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Elixhauser to Present 17th Annual Mary Gumble Levy Lecture


On Oct. 26, 2017, Anne Elixhauser, Ph.D., senior research scientist for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality will present "The Train Tracks of Research: A Look Back from the Other End of the Tunnel."

The event is from 6-7:30 pm in the Health Science Education Union Auditorium, 1312 Carr Lane. Faculty, staff, students and members of the community are invited.

Elixhauser talk about the process of moving toward an effective research practice, based on her own experiences with writing, journalism, time as a physician assistant and in her work researching health care delivery. She will discuss decision making as one plots a career, setting priorities that balance the needs of others and will provide examples of how to approach research as service.

In her work with AHRQ, Elixhauser has participated in the processing, documentation and production of two of the agency’s databases produced through the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project and other initiatives. She has worked to develop AHRQ Comorbidity Software, AHRQ Quality Indicators, Clinical Classifications Software and other tools used with discharge abstract data.

She developed HCUPnet, a web-based query tool for hospital data; MONAHRQ, a tool that allows data organizations to input their data and output a website which they can host; and HCUP Fast Stats, an online statistical reporting system.  Her research experience includes technology assessment; economic analyses of preventive interventions; differences in use of health care resources by gender, race/ethnicity, and insurance status; cost-effectiveness analysis of prevention, pharmaceuticals, and devices; measurement of comorbidities using administrative data; medication compliance; development of patient classification systems and quality of care indicators; and merging clinical and administrative data. She has clinical experience as a physician assistant.

She is the recipient of the 2016 Elliot M. Stone Award of Excellence in Health Data Leadership from the National Association for Health Data Organizations, as well as numerous awards from the federal government including four Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Awards for Distinguished Service and two AHRQ Director’s Awards for Health Services Research and Health Care Policy. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Jesuit Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Nu. Elixhauser received her Ph.D. in Health Services Research from SLU’s Center for Health Services Education and Research, a predecessor to the College of Public Health and Social Justice.

Her work has appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Lancet, Pediatrics, Health Affairs, Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Journal of Public Health Policy, Medical Care, Diabetes Care, Health Services Research, and Health Economics.

About the College for Public Health and Social Justice

The Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice is the only academic unit of its kind, studying social, environmental and physical influences that together determine the health and well-being of people and communities. 

It also is the only accredited school or college of public health among nearly 250 Catholic institutions of higher education in the United States. Guided by a mission of social justice and focus on finding innovative and collaborative solutions for complex health problems, the College offers nationally recognized programs in public health, social work, health administration, applied behavior analysis, and criminology and criminal justice.