HOP Chair Featured in UF Health Newsletter

The Post, UF Health’s monthly newsletter, featured Betsy Shenkman, Ph.D., in the “Distinctions” section of the May edition, honoring her appointment as national co-chair of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s PCORnet Pediatrics Collaborative Research Group.

The group will help the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute set national priorities for pediatric research using the institute’s nationwide research network, PCORnet. This vast network seeks to link large numbers of patients, health care systems, clinicians, and researchers across the country to accelerate the translation of research findings into patient-centered care. The Pediatrics Collaborative Research Group is tasked with leveraging the power of PCORnet and big data to identify and address some of the nation’s most pressing pediatric health problems.

According to Shenkman, professor and chair of the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy and director for the Institute for Child Health Policy, children in the United States have higher rates of morbidity, behavioral health conditions, and obesity, and greater exposure to a variety of health risks when compared with children from other high-income countries. Although social and behavioral factors contribute to some of these differences, timely access to safe and effective health care is an important contributor to children’s health.

To read more about Shenkman’s appointment, click here.