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Health Policy Scholars Program

The Health Policy Scholars Program offers Meharry students in the School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, and School of Graduate Studies & Research, who have educational and research interests in health policy and social science research, the opportunity to participate in coursework, seminars and research activities leading to the completion of a Certificate in Health Policy to be awarded in conjunction with the student's declared academic program degree. Students must maintain a 3.00 GPA in their current academic program.

This program offers Meharry students, as well as external applicants and working healthcare professionals, from various disciplines the opportunity to expand their knowledge of health policy as it relates to health care planning, health care resource allocation, health maintenance, health promotion, health programs and interventions, and strategies specific to minority and underserved communities. Students learn from faculty of multiple specialties from both Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University. The program's curriculum spans two years of training and includes an optional supplemental paid externship experience at a national organization.

meet our current scholars

FALL 2014 COHORT

 

alexanderTiffany Alexander







ACADEMIC STATUS:
School of Medicine, Class of 2017

HOMETOWN: Montreal, Quebec

EDUCATION: B.S. McGill University

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Health policy, obstetrics/gynecology, maternal-child health research and health disparities


banguraAbubakarr Bangura






ACADEMIC STATUS:
 School of Medicine, Class of 2018

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Health policy, domestic and international health inequity – access to health care, health care awareness/preventative care, quality of health care, and health care costs


beach

Johaven Beach

ACADEMIC STATUS: School of Graduate Studies & Research, M.S.P.H., Class of 2016

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Health policy, management and quality of healthcare


brown

Lawrence Brown







ACADEMIC STATUS:
School of Medicine, Class of 2018

HOMETOWN: Stockton, California

EDUCATION: M.H.S., Meharry Medical College; B.M., Oakwood University

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Health policy, the statistical impact of healthcare coverage on the prevention/alleviation of chronic illnesses in minority communities, how healthcare coverage impacts the overall reduction of healthcare costs due to avoidance of emergent care; ACA's addresses the reduction of healthcare costs

AWARDS: Edmund S. Butts, M.D. Endowed Scholarship 


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James Capers







ACADEMIC STATUS:
School of Dentistry, Class of 2017

HOMETOWN: Columbus, Georgia

EDUCATION: B.A., Tuskegee University

MILITARY SERVICE: Acquisition Officer, United States Air Force

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Health policy, oral health awareness among underrepresented minorities, pediatric dentistry

AWARDS: F. Edward Herbert Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship, Irene A. Good Coombes Merit Scholarship


choRian Cho







ACADEMIC STATUS:
School of Dentistry, Class of 2017

HOMETOWN: Berrien Springs, Michigan; by way of the Republic of Korea

EDUCATION: B.S., Andrews University

MILITARY SERVICE: Captain, United States Air Force

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Health policy, violence and abuse and its consequences in health disparities across the lifespan of victims

PUBLICATIONS: “Violence and Abuse Across the Lifespan: Correlation Among Facial Injuries, Biomarkers, and Health Disparities.” The Meharri-Dent. (February 2015)

AWARDS: “Violence and Abuse Across the Lifespan: Correlation Among Facial Injuries, Biomarkers, and Health Disparities.” 2014 Meharry Student Research Day (1st Place); Air Force Commendation Medal, U.S. Air Force, 2013


hernanKaren Hernan







CAREER:
Registered Nurse, Veterans Healthcare Administration

HOMETOWN: Flanders, New Jersey

EDUCATION: M.P.A., Seton Hall University; B.S., William Paterson College of NJ

MILITARY SERVICE: Junior Officer, United States Army Nurse Corps (Reserves), 1989-95

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Health policy, state's policy for long term care services and supports, federal and state's policy for mental health services.


leeBenjamin Lee







ACADEMIC STATUS:
School of Medicine, Class of 2018

HOMETOWN: Los Angeles, California

EDUCATION: B.S., UCLA

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Health policy, addiction, mental health, antibiotics and vaccination, physical activity


ridgeMargaret Ridge






ACADEMIC STATUS:
School of Medicine, Class of 2018

HOMETOWN: Dorchester, Massachusetts

EDUCATION: B.S., B.A., Howard University

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Health policy, socio-economic conditions of low-income, minority communities and health disparities; race-based disparities in the quantity and quality of healthcare


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Nathaniel Smith







ACADEMIC STATUS:
School of Medicine, Class of 2017

HOME COUNTRY: Canada

EDUCATION: B.S., Houghton College

RESEARCH INTERESTS: The intersection of preventative medicine and emergency medicine, both in developing and developed countries; the impact of community based organizations and faith based organizations on health outcomes


turnerTiffany Turner







ACADEMIC STATUS:
School of Graduate Studies & Research, Ph.D. Candidate, Class of 2016

HOMETOWN: Burlington, North Carolina

EDUCATION: B.S., Winston-Salem State University

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Host-viral interactions, HIV/AIDS pathogenesis


FALL 2013 COHORT


Bussell

Scottie Bussell, MD

 

 

ACADEMIC STATUS: Preventive Medicine Resident (PGY-3), School of Medicine

HOMETOWN: El Cerrito, California

EDUCATION: M.D., Medical School for International Health/ Columbia Medical Center/ Ben-Gurion University in Beer Sheba; M.P.H., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; B.A., Earlham College

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Global health, health policy

PUBLICATIONS: Male involvement for the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission: A brief review of initiatives in East, West, and Central Africa, Current HIV/AIDS Reports (June 2014)


Cooper

Rachel Cooper

 

 

 

ACADEMIC STATUS:  School of Medicine, Class of 2017

HOMETOWN: Los Angeles, California

EDUCATION: M.S.P.H., Meharry Medical College; B.A., UCLA

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Health policy


davillierChristian Davillier

 

 

 

ACADEMIC STATUS: School of Dentistry, Class of 2015

HOMETOWN: New Orleans, Louisiana

EDUCATION: M.P.H., Louisiana State University; B.S., Xavier University

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Health policy, health disparities


harrisKelly Harris

 

 



ACADEMIC STATUS:
School of Graduate Studies & Research, Ph.D. Candidate

HOMETOWN: Memphis, Tennessee

EDUCATION: M.S., Middle Tennessee State University; B.S., University of Tennessee at Martin

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Health policy, colorectal cancer

AWARDS: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F31), 2014


harrisPeyton Harris

 

 



ACADEMIC STATUS:
School of Dentistry, Class of 2015

HOMETOWN: Marietta, Georgia

EDUCATION: B.A., University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Health policy


onwuCheryl Onwu







ACADEMIC STATUS:
School of Graduate Studies & Research, M.S.P.H. Class of 2015

HOMETOWN: Murfreesboro, Tennessee

EDUCATION: B.S., Western Kentucky University

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Health policy, health outcomes in minorities

PUBLICATIONS: How Can Health Systems Effectively Serve Minority Communities? Improve Medical Literacy, Take a Holistic Approach. (April 2014)


pellomSamuel T. Pellom, Jr.

 




ACADEMIC STATUS:
School of Graduate Studies & Research, Ph.D. Candidate, Class of 2015

HOMETOWN: Decatur, Georgia

EDUCATION: B.S., Wake Forest University

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Health policy, microbiology, immunology, global health

PUBLICATIONS: Click here for list


sarkaratiMinoo Sarkarati







ACADEMIC STATUS:
School of Medicine, Class of 2016

EDUCATION: B.S., University of California, Berkeley

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Health policy, health disparities (related to race, gender, class, etc), safety net: models, quality of care, innovation, primary Care innovation, global health policy, application of technology to health care and measuring health outcomes

PUBLICATIONS: What Determines Your Health? (November 2014)


scalesCiera Scales







ACADEMIC STATUS:
School of Dentistry, Class of 2015

HOMETOWN: Atlanta, Georgia

EDUCATION: B.S., Georgia State University

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Health policy, orthodontics

AWARDS: "The Effect of MSX1 and MSX2 Concentrations in the Orthodontic Treatment of Type 2 Diabetic Patients: A Systematic Review", 2014 Meharry Student Research Day (1st Place)


slocumJamar Slocum






ACADEMIC STATUS: School of Medicine, Class of 2015

HOMETOWN: Clayton, North Carolina

EDUCATION: B.S., Winston-Salem State University

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Health policy, health information technology and its use in clinical settings

PUBLICATIONS: How to Address Disparities? Educate, Engage Young Professionals in This Work. (April 2014)