Register today to attend Measuring What Matters, a symposium focused on associations between social determinants of health (SDoH), chronic disease, and health outcomes, including health related quality of life (HRQL). Scheduled for 16-17 July 2024, this virtual event will consist of session presentations and live Q&As with the speakers.

Session Highlight

Session 4: Research in Chronic Conditions

The fourth session of the 2024 Measuring What Matters Symposium will follow a series of clinical and public health research presentations documenting the relationship between SDoH and HRQL for individuals living with diverse chronic illnesses.

Session Speakers:

Foster Osei Baah, MS-PhD RN

Emory University

Foster Osei Baah, PhD, RN is a cardiovascular nurse scientist with a program of research focused on the social determinants of cardiovascular health behavior, self-care, cardiometabolic disease and cardiovascular health disparities in marginalized groups. The fundamental goal of this research program is to inform, design, and test interventions that enhance health behavior, improve health outcomes, and promote equity across diverse population groups. Prior to joining the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing as a Tenure Track Assistant Professor, he completed a PhD in Nursing Science at the University of Pennsylvania and postdoctoral fellowship at the Social Determinants of Obesity and Cardiovascular Risk Laboratory at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) with a focus on intervention design to address obesity and cardiovascular health disparities in resource limited neighborhoods.

Justin Abbatemarco, MD

Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Mellen Center

Dr. Justin Abbatemarco, MD is an Assistant Professor at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and a Staff Physician at the Mellen Center. He graduated from the Cleveland Clinic neurology residency where he served as Chief Resident and is dual fellowship trained in neuroimmunology from the Cleveland Clinic Mellen Center and autoimmune neurology from the University of Utah. He is board certified in Neurology from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). As Director of Inpatient General Neurology at Cleveland Clinic, he enhances patient care and educates future medical professionals. In his outpatient clinic, he specializes in managing central nervous system inflammatory disorders. Dr. Abbatemarco also contributes to the field as a member of ABPN’s Behavioral Neurology, Cognition, and Psychiatry Test Writing Committee and the AAN Graduate Education Committee. His research focuses on neuroinflammatory disorders and health disparities.

Manraj Kaur, PhD

Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Manraj Kaur (She/Her) is an Investigator and Lead Faculty for Research and Innovation at the Patient-Reported Outcomes, Value, and Experience (PROVE) Center, situated in the Department of Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston. Holding a cross-appointment at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Kaur is committed to integrating patient perspectives into clinical decision-making and quality improvement initiatives. Specializing in patient-reported outcome measurement, her research, especially within minority and underserved communities, aims to enhance person-centered clinical care. Dr. Kaur earned her doctoral and Master’s degrees in Rehabilitation Science with a health economics and outcomes research focus from McMaster University in Canada. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Canadian Institutes for Health Research and the Canadian Cancer Society.

Jan R. Boehnke, PhD

University of Dundee

Jan R. Boehnke, PhD, is a Reader in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Dundee (UK). His research focuses on the connections between mental and physical health, especially for people living with severe mental illnesses. He uses patient-reported outcome data collected in a variety of settings to investigate the differential impacts of conditions as well as the cumulative burden associated with them. As a research methodologist, Dr. Boehnke is interested in modern psychometric and statistical techniques, and has in recent years worked on core outcome sets and their dissemination. He is Co-Editor in Chief of Quality of Life Research.

The International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL) is a global community of researchers, clinicians, health care professionals, industry professionals, consultants, and patient research partners advancing health related quality of life research (HRQL).

Together, we are creating a future in which patient perspective is integral to health research, care and policy.