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Advisory Memos on the COVID-19 Response

The Department of Health Policy in March 2020 convened a group of experts to offer guidance and curated reviews of current research and data related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These documents are intended for use by public health professionals and officials, and may be shared with attribution.

The following memos are expected to be updated as new research and data becomes available.



Posted April 3

Modeling and Forecasting to Inform COVID-19 Response

            Appendix 1: A Comparison of Models
            Appendix 2: A Comparison of Transmission

Published April 1 by JAMA Health Forum

Expanding Ventilator Capacity—The Need for State and Regional Planning

Posted March 27 

Key Public Health Strategies for Responding to COVID-19 

Posted March 26

Primary Clinical Considerations in COVID-19 Response 

Posted March 23

ICU Resource Allocation for COVID-19 Patients Who Require Critical Care

Posted March 21

Data and Decisions: A Framework to Guide Community Response



The memos were prepared by a group of faculty at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and School of Medicine, including:



Muktar Aliyu, MD, DrPH, MPH

Professor of Health Policy and Associate Director for Research, Vanderbilt University Institute for Global Health


Shari Barkin, MD, MSHS

William K. Warren Foundation Chair in Medicine; Marian Wright Edelman Professor of Pediatrics; Director, Division of General Pediatrics, Monroe Carrel Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt


Melinda Buntin, PhD

Mike Curb Professor of Health Policy and Chair, Department of Health Policy


Ellen Wright Clayton, MD, JD

Craig-Weaver Professor of Pediatrics, Professor of Law, Professor of Health Policy


Kathy Edwards, MD

Sarah H. Sell and Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Pediatrics and Professor of Pediatrics


Marie Griffin, MD, MPH

Professor of Health Policy, Director of the Vanderbilt University Master of Public Health Program


Carlos Grijalva, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Health Policy


Melissa McPheeters, PhD

Research Professor, Health Policy, Co-Director, Center for Improving the Public’s Health through Informatics

Other contributors include:

John Graves, PhD, Associate Professor of Health Policy

·     Laura Keohane, PhD, Assistant Professor of Health Policy

Keith Meador, MD, ThM, MPH, is Professor of Psychiatry and Health Policy, Co-Director, Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society