Kevin G. Volpp, MD, PhD, investigator at HSR&D's Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion, has received the British Medical Journal's "Getting Research into Practice" (GRIP) award.
Dr. Volpp and his team at The Leonard Davis Institute in Philadelphia won the award for creating a partnership with The General Electric Corporation to test financial incentives to help smokers quit, and convincing the company to implement this approach for all its 152,000 US employees.
The GRIP award is open to organizations and teams worldwide, and Dr. Volpp was announced a finalist for this award in January 2010. He and his team were among more than 127 nominated for this prestigious honor. To be nominated, projects must address an important health issue (in terms of burden of disease or health inequalities); show measurable improvements in outcomes that are important to patients; use innovative methods of either research or implementation; and take a valid evidence-based approach.
The awards ceremony can be viewed here: http://groupawards.bmj.com/