HBP students use research to combat the opioid crisis

HBP students use research to combat the opioid crisis

October 23, 2017

Lauryn Saxe Walker, M.P.H., is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Health Behavior and Policy at VCU. In this article she discusses how her research impacts statewide health care policy surrounding opioid use.

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First report on VCU’s evaluation of Medicaid substance use benefit expansion.

First report on VCU’s evaluation of Medicaid substance use benefit expansion.

September 25, 2017

The Department of Medical Assistance Services contracted with Virginia Commonwealth University to conduct an independent evaluation of the Addiction and Recovery Treatment Services (ARTS) program. This brief highlights developments across the first three months of the evaluation period, from April 1st, 2017 to July 1st, 2017

Dr. Matsuyama’s stained glass piece, “Peacocks” received 2nd place in The 12th National Arts Program Competition held at the VCU Health System.

Dr. Matsuyama’s stained glass piece, “Peacocks” received 2nd place in The 12th National Arts Program Competition held at the VCU Health System.

September 6, 2017

Dr. Matsuyama’s stained glass piece, “Peacocks” received 2nd place in The 12th National Arts Program Competition held at the VCU Health System.

Dr. Jeanine Guidry’s nonprofit provides a creative outlet for the community.

Dr. Jeanine Guidry’s nonprofit provides a creative outlet for the community.

September 6, 2017

Dr. Jeanine Guidry’s nonprofit provides a creative outlet for the community.

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Dr.April Kimmel's study finds supportive evidence for federal Ryan White Program

Dr.April Kimmel's study finds supportive evidence for federal Ryan White Program

August 31, 2017

Dr.April Kimmel has published a paper that shows supportive evidence for the federal Ryan White Program, which provides support for uninsured and underinsured people living with HIV and funds a spectrum of services. 

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The Department of Health Behavior and Policy is leading the evaluation of the Addiction Recovery Treatment Services program (ARTS).

The Department of Health Behavior and Policy is leading the evaluation of the Addiction Recovery Treatment Services program (ARTS).

August 10, 2017

The Department of Health Behavior and Policy has been selected by the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services to lead a five-year evaluation of Virginia's new Addiction Recovery Treatment Services program (ARTS).   

Link to Dr.Cunningham's interview

Link to VCU NEWS

The Journal of Human Lactation has selected Dr. Barbosa's article to feature during World Breastfeeding Week.

The Journal of Human Lactation has selected Dr. Barbosa's article to feature during World Breastfeeding Week.

July 31, 2017

The Journal of Human Lactation has selected Dr. Barbosa's article "Factors Distinguishing Positive Deviance Among Low-Income African American Women: A Qualitative Study on Infant Feeding" to feature during World Breastfeeding Week.

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Dr. Laura Cartwright has accepted a new position working with the Veteran’s Administration.

Dr. Laura Cartwright has accepted a new position working with the Veteran’s Administration.

July 20, 2017

Dr. Laura Cartwright is working with the Veteran’s Administration as the Senior Program Manager responsible for overseeing a multisite project designed to increase Veteran access to lung screening through the VA. 

HCPR alumni Wafa Tarazi, Ph.D. published in Cancer

HCPR alumni Wafa Tarazi, Ph.D. published in Cancer

June 29, 2017

Using Tennessee cancer registry data Dr. Wafa Tarazi, et al. examined the effects of Medicaid disenrollment on breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. This study found women in low income areas who were most likely to be affected by disenrollment are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer at later stages, suggesting that they did not receive screening or other primary care that may have facilitated earlier diagnosis.

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Dr. Peter Cunningham comments to media about the American Health Care Act.

Dr. Peter Cunningham comments to media about the American Health Care Act.

May 10, 2017

On May 4, The U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act, which would repeal and change many parts of the Affordable Care Act.   Dr. Peter Cunningham was interviewed by WTVR in Richmond and VCU News about how the new legislation differs from the Affordable Care Act, and how it would affect patients if it became law.   

Link to WTVR interview

Link to VCU News interview

A new publication from Dr. April Kimmel finds that receiving more classes of Ryan White services improve health outcomes.

A new publication from Dr. April Kimmel finds that receiving more classes of Ryan White services improve health outcomes.

May 5, 2017

The study represting the collaboration between VDH and VCU finds that receiving more classes of Ryan White services improve health outcomes. Further, even in the presence of insurance coverage, receipt of Ryan White-funded services are associated with improved health outcomes.

Link to the paper

Rose Bono, department research assistant and student discusses the Virginia’s new opioid funding.

Rose Bono, department research assistant and student discusses the Virginia’s new opioid funding.

April 27, 2017

Rose Bono was interviewed yesterday on Virginia Public Radio about the opioid crisis and new federal/state funds to address it. 

Link to the radio

Breaking through barriers to HIV care

Breaking through barriers to HIV care

March 7, 2017

Dr. April Kimmel expands KL2 research in recently awarded R01 grant.

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Dr. Peter Cunningham discusses the future of the Affordable Care Act at town hall meeting.

Dr. Peter Cunningham discusses the future of the Affordable Care Act at town hall meeting.

February 24, 2017

More than 200 join citizen town hall in Henrico on health care and education. Dr. Peter Cunningham discusses the future of the Affordable Care Act at town hall meeting.

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CBPR Service Learning Class

CBPR Service Learning Class

February 21, 2017

CBPR Service Learning Class: Community Partners Engaging in Planning Meeting with Graduate Students

Repealing the ACA without replacement could cause severe disruptions to patients and health care providers.

Repealing the ACA without replacement could cause severe disruptions to patients and health care providers.

January 13, 2017

Dr. Peter Cunningham did an interview with NBC12, talking about uncertainty of ACA replacement plan could be hugely disruptive.

Link to the interview page

Dr. Tiffany Green elected to serve on the board of the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science (IAPHS)

Dr. Tiffany Green elected to serve on the board of the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science (IAPHS)

January 13, 2017

IAPHS just finished its inaugural election. An impressive 86% of members cast votes for the organization’s new leadership. Dr. Green will serve as one of three newly elected officers for a two-year term. 

Better Together

Better Together

January 6, 2017

Dr. Maghboeba Mosavel leads the Petersburg Wellness Engagement Project to nourish a culture of health. 

Link to the report

How Obamacare premium hikes could affect Virginia residents

How Obamacare premium hikes could affect Virginia residents

October 27, 2016

Dr. Peter Cunningham did an interview with local TV station, talking about how Obamacare premium hikes could affect Virginia residents.

Link to full interview page

Department welcomes 2016 Bolashak Scholars

Department welcomes 2016 Bolashak Scholars

October 14, 2016

The Department welcomed the 2016 Bolashak scholars at a reception held at MCV Alumni House. The scholars recently arrived from Kazakhstan for a 10 month internship at VCU. 

Health Reform in VA and WV

Health Reform in VA and WV

September 28, 2016

A Tale of Two States: Virginia, West Virginia, and Health Reform

Link to the policy brief

Dr. Georges Adunlin co-authored a study that has recently been published in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment.

Dr. Georges Adunlin co-authored a study that has recently been published in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment.

September 23, 2016

Study of "Cost-effectiveness analysis of 1st through 3rd line sequential targeted therapy in HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer in the United States", co-suthored by Dr. Georges Adunlin, has recently been published in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. 

Dr. Andrew Barnes and Dr. Caroline Cobb have been awarded a R03 funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and FDA Center for Tobacco Products

Dr. Andrew Barnes and Dr. Caroline Cobb have been awarded a R03 funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and FDA Center for Tobacco Products

September 15, 2016

This two-year grant will systematically evaluate the effect of four flavors of Black and Mild cigars on measures of abuse liability in young adult conventional tobacco cigarette (CTC) smokers.

Trends in Hospital Inpatient Admissions Following Early Medicaid Expansion in California

Trends in Hospital Inpatient Admissions Following Early Medicaid Expansion in California

September 14, 2016

Study examined changes in inpatient utilization between 2010 and 2013 in California, following a Medicaid expansion and implementation of the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program.

Link to paper

Moving Beyond Blind Men and Elephants: Providing Total Estimated Annual Costs Improves Health Insurance Decision Making

Moving Beyond Blind Men and Elephants: Providing Total Estimated Annual Costs Improves Health Insurance Decision Making

September 14, 2016

Study examined the effect of providing total costs estimates on health insurance decisions

Link to paper

Introducing Our New Chair

Introducing Our New Chair

September 6, 2016

The Department is pleased to introduce our new Chair Vanessa B. Sheppard, Ph.D. Dr. Sheppard will also serve as Associate Director for Disparities Research in the Massey Cancer Center.  Formerly a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Oncology at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University, she has been recognized by the National Institute of Health as a Disparities Scholar. Her long-term career goal is to reduce inequities in cancer outcomes through scholarship, teaching and service. She has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society and other entities to pursue this goal.

Welcome to new PhD students

Welcome to new PhD students

September 1, 2016

Welcome to our new HCPR and SBS PhD students Alesha Henderson, Bonny Morris, Lindsay Snell, Heather Saunders, Kofoworola Williams, Jean Reading, and Deo Mujwara.

Dr. St. Clair Russell will join School of Medicine at Duke University

Dr. St. Clair Russell will join School of Medicine at Duke University

July 14, 2016

On September 1, Dr. St. Clair Russell will join the faculty in the School of Medicine at Duke University as a Medical Instructor. She will continue her work in nephrology research and also provide faculty-level oversight of the evaluation activities for the Clinical Translation Science Award (CTSA).  Dr. St. Clair Russell graduated from the Social and Behavioral Science doctoral program this summer, her dissertation work was titled "Development and Evaluation of a Peer-to-Peer Intervention to Increase Self-Management among Adult In-Center Hemodialysis Patients". 

High prescription drug costs in the Medicare program

High prescription drug costs in the Medicare program

April 26, 2016

Dr. Peter Cunningham did a radio interview with John Ogle of NPR, making conments on survey finding that high prescription drug costs in the Medicare program.

Andrew Barnes, Ph.D. visits China to teach a health economics class.

Andrew Barnes, Ph.D. visits China to teach a health economics class.

March 29, 2016

Dr. Andrew Barnes was an invited guest lecturer at Shandong University, China where he taught health economics to graduate students in the Hospital Administration program.

Podcast of Dr.Andrew Barnes

Podcast of Dr.Andrew Barnes

March 21, 2016

Assistant Professor and health policy researcher Dr. Andrew Barnes discusses choosing an insurance plan, HIV and the opioid crisis in Virginia. 

Dr. Kellie Carlyle receives Early Career Award from APHA

Dr. Kellie Carlyle receives Early Career Award from APHA

October 15, 2015

Dr. Kellie Carlyle, Ph.D., MPH awarded the 2015 Early Career Award from the Public Health Education and Health Promotion (PHEHP) Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA).

The Opioid Crisis Among Medicaid Beneficiaries

The Opioid Crisis Among Medicaid Beneficiaries

January 21, 2016

New Policy Brief on the opioid drug crisis released.

Jennifer St. Clair Russell, MSEd, MCHES, receives an AHRQ R03 grant

Jennifer St. Clair Russell, MSEd, MCHES, receives an AHRQ R03 grant

October 6, 2015

Jennifer St. Clair Russell, MSEd, MCHES, doctoral candidate in Social and Behavioral Sciences receives an Agency for Healthcare Research Quality grant to examine patient-provider interaction regarding palliative care in end-stage renal disease.

Wafa Tarazi, MHPA doctoral candidate wins AcademyHealth Student Competition

Wafa Tarazi, MHPA doctoral candidate wins AcademyHealth Student Competition

August 5, 2015

The competition challenges students to successfully explain a research paper using creative approaches to interested but perhaps non-technical audiences. In their presentations, students used tools such as personal narrative, relevant audio or visual materials, or other creative approaches.

Dr. Elston Lafata receives NCI Grant to develop e-Assist Tool

Dr. Elston Lafata receives NCI Grant to develop e-Assist Tool

July 28, 2015

Jennifer Elston Lafata, Ph.D., has received funding from the National Cancer Institute to develop and evaluate a post physician office visit colorectal cancer screening decision support and assistance tool, e-Assist.

Dr. Matsuyama receives NCI Grant to examine Caregiver Burden in Later Stage Cancer

Dr. Matsuyama receives NCI Grant to examine Caregiver Burden in Later Stage Cancer

July 28, 2015

Robin Matsuyama, Ph.D., has received funding from the National Cancer Institute for her study titled “Informal caregiver burden in later stage cancer: Economic and health outcomes”.

Dr. Peter Cunningham publishes study on Medical Cost Burdens

Dr. Peter Cunningham publishes study on Medical Cost Burdens

January 20, 2015

New coverage options offered by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance marketplaces provided potential benefits for the increasing number of Americans who were shouldering high medical cost burdens prior to the ACA, according to a Virginia Commonwealth University-led study.

Dr. LaRose and Dr. Sabik among 2015's Blick Scholars

Dr. LaRose and Dr. Sabik among 2015's Blick Scholars

February 13, 2015

Dr. Jessica LaRose and Dr. Lindsay Sabik were named a 2015 Blick Scholar. The award recognizes outstanding achievement of faculty members at the rank of assistant professor, and provides funding for their research efforts.  It is made possible by the George and Lavinia Blick Research Fund.