Health Policy Scholars

welcome to the RWJF Center for health policy AT MEHARRY MEDICAL COLLEGE

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College is strategically housed at one of the nation's oldest and largest, private historically black academic health science centers dedicated to educating physicians, dentists, researchers, public health professionals and health policy experts. Since its inception in 2009, the RWJF Center for Health Policy has been committed to providing leadership in health policy education, training and research to doctoral, medical, dental and graduate students. Through a partnership with Vanderbilt University’s College of Arts and Science, the Center fully supports minority doctoral students pursuing a Ph.D. in sociology, political science and economics. We invite you to peruse our website to learn more about our various programming and events. 


Health Policy Scholar Raves About Summer Externship in The ACP Advocate

Rachel Cooper

Rachel Cooper, M.S.P.H., a 2013 Health Policy Scholar and second year medical student, wrote about her Washington D.C. summer externship in The ACP Advocate, an online newsletter shared with members of the American College of Physicians about public policy issues affecting internal medicine and patient care.

Cooper spent eight weeks as a research intern, working on a community health and family planning study at the Jacobs Institute for Women's Health at The George Washington University, Milken Institute School of Public Health. Copper observed firsthand how experts in the field of women's health responded to the most recent Supreme Court rulings by discussing their implications and taking action immediately.

"The opportunity to do research in D.C. would not have been possible without the RWJF Center for Health Policy at Meharry, so thank you," Cooper said.

Cooper is scheduled to speak at an upcoming ACP Regional Meeting in Franklin, Tenn. on Saturday, Oct. 11 about her externship experiences this past summer.

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Health Policy Scholar Awarded Distinguished NIH Fellowship

Kelly HarrisKelly Harris, M.S., a 2013 Health Policy Scholar and Ph.D. candidate in the Biochemistry and Cancer Biology Program, has received the Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Fellowship (F31) in the amount of $85,352 from the National Institutes of Health. These funds will fully support her Ph.D. training for the next two years in the School of Graduate Studies and Research at Meharry Medical College.

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Former Health Policy Scholar on C-SPAN

Turney on C-SPAN

Asher Turney, MD, MBA, MSPH, an alumnus of the Health Policy Scholars Program who graduated from the Center’s first cohort in 2011, spoke on Aug. 1, 2014, at an Alliance for Health Care forum titled, “Health Care Behind Bars: A Key to Population Health?” The forum was taped live on C-SPAN. Dr. Turney, along with other corrections officials talked about the challenges in providing health care services to the growing population of inmates.

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Fellows Present Research at ASA Annual Meeting

Five RWJF Health Policy Fellows in the Department of Sociology at Vanderbilt University will present their research at this year’s Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, taking place Aug. 16-19, 2014.

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Special Announcement

Beginning in 2014, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) will develop new programs that strive to increase the number of scholars/fellows/leaders it supports annually. Read about the Foundation's new directions for leadership programs on