Research & Resources

RWJF Center for Health Policy at Meharry maintains many online resources for those interested in our mission and efforts. We offer an online archive of lectures from our distinguished National Scholars, Scholars-in-Residence, Associates, and others. We also make available online articles and presentations from those associated with the center, along with conference presentations and professional information regarding educational and career opportunities.



January 9, 2013
James F. Blumstein, MA, LLB • Vanderbilt University School of Law
“Issues in Implementing the Affordable Care Act”

February 6, 2013
Gail C. Christopher, DN • W.K. Kellogg Foundation
“Social Determinants of Health Equity: Moving from Theory to Practice”

February 20, 2013
Lisa Simpson, MB, BCh, MPH, FAAP • AcademyHealth
“How Health Services Research Has Advanced Child Health Policy”

March 20, 2013
Julianne Malveaux, PhD • Economist, Author, and Columnist
“Income, Access, and Attitudes: The Roots of Health Disparities”

April 17, 2013
Paula D. McClain, PhD • Duke University
“Race, Politics and the American Political System”




Giselle Corbie-Smith, M.D., MSc Lecture on April 19, 2012
“Designing a CBPR Approach to Reducing HIV in Rural North Carolina”

Claudia R. Baquet, M.D., MPH  Lecture on April 11, 2012
“Advocacy, Policy and Policy Research in Health: Roles in Addressing Health Disparities”

Darrell J. Gaskin, Ph.D. Lecture on February 29, 2012
“Residential Segregation and Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Healthcare”

Honorable William Frist, M.D. Lecture on February 15, 2012
“Looking into the Crystal Ball of Health Reform”

Camara Phyllis Jones, M.D., MPH, Ph.D. Lecture on February 1, 2012
“Achieving Health Equity:  Addressing Racism as a Threat to the Health and Well-being of Our Nation”

Kevin B. Johnson, M.D., MS Lecture on January 18, 2012
“Biomedical Informatics:  What Do Baltimore, Computers, Medicine, and 7 +/- 2 Have in Common?”

Wayne J. Riley, M.D., MSPH, MBA, MACP Lecture on January 4, 2012
“Health Policy in the United States”




Dr. Sheldon Danziger’s Lecture on May 2, 2011
“Income Inequality, Economic Growth, and Poverty Reduction”

Dr. James Jackson’s Lecture on April 19, 2011
“Ethnic, Racial and Cultural Group Disparities in Mental and Physical Health”

Dr. Brian Smedley’s Lecture on April 4, 2011
“Taking Action to Achieve Health Equity”

Dr. Thomas LaVeist’s Lecture on March 12, 2011
“Elimination of Health Inequalities in the 21st Century”

Dr. Otis Brawley’s Lecture on February 20, 2011
“Health Care Reform in the United States”

Dr. Tim Carey’s Lecture on January 24, 2011
“Comparing Treatments in the New Health Care Environment”

Dr. Dean Harris’s Lecture on January 18, 2011
“Health Care Regulation, Governance and Corruption”

2014 Publications


Manish K. Sethi’s gun violence study, funded by Pilot Project Mini-Grant Program, featured in The Tenessean, “Middle school students practice conflict resolution.” (January 2014).


2013 Publications


Manish K. Sethi, MD and A. Alex JahangirOrthopedic Traumatology: An Evidence-Based Approach (Springer Science+Business Media, 2013)


Jacqueline Watkins, MSPH manuscript accepted for publication by the European International Journal of Science & Technology, “Proximity to Food Vending Establishments and Childhood Obesity among Participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children.” (Dec 2013)


Italo Brown, MPH Receives Top Honors: 2013 Student Health Activist Award (Honorable mention), AAMC “Light-years Beyond Flexner: Academic Medicine in 2033” competition winner (2nd Place), 2013 AMSA Pharmaceutical Policy and Leadership in Medicine Institute, November 8-10, 2013, Sterling, Virginia (travel grant).

Health Policy Scholars present their research at the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA), November 2 – 6, 2013 in Boston, MA.

  • Timothy Guinn – “Evaluating social determinants among HBCU communities, and how the public health programs at the corresponding HBCUs respond”
  • Dr. Maria Mejia de Grubb, two research studies: “Demographic and geographic variations in lung cancer mortality among US Hispanics: 1999-2009” and “Absence of the ‘Hispanic paradox’ for assault mortality.”


Peter Savelyev, PhD co-authors paper, “Understanding the Mechanisms Through Which an Influential Early Childhood Program Boosted Adult Outcomes,” accepted for publication by the American Economic Review, Vol. 103 No. 6 (October 2013).

Health Policy Fellows & Scholars Offer Perspectives on the RWJF Human Capital Blog:

Fellows present research at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, August 10-13, 2013 in NYC.

  • Helena Dagadu – “Challenges in Addressing Mortality from Communicable and Non-communicable Diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa.”
  • Erika Leslie – “Discrimination, Racial Group Identity, and Depressive Symptoms: Consequences of Within Group Variation among Black Americans.”
  • Courtney Thomas – “Racial Self-Awareness: Investigating the Effects of Race-Class Identity Conflicts for the Black Middle Class.”


Courtney Thomas presented “The Black Middle Class: New Insights for the Study of Racial and Ethnic Inequality in the United States” at the American Sociological Association and the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) Annual Meetings, August 9-11 in NYC.


Eleanor Fleming, PhD, DDS, presented “U.S.A. Social Determinants of Health and Health Differences between Native and Foreign-born Blacks in the United States” at the International Conference on Health in the African Diaspora (ICHAD) in Baltimore, July 2013.


Italo Brown, MPH writes RWJF Human Capital Blog post, “Where Supply Meets Demand: Why Medical Students Should Aim Their Sights at Primary Care”


Regina Offodile, MD, CHSE authors blog on ‘Cultural Competency’, “Cultural Competency Matters” (May 2013)

Fellows present papers at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America (PAA), April 11-13th in New Orleans.

  • Taylor Hargrove – “Does It Work?: Examining the Utility of the Stress Process Model for Explaining Variations in Mental Health among African American Young Adults.”
  • Courtney Thomas – “Not So Supportive? Black-White Differences in the Protective Effect of Social Support on Birth Weight and Preterm Delivery.”
  • Brown, Tyson H., Liana Richardson, Taylor W. Hargrove, and Courtney S. Thomas. “Gendered Racism and Self-Rated Health Trajectories.”


Flora Ukoli, MD, MPH presented her pilot project mini-grant research to the U.S. Surgeon General at the 4th Annual National Association of Black Journalists “Media Institute on Health: Health Policy and Health Inequities” Conference, March 30-31, 2012 in Washington, D.C.


2012 Publications


Manish K. Sethi, MD, publishes opinion article in The Tennessean (Dec 2012), “Rising Health Costs Threaten Our Future.”


Carolyn Szetela, PhD publishes article in CorrectCare magazine, “Confronting Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Correctional Populations” (Fall 2012 issue)


Brown, Tyson H., Angela M. O’Rand, and Daniel E. Adkins (2012). “Race-Ethnicity and Health Trajectories: Tests of Three Hypotheses across Multiple Groups and Health Outcomes.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 53(3):359-377.


Examining the Crack Epidemic and Subsequent Drug Policy Through Identifying Trends in Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment for Crack Use/Abuse. Daniel L. Howard, Mimi M. Kim, Nadine J. Barrett, Keon L. Gilbert, Yhenneko J. Taylor and Paul Godley. 1995 – 2005. Journal of Equity in Health. (in press)

Incidence and Costs of Defensive Medicine Among Orthopedic Surgeons in the United States: A National Survey Study. Manish K. Sethi, MD, William T. Obremskey, MD, MPH, Hazel Natividad, MA, Hassan R. Mir, MD, and A. Alex Jahangir, MD. 2012. American Journal of Orthopedics.


Database Management
Daniel L. Howard, Yhenneko J. Taylor, Timothy Carey, Paul A. Godley. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. (in press)


2011 Publications


Trends in Prostate-Specific Antigen Test Use
Ross, Louie E., Yhenneko J. Taylor, DL. Howard. Public Health Reports Vol. 126, No. 2, March/April 2011.


Near Miss Maternal Mortality in a Multiethnic Population
Brown Haywood, Maria J. Small, Yhenneko J. Taylor, Monique Chireau, Daniel L. Howard. Annals of Epidemiology. 2011 Feb; 21(2):73-7.


2010 Publications


Erratum to Weight Change and Functional Limitations Among Older Adults in North Carolina
April P. Carson, DaJuanicia N. Holmes and Daniel L. Howard. Journal of Community Health. Vol. 35, Issue 6, Page 707, 2010.


Investigating health disparities: developing-survey-research-infrastructure-at-an-historically-black-college 03 03 2011
Howard, Daniel L., Carlton Boyd, William D. Kalsbeek, and Paul A. Godley. American Journal of Health Studies. 2010; 25(3):149-155.


Trends and Racial Differences in the Use of Androgemn Deprivation Therapy for Metastatic Prostate Cancer
Carson AP, Howard DL, Carpenter WR, Taylor YJ, Peacock S, Schenck AP, Godley PA. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 2010 May; 39(5):872-881.


Racial Differences in PSA Screening Interval and Stage at Diagnosis
Carpenter WR, Howard DL, Taylor YJ, Ross LE, Wobker SE, Godley PA. Cancer Causes Control. 2010 Mar 24.


Prediciting Glaucoma Diagnosis in an Elderly Sample
Daniel L. Howard, Mimi M. Kim, and Paul A. Godley. AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, Boston, MA. June 27-29, 2010.


Getting from A to IRB: Developing an institutional review board at a historically Black university
Howard, Daniel L., Carlton Boyd, Daniel K. Nelson and Paul A. Godley. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics. 2010 Mar, 5(1):75-82.


Developing Survey Research Infrastructure at an Historically Black College
Howard, Daniel L., Carlton Boyd, William D. Kalsbeek, and Paul A. Godley. American Journal of Health Studies. 2010; 25(3):149-155.


Can Cultural Competency Speak to the Race Disparities in Methadone Dosage Levels
Howard Daniel L., Nadine J. Barrett, DaJuanicia N. Holmes. Review of Black Political Economy Vol. 37, No. 1, pp. 7-23, March 2010.


Assessing Trauma, Substance Abuse, and Mental Health in a Sample of Homeless Men
Kim, M.M., Ford, J.D., D.L. Howard, and Bradford, D.W. Health & Social Work Vol. 35, No. 1, pp.39-48, February 2010.

Biblical Principles and Lay Health Advisor Training: A Brother’s Keeper Pathway Toward Promoting African-American Men’s Health
Eugenia Eng, Moses V. Goldmon, Eddie Eubanks, Leonard Williams, Kevin Wu, Amma Agyemang, Mohamed Jalloh, Jerry Gregory, Shola Dada, Barbara Pringle, Wayne Sherman, Daniel L. Howard, and Paul Godley. American Public Health Association (APHA), 138 Annual Meeting 2010, Denver, Colorado, November 6-10, 2010.


Addressing Cardiovascular Disease in African-American Rural Churches: Findings from a Participant Observation Analysis
Mimi Misung Kim, Keon L. Gilbert, Eugenia Eng, Carol Burt, LaShell Turnbull, Mohamed Jalloh, Amma Agyemang, Kevin Wu, Shola Dada, Leonard Williams, Daniel L. Howard, and Paul Godley. American Public Health Association (APHA), 138 Annual Meeting 2010, Denver, Colorado, November 6-10, 2010.


Applying a Unique Protocol for Participant Observation: Observing the Role of Health in African-American Rural Churches
Mimi Misung Kim, Eugenia Eng, Carol Burt, LaShell Turnbull, Keon L. Gilbert, Mohamed Jalloh, Candidate, Amma Agyemang, Kevin Wu, Shola Dada, Leonard Williams, Daniel L. Howard, and Paul Godley. American Public Health Association (APHA), 138 Annual Meeting 2010, Denver, Colorado, November 6-10, 2010.


Understanding Cultural Sensitivity in the National Drug Abuse Treatment System Survey (NDATSS) Study
Mimi Misung Kim, and Daniel L. Howard. American Public Health Association (APHA), 138 Annual Meeting 2010, Denver, Colorado, November 6-10, 2010.


Assessing the Congregational Health Needs, Concerns, and Priorities of African American Health Disparities Church Network
Carlton L. Boyd, MPH; Moses V. Goldmon, EdD; Melissa Green, MPH; Shelly-Ann Meade, MS; Daniel L. Howard, PhD; Paul A. Godley, MD, PhD; Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD. 31stAnnual Minority Health Conference, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. February 26, 2010.


Predicting Cultural Sensivity in National Drug Abuse Treatment System Survey
Daniel L. Howard, Mimi M. Kim, and Paul A. Godley. AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts. June 27-29, 2010.


Examining Race and Depression among a Sample of Aging Medicaid Patients
Daniel L. Howard, Mimi M. Kim. 31st Annual Minority Health Conference, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC. February 26, 2010.


Examining Glaucoma Diagnosis by Race in Aging Sample
Daniel L. Howard, Mimi M. Kim. 31st Annual Minority Health Conference, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. February 26, 2010.

Opportunities Available at The Mongan Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy


The Mongan Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy is designed to prepare physicians for leadership roles in formulating and promoting health policies and practices that improve the access to high quality care at the national, state and/or local levels for the minority, disadvantaged and most vulnerable populations. Up to five one-year, degree-granting fellowships will be awarded per year.


The Mongan Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy is a one-year, full-time, academic degree-granting program designed to prepare physicians for leadership roles in transforming health care delivery systems and promoting health policies and practices that improve access to high performance health care for racial and ethnic minorities, economically disadvantaged groups and other vulnerable populations. Program offers intensive study in health policy, public health and management for physicians committed to transforming delivery systems for vulnerable populations. Fellows complete academic work leading to a Master of Public Health degree at the Harvard School of Public Health, or a Master of Public Administration degree at the Harvard Kennedy School with prior MPH. Fellows also participate in leadership forums and seminars with nationally recognized leaders in health care delivery systems, minority health and health policy.  An optional second year of practicum experience to supplement the fellows’ academic and leadership development training at Harvard with practical experience creating high performance health care for vulnerable populations is also available.


Each fellowship provides: $60,000 stipend, full tuition, health insurance, books, travel and related program expenses, including financial assistance for a practicum project.

For more information, click here.


Federal Postdoc Award Opportunity for Solar Energy Researchers
2015 Call for Applications


In order to spur innovation in solar energy, the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is now accepting applications for postdoctoral researchers in solar energy to participate in the EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards. The EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards support research on energy efficiency and renewable energy to help solve our nation’s energy challenges. This year, this exciting program will offer up to five recent Ph.D. recipients the opportunity to conduct applied research projects to advance breakthrough solar energy technologies at universities, national laboratories and other research facilities. Former recipients of the EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards are now faculty and staff scientists at major research institutions and national laboratories.


This research will contribute to the SunShot Initiative goal to make solar energy technologies cost-competitive with traditional energy sources by 2020. Reducing the total installed cost for utility‐scale solar electricity by approximately 75%, from the 2010 baseline, to roughly $0.06 per kWh without subsidies will enable rapid, large‐scale adoption of solar electricity across the United States.
Potential research topics for these awards include behavioral and data science to lower solar electricity cost, systems integration, concentrating solar power, and photovoltaic cells, modules, and materials. The awards will provide a highly competitive two-year stipend with health insurance as well as allowance for travel, relocation, and research expenses. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, complete all requirements for their Ph.D. by May 31, 2015, and have a Ph.D. for no more than five years.


Apply today and learn more about former awardees.

Contact person: 

Martha Payne, EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards





Date Posted: 9/11/2014

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Job Description
Applications are now being accepted to fill a full-time postdoctoral fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College. The goal of the Center is to provide leadership in health policy education along with research and reform on national, state and local levels, while continually supporting Meharry Medical College’s historic mission of improving the health and health care of minority and underserved communities. The Center has cultivated a thriving academic partnership with Vanderbilt University’s College of Arts & Sciences. Faculty from MMC, Vanderbilt University and the Center’s Scholars-in-Residence (Nationally recognized scholars from around the country who hold visiting professorships at MMC and visit the campus on a regular basis to provide academic and technical support to doctoral and postdoctoral fellows) will serve as mentors for postdocs in the Center. Research will be focused in the fellows’ respective academic area with a specific emphasis in health policy. This position will be a one-year appointment beginning no later than September 2014 with a one-year renewal possible pending progress and funding. Applicants should submit a CV, a letter describing suitability for the position, a writing sample and three references.

  • The postdoc’s primary responsibility will be to produce manuscripts during his/her tenure with mentorship from MMC and Vanderbilt faculty, as well as Scholars-in-Residence.
  • The postdoc will design and instruct one course per academic semester in the health policy certificate program at MMC and prepare grant proposals for MMC funding.
  • Travel will be necessary to attend academic conferences, presentations and RWJF research activities, including the annual research conference.
  • The postdoc is expected to reside in Nashville, Tennessee for the duration of position.


Required Skills

  • Knowledge of contracts and grants preparation and management.
  • Knowledge of current technological developments/trends in area of expertise.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of scientific and/or mathematical concepts and theories in area of specialty.
  • Ability to utilize and maintain advanced scientific equipment and facilities.
  • Ability to develop scientific reports and manuscripts based on original research.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Knowledge of research methodology, principles and procedures.
  • Skill in educating others in research methods and techniques in area of expertise.
  • Ability to utilize advanced analytical techniques and programs to develop scientific models.
  • Knowledge of scientific research principles, practices, and protocols.
  • Ability to develop and deliver presentations.
  • Ability to utilize advanced computer statistical and technical applications.


Required Experience

  • Applicants with a PhD in Health Policy or Health Services from an accredited institution preferred.
  • Applicants with a PhD in Sociology, Political Science, Economics, or related field from an accredited institution will be accepted.
  • Applicants must have advanced methodological expertise in quantitative or qualitative methods.


Job Location
Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Position Type


To apply, visit the Meharry careers website: