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Center for Health Policy

In February 2009, Meharry Medical College received a grant to establish the Center for Health Policy. The Center exists 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 offers a Certificate in Health Policy and integrates seminars, research activities, networking events and professional development workshops aimed at training the nation’s best and brightest health policy leaders. The mission of the Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College is to increase the diversity of health policy leaders in the social, behavioral, and health sciences who will one day influence health policy at the national level.

The Center Accomplishes its Mission Through Four Aims

  1. Recruiting and matriculating diverse health and social scientists into the field of Health Policy.
  2. Developing a strong, collaborative environment that supports health policy education and scholarly development among faculty, fellows, scholars, and leadership that spans across Meharry Medical College and strategic partners.
  3. Creating a national reputation and image for the Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College, as a leading source for health policy, analysis, and research.
  4. Maintaining strong relationships with local and national community partners by collaborating on mutually beneficial projects that advance health equity.

Center for Health Policy Administration Team

Dexter Samuels, PhD, MHA

Sr. Vice President for Student Affairs & Executive Director, Center for Health Policy
Center for Health Policy

(615) 327-6202

Terrica Sampson

Sr. Research Coordinator
Center for Health Policy


Center for Health Policy Research Team

Center for Health Policy Publications

Examining breast cancer disparities in African Americans with suggestions for policy.
Samuel Troy Pellom, Terrica Arnold, Mariah Williams, Vanisha Lockett Brown, A Dexter Samuels

Mental Health Care Disparities Now and in the Future.
Rahn Bailey, Daphne Sharpe, Tricia Kwiatkowski, Susanne Watson, A Dexter Samuels, Jasmine Hall

Composite outcomes: weighting component events according to severity assisted interpretation but reduced statistical power.
Uchechukwu K A Sampson, Chris Metcalfe, Marc A Pfeffer, Scott D Solomon, Kelly H Zou

Perturbation of the developmental potential of preimplantation mouse embryos by hydroxyurea.
Mariam Sampson, Anthony E Archibong, Adriane Powell, Brandon Strange, Shannon Roberson, Edward R Hills, Phillip Bourne