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Policy Center Notes - JANUARY 2013

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POLICY CENTER JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2013 Notes Robert Wood Johnson Foundation www.meharryhealthpolicy.org Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College HEALTH POLICY News Does Curbing Tobacco Use Lower Health Care Costs? Tobacco, the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., costs $200 billion annually in health care and lost productivity. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation demonstrates how investment in comprehensive tobacco cessation programs can save significant dollars over time— as much as $50 for every $1 spent. Go online for the full story: http://www.rwjf.org/ content/dam/farm/reports/ issue_briefs/2012/rwjf400552 Geographic Variation in Health Care Spending May Be Poorly Targeted A New England Journal of Medicine study suggests hospital referral region-based policies may be too crudely targeted for best use of health care resources. Comparing geographic variation in health care spending and utilization, researchers found high-quality care depends on effective targeting. Go online for the full story: http://www. nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/ NEJMsa1203980#t=article Tyson Brown, PhD, and C. André Christie-Mizell, PhD SCHOLAR Spotlight Spring Courses Strengthen MeharryVanderbilt Health Policy Partnership This spring, the RWJF Center for Health Policy and Vanderbilt University are taking their health policy partnership a step further. Two professors from Vanderbilt's Department of Sociology—Tyson Brown, PhD, and C. André Christie-Mizell, PhD—will be teaching sociology courses on the Meharry Medical College campus. "I thought this was an excellent opportunity to train a diverse group of emerging physicians and scholars, and enhance the partnership between Meharry and Vanderbilt," said Brown. Christie-Mizell said he believes the experience will expose the strengths and uniqueness of each campus. "This awareness and exposure will build a greater appreciation for the terrific research and teaching that is happening on both campuses." Brown's course, "Society and Medicine" focuses on the influence of the social environment on health and illness, while also examining health care practitioners and their relationships with patients, and the health care system. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 1

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