MPH's Melinda Buntin brings Washington expertise to Vanderbilt’s Department of Health Policy

May 19, 2016

Today health care accounts for nearly 20 percent of the total U.S. gross domestic product—about $3 trillion of economic activity annually. It’s also the largest item in the federal budget, making up 28 percent of all government spending. With a greater focus on how the health care system functions, particularly in the wake of the 2009 Affordable Care Act, Vanderbilt has adjusted its own research and teaching programs surrounding public health and health policy.

Urgent need for new effective antibiotics says MPH's Schaffner

May 13, 2016

On May 11, The Pew Charitable Trusts released a strategy aimed at overcoming the 30-year drought in the discovery of new types of antibiotics. The Scientific Roadmap for Antibiotic Discovery identifies priority research goals and provides a detailed plan to advance antibiotic discovery efforts in the public and private sectors. William Schaffner, M.D., professor of preventive medicine, department of health policy, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, said "There is an urgent need for new effective antibiotics, in particular for Gram-negative bacteria.

MPH's Talbot: More medical centers move to mandatory flu vaccination policies

May 13, 2016

Mandatory vaccination policies may encourage more healthcare workers to get annual flu shots and help prevent the spread of influenza to patients, a study in one Texas health system suggests.A growing number of medical centers are moving to mandatory flu vaccination policies as part of a larger infection control effort, said Dr. Tom Talbot, chief hospital epidemiologist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.  

Medical societies honor MPH's Hartert

May 12, 2016

Four physicians from Vanderbilt University Medical Center have been elected to membership in two of the nation’s oldest and most respected medical honor societies — the Association of American Physicians (AAP) and the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI). MPH's Tina Hartert, M.D., MPH, the Lulu H. Owen Professor of Medicine and VUMC vice president for Translational Science, was one of the selected physicians. All four were inducted last month during the societies’ joint annual meeting in Chicago.

MPH's Heimburger and Moon receive 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award

May 10, 2016

Every year since 2000, the VUMC Academic Enterprise has honored faculty members for Excellence in Teaching and Outstanding Contributions to Research. Recipients were nominated by their faculty colleagues and chosen by the 2016 VUMC Academic Enterprise Faculty Awards Selection Committees.This year both Douglas C. Heimburger, M.D., M.S. and D. Troy Moon, M.D., M.P.H. received the Jacek Hawiger Award for Teaching Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows in the Classroom, Lecture or Small Group Setting.

MPH's Stevenson: Corporate churning associated with lower nursing home quality

May 9, 2016

Over the last two decades, thousands of nursing homes have been bought and sold by corporate chains. A new study, published in the May issue of the journal Health Affairs has found that these transactions are related to lower quality of care. The results of this study suggest that chains bought and sold nursing homes that were already having quality problems, and these quality issues persisted after the transaction. David G. Stevenson, Ph.D., associate professor of health policy, is a coauthor of the study.

Guillamondegui warns of "unseen trauma" as more US kids suffer head injuries at playgrounds

May 4, 2016

Playgrounds may not be completely safe for children as more are admitted to emergency departments (EDs) for non-fatal traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Play is an essential activity for growing children, and playgrounds provide the perfect place to increase learning, social skills, exploration, imagination, and attentiveness.

MPH alumnus receives Dr. William Schaffner Public Health Hero Award

May 3, 2016

Congratulations to State Epidemiologist Tim Jones, MD, who was honored Apr. 29 with the Dr. William Schaffner Public Health Hero Award! This award is given jointly by the Tennessee Medical Association and the Tennessee Public Health Association to a person who has made significant contributions to advancing public health in Tennessee.