January 29, 2020 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Location: The Study, 20 S. 33rd Street

Please join us for LDI's Annual Health Policy Retreat, an event exclusively for LDI Fellows to come together to stimulate interdisciplinary research, foster campus-wide interactions, and networking with colleagues, old and new.

This year’s day will feature 5-minute lightning talks and a poster session with Fellows presenting current research and initiatives, a conversation on health care reform proposals between Zeke Emanuel (Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, and Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor at Penn) and Robert Moffit (Senior Fellow, Health Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation), and a hands-on session on successfully pitching your research to the media led by Dan Gorenstein, founder of the new podcast Tradeoffs. The event is free of charge, but please register by January 10th.  Please note, this event is open to LDI fellows only.


8 – 8:30

Welcome, Rachel Werner, Executive Director of LDI

8:45 – 9:30
Lightning Talk Session #1: Vulnerable Populations

  • Shoshana Aronowitz - Assumed Criminality and Other Factors that Influence the Receipt of Pain Treatment by Injured Black Patients: A Mixed-Studies Review
  • Rinad Beidas - Lessons Learned in Transforming Mental Health Care Through Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices
  • Damon Centola - Physician Network Intervention to Reduce Implicit Race/Gender Bias in Clinical Management of Chest Pain
  • Sameed Khatana - Trends in Cardiovascular Mortality and Economic Distress in Communities
  • Harald Schmidt - Implementation of Medicaid Work Requirements: Physicians’ Willingness to Request Exemptions for Vulnerable Populations

9:30 – 10:30
Poster Session and Networking Breakfast

10:30 – 11:15
Conversation on Health Care Reform

  • Ezekiel Emanuel, Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, and Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy Professor at Penn
  • Robert Moffit, Senior Fellow, Health Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation

11:20 – 12:05
Lightning Talk Session #2: Coverage and Delivery

  • Hanming Fang - Joint Labor Search, Spousal Insurance, and Health Care Reform
  • Matt Grennan - Physician-Hospital Integration and Medical Technology Pricing and Usage 2008-17
  • Dan Hopkins - Offsetting Policy Feedback Effects: Evidence from the Affordable Care Act
  • Karen Lasater - Valuing Hospital Investments in Nursing
  • Hummy Song - Understanding Nursing Turnover: The Case of Home Health Care

12:10 – 12:25
Break and Pick Up Lunch

12:25 – 1:35
Lunch – Successfully Pitching Your Research

  • Dan Gorenstein, Host and Producer of Tradeoffs Podcast, Former Senior Reporter, Marketplace’s Health Desk

1:45 – 2:30
Lightning Talk Session #3: Public Health Epidemics: Opioids and Violence

  • Austin Kilaru - Participation in a Hospital Incentive Program to Improve Linkage to Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
  • Elinore Kaufman - Epidemiology of U.S. Fatal and Nonfatal Firearm Injuries, 2009-2016
  • Anish Agarwal - Scalable Approaches to ‘Right-Sizing’ Opioid Prescribing for Acute Pain
  • Doug Weibe - U.S. vs. Safehouse: Philadelphia’s Story on Trying to Open the Nation’s 1st Legal Overdose Prevention Site, and a Community-Engaged Process to Identify a Suitable Location
  • Michal Gilad-Gat - The Tragedy of Wasted Funds and Broken Dreams: An Economic Analysis of Childhood Exposure to Crime and Violence

For more details and registration please contact

January 29, 2020 12:00 PM
Shawn Bushway Professor of Public Administration and Policy - University at Albany, SUNY
Criminology Colloquium Series | Location: McNeil 395

Crime rates have dropped substantially in the United States, but incarceration rates have remained high. The standard explanation for the lasting trend in incarceration is that the sentencing policy choices from the 1980s and 1990s permanently increased punitiveness: i.e. a long-standing period effect. Our paper examines an alternative explanation that the crime waves in the 1980s and 1990s created cohort differences in incarceration over the life course that changed the level of incarceration even decades after the crime wave. With individual level longitudinal sentencing data from 1972 to 2016 in North Carolina, we find clear evidence that period effects played a relatively minor role in comparison to cohort effects in the secular trends in incarceration. The birth cohorts that reach prime age of crime during the 1990s crime wave have elevated rates of incarceration throughout their observed life course. The key mechanism for their elevated incarceration rates decades after the crime wave is the accumulation of extended criminal history under a sentencing structure that systematically escalates punishment for those with priors. 


January 29, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Jacob Estes Professor, VGTI-Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute - Oregon National Primate Research Center, Oregon Health and Science University
Location: Austrian Auditorium, Clinical Research Building
Department of Microbiology
January 29, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Adrien Bilal Ph.D. Candidate in Economics - Princeton University
Junior Recruiting Seminar | Location: PCPSE Room 100
January 30, 2020 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Jason H. Moore Director, Institute for Biomedical Informatics - University of Pennsylvania
Location: John Morgan Building, “Class of 62” 3620 Hamilton Walk
January 30, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Sophie Calder-Wang Ph.D. Candidate in Economics - Harvard University
Junior Recruiting Seminar | Location: PCPSE Room 100
January 30, 2020 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Samuel Moyn Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence and Professor of History - Yale University
Reverberations of Inequality | Location: Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics, Room 250
The Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy
February 3, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Sea-level Rise and Human Migration
Mathew Hauer Assistant Professor - Florida State University, Department of Sociology
PSC Spring 2020 Colloquium Series | Location: McNeil 395
February 3, 2020 4:30 PM
Ed Nakawatase Board Member - Asian Americans United
Asian America Across the Disciplines Speaker Series | Location: TBD

Hosted by Rob Busher.

For more information about Asian Americans United, click here.

February 5, 2020 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Matthew Desmond Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology - Princeton University
Journal of Law and Public Affairs Annual Symposium | Location: Michael A. Fitts Auditorium, Golkin 100
February 5, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Job Boerma Job Market Candidate in Economics - University of Minnesota
Junior Recruiting Seminar | Location: PCPSE Room 100
February 7, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Milena Almagro Ph.D. Candidate in Economics - NYU
Junior Recruiting Seminar | Location: PCPSE Room 100
February 10, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Public Investments and Class Gaps in Parents’ Developmental Expenditures
Margot Jackson Associate Professor of Sociology - Brown University
PSC Spring 2020 Colloquium Series | Location: McNeil 395
February 11, 2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Linda H. Aiken Director, Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research - University of Pennsylvania
Innovating for Life and Living Campaign Tour | Location: New York Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway, New York, New York

The Innovating for Life and Living Campaign Tour is coming to New York City! Join Penn Nursing on our last tour stop for an exciting conversation as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research with its founder and director, Dr. Linda Aiken.

February 14, 2020 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sheila Davis Chief Executive Officer - Partners in Health (PIH)
Location: Rubenstein Auditorium, Smilow Center for Translational Research

Join us at Penn’s Global Oncology Symposium as we explore the ethical considerations of delivering high-quality, global cancer care.

All are welcome at Penn’s inaugural Global Oncology Symposium as we explore the ethical considerations of bringing high-quality cancer care to patients around the world. Experts from across the country and globe are convening in Philadelphia to discuss the importance and challenges of building international partnerships; making tough decisions on clinical treatment and resource allocation; and advocating for global cancer control. Our keynote speaker is Dr. Sheila Davis, CEO of Partners in Health. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

Additional speakers include Dr. Rebecca DeBoer, oncologist and medical ethics researcher at the University of California San Francisco and Dr. Ruth Damuse, oncology clinical director at Partners in Health Haiti. The symposium also features panel discussions on clinical cancer care in resource-limited settings and collaborative partnerships in global oncology moderated by Dr. Yedoha Martei and Dr. Larry Shulman from the University of Pennsylvania.

Free Registration:

Breakfast and lunch will be served.

February 17, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Women’s political participation and maternal mortality
Atheendar Venkataramani Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy; Assistant Professor of Medicine - University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine
PSC Spring 2020 Colloquium Series | Location: McNeil 395
February 21, 2020 8:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Paul Starr Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs - Princeton University
Location: Fitts Auditorium
Penn Law and the Annenberg School for Communication

Health care reform has taken center stage during presidential primary season, as candidates offer diverse proposals to expand insurance coverage and contain costs. This one-day conference draws together researchers, policymakers, providers, and other stakeholders to dive into key and thorny issues with no easy answers.

Keynot speaker:
Paul Starr, Ph.D. -- Princeton University

Panel moderators:
Sherry Glied, Ph.D. -- New York University
Julian Harris, M.D. -- Deerfield Management
Allison Hoffman, J.D. -- University of Pennsylvania
Rodney Whitlock, Ph.D. -- McDermott+Consulting

Register here.

Questions? Contact Melissa Ostroff

February 24, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Van DeWalle Prize Winner (Name TBD) PhD Candidate - University of Pennsylvania
PSC Spring 2020 Colloquium Series | Location: McNeil 395
February 24, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
The Female Life Cycle, Fertility, and Women’s Status in Indian > Households
Megan Reed (Van DeWalle Prize Winner) Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology & Demography - University of Pennsylvania, Population Studies & Sociology
PSC Spring 2020 Colloquium Series | Location: McNeil 395
March 2, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Cross-National Variation in Mothers’ Weekday and Weekend Child Care & Housework Time
Liana Sayer Director of the Maryland Time Use Laboratory and Professor of Sociology - University of Maryland
PSC Spring 2020 Colloquium Series | Location: McNeil 395