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Upcoming Event at Kentucky: The Impact of a Community-Based Intervention on Hospital Utilization

Dr. Darrell Gaskin, Systems for Action National Advisory Committee Chair, will present “The Impact of a Community-Based Intervention on Hospital Utilization – the Maryland Health Enterprise Zone Initiative” as a part of the University of Kentucky Center for Health Services Research Seminar Series.

Dr. Gaskin, a leading U.S. health economist and expert on safety net hospitals, is the William C. and Nancy F. Richardson professor in health policy at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions.

Preliminary findings indicate the Health Enterprise Zone (HEZ) initiative is a viable way to reduce inpatient admissions and estimated the net savings of nearly $110 million to the health care system. The study Dr. Gaskin and his team conducted was guided, in part, by results from the National Longitudinal Survey of Public Health Systems (NALSYS) developed by Dr. Glen Mays of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health.

Systems for Action is a National Coordinating Center of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The program is administered by faculty and staff at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health and Gatton College of Business and Economics. It is a national initiative to discover and apply new evidence about ways of aligning the delivery and financing systems that can support a RWJF’s mission to build a Culture of Health.