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.    

ABC News talks to MPH alumnus about turning point in understanding of Zika virus

April 15, 2016

Researchers continue to investigate the devastating effects of the Zika virus on fetal development and are now studying whether the virus also impacts joint, eye and hearing development as well. Dr. Buddy Creech, an associate professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said "this idea of a virus contracted during pregnancy causing damage to the central nervous system is not a shocking finding."

NPR talks with MPH graduate about the state’s efforts to track cases of neonatal abstinence syndrome

March 31, 2016

Many states — including some that have been hardest hit by the opioid crisis — don't know how many of their youngest residents each year are born physically dependent on those drugs. Those states might look to Tennessee's tracking efforts. Tennessee reacted quickly when doctors started seeing a lot more cases of neonatal abstinence syndrome in 2012, recalls Dr. Michael Warren, a pediatrician and public health specialist with Tennessee's Department of Health.

On NBC Nightly News, MPH’s Schaffner weighs in anti-vaccine film

March 29, 2016

"Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe," an anti-vaccine documentary originally slated to run at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York has put a spotlight again on the debunked study that is widely believed to have contributed to the unsubstantiated impression by some that vaccines can cause autism. Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University, was in contact with the film festival staff to express concerns over the documentary.

MPH's Aliyu: Study seeks to ease pediatric HIV infection rates in Africa

March 4, 2016

Mother-to-child transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes AIDS, is still a major problem in resource-limited, rural areas of the world where health care providers are scarce. "We show that packaging individually effective interventions can have positive and measurable impacts on progress toward eliminating pediatric HIV infections in Africa,” said first author Muktar Aliyu, M.D., MPH, DrPH, associate professor of Health Policy and Medicine and the VIGH associate director for Research.