online, interactive map of more than 70 million ZIP+4 codes so that users can visualize data on socio-economic determinants of health at the neighborhood level. The Neighborhood Atlas is the home for the Area Deprivation Index (ADI), a tool which can be used to quantify the degree of disadvantage in a given area – a factor increasingly viewed as critical to assessing health disparities and effective interventions. The 2013 and 2015 versions of the ADI can be downloaded at An article about the Neighborhood Atlas was published on June 28, 2018 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Read more: New England Journal of Medicine: Research article, Audio interview with Dr. Kind | UW School of Medicine and Public Health.  The Neighborhood Atlas was also featured in a blog written by NIA Director Robin Barr and received supplemental trademark registration status through the USPTO.