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Russell Rothman, MD.,  MPP.
Director, Center for Health Services Research 
Robert Dittus, M.D., MPH, Executive Vice President, Public Health and Health Care for Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), has been named to the National Advisory Council of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
Sandra Simmons, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Eduard Vasilevskis, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine,  co-investigators on a clinical trial on intervention, known as “Shed-Meds” are evaluating a new intervention that seeks to help older patients reduce number of medications they are taking. For more info click “Shed-Meds’ to explore helping elderly reduce number of medications.” 
Tina Hartert, M.D., Lulu H. Owen Professor of Medicine and her team examine the effect of early life RSV infection on the development of asthma later in childhood.
White House Bisexual Community Briefing 
On September 26, 2016, Lauren Beach, JD, PhD, Director of LGBTI Research for Vanderbilt University School of Medicine's Program for LGBTI Health,  had the honor of presenting at the first, “on the record,” event held by the White House on bisexual community issues – the White House Bisexual Community Briefing. The event, which was livestreamed, was attended by over 130 bisexual community organizers, policy advocates and health researchers from across the nation. The archived digital recording is available on the White House You Tube page (the panel on which Dr. Beach spoke, “What’s Next for the ‘B’ in LGBT?” begins at 2:24:17.) 
Health Services Research Focuses Your Breath!
Dr. Gurjeet Birdee, Assitant Professor, Vanderbilt Center for Health Services Research Scholar and his research staff, Stephen Andy Coppola, Sujata G. Ayala and Katrina Nelson (from left to right), are conducting a randomized clinical trial among 100 adults to measure the effects of focused breathing on health and well-being. Focused breathing is a common mind-body technique that 1 out of 10 adults in the United States use for health. His group is investigating the physiological and psychological effects to increase efficacy for health prevention and chronic disease management. This work is funded by the National Institute of Health (1R61AT009340).
Dr. Derek Griffith, Director for the Center for Research on Men’s Health and  Vanderbilt Center for Health Services Research Scholar, Vanderbilt Institute for Medicine and Public Health presented about health disparities among men and boys at a congresional briefing at Washington DC.
"We tend to want to blame masculinity for the poor health of vulnerable boys and men, but race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and other factors create unique stressors that these groups of boys and men experience.”said Dr. Griffith. 
Beth Malow, MD, MS. Burry Chair in Cognitive Childhood Development Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics
“The Neuroscience Behind Starting Middle and High School Later-and the Art of Advocacy"  Neurology Grand Rounds
Dr. Beth Malow presented at Neurology Grand Rounds on “The Neuroscience Behind Starting Middle and High School Later-- and the Art of Advocacy.”
This is a timely topic. In response to position statements by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other organizations, many school districts across the country have adopted later start times. Williamson County Schools is incorporating the possibility of later start times into its 2017 strategic plan. This presentation combined science (neurobiological and developmental aspects of sleep) with a discussion regarding the art of advocacy. Dr. Malow will be giving an “encore” performance on Tuesday January 24, 2017 at Pediatric Grand Rounds, 7:45 am in the Children’s Hospital Theatre. 
Frank Harrell, Ph.D., professor and chair of Biostatistics, received the Distinguished Service to Translational Scientists Award. The awards were presented Oct. 14 at the Vanderbilt Student Life Center during the annual Vanderbilt Translational Research Forum, a showcase of research that “translates” basic science discoveries into clinical practice and meaningful health outcomes.
Kamran Idrees, M.D., MSCI, Assistant Professor of Surgery, has received a Young Investigator Award from the Society of Surgical Oncology Foundation (SSO). The award supports innovative concepts designed to improve health outcomes through advances in the delivery of care. Dr. Idrees is working alongside  Dr. Kripalani as part of The Vanderbilt Center for Effective Health Communication.
The Center for Health Services Research  Holiday Party!
December 15, 2016
Place: Centennial Perk Café
2525 West End Ave,
8th floor  

Core has launched!
The Implementation Science   Core offers consulting services on:
  • Implementation science theories, models, and frameworks
  • Study design (including hybrid, quasi-experimental, and pragmatic clinical trials)  
  • Measure and metric definition
  • Statistical techniques
  • Program evaluation
  • Grant and manuscript preparation

Upcoming Events !
Nov 15- Pediatric Grand Rounds: " Bad Drugs, and the Tragedy of the Commons:The Case for Antimicrobial Stewardship." Time: 7:45am Location: VCH Theater
Nov 16-Division Grand Rounds:TBD: Speaker:     Angela Horton, M.D.
Nov 16-The Center for Professional Health-Year of Scientist Presentations: Conflict Management
Nov 17- Medicine Grand Rounds: "PD-1 upregulation on CD4+T cells... Is it a friend or foe to interstitial lung disease?" Speaker: Wonder Puryear Drake, M.D.
Nov 18-Scholarly Series: "VUMC Quality Improvement Priority Initiatives." Presenter:Gerald B. Hickson, MD (Senior VP for QSRP) lecture - CME eligible Time: 11:45am Location: 2525 West End, Rm 1232 
Dec 7-Division Grand Rounds: "Spine and Musculoskeletal Medicine" Speaker:Marni Hillinger, M.D.
Dec 14-Division Grand Rounds: "MM&I #2 (2016-2017)" Speaker:Jennifer Green, M.D.
Check out the October issue of "NIH News in Health", the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news based on the latest NIH research. Our own Dr. Rothman is featured in Understanding Health Risks.
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