The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s new signature research program, Health Data for Action (HD4A), supported by AcademyHealth, made two highly valued health datasets from either the Health Care Cost Institute or athenahealth available to awardees. Awarded grant projects will use the data to study a range of issues including how restaurant menus affect obesity, access to and cost of specialty drugs for patients, opioid prescribing, and use of genetic testing, among others.

See below for descriptions of 2017 Awarded Grants.

Improving Access and Reducing Financial Burden for Patients on Specialty Drugs
Grantee Institution: University of Washington
Principal Investigator: Anirban Basu, Ph.D.
Data set: Health Care Cost Institute
Grant Period: 12/15/17 – 12/14/18

Impact of Changing Restaurant Menus on Population Obesity and Disparities
Grantee Institution:
President & Fellows of Harvard College
Principal Investigator: Sara Bleich, Ph.D.
Data set: athenahealth
Grant Period: 12/15/17 – 12/14/18

Physician Consolidation and Its Effect on Specialist Care:  A Causal Analysis with Machine Learning
Grantee Institution: George Mason University
Principal Investigator: Alison Evans Cuellar, Ph.D.
Data set: Health Care Cost Institute
Grant Period: 12/15/17 – 12/14/18

Opioid Prescribing in Pediatric Surgical Patients
Grantee Institution: Emory University
Principal Investigator: Jason Hockenberry, Ph.D.
Data set: Health Care Cost Institute
Grant Period: 12/15/17 – 12/14/18

Utilization of Genetic Testing and its Downstream Effects Using Longitudinal Claims Analysis
Grantee Institution: University of California, Los Angeles
Principal Investigator: Jack Needleman, Ph.D.
Data set: Health Care Cost Institute
Grant Period: 12/15/17 – 12/14/18

The Influence of Active Living Policies and Environments on Body Weight Outcomes
Grantee Institution:
Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Co-Principal Investigators: Sandy Slater, Ph.D. and Shannon N. Zenk, Ph.D.
Data set: athenahealth
Grant Period: 12/15/17 – 12/14/18