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Department conducting targeted search for new faculty position

The Department of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine is conducting a targeted search for an open-rank tenure- or non-tenure-track faculty position with a commitment to and record of research in the areas of health decision sciences and cost-effectiveness analyses.  

WATCH: 2021 Tennessee Emerging Infections Program Scientific Presentation Day

The 2021 Tennessee Emerging Infections Program Scientific Presentation Day was held virtually on Oct. 7, 2021. Researchers presented on a variety of disease surveillance topics including COVID-19 vaccines and trends, wastewater surveillance of COVID-19, HPV and foodborne illness. Watch the full event below or on YouTube.   

WATCH: Webinar on proposed reforms to Tenncare

The Department of Health Policy hosted its Research Into Policy and Practice Lecture Series on Aug. 24, which covered proposed reforms to Tenncare, which would overhaul the state's Medicaid program and replace it with a modified aggregate cap model. Watch the webinar, moderated by Melinda Buntin, PhD, Mike Curb Professor of Health Policy and Chair of the Department here. Panelists include Kinika Young, Senior Director of Health Policy at the Tennessee Justice Center and Mandy Pellegrin, Policy Director at the Sycamore Institute.   

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

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

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

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.