latest memo on how to address health equity during covid-19

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 materials are intended for use by public health professionals and officials, and may be shared with attribution.

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


Vanderbilt Health Policy COVID-19 Modeling for Tennessee (May 29)

Vanderbilt Health Policy COVID-19 Modeling for Tennessee (May 13)

Vanderbilt Health Policy COVID-19 Modeling for Tennessee (April 24)

Vanderbilt Health Policy COVID-19 Modeling for Tennessee (April 16)

Vanderbilt Health Policy COVID-19 Modeling for Tennessee  (April 10)



Posted May 20

Addressing the COVID-19 Health Equity Chasm

Posted May 5

COVID-19 Herd Immunity & How It Would Play Out In Tennessee

Posted April 17

COVID-19 Vaccine: Answers to Questions on the Pandemic’s Leading Issue 

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



covid19 in tn week of may 27

NOTES: Shading indicates percentage of positive cases out of total bed capacity. Size of circle indicates number of beds at each facility (capacity). Sources: Tennessee Department of Correction Inmates COVID-19 Testing, Updated May 12, 2020; Tennessee Department of Correction Bed Space & Capacity Report, May 2020.

Social Distancing, Quarantine and Isolation: Know the Difference

The COVID-19 Health Policy Advisory Panel includes:


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:

Adriana Bialostozky, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Kecia Carroll, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Kevin W. Graepel, Ph.D., MD 2020 candidate, Medical Scientist Training Program

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

Velma Murry, PhD, University Professor, Department of Human and Organizational Development, Department of Health Policy

Neely Williams, M.Div, Community Principle Investigator, Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance