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Poll: Tennessee families with children say they are food insecure

Over 40% of Tennessee families with children say they are food insecure; 70% have changed spending on food by Jake Lowary This year’s Vanderbilt Child Health Poll shows that over 40% of Tennessee families report they are food insecure ― a similar proportion from last year. Most families (71%) say they have continued to change food spending habits due to high prices.

How Research Informed Major Policy Change

(Originally published in March 2023.) Stacie Dusetzina, PhD, Ingram Professor of Cancer Research and Professor of Health Policy, joined Mark Cuban, billionaire and founder of Cost Plus Drugs Co., and Ruchika Talwar, MD, Urologic Oncology fellow in VUMC’s Department of Urology, for a lecture and discussion on the efforts to reduce prescription drug prices for Americans.

What Florida's planned importation of some drugs means for consumers, Medicare

In early January 2024, the Food and Drug Administration said it would allow Florida to import some medications from Canada, where they are cheaper than buying in the U.S. It is the first U.S. state to import drugs in bulk, and has raised both acclaim and concern. Stacie Dusetzina, PhD, Professor of Health Policy, explains with CBS News how this policy can impact Florida taxpayers and who stands to benefit most from the expected lower prices of some certain drugs. 

New federal rule adds transparency to nursing home ownership; VUMC-led research informed rule development

A new federal rule published Nov. 15 will require additional transparency and disclosure of ownership and management of nursing homes across the country, and the rule was shaped by research conducted at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The rule will help families make more informed decisions about nursing home care, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said in a news release.

Erves joins Department as director of Community Engaged Research

Jennifer Cunningham Erves, PhD, MPH, MAEd, MS, CHES, has joined Vanderbilt University Medical Center as associate professor of Health Policy, director of Community Engaged Research, Office of Health Equity, and scholar, Vanderbilt Center for Health Services Research.