Center for Health Policy

CHP faculty research receives national media attention in U.S. News and World Report

Drs. Fernando Wilson, Jim Stimpson, and José A. Pagán gain national media attention for their study, “Fatal crashes from drivers testing positive for drugs in the U.S., 1993 – 2010.” Published in Public Health Reports, the study concluded that approximately 46.5% of fatal crashes involved drugged drivers using prescription drugs in 2010. The study also indicated that while nearly three quarters of drugged drivers used alcohol and cocaine, prescription drugs had the highest increase in prevalence among drugged drivers since the mid-2000s.

Report on Nebraska Cancer Workforce

The UNMC Center for Health Policy released a report today describing the state of the cancer workforce in Nebraska. In reviewing workforce numbers over a five-year period, (2008-12), we found that the number of adult cancer physicians increased by 24.7 percent, while the number of pediatric cancer physicians actually decreased by 1.2 percent during that time. Our report also provides other supportive data including trends and characteristics of the workforce including physicians, NPs, and PAs. We conclude the report by outlining several policy and organizational options for improving the oncology workforce in Nebraska.

You can access the press release here.

Here is a direct link to the full report.

UNMC Study finds that distracted driving is killing more pedestrians and bicyclists

From texting and talking on cell phones to eating while driving, researchers say distracted driving is a serious public health threat. Though motor vehicle deaths have been declining nationally, a recent study by researchers at UNMC found that deaths in pedestrians and cyclists are increasing. From 2005 to 2010, the national number of pedestrians struck and killed by distracted drivers went up from 344 to 500 — an almost 50 percent increase. For cyclists, the numbers killed went from 56 to 73 — a 30 percent increase.

Read the full story here.