Massey leading statewide survey to improve cancer prevention and curb health disparities among Virginians

Massey leading statewide survey to improve cancer prevention and curb health disparities among Virginians

September 19, 2019

Researchers at VCU Massey Cancer Center have designed a comprehensive health assessment survey to better understand how patterns in social, behavioral and environmental factors can inform improved health care practices and services for all Virginians. The project, titled ‘Together for Health – Virginia,’ is led by Bernard Fuemmeler, Ph.D., M.P.H., associate director for cancer prevention and control and Gordon D. Ginder, M.D., Chair in Cancer Research at Massey as well as professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Policy at the VCU School of Medicine. He is collaborating on this study with Massey Cancer Prevention and Control research members David Wheeler, Ph.D., M.P.H., associate professor in the VCU Department of Biostatistics, and Sunny Jung Kim, Ph.D., M.S., M.A., assistant professor in the VCU Department of Health Behavior and Policy.

Dr. April Kimmel honored at Blick Scholar Reception

Dr. April Kimmel honored at Blick Scholar Reception

September 18, 2019

For some junior faculty, the research funding provides the ability to expand their research.

“This award will be instrumental in allowing me to develop my international research work related to HIV,” said April Kimmel, Ph.D., an assistant professor of health behavior and policy in the School of Medicine. Her research examines structural barriers to care and health disparities among HIV-positive populations in the United States. Dr. Kimmel uses sophisticated mathematical modeling and multidisciplinary collaboration to better understand the challenges of those patient populations, and she’s planning to expand her work to countries like Rwanda and Haiti.

Nixon Arauz, MA, doctoral student, resilience in research

Nixon Arauz, MA, doctoral student, resilience in research

September 14, 2019

Nixon R. Arauz says he has heard too many discouraging things in his life to count.

Though, that might not be so clear at first. After all, Nixon is a budding public health researcher at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, with a Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from Columbia and Cornell, respectively. Other than that he has worked as a fellow at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in addition to participating in medical missions with doctors from Harvard Medical School.

But yes. All his life people have told him he couldn’t do it.

Partnering with State Agencies to Inform Medicaid Policy

Partnering with State Agencies to Inform Medicaid Policy

September 12, 2019

Drs. Peter Cunningham and Andrew Barnes, both faculty in the Department of Health Behavior and Policy, are leading an evaluation of the Virginia Medicaid expansion along with faculty in the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health.  

Dr. Dina Garcia interview in Caminos en Ciencia

Dr. Dina Garcia interview in Caminos en Ciencia

September 4, 2019

Dr. Dina García was born in Guadalajara, Mexico but her family soon immigrated to the United states when she was 2 years old. Her family moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, due to her late grandfather having previously worked harvesting potatoes and carrots around the area. 

Both her parents were agronomic engineers from La Universidad de Guadalajara which inspired Dina to go into science. Dina’s mother especially encouraged her by proving that women could thrive in scientific careers. Dina’s mother was one of 11 women in her graduating class of over 300 people in agronomic engineering as well as the only woman to specialize in soil science. This pushed Dina to see science as a possible career option from the very beginning. 

Dr. Carrie Dolan, HBP alumni, named Fellow of the Explorers Club, joining Buzz Aldrin and Jacques Cousteau

Dr. Carrie Dolan, HBP alumni, named Fellow of the Explorers Club, joining Buzz Aldrin and Jacques Cousteau

September 5, 2019

Carrie Dolan’s research requires her to work with one foot in the world of big data and the other foot, well, just about anywhere in the world.

“I study where big pots of money go in developing countries and try to figure out how that funding translates into health outcomes — like a decrease in under-five mortality or access to health care,” she said. “Then I make recommendations to places like the Gates Foundation and World Bank for how they can get more bang for their buck by making a funding decision more efficient, effective or equitable.”

Faculty, postdoctoral fellow and alumni receive presidential research grant

Faculty, postdoctoral fellow and alumni receive presidential research grant

August 20, 2019

Robertson School faculty members Jeanine Guidry, Ph.D., and Nicole O'Donnell, Ph.D., have been selected for a VCU Presidential Research Quest (PeRQ) Fund award. The award is a very competitive internal VCU grant with many application submissions.

Guidry and O'Donnell, who run the Robertson School's Media+Health Lab, won the grant together with Kellie Carlyle, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Carrie Miller, Ph.D., M.P.H., from the VCU Department of Health Behavior and Policy at the School of Medicine. Danielle Dick, Ph.D., from the Psychology Department will serve as a research mentor on the grant.

Dr. Arnethea Sutton receives NIH Loan Repayment Programs award

Dr. Arnethea Sutton receives NIH Loan Repayment Programs award

August 16, 2019

Dr. Arnethea Sutton, postdoctoral fellow, receives NIH Loan Repayment Programs award. In exchange for a two-year commitment to conduct research, NIH Loan Repayment Programs repay educational debt. Dr. Sutton will explore methods to improve genetic cancer risk assessment rates in Black women at-risk of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. 

VCU, UVA To Conduct Parallel Surveys Of Underrepresented People At Risk For Cancer

VCU, UVA To Conduct Parallel Surveys Of Underrepresented People At Risk For Cancer

July 22, 2019

To reduce cancer’s toll in under-served populations, both the University of Virginia Cancer Center and VCU’s Massey Cancer Center are beginning surveys of people who they say are too often left out.

“And those include people from rural areas, low income areas, younger persons, ethnic minorities, non-white persons these are often people we don’t hear from or people who don’t respond to our surveys as much as others,” said Roger Anderson of UVA’s Department of Public Health Sciences.

Dr. April Kimmel among 2019 Blick Scholars

Dr. April Kimmel among 2019 Blick Scholars

July 8, 2019

The Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences has announced the 2019 Blick Scholars, three out of four of which reside in the School of Medicine. Congratulations to Drs. Alexis Edwards, Psychiatry; April Kimmel, Health Policy; and Mikhail Dozmorov, Biostatistics!

Dr. Bernard Fuemmeler and other members of Virginia’s health care community participate in roundtable conversation with Senator Tim Kaine

Dr. Bernard Fuemmeler and other members of Virginia’s health care community participate in roundtable conversation with Senator Tim Kaine

July 1, 2019

Dr. Bernard Fuemmeler, associate director for cancer prevention and control at the VCU Massey Cancer Center, said that although Virginia’s smoking rates were lower than some other states, certain areas in the state – the Appalachian areas and east coast areas – and certain populations (such as those with mental health issues and the LGBTQ+ community) still had higher smoking rates.

Fuemmeler also raised issues regarding enforcing online sales of tobacco products.

Dr. Arnethea Sutton receives second place at Massey Cancer Research Retreat

Dr. Arnethea Sutton receives second place at Massey Cancer Research Retreat

June 17, 2019

Poster session participants competed for Excellence in Cancer Research Awards, which honor the top three research projects displayed in the poster session.

This year, third place was awarded to Sean Koebley for his research on using high-speed atomic force microscopy to map the genome and diagnose cancer. Arnethea Sutton, Ph.D., received second place for her research into how medical mistrust among African American women associates with use of genetic counseling and testing. First place was awarded to Amy Northrop for her study evaluating the gene DDI2 as a therapeutic target for triple negative breast cancer.

Full article about Massey Cancer Center Research Retreat.

Dr. Dina Garcia chosen for Summer 2019 Faculty Success Program

Dr. Dina Garcia chosen for Summer 2019 Faculty Success Program

June 4, 2019

Seven VCU faculty members were selected to participate in the summer cohort of the Faculty Success Program from the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity. The Faculty Success Program helps faculty members learn the secrets to increasing research productivity, getting control of their time, and living a full and healthy life beyond their campus. 

In addition to the Faculty Success Program, the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity offers webinars, writing challenges, discussion forums, and additional resources for faculty members to access online. VCU faculty members can sign up for a free Institutional Membership to participate in the online trainings and resources by visiting facultydiversity.org/join.

Dr. Jeanine Guidry, HBP alumni, presents latest research at DC Health Communication Conference

Dr. Jeanine Guidry, HBP alumni, presents latest research at DC Health Communication Conference

May 1, 2019

Dr. Jeanine Guidry, assistant professor of public relations at the Robertson School of Media and Culture, presented several research studies at the biennial DC Health Communication (DCHC) conference last weekend.

HBP department participates in the Ukrops Monument Avenue 10k

HBP department participates in the Ukrops Monument Avenue 10k

April 13, 2019

The Department of Health Behavior and Policy students, staff and faculty participated in the Ukrops Monument Avenue 10k on Saturday, April 13, 2019. 

Runners from the department included doctoral students, April Williams, Muloongo Simuzingili, Deo Mujwara, Hannah Ming; staff, Carrie Boyd, Abby Cadua, Judy Gutierrez, Megan Henderson, Kate Grant; faculty, Askar Chukmaitov, Andrew Barnes, Richard Brown, Maria Thomson, Alex Lucas.

Our cheer team included faculty, Hong Xue, Elizabeth Do, Dina Garcia, Bassam Dahman; staff, Mary Johnson, JoJo Patterson; doctoral students, Portia Pan and Huyen Pham.

Dr. Xue studies complex determinants of tobacco use, obesity and other risk factors for cancer and chronic disease

Dr. Xue studies complex determinants of tobacco use, obesity and other risk factors for cancer and chronic disease

April 5, 2019

Hong Xue, Ph.D., studies the multi-faceted social and environmental determinants of obesity, tobacco use and other risk factors related to chronic diseases including many types of cancer.

Xue joined Massey as an associate member of the Cancer Prevention and Control research program in 2018. He is also an assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Policy at the VCU School of Medicine.

VCU could adopt policy to make campus smoke and tobacco-free

VCU could adopt policy to make campus smoke and tobacco-free

March 26, 2019

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -- Virginia Commonwealth University is considering adopting a policy to make its campus smoke and tobacco-free as the school pushes an initiative for a safe and healthy environment for students, faculty and staff. 

The proposed policy includes all types of tobacco, not limited to smoking tobacco, e-cigarettes and vaping, on campus. 

VCU considering smoke- and tobacco-free campus policy

VCU considering smoke- and tobacco-free campus policy

March 25, 2019

Virginia Commonwealth University is proposing a policy to make the university smoke and tobacco free in an effort to reduce tobacco use, as well as tobacco-related fire hazards and litter, and promote a safe and healthy campus environment.

The proposed policy — details of which are available at tobaccofree.vcu.edu — is currently open for comment and consideration among VCU students, faculty and staff.

$80,000 in grants going to five Virginia universities for tobacco-free campus initiatives

$80,000 in grants going to five Virginia universities for tobacco-free campus initiatives

March 21, 2019

Five Virginia universities, including three in Richmond, are getting a total of $80,000 in grants to help them eliminate the use of tobacco products and electronic cigarettes on campus.

The retail pharmacy chain CVS Health Corp. announced the grants on Tuesday, along with the American Cancer Society and the Truth Initiative, a nonprofit tobacco control organization.

Virtual focus groups uncover clues to rural and urban HPV vaccination disparities

Virtual focus groups uncover clues to rural and urban HPV vaccination disparities

March 14, 2019

Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Massey Cancer Center and Dartmouth College are using social media to understand differences in attitudes about human papillomavirus vaccination among hundreds of thousands of parents in rural and urban areas. 

Read more on VCU News.

Virginia is well prepared to handle Medicaid expansion, VCU studies find

Virginia is well prepared to handle Medicaid expansion, VCU studies find

February 27, 2019

Two new Virginia Commonwealth University reports examine how prevalent substance use disorders are among Virginia’s uninsured, and how well the state is prepared to take care of those newly eligible Medicaid members with a history of substance use. 

 

Dr. Bernard Fuemmeler receives the James F. Zimmerman Award from University of New Mexico Alumni Association

Dr. Bernard Fuemmeler receives the James F. Zimmerman Award from University of New Mexico Alumni Association

January 31, 2019

The University of New Mexico Alumni Association has announced the recipients of the prestigious 2018 Winter Awards. The recipients include Bernard Fuemmeler, Amy Wohlert, Bradford Zeikus and Christian Koops.

Opioid prescribing for Medicaid members drops sharply after 2016

Opioid prescribing for Medicaid members drops sharply after 2016

January 25, 2019

Research from the evaluation of the Addiction and Recovery Treatment Services program shows that the average number of days supplied for opioid pain medications for Virginia Medicaid members declined sharply after 2016, following significant action by the state to limit opioid prescribing. 

Opioid Prescribing for Medicaid Members Drops Sharply After 2016

 

 

SBS doctoral candidate Kristal Brown on being selected as one of three 2019 Initiatives of Change USA Weavers.

SBS doctoral candidate Kristal Brown on being selected as one of three 2019 Initiatives of Change USA Weavers.

January 23, 2019

Congratulations to SBS doctoral candidate Kristal Brown on being selected as one of three 2019 Initiatives of Change USA Weavers. Kristal is awarded a $10,000 stipend to unearth and innovate counter-narrative(s) to Richmond's histories of structural racism. Kristal will conduct a 12-month project that weaves transformation into dominant narratives of housing, health, and/or education in the metro Richmond area.

Dr. Kellie Carlyle receives mentorship award.

Dr. Kellie Carlyle receives mentorship award.

December 4, 2018

Dr. Kellie Carlyle was awarded the Dale E. Brashers Distinguished Mentor Award by the Health Communication Division of the National Communication Association in Salt Lake City, UT in November. The award recognizes significant contributions to the field of health communication through mentorship of and advocacy for the discipline and its members.

A solution to the opioid epidemic - ARTS program showing it works in Virginia

A solution to the opioid epidemic - ARTS program showing it works in Virginia

May 10, 2018

Virginia shows how Medicaid can help end the opioid crisis through ARTS program.  Independent evaluations from researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) have found some promising results.

A new study provides new insight into what and how information about Syrian refugees is being shared.

A new study provides new insight into what and how information about Syrian refugees is being shared.

May 2, 2018

A new study  “Welcome or Not: Comparing #Refugee Posts on Instagram and Pinterest,” led by Jeanine Guidry, Ph.D., provides new insight into what and how information about Syrian refugees is being shared.

 

 

ARTS program increasing access to treatment, lowering number of prescriptions

ARTS program increasing access to treatment, lowering number of prescriptions

April 24, 2018

Virginia ARTS program increasing access to treatment, lowering number of prescriptions. The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine's Department of Health Behavior and Policy evaluated the results of the program's first nine months, from April through December 2017.

Virginia Medical Society cites findings from ARTS evaluation project

Virginia Medical Society cites findings from ARTS evaluation project

March 5, 2018

Virginia Medical Society cites findings from VCU ARTS 5 month report to urge policymakers to support Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) in treating opioid use disorder.   Drs. Peter Cunningham and Andrew Barnes are leading the evaluation of ARTS, which is a Medicaid program in Virginia designed to increase access to addiction treatment services based on evidence-based guidelines.

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.

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.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. 

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).  More details can be found in Dr.Cunningham's interview and VCU NEWS.

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.

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.   

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 representing 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.

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. 

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.

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.

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 the uncertainty of ACA replacement plan could be hugely disruptive.

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. 

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.

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. 

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

The 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.

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

The study examined the effect of providing total costs estimates on health insurance decisions.

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).

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.

Read more

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.