Secret Shopper Study Sheds Light on Barriers to Opioid Treatment for Women

June 4, 2021

After a 2020 Vanderbilt University Medical Center study showed women have a difficult time accessing treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD), investigators analyzed comments received from the study’s participants to further shed light on barriers to care, which included everything from long on-hold times to difficult interactions with clinic receptionists during phone calls seeking appointments.

WATCH: Conversations with Dr. Anthony Fauci

May 10, 2021

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease, joined students in the Vanderbilt MPH program on May 7, 2021 to answer questions from current and former students about career development, the COVID-19 pandemic and other topics. Watch below or on YouTube.  

New study finds COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective in preventing hospitalizations among older U.S. adults

April 30, 2021

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and academic researchers has found that COVID-19 vaccines are 94% effective at preventing hospitalization for COVID-19. The findings are among the first to demonstrate high effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S. population of older adults, and included data collected from January 2021 through March 2021. The study evaluated the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, the most commonly used during the study period.

Dr. Melinda Buntin joins webinar on SCOTUS and the future of the ACA

April 28, 2021

Melinda Buntin, PhD, Mike Curb Chair of the Department of Health Policy joined other Vanderbilt University faculty in a virtual webinar that covered the future of the Affordable Care Act, which is being challenged in a lawsuit before the Supreme Court.  A decision in the case is expected this summer, but this discussion covers important aspects of the case, including the health economics, law and health policy implications of the case itself and the scenarios if the law is dismantled.  Watch on YouTube or in the video below.

Pediatric emergency visits, hospitalizations down sharply during pandemic: study

March 15, 2021

by Christina Echegaray (re-posted from VUMC News & Communications) Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, children’s hospitals across the United States have seen significant reductions in the number of children being treated for common pediatric illnesses like asthma and pneumonia, according to a new multicenter study led by Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.