Studying vaping behavior to improve public health
July 1, 2020
At the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products, psychologists partner with chemists, engineers and other researchers to understand how e-cigarettes work—insights that will inform future regulation.
Study: Opioid treatment for pregnant women has increased but racial inequities exist
June 22, 2020
While treatment rates rose for pregnant Medicaid members diagnosed with opioid use disorder under a state program, disparities exist between black and white women. Peter Cunningham, professor, leads the evaluation team and was assisted in this latest report by Erin Britton, doctoral student.
VCU medical student one of three U.S. ‘country experts’ on WHO’s COVID-19 response project
June 16, 2020
Medical student Mathew Alexander worked as a research assistant studying Medicaid expansion and its impact on substance use disorder treatment in Virginia on a team led by Andrew Barnes, Ph.D. [This report is] going to help guide the World Health Organization’s recommendations for global responses to the pandemic,” Barnes said. “Mathew has really helped contribute to a project that is going to be very useful for the foreseeable future.
Congratulations to HBP scholar accorded honorable mention status in the 2020 Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs competition
June 4, 2020
Congratulations Nixon Arauz, who has been accorded honorable mention status in the 2020 Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs competition administered by the Fellowships National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
Four promising young investigators honored as Harrison Scholars
May 26, 2020
VCU Massey Cancer Center recently named four new Harrison Scholars. Established by the Harrison Family Foundation, the program honors especially promising young researchers by providing funding to help them vet new ideas and advance their cancer research. Harrison Scholars have a three-year tenure during which they receive $50,000 annually.
Final recipients of COVID-19 Rapid Research Funding Opportunity grants announced
May 18, 2020
Maria Thomson, Ph.D., assistant professor, selected to receive internal funding to pivot her work to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health system and the community. Her project is titled “Assessing Psychological Well-being and Access to Care in Rural Communities During the COVID-19 Pandemic Among Those With and Without Cancer”.
On a gentrified street in South Side, the 'Brown Girl Narratives' mural is an ode to black women
May 4, 2020
Doctoral candidate Kristal Brown’s dissertation focuses on the role racism plays in the physical and mental health of young black women.
Expanding Access to Addiction Treatment Services through Section 1115 Waivers for Substance Use Disorders: Experiences From Virginia and Maryland
April 29, 2020
The purpose of this report is to describe the experiences of two early adopters of Section 1115 waivers for substance use disorders, Maryland and Virginia, in terms of waiver implementation and the impact on the addiction treatment system for Medicaid members.
Mural inspired by a VCU student’s doctoral dissertation brings a public health topic to life
April 27, 2020
Kristal Brown’s dissertation examines the role of race-related discrimination in obesity and cardiovascular disease risk among young African American women. During this school year, Brown, who is completing her doctoral degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences in the Department of Health Behavior and Policy at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, worked with a local artist to take that research off the pages, transforming charts and graphs into a mural in Richmond that visually highlights the experiences of black women.
A new field experiment by Drs. Andrew Barnes and Caroline Cobb
April 22, 2020
A new field experiment by Drs. Andrew Barnes and Caroline Cobb among 1400 adolescents recently published in Addiction finds e-cigarette advertising exposure may increase the reported likelihood of purchasing e-cigarettes, particularly when ads featured people and product use.
VCU researchers host webinar on COVID-19, misinformation, and how it can affect vaccines
April 10, 2020
Join the Virginia HPV Immunization Taskforce virtually as we explore the tangled communication around this worldwide pandemic. Together, we will learn to identify reliable information and how this race to prevent the spread of COVID-19 may shape the future of vaccines as we know them.
Associations between Medicaid expansion and nurse staffing ratios and hospital re-admissions
February 20, 2020
New research by Wafa Tarazi, PhD on Medicaid expansion concludes expansion was associated with gradually improved hospitals' nurse staffing ratios and hospital‐wide readmission rates from 2014 through 2016.
Read the full article here.
Virginia Medicaid Agency Reports Increased Access to Addiction Treatment
February 14, 2020
The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) today released a new report highlighting significant increases in access to addiction treatment for Medicaid members along with improved health outcomes, including a steady reduction in emergency department visits.
Virginia residents asked to partner in research to reduce cancer disparities
February 3, 2020
VCU Massey Cancer Center is asking local citizens to partner in cancer research designed to identify and address health needs in their own communities. The project called Together for Health – Virginia is a comprehensive health assessment program designed to better understand how social and behavioral patterns as well as financial and environmental factors impact cancer rates. Information from this research will help to improve health care practices and services within communities.
Hospital Use Declines After Implementation Of Virginia Medicaid’s Addiction And Recovery Treatment Services
February 5, 2020
Virginia’s Addiction and Recovery Treatment Services (ARTS) program, implemented in April 2017, influenced emergency department and inpatient use. After program implementation, the likelihood of having an emergency department visit in a quarter declined by 9.4 percentage points (a 21.1 percent relative decrease) among beneficiaries with opioid use disorder, compared to 0.9 percentage points among beneficiaries with no substance use disorder.
Andrew Barnes, PhD and Peter Cunningham, PhD are leading the 5-year evaluation of the ARTS program, a state program designed to enhance Medicaid-sponsored treatment services for substance use disorders to address the rise of opioid-related deaths in Virginia.
Cost of care biggest barrier for previously uninsured Medicaid members, VCU study finds
January 16, 2020
A team of Virginia Commonwealth University researchers, led by the VCU School of Medicine’s Department of Health Behavior and Policy, conducted a baseline survey among 1,500 newly eligible Medicaid members in Virginia. Released today, it is the first study in the U.S. capturing health care experiences in the year prior to obtaining coverage among newly eligible members in states with recent Medicaid expansion.
Read the report: Medicaid Expansion New Member Survey
Please join us for Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) on Tour
January 6, 2020
The Geographical Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program (GMaP) Region 1 North (R1N) presents Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) on Tour.
Join us to discuss:
-Becoming a Cancer Disparities Researcher
-Career Development Awards
-How GMaP can help you!
Massey researchers awarded more than $2M to study links between tobacco retailers and smoke exposure in pregnant women and children
November 20, 2019
VCU Massey Cancer Center researchers Bernard Fuemmeler, Ph.D., M.P.H., and David Wheeler, M.P.H., Ph.D., received a $2.1 million R01 grant from the National Cancer Institute to examine the impact of tobacco retail outlets (TROs) and neighborhoods on maternal smoking during pregnancy as well as secondhand smoke exposure among children.
Dr. Vanessa Sheppard OHEDR Massey Spotlight Video
November 19, 2019
Health Equity and Disparities Research at the Massey Cancer Center, Virginia Commonwealth University
Managing Long-Term Services and Supports for Medicaid Members With Complex Health Needs
November 7, 2019
Two new reports describe experiences with managed long-term care services among Virginia’s Medicaid population.
Dr. Peter Cunningham receives the Outstanding Departmental Teacher Award in Health Sciences Education
November 5, 2019
Dr. Peter Cunningham received the Outstanding Departmental Teacher Award in Health Sciences Education at 21st Annual Faculty Excellence Awards Program 2019.
Dr. Vanessa Sheppard on American Cancer Society TheoryLab podcast
October 31, 2019
In this interview, Dr. Sheppard describes Sisters Informing Sisters, the first communication skills intervention for newly diagnosed black breast cancer patients. Co-created with survivors, it has already shown great potential for improving equity in adherence to treatment in black women.
HBP Postdoc Receives Independent Research Award
October 14, 2019
Dr. Autumn Lanoye has been awarded the VCU Postdoctoral Independent Research Award (PIRA).
Dr. Vanessa Sheppard on Virginia This Morning to discuss newly funded ACS grant
October 16, 2019
Dr. Vanessa Sheppard appeared on CBS6 Virginia This Morning to speak during Breast Cancer Awareness Month and her newly funded American Cancer Society grant.
Bonny Morris, doctoral candidate, honored with prestigious NCI award to facilitate her transition to independent rural cancer control and care delivery research
October 7, 2019
Born and raised in rural North Carolina, VCU doctoral candidate Bonny Morris, MSPH, RN, knows first-hand the challenges that patients in rural communities face in accessing cancer care. Morris, who is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in social and behavioral sciences at the Department of Health Behavior and Policy at the VCU School of Medicine, conducts research at VCU Massey Cancer Center that investigates the factors that contribute to cancer treatment disparities in rural communities. Through a rigorous mixed method design supported by community engagement, she aims to develop targeted, tailored approaches that improve outcomes for underserved cancer patient populations.
Black Women Caché, LLC focuses on highlighting the lived experiences of Black women through discussion and visual media
October 6, 2019
Black Women Caché, LLC focuses on highlighting the lived experiences of Black women through discussion and visual media. Founded in 2019, by Kristal Brown, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Health Behavior and Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University and a fellow for Initiative of Change’s Narrative Change Collaborative, sponsored by The Kellogg Foundation, Black Women Caché, focuses on promoting healthy lifestyle behaviors and bringing attention to racial injustices that impact health outcomes among Black women.
Dr. Bernard Fuemmeler recognized as a distinguished alumnus at OSU College of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame
September 25, 2019
Fuemmeler is a professor and endowed chair in cancer research at Virginia Commonwealth University and associate director of the Cancer Prevention and Control program at VCU’s Massey Cancer Center. Prior to joining VCU, Fuemmeler was a faculty member at Duke University’s Department of Community Medicine for many years. He has made many contributions to research across a number of areas. “He is particularly interested in how our field can harness novel statistical methods and leverage digital technologies such as social media, big data, smartphones and sensors to better understand factors contributing to these lifestyle behaviors,” Mullins added. Fuemmeler will be also be recognized as a distinguished alumnus at the College of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame Ceremony that evening.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
VCU students pitch innovative ideas to improve health, education and energy
February 6, 2019
VCU students pitch innovative ideas to improve health, education and energy.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
VCU to lead evaluation of managed care program for Medicaid members requiring long-term care services and supports
April 12, 2018
The VCU School of Medicine has been chosen by the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance services to lead a five-year evaluation of Virginia’s Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus program. Intended for those 65 plus on both Medicaid and Medicare, the CCC Plus program sought to improve the care of Medicaid members who have the most complex and costliest care needs.
Virginia Medical Society cites findings from ARTS evaluation project
March 5, 2018
Virginia Medical Society cites findings from 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.
Virginia Health Secretary cites HBP report on ARTS program
January 18, 2018
Virginia’s new health secretary cited the success of the ARTS benefit (ARTS 5 month report). “There’ll be more data VCU is looking objectively at the impact of that but the preliminary data from them is that emergency visits are down, opioid prescriptions for chronic pain are down,” he said.
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.
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.
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.
September 6, 2017
Dr. Jeanine Guidry’s nonprofit provides a creative outlet for the community.
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
April 27, 2017
Rose Bono was interviewed yesterday on Virginia Public Radio about the opioid crisis and new federal/state funds to address it.
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
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.
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)
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
September 14, 2016
The study examined the effect of providing total costs estimates on health insurance decisions.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.