Matt Schorr
August 17, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Yvonne Joosten, MPH and Tiffany Israel, MSSW were mentioned in a recent Scientific American article, "Many Pediatric Studies Are a Waste of Time." The article, written by Charles Schmidt, discusses new initiatives that hope to overcome obstacles hindering the discovery of useful treatments for children.

Joosten is the Executive Director of the Office for Community Engagement and an Assistant Professor of Medical Education and Administration in the Institute for Medicine and Public Health. Israel is the Translational Research Coordinator in the Institute for Medicine and Public Health.

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