MPH's Buntin: Social risk factors influence outcomes, Medicare payment

February 9, 2017

Social risk factors including income, education and ethnic background influence health outcomes and should be taken into account in Medicare payment models, according to a New England Journal of Medicine “Perspective” published today titled “Social Risk Factors and Equity in Medicare Payment.” Co-authored by Melinda Buntin, Ph.D., chair of Health Policy in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and John Ayanian, M.D., MPP, director of the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation the piece highlights a recent National Academies of Sciences

MPH alumnus receives grant to bolster Trauma program’s research initiatives

February 9, 2017

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) awarded Mayur Patel, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of Surgery, Neurosurgery and Hearing and Speech Sciences, a $3 million, five-year grant to advance his study on cognitive impairment after trauma and critical illness (Grant No. R01 GM120484).

MPH's Grijalva selected as 2017 Chancellor Faculty Fellow

February 6, 2017

Twelve outstanding faculty members from across the university have been named to the 2017 class of Chancellor Faculty Fellows. The class comprises highly accomplished, recently tenured faculty from the social sciences, life and physical sciences, clinical sciences and humanities, as well as law, mathematics and engineering. The 2017 Chancellor Faculty Fellows are as follows:

MPH's Nikpay looks to the past to suggest how future Medicaid reforms may work

February 2, 2017

The United States’ early experience with federally financed health care during the 1950s and early ‘60s can provide insight into the possible outcome of proposed Medicaid reforms, write Andrew Goodman-Bacon, assistant professor of economics at Vanderbilt University, and Sayeh Nikpay, assistant professor of health policy at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine  

NEJM: MPH's Graves' finds smaller insurers earning profits in new market

February 2, 2017

“Success and Failure in the Insurance Exchanges,” a New England Journal of Medicine “Perspectives” article released this week, examines whether the financial struggles of some major insurers under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) reflect a policy failure that should be addressed via repeal or reform, or a mismatch of these firms’ capabilities and strategies to a newly created market.

NYT: Guidelines part of failed response to Zika says Schaffner

January 17, 2017

Almost a year ago, the World Health Organization declared the Zika epidemic a global health emergency, calling for an epic campaign against a virus that few had ever heard of. As it spread to almost every country in the Western Hemisphere, scientists and health officials at every level of government swung into action, trying to understand how the infection caused birth defects and how it could be stopped.

MPH's Schaffner offers advice for flying with a cold

January 6, 2017

The sniffles, the sneezing, the cough you try to muffle, the dirty looks from fellow passengers: The last think you want to do is board a plane with a cold. If you can't postpone your trip and your symptoms are under control, know that flying with a cold can hurt. "If you have allergies or a viral infection such as the common cold, your mucus membranes are inflamed and swollen," says William Schaffner, M.D., a professor of preventative medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.  

MPH's Gonzales awarded RWJF grant to study health and economic effects of LGBT-related laws

December 20, 2016

Gilbert Gonzales, Ph.D., is co-investigator on a research team funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to study the health impacts of recent laws and public policies affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, as well as on local economic and business outcomes.