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Noor Ali Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Institute for Global Health (Nashville, TN)
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Katherine Black, M.D. Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt (Nashville, TN)
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Miaya Blasingame Meharry Medical College / Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Partnership (Nashville, TN)
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Christina Boncyk, M.D. Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Informatics Research – VAPIR (Nashville, TN)
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Alison Carroll, M.D. Monroe Carrell Jr. Hospital at Vanderbilt (Nashville, TN)
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Lorely Chavez Primeros Pasos (Quetzaltenango, Guatemala)
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Augustine Chung Tennessee Department of Health (Nashville, TN)
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Graham Hancock Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research- VICTR (Nashville, TN)
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Tavia González Peña Siloam Health (Nashville, TN)
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Sarah Grossarth Lwala Community Alliance (Nashville, TN)
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Rachel Jameson Tennessee Department of Health (Nashville, TN)
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Shani Jones, M.D. Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Office of Health Equity (Nashville, TN)
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Emily Kack Wellpath Care (Nashville, TN)
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Rebecca Lee Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Emerging Infections Program (Nashville, TN)
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Kevin Liu, M.D. Tennessee Department of Health (Nashville, TN)
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Kristyne Mansilla, M.D. Tennessee Department of Health (Nashville, TN)
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Cooper March Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Clinic for Transgender Health (Nashville, TN)
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Hannah Marmor, M.D. Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Vanderbilt Lung Screening Program (Nashville, TN)
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Anitha Ndekezi, M.B.B.S Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Emerging Infections Program (Nashville, TN)
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Marshae Nickelberry James Ferguson RISE Fellowship (Baltimore, MD)
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Alexandra Odenthal The Family Center (Nashville, TN)
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Abigail Peterson Primeros Pasos (Quetzaltenango, Guatemala)
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Laura Rausch, M.D. Tennessee Valley Healthcare System Veteran Affairs (Nashville, TN)
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Isaac Schlotterbeck Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Institute for Global Health (Nashville, TN)
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Maria Sheridan African Health Innovation Centre (Accra, Ghana)
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Daniel Tilden, M.D. Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Eskind Pediatric Diabetes Clinic (Nashville, TN)
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Avirath Vaidya Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research- VICTR (Nashville, TN)
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Jacy Weems Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Center for Quality Aging (Nashville, TN)
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Sarah Welch, D.O. Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Age-Friendly Health Systems in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (Nashville, TN)
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Anna Wisotzkey Tennessee Department of Public Health (Nashville, TN)
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Raphael Abayateye Lwala Community Alliance (Nashville, TN)
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Bentley Akoko, M.D. Emerging Infections Program (Nashville, TN)
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Lin Ammar Tennessee Department of Health (Nashville, TN)
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Jim Antoon, M.D., Ph.D. Vanderbilt Children’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (Nashville, TN)
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Laura Baum, M.D. Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)
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Wub Belay, M.D. Tennessee Department of Health (Nashville, TN)
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Ryan Belcher, M.D. Kijabe Hospital (Kijabe, Kenya)
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Savannah Collier The Public Good Projects (San Diego, CA)
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Chloe Hurley EMT Associates (Nashville, TN)
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Wali Johnson, M.D. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Tennessee Valley Healthcare (Nashville, TN)
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Ali Manouchehri, M.D. Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)
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Lauren Mitchell Sycamore Institute (Nashville, TN)
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Mina Nordness, M.D. Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network (Nashville, TN)
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India Pungarcher Open Table (Nashville, TN)
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Alyssa Rentuza Vanderbilt-TSU Cancer Partnership Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (Nashville, TN)
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Milner Staub, M.D. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Tennessee Valley Healthcare (Nashville, TN)
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Lindsay Sternad, M.D. Monroe Carell Jr., Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt (Nashville, TN)
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Bo Stubblefield, M.D. Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)
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Teris Taylor Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)
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Victoria Umutoni Emerging Infections Program (Nashville, TN)
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Vicky Waithe Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)
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Jasmine Walker, M.D. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Tennessee Valley Healthcare (Nashville, TN)
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Caitlin Washburn Metro Public Health Department and Siloam Health (Nashville, TN)
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Wilma Wilmayani, M.D. The Task Force for Global Health (Atlanta, GA)
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Amanda Abraham World Health Organization (Geneva, Switzerland)
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Edson Bernardo, M.D. Barretos Cancer Hospital (Barretos, Brazil)
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Sean Bloos Nashville Fire Department (Nashville, TN)
Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)
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Evan Butler Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County (Nashville, TN)
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Keerti Dantuluri, M.D.  Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)
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Gretchen Edwards, M.D. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (Nashville, TN)
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Lei Fan, Ph.D., M.D. Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)
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Carleigh Frazier Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance (Nashville, TN)
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Hannah Griffith Tennessee Department of Health (Nashville, TN)
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Heather Grome, M.D. Tennessee Department of Health (Nashville, TN)
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Diane Haddad, M.D. Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)
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Sarah Homann, M.D. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (Nashville, TN)
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Arlyn Horn, Pharm.D. Tennessee Department of Health (Nashville, TN)
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Peter Hsu, M.D. Tennessee Department of Health (Nashville, TN)
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Tamee Livermont Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance (Nashville, TN)
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Alexandria Luu World Health Organization (Nashville, TN)
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Muna Muday Catholic Medical Mission Board (New York, NY)
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Harriett Myers Primeros Pasos (Quetzaltenango, Guatemala)
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Madelynne Myers Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability (Nashville, TN)
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Katelyn Neely, M.D. Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (Nashville, TN)
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Allan Peetz, M.D. U.S. House of Representatives (Nashville, TN)
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Varvara Probst, M.D. Tennessee Department of Health (Nashville, TN)
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Sarah Rachal Primeros Pasos (Quetzaltenango, Guatemala)
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Sonya Reid, M.B.B.S. University Hospital of the West Indies (Kingston, Jamaica)
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Emmanuel Sackey, M.B.Ch.B. Lwala Community Alliance (Kenya)
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Emily Sedillo Lwala Community Alliance (Lwala, Kenya)
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Sadie Sommer TennCare (Nashville, TN)
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Fatima Yadudu Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (Kano, Nigeria)
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Ben Acheampong, M.B.Ch.B Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (Kumasi, Ghana)
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Jim Barclay Shandong University School of Public Health (Shandong, China)
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Morgan Batey Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)
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Jennifer Erves, Ph.D. Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance (Nashville, TN)
Djamila Ghafuri, M.D. Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt (Nashville, TN)
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Celso Give St. George’s University (St. George’s, Grenada)
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Jillian Goles, M.S. American Academy of Physician Assistants (Alexandria, VA)
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Sophie Katz, M.D. Vanderbilt Health Clinics at Walgreens (Nashville, TN)
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Tom Klink, M.D. Primeros Pasos (Quetzaltenango, Guatemala)
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Delaney Lackey The Healing Trust (Nashville, TN)
Siloam Health (Nashville, TN)
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Jennifer Lewis, M.D. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (Nashville, TN)
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Taylor Matherly Primeros Pasos (Guatemala)
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Lindsey McKernan, Ph.D. Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation, University of Michigan Medical School (Ann Arbor, MI)
Andrew Medvecz, M.D. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (Nashville, TN)
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Kelsey Minix The Maternal Infant Health Outreach Worker Program (Nashville, TN)
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Sarah Moroz Vanderbilt Movement Disorders Clinic (Nashville, TN)
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Miller Morris, M.A. World Health Organization (Geneva, Switzerland)
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Didier Mugabe, M.D. Barretos Cancer Hospital (Barretos, Brazil)
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Sylvie Muhimpundu Tennessee Department of Health (Nashville, TN)
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Meghana Parikh, V.M.D. Tennessee Department of Health (Nashville, TN)
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Mariah Pettapiece-Phillips Axial Healthcare (Nashville, TN)
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Nicole Quinones TennCare (Nashville, TN)
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Jennifer Robles, M.D. Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)
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Laura Sartori, M.D. Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt (Nashville, TN)
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Shailja Shah, M.D. Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)
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Maggie Smith, R.N. Tennessee Department of Health (Nashville, TN)
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Kayla Sommerville Curamericas Global (Huehuetenango, Guatemala)
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Lucy Spalluto, M.D. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (Nashville, TN)
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Jeremy Stelmack Narus Health (Nashville, TN)
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Rachel Apple, M.D. Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)
Evaluated the dissemination and implementation of a family-based community initiative targeting pediatric obesity at local recreation centers in Nevada, Michigan, and Georgia. Practiced qualitative analysis and program evaluation, and contributed to strategic planning for the development of future health and wellness initiatives at the Metro Nashville Parks and Recreation Department.
Sade Arinze, M.D. Vanderbilt Comprehensive Care Clinic (Nashville, TN)
Attended weekly Complex Patients at Risk meetings, conducted literature review for the optimal tools to assess health literacy and the efficacy of substance abuse treatment in HIV, and analyzed on the VCCC panel of patients. Assessed if distance to clinic played a major role in missed clinic appointments and virologic suppression, and justified the establishment of a satellite clinic in Rutherford county.
Beto Arriola Vigo, M.D. CRONICAS, Center of Excellence in Chronic Diseases (Peru)
Joined Latin America Treatment & Innovation Network in Mental Health: Latin-MH, a collaboration between academic institutions in Peru, Brazil, England, and the United States. The study aimed to reduce symptoms of depression in people with hypertension and diabetes through a cellphone app.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)
Worked on developing an inter-institutional agreement between the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia School of Medicine in Lima, Peru. The agreement will allow an exchange of postdoctoral psychiatry trainees from either institution to perform clinical and educational activities at the other.
Shawna Bellew, M.D. Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)
Headed a multidisciplinary team on a process improvement project aimed at treating patients presenting requesting opioid detoxification to the Vanderbilt Emergency Department. Measured the effect of the intervention and presented these results at a national meeting.
Sydney Broadhead The Advisory Board (Nashville, TN)
Served as consulting intern on the Value Based Care team. Developed clinically integrated networks for hospital systems and activities including data analysis to quantify client returns and investments, prepared presentations to stake-holders, created internal resources for cross-consulting use, and automated market analysis processes.
Emily Castellanos, M.D. Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)
Built a database to capture measures pertinent to emergency department visits and hospitalizations in the head and neck cancer patient population, patient education, social and financial services.
Heather Ewing Southeast AIDS Education and Training Center (Nashville, TN)
Collaborated with clinicians and researchers on a U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) report that evaluated the status of the HIV workforce the in Southeastern United States (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, and TN) with recommendations for future workforce strengthening.
Erin Gillaspie, M.D. Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)
Identified and initiated quality improvement projects within the outpatient surgical specialty fields, with a primary focus on the opioid epidemic. Worked with a team to develop self-assessment and teaching program for physicians called, “Function First, Opioids Last Education Program.” This project complements efforts to limit the inpatient use of narcotics in the management of post-operative pain.
Birdie Hutton Central American Medical Outreach (Honduras)
Developed a monitoring and evaluation system for the nursing capacitation program at the Central American Medical Outreach in Honduras through conducting a literature review, consulting with stakeholders, leading a focus group, and analyzing hospital data-flow. Participated in medical brigades in rural communities by distributing health supplies and assisting with patient charts during medical visits.
David Isaacs, M.D. Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)
Collaborated with clinicians in the Vanderbilt Huntington’s Disease Center oisomf Excellence to draft a grant proposal addressing mental health disorders in patients with HD.
Chelsea Isom, M.D. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (Nashville, TN)
Performed a retrospective chart review for a sample of veterans with invasive melanoma and determined if they received appropriate follow- up and quality of care in order to design interventions to prevent loss to follow-up.
Justin Liberman, M.D. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (Nashville, TN)
Worked with physicians to understand national trends in stroke care at VA Emergency Department and Urgent Care Clinics as a VA PREVENT team member. The PREVENT initiative utilized quality improvement methodology to understand transient ischemic care in the Tennessee Valley VA healthcare System (TVVA).
Salesio Macuacua, M.D. Barretos Cancer Hospital (Barretos, Brazil)
Participated in weekly Institutional Review Board meetings and worked with the Training and Research Institute and Clinical Research Unit. Participated in study regulation processes, engaged in clinical research design and implemented study protocols.
Adoma Manful Impact Hub Accra (Ghana)
Assessed the impact of certain chronic diseases on economic productivity in Ghana. Recommended target patients for social enterprise community center and estimated the impact of their services. Interviewed medical professionals on the chronic disease care management process and health-seeking behavior in individuals with chronic diseases in Ghana.
Cassie Oliver Tennessee Department of Health (Nashville, TN)
Worked with the Viral Hepatitis Surveillance team to assess risk factors and pregnancy status of newly diagnosed cases of Hepatitis C in women of reproductive age. Helped create tools for contacting providers and patients, and used REDCap to run basic analysis. Attended weekly surveillance meetings and trained on REDCap, SAS, Hepatitis C antibody testing, and health disparities.
Mindy Pike Tennessee Department of Health (Nashville, TN)
Collaborated with key stakeholders and public health leaders in Tennessee to identify key messages for patients about the opioid epidemic. Developed patient education materials on opioids based on current physician prescribing guidelines at the Tennessee Department of Health, which continue to be used in local hospitals.
Juanita Prieto, Garcia, M.D. Tennessee Department of Health (Nashville, TN)
Worked with the Family Health and Wellness Medical Consulting Team and learned the dynamics of the division, reviewed literature for the appropriate design of the programs and developed survey tools using REDCap. Gained a better understanding of how public health services are provided on a larger scale.
J.W. Randolph Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt (Nashville, TN)
Recruited patients, collected and analyzed data, and implemented interventions focused on healthy parenting strategies in order to prevent and mitigate the impacts of the Tennessee Adverse Childhood Experiences project (ACEs).
Lauren Sanlorenzo, M.D. Metro Davidson County Public Health Department (Nashville, TN)
Conducted a programmatic analysis of a Metro Davidson County Public Health Department pilot program focused on expanding health insurance coverage for pregnant women in the county. Engaged in partnership-building around the creating of data sharing agreements with local managed care organizations.
Emily Smith, R.N. Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)
Created a comprehensive toolkit to help patients evaluate their Emergency Department (ED) use and decrease low acuity ED. Assessed the efficacy of the toolkit by completing a baseline survey of all practices within the network to determine current processes and challenges related to awareness of ED use, appropriate follow-up, and availability of care.
Joey Starnes American Academy of Pediatrics (Washington, D.C.)
Wrote educational pieces, conducted policy research, and attended coalition and congressional meetings.
World Health Organization (Switzerland)
Worked in the Service Delivery and Safety Department at WHO headquarters in Geneva. Developed evidence-based policy briefs and other resources with a focus on fostering healthcare innovation for international policy makers.
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Tennessee Department of Health (Nashville, TN)
Developed patient educational materials on prescription opioid drug overdose. Conducted extensive literature research on existing materials, developed a set of materials targeting different populations on opioids.
Hannah Weber Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability (Nashville, TN)
Conducted research and data analysis of issues such as nutrition, housing, end of life care, and elder abuse. Investigated rural and urban disparities in health throughout state. Formulated policy and advocacy materials for the State of Tennessee.
U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Labor, Education and Pensions (Washington, D.C.)
Provided policy and health economics research for Senate staffers crafting health care legislation to remediate the private insurance market. Met with interest groups and attended relevant briefings, hearings, and wrote reports on public health and federal health care issues for committee staff.

 

Julia Allen, M.D. Tennessee Department of Health (Nashville, TN)
Conducted an investigation into the benefits and barriers to combining the Department of Health’s programs using home visiting with patient centered medical homes. Met with various stakeholders including managed care plan representatives and TDH program leaders. Conducted a literature review on outcomes of similar programs and made recommendations based on findings.
Frances Anderson, B.F.A. Minnesota Department of Health (St. Paul, Minnesota)
Monitored grant deliverables and provided assistance to the Refugee and International Health Department at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). Completed an evaluation of the Community Health Promotion Project for MDH.
Jimmy Carlucci, M.D. Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (Mozambique)
Developed and implemented quality improvement curriculum for Mozambican health care providers working in HIV programs in Mozambique.
Alaina Davis, M.D. Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt (Nashville, TN)
Contributed to quality improvement efforts for the Mid-South Practice Transformation Network, participated as a mentor and lecturer in the Quality and Safety Academy at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, and aided in review of American Academy of Pediatrics Maintenance of Certification Part 4 applications.
Cherie Fathy, M.D. Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt (Nashville, TN)
Worked with the Pediatric Trauma Injury Prevention Center/Injury Free Coalition for Kids at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital on injury prevention efforts. Identified patients with a golf cart injuries and analyzed variables that predict causes of injury and the most common types of injury from golf carts.
Grace Fletcher, M.A. Wuqu’ Kawoq (Guatemala)
Worked on program improvement and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) for nutrition recuperation and education programs. Revamped M&E tools for nutrition education program in rural indigenous communities. Developed and piloted culturally appropriate surveys; trained community health workers to use new tools; set up data management system.
Concern Worldwide US (New York City)
Gained experience writing grant proposals and building public-private partnerships for a Gates-funded initiative to find innovative solutions to maternal-child health challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Sarah Greenberg TennCare (Nashville, TN)
Worked on Episodes of Care project for the State of Tennessee. Assisted with the three phases of an episode’s life cycle: design, implementation and maintenance. Worked closely with managed care organizations (MCOs) and provider stakeholders.
Aamer Imdad, M.B.B.S. Tennessee State Department of Health (Nashville, TN)
PulseNet USA is a national laboratory network that connects foodborne illness cases to detect outbreaks caused by selected enteric bacteria. Develop a tool to rapidly identify enteric pathogens in a timely fashion and guide clinical decision-making, thereby improving food safety.
Kailey Lewis Tennessee Department of Health (Nashville, TN)
Conducted active surveillance by interviewing patients in TN who tested positive for Salmonella or Shiga toxin-producing E. coli in order to determine potential trends, clusters, and outbreaks. Worked with epidemiologists to investigate these clusters/outbreaks, and provided education to the public on pathogens most commonly associated with foodborne illnesses, potential risks, and ways to mitigate these risks.
Katie McGinnis Bethany Kids Children’s Center (Kenya)
AIC CURE at Kijabe Hospital (Kenya)
Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (Kenya)
Helped design, implement, or improve psychosocial care services for hospitalized children and families. Shadowed local health care workers, conducted weekly professional development sessions on children’s psychosocial care topics, and created new teaching materials and program resources for local staff. Created and administered needs assessment surveys on the psychosocial needs of hospitalized children and families, existing psychosocial care practices, and gaps-in-care to parents/caregivers and hospital staff at two hospital facilities.
Conner McWade Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (Guyana)
Worked with the Guyana Police Force and other agencies to collect and record data from police reports for all fatal and serious road traffic accidents from 2012 to present. Used GIS software to create maps based on victim and collision characteristics. Attended agency meetings, including road traffic safety conferences sponsored by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
Rany Octaria, M.D. Tennessee Department of Health (Nashville, TN)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Atlanta, GA)
Conducted surveillance data management for Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae with the Tennessee Department of Health. Provided support to the CDC’s Division of Global Health Protection’s Rabies One Health Networking Project. Gathered and analyzed data from six partner countries regarding rabies surveillance activities, human and canine rabies cases, and disease prioritization.
Ezequiel Ossemane Moi University (Kenya)
University Eduardo Mondlane (Mozambique)
Engaged in biomedical informatics activities at Moi University and Eduardo Mondlane University. Observed the protocols approval process during the bioethics committee meetings. Assisted with REDCap training sessions in Nairobi and Eldoret hosted by the Institute of Biomedical Informatics at Moi University and the Institute of Healthcare Management at Strathmore Business School.
Caroline Presley, M.D. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (Nashville, TN)
Worked on a quality improvement project within the Veterans Administration system to improve medication reconciliation. Participated in mentoring sites, and performed data analysis and provided feedback to each site on the effect of their interventions.
Jason Pryor, M.D. East TN State University Prescription Drug Abuse and Misuse Working Group (Johnson City, TN)
Worked with the East Tennessee State University Prescription Drug Abuse and Misuse Working Group, which serves as an umbrella group for multiple community coalitions and projects. Attended community events and worked with the databases involving both the TN birth registry and TN Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) data.
Markus Renno, M.D. American Academy of Pediatrics (Nashville, TN)
Contributed to various American Academy of Pediatrics efforts related to child health and the U.S. health care system, including projects to improve the pediatric subspecialty match and address the professional needs of fellowship trainees. Also assisted in drafting a transition document for the next president of the United States.
Kidane Amare Sarko Siloam Family Health Center (Nashville, TN)
Served as a community health coordinator at Siloam Family Health Center. Planned and performed health fair assessments, analyzed data and wrote reports, created a community health review form and surveys, provided monitoring and evaluation of the program, and created a health library resource. Gained an understanding of how faith-based NGO operates and how to apply community health promotion skills in practice.
Cassie Smith MissionPoint Health Partners (Nashville, TN)
Worked as a Clinical Quality & Innovation Intern at MissionPoint Health Partners, an Accountable Care Organization (ACO). Participated in a diverse set of projects including developing a 3-day skilled nursing facility (SNF) waiver for Medicare Shared Savings Program members, recommendations to reduce SNF costs, and an evaluation of Part B drug spending. Created a monthly metric scorecard for each population.
Shanel Tage Tennessee Department of Health (Nashville, TN)
Developed a focus group study to understand African American parents’ perceived roles in the infant feeding decision process, and created a breastfeeding evidence synthesis document. Summarized qualitative findings from community members and compiled recommendations for TDH and community partners on decreasing disparities in breastfeeding among black/white populations.
Grace Umutesi Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Atlanta, GA)
Provided support to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative at the CDC by analyzing the database for the evaluation of the Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) surveillance in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2014. Deployed to Conakry, Guinea to evaluate the performance of the AFP surveillance in the country. Deployed to Kinshasa, DRC as part of the Yellow Fever outbreak response team.
Christopher Wahlfeld, Ph.D. Lwala Community Alliance (Kenya)
Worked with the Lwala Community Alliance’s community health office to assist with HIV/AIDS WASH Integrated (HAWI) program. In addition to attending meetings and interviewing staff and community health workers, created a HAWI scorecard and a report on the roles of Lwala staff integrally involved in the project.
Kat Watson, M.D. Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt (Nashville, TN)
Worked with families in the Vanderbilt Childhood Cancer Program to learn more about the link between parents’ health literacy and pediatric cancer outcomes. Gained experience educating and recruiting participants, administering a survey materials to parents, and led the training and monitoring of members of a research team.
Leah Acosta, M.D. Vanderbilt Memory & Alzheimer’s Center (Nashville, TN)
Distributed a survey to PCPs in the greater Nashville area to assess attitudes and practice patterns regarding mild cognitive impairment. Compared survey results to a similar survey distributed to neurologists through the American Academy of Neurology.
Jillian Balser Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody (Nashville, TN)
Created resource guide component of a training curriculum on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services. Liaised across sectors and organizations to encourage inter-agency collaboration in the development of the training module.
Mary Bayham Primeros Pasos (Guatemala)
Created a pre/post survey for the children of the Healthy Schools Education program and a data management and analysis plan. Wrote instruction manuals for survey administration and data entry.
Angela Boehmer, R.N. Lwala Community Alliance (Kenya)
Worked to reduce child mortality through the evaluation and development of programming targeting malnutrition in Lwala, Kenya.
Mariu Carlo, M.D. Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)
Developed curriculum for inpatient geriatrics rotation for Internal Medicine interns by conducting needs assessment, defining core learning objectives, and creating an evaluation system to evaluate resident knowledge, attitudes, and skills.
Erin Graves, R.N. Friends in Global Health (Mozambique)
Conducted a baseline assessment of gender-based violence response and post-exposure prophylaxis completion rates in 12 district hospitals in Zambezia Province as part of the initial phase of Gender Based Violence Program Evaluation being implemented through a grant from CDC.
Erin Hamilton Instituto de Nutricion y Tecnologia de los Alimento (Chile)
Worked with Colacion BKN (“Cool Snack”), a school-based intervention designed to improve the nutritional health of students attending 12 public schools in low-income communes in the metropolitan region of Santiago. Created, translated, and distributed materials to assist in the evaluation of Year 3 of the program.
Bryan Harris, M.D. U.S. House of Representatives (Washington, DC)
Worked as a Health Policy Fellow in Congressman Jim Cooper’s office (TN-05). Met with healthcare stakeholders, analyzed healthcare bills, made policy recommendation, responded to constituent concerns and worked on mental health delivery reform.
Jessica Hinshaw Manna Project International (Nicaragua)
Conducted baseline nutrition assessment for 174 households and created a health promotion training guide for a new community health worker program in Cedro Galan, Nicaragua.
Savannah Hurt Guyana Ministry of Health, Surveillance Unit (Guyana) 
Conducted an analysis on Guyana HIV data and developed a report and presentation with the info. Went on daily site visits to clinics and hospitals with the Ministry of Health epidemiology nurses to collect surveillance data and troubleshoot with local data collectors.
Mary Allyson Lowry, M.D. Live Beyond (Nashville, TN)
Updated a pre-trip handbook given to short-term mission team members providing them a brief synopsis of local disease burdens, as well as, resources available for treatment, as well as, interacted with volunteers to sort and package medications used by organization teams in Haiti.
Joey Maloney Soles4Souls (Haiti)
Conducted an impact study for the Soles4Souls partnership with the Haitian American Caucus. Collected data from women participating in the shoe microenterprise program in Haiti to measure the social and economic factors.
Brett Norman, M.D. Cervical Cancer Free Tennessee (Nashville, TN)
Performed a thorough assessment of the current educational material in the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and various residency programs surrounding HPV vaccination to ensure it was up-to-date. Completed an assessment of the current information and recommendations provided to appropriate employees through the Health and Wellness Portal.
Bhinnata Piya Unite for Sight (New Haven, CT)
Cleaned and analyzed data related to Unite for Sight’s partner eye clinics and outreach programs in India and Ghana.
Nicholas Richardson, D.O. Tennessee Department of Health  (Nashville, TN)
Determined barriers to implementing evidence-based tobacco cessation programs into local primary care practices. Developed an action plan to facilitate successful integration and establishment through the Tennessee Department of Health Department of Maternal and Child Health and Tobacco Control.
Caitlin Ridgewell, M.D. Tennessee Department of Health  (Nashville, TN)
Managed vector borne disease case reports, data, and analyzed campylobacteriosis data. Helped the TN Department of Health make progress on a CDC-funded initiative involving Cryptosporidiosis.
Althea Robinson- Shelton, M.D. St. Thomas Health (Nashville, TN)
Performed a community health needs assessment for the four counties served by Saint Thomas Health and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Emily Sheldon Lwala Community Alliance (Nashville, TN)
Worked in Nashville office and focused on financial development by vetting over 50 grant opportunities and writing two grant applications. Used DonorPro software to set up cultivation tracks to maintain and increase donations from donor base.
Shellese Shemwell Soles4Souls (Haiti)
Conducted an impact study for the Soles4Souls partnership with the Haitian American Caucus. Collected data from women participating in the shoe microenterprise program in Haiti to measure the social and economic factors. Created a manual for continued evaluation, and use in Honduras, Maldives, and Philippines.
Thomas Spain, M.D. The Vanderbilt Center for Tobacco, Addiction and Lifestyle (Nashville, TN)
Worked with VITAL and MyHealth Team Care Coordination program to help develop an outpatient care management approach for tobacco smokers. Evaluated demonstration project to use automated interactive voice response calls and care coordinators to engage primary care patients in tobacco cessation care.
Krystal Tsosie, M.D. United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. Tribal Epidemiology Center (Nashville, TN)
Created health promotion materials to encourage elder members of USET, Inc. to seek preventative health measures in clinic to both improve health outcomes and increase quality and recording of tribal data.
Zachary Willis, M.D. Tennessee Department of Health (Nashville, TN)
Created a REDCap database to manage data associated with evaluating hospitals around the state for compliance with CDC Ebola Assessment Hospital standards.
Jo Ellen Wilson, M.D. Vanderbilt Evidence-Based Practice Center (Nashville, TN)
Worked as a member of the Evidence Based Practice Center team to participate on a systemic review of the treatment and their related harms of uterine fibroids.
Kathleen Wooldridge, M.D. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (Nashville, TN)
Conducted a multi-site quality improvement study using a mentored implementation model to improve inpatient medication reconciliation at three rural VA hospitals. Performed data collect, data analysis, and interpretation to address barriers and facilitators to best medication practices for hospitalized rural Veterans.
Amma Bosompem, M.D. Metro Davidson County Public Health Department (Nashville, TN)
Gained a comprehensive understanding of refugee resettlement organizations in Nashville, and refugee health care exchanges through assisting with health screenings organized by Nashville International Center for Empowerment. Learned about tuberculosis (TB) elimination program of the local health department as it pertains to refugees, through the TB clinic at Lentz Public Health Center.
Annabelle De St. Maurice, M.D. World Health Organization (Switzerland)
Evaluated case-based data collected by sites within the Invasive Bacterial Vaccine Preventable Diseases (IB-VPD) network, part of the World Health Organization’s Expanded Program on Immunization.
Mary DeAgostino- Kelly, M.D. Shade Tree Clinic (Nashville, TN)
Served as Executive Director working on clinical oversight, including: ensuring adequate staffing for each clinic session, directing every clinic shift, following-up on clinic patients outside of regularly scheduled sessions, coordinating special programs and oversight of the Shade Tree Clinic leadership team. Additionally, developed the Shade Tree Clinic Leadership Guide which included defining the mission statement, goals, roles of clinic leaders, and important components of leadership and management theory.
Jayanth Doss, M.D. Tennessee Hospital Association (Brentwood, TN)
Worked with Faith-Health Coalition (multi-institution coalition) to bring congregational health model to Nashville. Role was to analyze Tennessee Hospital Association admission and readmission data and to create maps of Nashville which show hot-spot maps of the data.
Leon Hatch, M.D. Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt (Nashville, TN)
Organized and led a quality improvement project within the Vanderbilt NICUs to measure and reduce unplanned extubations. Attended multiple Vanderbilt Quality Steering Leadership meetings within the medical center.
Caleb Hayes, M.D. Primeros Pasos (Guatemala)
Conducted operational research by observing and participating in clinical and organizational processes. Held formal and informal interview sessions with clinical and volunteer staff over information processes in the clinic. Conducted research on the capacity of the clinic to implement new electronic medical records (EMR) systems. Developed a standard operating procedures manual for management of the current EMR system.
Colleen Kiernan, M.D. Tennessee Cancer Registry (Nashville, TN)
Performed a review on the history of cancer registries and on the history of the utilization of radioiodine for thyroid cancer. Designed a research protocol utilizing the Tennessee Cancer Registry (TCR) data on thyroid cancer. Performed validation studies of the thyroid database and improved the quality of data in the TCR.
Sahar Kohanim, M.D. Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)
Participated in drafting a systematic review of treatment options for ankyloglossia.
Kristy Kummerow, M.D. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (Nashville, TN)
Completed a quality improvement project to increase colorectal cancer surveillance after surgical resection among veterans treated at the Nashville VA. Completed a 1.5 year curriculum on quality improvement methodology.
Paula McIntyre, M.D. Visitation Hospital Foundation (Haiti)
Conducted a community needs assessment in Petite- Riviere-de-Nippes at the Visitation Hospital Foundation’s clinic in rural Haiti. Gauged community interest in family planning by organizing key informant interviews and focus groups with patients, staff, and community members.
Alicia Morgans, M.D. Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)
Worked on a systematic review for Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) through the Evidence-Based Practice Center (EPC) that researched and reported on treatment of postpartum hemorrhage. Worked on multi-step process, from formulation of the key questions, to abstract review, whole text review, to writing information and text relating to blood product use.
Thomas O’Lynnger, M.D. Tennessee Department of Health Traumatic Brain Injury Program (Nashville, TN)
Project entailed researching and creating a presentation on motorcycle helmet laws in Tennessee and the impact of helmet law repeal. Developed fact sheet providing specific information on the benefits of the motor cycle helmet law in Tennessee.
Cristin Quinn, M.D. Metro Davidson County Public Health Department (Nashville, TN)
Compiled a report on available referral services in the Nashville area for the Women Infants and Children (WIC) program.
Scott Revey, M.A., M.D., Ph.D. Tennessee Department of Health Office of Minority Health and Disparities Elimination (Nashville, TN)
Developed a series of questions and conducted phone interviews with state refugee health coordinators for Tennessee’s neighboring states. Identified and described the continuums of care that exist for various refugee populations. Identified factors behind the decision not to expand Medicaid in Tennessee, a decision with major implications for many refugee and immigrant populations, as well as low-income populations.
Katie Rizzone, M.D. Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)
Member of a comparative effectiveness research team conducting a systematic review of pharmacological and behavioral treatments for conduct and disruptive disorders in children.
Elizabeth Rose, M.Ed., M.D. University of Guyana School of Medicine (Guyana)
Developed a practicum program for the University of Guyana’s MPH program, which included two main parts: developing relationships with a variety of public health offices (including NGOs, multilateral organizations, and the Ministry of Health) to create a directory of potential practicum sites for students and designing practicum forms, evaluations and a handbook to be used by students and supervisors. Created comprehensive student and staff handbooks for the University of Guyana MPH program.
Jay Shah, D.O. Tennessee Department of Health (Nashville, TN)
Performed a review of current breastfeeding policies and practices throughout the country. Involved in discussions with CDC regarding mPINC survey tool administration, scoring, score reporting for the state of Tennessee. Met with administrators with the Tennessee Hospital Association on how best to improve breastfeeding rates in Tennessee.
Ebele Umeukeje, M.D. Tennessee Kidney Foundation (Nashville, TN)
Participated in several chronic kidney disease screening events organized by the Tennessee Kidney Foundation (TKF). Successfully carried out a qualitative research involving focus group sessions to evaluate barriers to chronic kidney disease screening in the African American population.
Andrew Wu, M.D. Siloam Family Health Institute (Nashville, TN)
Conducted an analytical medical record review for Siloam Family Health Center on the prevalence of chronic diseases among their refugee population. Designed and interpreted a survey that assessed the subjective adequacy of public health education in China. Assisted with survey conduction in rural China that assessed for suicide among the elderly.
Jay Bala, M.D. Malaria Institute at Macha (Zambia)
Worked with local laboratory scientists in troubleshooting the Mannitol and Lactulose assays to assess GI permeability in HIV/AIDs patients who undergo ART therapy. Tracked changes in genetic drug resistance over time at three centers and created database categorizing information related to genomic tracking of parasite.
Imani Brown, M.D. AIDS Healthcare Foundation (Zambia)
Worked with the Government of Zambia on joint project with the Gates Foundation to create a tool to track resource flow and identify high impact interventions in national HIV/AIDS programming. Gathered and compiled evidence on costing and expenditure analysis on HIV/AIDS in Zambia, as well as developed implementation plan for effectively allocating resources across HIV programming.
Charlotte Buehler, M.D. Lwala Community Alliance (Kenya)
Conducted a pilot project incorporating GPS and Google Earth to map community water sources as part of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) interventions at Lwala Community Alliance (LCA) in Nyanza Province, Kenya provided early evidence that these tools can help Community Health Workers make data- driven decisions regarding WASH outreach.
Lanla Conteh, M.D. Satcher Health Leadership Institute (Atlanta, GA)
Reviewed current evidence to identify needed research, and potential interventions at community, practice, and policy levels to help address the barriers to best care for hepatitis C for racial and ethnic minority populations. Attended disparities conferences at the CDC and participated in the health policy program at SHLI.
Liz Dancel, M.D. Catholic Charities of Tennessee (Nashville, TN)
Identified pharmacies and urgent care clinics within a several mile radius of apartments in Nashville where large numbers of refugees live. Collected data on each facility, including address, hours of operation, availability of interpreter services, and health insurance accepted. Developed training materials for resettlement agency staff on chronic illness in refugees.
Fausta Ditah, M.D. Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)
Conducted a retrospective analysis of first time liver transplants in adult recipients to assess differences between various surveillance methods for post-transplant surgical site infections.
Eileen Duggan, M.D. Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)
Report detailing comparison of VAP to VAE rates by hospital unit as well as correlation of VAE and VAP between patients and analysis of how culture rate by unit may have affected the rates seen.
Laura Edwards, M.D. Presbyterian Church of East Africa (Kenya)
An ultrasound education program intended to launch the first obstetric ultrasound service in a mid-size Maternity Center Nakuru, Kenya. The training of nine students from various health facilities consisted of interactive, didactic classroom teaching as well as practical, hands-on learning.
Monique Foster, M.D. Lwala Community Alliance (Kenya)
Developed acute diarrhea clinical practice guidelines for children at Lwala Clinic in Kenya.
Oliver Gunter, M.D. Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)
Worked with the transfusion committee toward the overall goal of decreasing the unnecessary transfusion of red blood cells at VUMC and MCJCH by providing education and altering the computerized physician order entry (CPOE) tool for symptomatic anemia in WIZ Order.
William Heerman, M.D. Metropolitan Planning Organization Nashville (Nashville, TN)
Data analysis of a survey conducted by Nashville Metro Planning Organization to attempt to better characterize the link between Body Mass Index and transportation patterns and use.
Angela Horton- Henderson, M.D. Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital (Nashville, TN)
Examined barriers surrounding patient transitions to VSRH from VUMC and developed flow chart to illustrate patient management transition system.
Jessica Islam World Health Organization (Bangladesh)
Utilizing the “Global Monitoring Framework for the prevention and control of non-communicable disease” formulated during the United Nations General Assembly in 2011, conducted a comprehensive review of all relevant publications describing prevalence of NCDs and their associated risk factors in Bangladesh. Based on the review, made recommendations for future research.
Yaa Kumah-Crystal, M.D. Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)
Developed protocol for obtaining & displaying patient ID profile photos into Star Panel EMR; training guidelines for staff; information reference for patients & families.
Elizabeth Murphy, M.D. Partners in Health/Compañeros en Salud (Mexico)
Conducted a needs assessment with the aims of: gaining insight on how violence is viewed by the community, identifying potential agencies and individuals with whom they could collaborate, and formulating initial recommendations for future domestic violence interventions. Activities included: a review of existing literature and program models, over 30 key stakeholder interviews, and outreach visits to local and state-level agencies.
Maribeth Nicholson, M.D. Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt (Nashville, TN)
Addressed inappropriate testing for C. difficile done at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital by creating a computerized order entry alert that would be activated whenever the test was ordered in a child less than age 3 years based on recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Developed educational module for medical residents.
Chris Nyirenda, M.D. Practicum waived.
Colby Passaro, M.D. MissionPoint Health (Nashville, TN)
Epicentro Salud (Peru)
La Asociación Civil Impacta Salud y Educación (Peru)
Fundación Infant (Argentina)
Explored similarities and differences related to barriers to care experienced by persons living with NCDs and those living with HIV in middle and high-income settings, and identified key strategies used to alleviate these barriers. The objectives were to: 1) design a study to test strategies to improve medication adherence and prevent 30-day readmissions at MissionPoint health, 2) perform a systematic analysis of the needs of Men who have Sex with Men seeking STI testing and treatment at Epicentro Salud, 3) shadow physicians in various clinical contexts in Buenos Aires, Argentina and prepare a final presentation on the role of community engagement in managing chronic disease, and 4) shadow the recruitment and retention (R&R) team at Impacta in order to update their R&R standards of procedure (SOPs) for all HPTN, HVTN, ACTG, and MTN clinical trials.
Heather Paulin, M.D. Tennessee Department of Health (Nashville, TN)
Conducted an epidemiological analysis of gonorrheal infections for the State of Tennessee.
Matthew Resnick, M.D. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (Nashville, TN)
Provided education around the risk of catheterization and systematic communication improvement. Automated catheter discontinuation in the VA CPRS order entry system along with implementation of protocol-driven patient management following urinary catheter removal. Collected data surrounding processes and outcomes of care during 3 discrete 1-month time periods.
Cecelia Theobald, M.D. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (Nashville, TN)
Provided education around the risk of catheterization and systematic communication improvement. Automated catheter discontinuation in the VA CPRS order entry system along with implementation of protocol-driven patient management following urinary catheter removal. Collected data surrounding processes and outcomes of care during 3 discrete 1-month time periods.
Christopher Tolleson, M.D. Tennessee Department of Health (Nashville, TN)
Reviewed TN and other State TBI registries to identify various methods of following up with TBI patients post-injury. Change sent via letter to patients; produced manuscript of findings.
Yuri Van Der Heijden, M.D. Tennessee Department of Health (Nashville, TN)
Retrospective chart review for refugee patients at Siloam Family Health Center to prepare for cost-effective analysis by Tennessee Department of Health regarding TB screening methods.
Ellen Zheng, M.D. Shandong University China (China)
Conducted literature search and created a list of periodontal indices for focus groups discussion. Based on the feedback, additional oral health examination indices were added to the instrument, as well as a questionnaire about oral health habits was created. The selected indices were tested in People Hospital of Yiyuan County, Shandong Province.
Student Site and Description
Dwayne Dove, M.D., Ph.D. Practicum waived.
Eiman Jahangir, M.D. Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Designed and implemented a program to decrease poly-pharmacy in Home Care Section at Hospital Italiano.
Ashley Karpinos, M.D. Stratford High School (Nashville, TN)
Designed a program to increase the proportion of wellness teachers and coaches who are certified in CPR and AED training. Sent electronic survey sent to the high schools within Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) system.
Pat Keegan, M.D. Tennessee Department of Health (Nashville, TN)
Develop an understanding of the Cancer Registry system: how the data is collected, distributed and analyzed.
Dzifaa Lotsu, M.D. The Office of Cancer Surveillance (Nashville, TN)
Examined colorectal cancer rates, colorectal treatment and audit coding done at specific sites.
Andre Paul Marshall, M.D. The Office of Cancer Surveillance (Nashville, TN)
Chart review of pediatric solid organ tumors within the state of TN. This exercise will help to ensure that the listed diagnosis is coded correctly.
Leigh Ann Redhage, M.D. Tennessee Department of Health (Nashville, TN)
Implement a descriptive study that will characterize the transfers of Tennessee patients in 2009. Major outcome variables will include transfers by hospital, time of year, day of the week; types of transfers by medical vs surgical diagnosis, time, time from admission to transfer; time from operation to transfer; time from transfer to death.
Rebecca Snyder, M.D. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (Nashville, TN)
Designed a quality improvement project to improve colorectal cancer care for veterans treated at the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, VA Hospital.
Jose Tique, M.D. Practicum Waived.
Eduard Vasilevskis, M.D. Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)
The project aims to develop an “all cause” readmission prediction model that utilizes clinical and social determinant data.
Joshua Warolin, D.O. Tennessee Department of Health (Nashville, TN)
The goal of the project is to identify and address the gaps in obesity-related care and prevention in children services by Children’s Special Services.
Candice Williams Satcher Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine (Atlanta, GA)
Performed a literature review of comprehensive school based suicide prevention programs and conducted interviews with school officials to determine prevalence of school based suicide programs in Metro Atlanta high schools and measure programs in place against the most comprehensive standard. Assessed the barriers to putting school based suicide programs in place.
Sarah Williams, M.D. Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)
Review reports from the Post Licensures Immunization Safety Monitoring (PRISM) network evaluating positive predictive value and test algorithms to identify specific health outcomes in specific areas.
Jessica Young, M.D. Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)
To establish a system for reporting immunizations given at the Vanderbilt Center for Women’s Health to the Tennessee Immunization Program via the Tennessee Web Immunization System.
Pauline Todd Alexander,  M.L.I.S. University Community Health Services (Nashville, TN)
Educational materials designed to target literacy levels, learning styles, and topics to provide educational interventions/education to patients and care team in busy local clinic setting.
Jason Axt, M.D. Christ Community Health Services (Memphis, TN)
Needs assessment for goals and timeline for surgery program initiation for outpatient surgical clinic. Review of protocols, procedures, etc from Chicago site and write up of implementation plan for Memphis. Study design for surgeon services to poor.
Isfahan Chambers, Ph.D, M.D. Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)    Assist implementation of obesity program in urban churches – monitoring diet and exercise. Evaluate Tennessee policy funding obesity research.
Rachel Idowu, M.D. Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)
Review of medical and public health literature for evidence of effectiveness of specific quality improvement strategies in reducing disparities in health and health care outcomes for select clinical conditions.
Robert Kavitt, M.D. Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)
Development of a fellow training curriculum and fellow endoscope cleaning protocol.
Saugar Maripuri, M.D. Tennessee Kidney Foundation (Nashville, TN)
Create educational materials for chronic kidney disease and associated chronic disease for patients.
Candace McNaughton, M.D., Ph.D. Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)
Implementation of an electronic medical record exchange among the majority of hospitals in Middle Tennessee.
Albert Mwango, M.D. The Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (Zambia)
A medical informatics project that will focus on three CIDRZ programs: (1) SmartCare medical records for HIV care and treatment, (2) Zambia Electronic Perinatal record system (ZEPRS) and (3) the BHOMA (Better Health Outcomes through Mentoring and Assessment) project.
Alexander Parikh, M.D. Tennessee State Cancer Registry (Nashville, TN)
Retrospective Cohort on the effects of health care insurance on treatment strategies and survival in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer.
Mayur Patel, M.D. Tennessee Department of Health (Nashville, TN)
Consolidation of TBI registry reporting system capable of record updating, querying functions, and report functions.
Stuart Reynolds, M.D. Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)
Participation in an Evidence Based Practice Center review evaluating treatment of chronic pelvic pain in women. Authorship on EPC report.
Jeremy Slone, M.D. The Satcher Health Leadership Institute (Atlanta, GA)
To survey teaching methods used by pediatric oncologist for families and provide recommendations to improve family education.
David Willens, M.D. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (Nashville, TN)
Feasibility of multi-level diabetes education team and community resources into MHTAV.
Shaodong Ye, M.D. Practicum waived.
Alex Diamond, D.O. Safe Kids Coalition of Cumberland Valley (Nashville, TN)
Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt (Nashville, TN)
SafeKids Cumberland Valley project for
pedestrian safety in Nashville. Extended to provide construction of environmental changes in Nashville neighborhood in collaboration with Metro Schools and Mayor’s office. Involved in all aspects of development resulting in permanent policy.
Richard Epstein, Ph.D. Tennessee Governor’s Office of Children’s Care Coordination (Nashville, TN)
Review of mentoring programs for pregnant and parenting teenagers. Conceptual model for Birthing Project Nashville. Models for behavior change and self report survey for maternal responsible sexual behavior and educational attainment.
Jennifer Esbenshade, M.D. Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)          Learned operational infection control at Vanderbilt and attended the SHEA/CDC Training Course in Healthcare Epidemiology.
Tennessee Department of Health (Nashville, TN)
With the TN Immunization Program, evaluated experience with new state immunization certificates reflecting new school-based immunization requirements.
Sara Nicole Horst, M.D. Tennessee Department of Health (Nashville, TN)
Evaluated antibiotic resistance patterns and health outcomes in reported Salmonella infections in the state of Tennessee.
Tera Howard Satcher Health Leadership Institute (Atlanta, GA)
To prepare an information packet/ presentation on how the new Healthcare legislation will impact minority health and health disparities.
Matthew Landman, M.D. Tennessee Donor Services (Nashville, TN)
Data analysis of Tennessee donor registry and impact on donation numbers.
Christopher Lee, M.D. Tennessee Department of Health (Nashville, TN)   Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)
Creation of an Optimized Hospital Discharge Database for Passive Surveillance of Guillain – Barré Syndrome.
Alessandro Morandi Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)
Dissemination and spread of “Handover tool” involving development and use with the Geriatrics group. The compliance of users such as residents and attending physicians was evaluated.
Wesley Self, M.D. Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)
Development and implementation of a quality improvement program to reduce blood culture contamination in Vanderbilt University Hospital ED.
Julia Shelton, M.D. Tennessee Department of Health (Nashville, TN)
Evaluate ATV crashes in children and adolescents in Tennessee and cost distribution. Provide findings to improve ATV safety. Present recommendation on policy change.
Anees Siddiqui Practicum waived.
Daniel Barocas, M.D. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (Rockville, MD)
Retrospective cohort study to define if racial and ethnic minority persons are less likely to be treated for prostate cancer by high – volume surgeons.
William Bobo, M.D. Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (Nashville, TN)
Standardize procedures for the triage, mental health needs assessment, and referral for parents of children/youth in state custody.
Lara Bratcher, M.D. Institute of Global Health- Mozambique (Mozambique)
Worked with Friends in Global Health in Mozambique. Visiting 4 laboratories, trained technicians in processing specimens for TB diagnosis, microscopy and reading, safety and data recording and transportation.
Philip Ciampa, M.D. Institute of Global Health- Mozambique (Mozambique)
Improve follow-up rate of infants at-risk for HIV infection from perinatal transmission prevention clinics to the at-risk children’s clinic in Alto Molocue, Mozambique
Charlie Cox, M.D. Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (Nashville, TN)
Implementation of a self- sustaining program within the Metro Nashville school system with policy directed towards emergency action plans, education in the use of AEDs, maintenance of proper function of existing AEDs, and annual training of local are coaches in BLS/CPR certification.
Michael Eckrich, M.D. Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (Milwaukee, WI) 
Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee, WI)
Bone marrow transplant project related to public health, as designated by CIBMTR (Center for International Bone Marrow Transplant Research) director. Results hopefully submitted to a peer reviewed publication.
Jennifer Green, M.D. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (Nashville, TN)
Work with VA quality improvement to identify methods to improve care for patients at-risk for Hepatitis B within Tennessee Veterans Healthcare System
Oscar Guillamondequi, M.D. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (Rockville, MD)
Review evidence on depression after traumatic brain injury including prevalence, timing and methods for diagnostic screening and approaching treatment.
Jacob Hathaway, M.D. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (Nashville, TN)
Work with VA quality improvement team on Bedside Collaborative to improve bedside care and nurse- physician communications by evaluating perceptions of teamwork and communication.
Taneya Koonce, M.S.L.S. Meharry Medical College (Nashville, TN)
Develop AHEC (Area Health Education Center)- specific Digital library to meet the needs of the Meharry AHEC community network.
Ryan Moran, M.D. Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt (Nashville, TN)
Preliminary analysis DKA management and clinical outcomes for children transferred to Monroe Carell Children’s Hospital Emergency Department from community emergency departments: “the impact of distributed DKA management protocols” Review of Medical Literature to Support Research of High- Fidelity Simulation Training in Pediatric Emergencies at Community Hospitals
April Pettit, M.D. Tennessee Department of Health (Nashville, TN)
Review charts in multiple clinics to determine the 12 month completion rate of standard anti-TB therapy and produce a validated list of TB recurrences in the State of Tennessee from Jan 1, 2000 through Dec. 31, 2007. This will help determine the recurrence rate and the effectiveness of the state’s TB treatment program.
Fenna Phibbs, M.D. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (Rockville, MD)
Systematic review of the currently available studies on traumatic brain injury and the development of depression resulting in a federal report.
John Schmidt, M.D. Great Plains Public Health Leadership Institute (Omaha, NE)
Report findings from Fetal Infant Mortality Review meetings and Baby Blossom Collaborative to OB providers along with possible interventions aimed at reducing infant mortality and improving perinatal health.
Julia Wattacheril, M.D. Practicum Waived.
Derek Williams, M.D. Tennessee Department of Health (Nashville, TN)
Mapping of VCH/VUH micro data to WHONET database for epidemiological analysis and reporting of microbiological data, for the purpose of analyzing antimicrobial susceptibility profiles.
Julie Wright, M.D. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (Rockville, MD)
Perform analysis and correlations on variables in Medical Expenditure Panel Survey to review costs related to kidney disease and related conditions. Results will include statistical brief. Review of screening for detection and treatment of Chronic Kidney Disease.