Category Archives: Tennessee (TN) ESC

Jan 3 2014
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RWJF Clinical Scholars Podcast: Health Insurance and Employment

As many as 900,000 people across the country may leave their jobs now that the Affordable Care Act provides health insurance alternatives, according to Craig Garthwaite, PhD. In an interview with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar Chileshe Nkonde-Price, MD, Garthwaite uses an analysis of the Tennessee Public Health Insurance Program to explain why a significant number of American workers may not feel the need to stay with their current employers as subsidized health insurance becomes available through health insurance exchanges.

Garthwaite is assistant professor of management and strategy at the Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management. The interview is part of a series of RWJF Clinical Scholars Health Policy Podcasts, co-produced with Penn’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.

The video is republished with permission from the Leonard Davis Institute.

Nov 28 2012
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Gun Violence in Nashville

Manish K. Sethi, MD, is a health policy associate at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College and a Pilot Project Mini-Grant recipient and renowned orthopaedic trauma surgeon at Vanderbilt University’s Orthopaedic Institute Center for Health Policy. Sethi spoke this morning during the 2012-2013 Grand Rounds Series, sponsored by Meharry Medical College School of Medicine, on “Gun Violence in Nashville: Working Towards Community Based Solutions.”

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Human Capital Blog: What is the violence prevention program you’re directing with the RWJF Center for Health Policy at Meharry?

Sethi: We are doing a youth violence intervention program via partnership with Nashville schools funded by the RWJF Center for Health Policy at Meharry.

All of the data demonstrates that educational intervention with this age group demonstrates positive results. Currently, no such program exists in Nashville schools.

HCB: What drove your interest in this topic?

Sethi: I am a trauma surgeon and have been seeing an inordinate number of gun violence injuries in African American teenagers. I grew up in Tennessee and left for my medical training, but during childhood I never saw violence to this degree. Almost every week I see a teenager who either loses his life, or suffers major trauma secondary to a gun violence injury. I care very deeply about the future of these children and of Tennessee and I just feel that we have to do something.

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Aug 1 2012
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Meet the RWJF Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College

This is part of a series introducing programs in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Human Capital Portfolio. The mission of the RWJF Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College is to provide leadership in health policy education along with research and reform on a national, state and local level while continually supporting the historic mission of Meharry Medical College: to improve the health and health care of minority and underserved communities.

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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College connects scholars to address health policy solutions, bridging experiences and disciplines from sociology, economics and political science. Each one travels a different road.

Cheryl Chun’s path to medical school began in a high school math classroom.

Teaching in DC public schools taught Cheryl Chun important lessons. Some of her best students missed class while waiting in line at a free clinic with a sick, non-English speaking parent, to assist with translation. Another student was too exhausted to attend class after waiting all night in an emergency room to receive treatment for an asthma attack. Chun found students’ lack of health care access hurt their education.

“I had students who wanted to be in class but the realities of their lives just got in the way,” Chun explained.  Watching her students struggle with access to good health and the myriad of social and economic inequalities that restricted their educational access convinced Chun, 28, to return to school to become a physician. She was committed to practicing in a medically underserved community. So, Chun chose the Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College, where social scientists, policy experts and medical professionals grapple with complex social conditions in search of solutions rooted in health equity.

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Mar 30 2011
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Executive Nurse Fellow Named Dean of University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Nursing

Victoria Niederhauser, Dr.P.H., A.P.R.N., P.N.P., of the 2008 cohort of the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program, has been named the new dean of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Nursing.

Niederhauser comes to Knoxville after 10 years in various leadership roles at the University of Hawaii School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, serving as director of nurse practitioner programs, graduate chair and department chair. Most recently, she has served as associate dean for academic affairs.

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Jan 12 2011
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Free Seminars in Nashville from Nationally Renowned Scholars and RWJF Alumni

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College (Nashville, Tenn.) is pleased to announce the following lectures, as part of its free health policy seminar series entitled “National Scholars’ Current Issues in Health Policy Seminar.” The series kicked off on January 5 with a lecture by Wayne Riley, M.D., MSPH, MBA, MACP (President and CEO of Meharry Medical College) and will continue with the following:

  • January 24, 2011; RWJF Clinical Scholars alumnus Tim Carey, M.D., MPH (Director of the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill)
  • February 7, 2011; Vence Bonham, Jr., J.D. (Senior Advisor to the Director on Societal Implications on Genomics at the National Human Genome Research Institute)
  • February 21, 2011; Otis Brawley, M.D. (Chief Medical Officer , American Cancer Society)

The mission of the RWJF Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College is to provide leadership in health policy education along with research and reform on a national, state and local level while continually supporting the historic mission of Meharry Medical College: to improve the health and health care of minority and underserved communities.

The seminar series will continue through May 2011. Learn more about the program and speakers.