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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Tennessee Newsletter for Sunday May 17, 2020 ( 20 items )  

Healthcare Industry Actions to Protect Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic
WASHINGTON, May 16 -- The Healthcare Leadership Council issued the following news: The Healthcare Leadership Council is comprised of leading companies from every sector of American healthcare. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be sharing examples of actions these companies are taking to protect and assist the public and combat the virus's spread. If you would like assistance in reaching a representative for any of these companies, please contact Kelly Fernandez at kfernandez@hlc.org. BlueC  more

Journal of Clinical Psychiatry Issues Research Articles in May 2020 Edition
MEMPHIS, Tennessee, May 13 -- The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, a peer-reviewed journal from the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology that offers information on mental health topics to psychiatrists and other medical professionals, published research articles on the following topics in its May 2020 edition: * A Modified Delphi Consensus Study of the Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Tardive Dyskinesia Meta-Analyses: * The Impact of Varenicline on Alcohol Consumption in Subj  more

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law: Gov. Bill Lee Not Keen on Voting by Mail in Tennessee
WASHINGTON, May 15 -- The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law issued the following news release: Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said Tuesday that fear of catching COVID-19 is not reason enough to vote by mail in the coming elections. "I think that what we want to do in this state is remove the reason to have fear about going to the polling booths. We have worked really really hard to set up businesses in a way that people can feel safe to go into them, and we're going to do the same thing w  more

National Association of Boards of Pharmacy 2020-2021 Executive Committee Inaugurated at Association's 116th Annual Meeting
MOUNT PROSPECT, Illinois, May 16 -- The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy issued the following news release: Delegates to the 116th National Association of Boards of Pharmacy(R) (NABP(R)) Annual Meeting, held virtually on May 14, 2020, elected individuals to fill the president-elect, treasurer, and open member positions on the Association's 2020-2021 Executive Committee. The newly elected officers of the NABP Executive Committee are President-elect Caroline D. Juran, BSPharm, DPh (Hon)  more

National Cotton Council: U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Selects Control Union Certifications
MEMPHIS, Tennessee, May 13 -- The National Cotton Council issued the following news release: The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol (Trust Protocol) has selected Control Union Certifications North America (CUC) to implement an independent, third-party verification program for the Trust Protocol system. CUC was chosen from six applicants following a thorough selection process. Data about Trust Protocol cotton is proven via Field to Market, measured via the Field Calculator and now will be verified by C  more

Oak Ridge Associated Universities: Meredith Goins Wins Tennessee Library Association Honor Award
OAK RIDGE, Tennessee, May 15 -- The Oak Ridge Associated Universities issued the following news release: Meredith Goins, group manager, Research and Evaluation, received the Tennessee Library Association's 2020 Honor Award recently. Goins has been a Tennessee Library Association (TLA) member since 2010. The Honor Award, presented annually since 1972, recognizes any person or group who has made a significant contribution to the furtherance of librarianship on a state or national level. "My tea  more

Reporters Committee Attorneys Represent Journalist Suing City of Memphis Over Exclusion From Media Advisory List
WASHINGTON, May 14 -- The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press issued the following news: Attorneys for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press filed a lawsuit against the city of Memphis for refusing to include journalist Wendi Thomas on its media advisory list in retaliation for her coverage. The complaint -- filed on behalf of Thomas, the founder, editor, and publisher of the nonprofit news outlet MLK50: Justice Through Journalism -- alleges that the city, along with Memphi  more

Response by National Cotton Council to 'Are Farmers Made Whole by Trade Aid?'
MEMPHIS, Tennessee, May 12 -- The National Cotton Council issued the following news release: A recent study/1 by researchers at Kansas State University stated that "payment rates are larger than estimated price impacts of retaliatory tariffs for most commodities - the difference is especially large for cotton and sorghum." According to the authors, the 2019 MFP cotton payment rate was about 33 times larger than the estimated impact from previous studies. The authors also noted that "critics sug  more

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Senior Energy Advisor Freeman Dies
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee, May 14 -- The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy issued the following news release: The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) is saddened by the passing of S. David Freeman. Known to many as the "Green Cowboy," Freeman spent much of his 94 years championing renewable energy, energy efficiency, and clean transportation policies and initiatives that have left lasting marks on the energy industry landscape across the country. Freeman was a champion of, and advocate for t  more

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy: Clean Energy Group Joins Knoxville Mayor's Climate Council
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee, May 12 -- The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy issued the following news release: The City of Knoxville announced the inaugural meeting, for the Mayor's Climate Council to be held Tuesday, May 12 at 1 PM ET. The council was established by newly-elected Knoxville City Mayor, Indya Kincannon, who made climate change part of her core campaign last fall. According to the City, "The council's role is to identify and prioritize strategies to meet the City's adopted goal to red  more

Southern Poverty Law Center Victory in Tennessee Highlights National Campaign to Keep Public Money in Public Schools
MONTGOMERY, Alabama, May 11 -- Southern Poverty Law Center issued the following news on May 9: When Lisa Mingrone taught art in a Tennessee school, her "supply budget" only provided students with a box of crayons, far short of the full range of art supplies they needed for the whole year. Now a parent of a child in the Metro Nashville Public Schools, Mingrone has an even deeper understanding of the lack of resources - including a dearth of educators - in public schools. Those scant resources i  more

Study to Determine Rate of Novel Coronavirus Infection in U.S. Children: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 13 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are leading a nationwide study to determine the rate of novel coronavirus infection in U.S. children and their families. The study, named the HEROS (Human Epidemiology and Response to SARS-CoV-2) study and funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), aims to gain insight into how many children ages 1 to 21 have been   more

Telehealth Transforms Vanderbilt University Medical Center Patient-Provider Connections During Pandemic
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 15 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: At the time Tennessee's first case of COVID-19 was reported on March 5, direct-to-patient telehealth visits averaged just 10 a day at all of Vanderbilt University Medical Center's outpatient clinics; less than a month later, outpatient telehealth appointments had skyrocketed to more than 2,000 per day. As these visits evolved from a convenience to a matter of critical safety during the coronavirus p  more

Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital and Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital Announce Leadership Changes
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 13 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: Scott McCarver, MHA, Chief Operating Officer for Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital, has taken the position of Chief Operating Officer at Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital (VWCH). There, McCarver will help not only with operations of the hospital but will also use his Vanderbilt experience to provide additional attention and resources to the growth and integration plans of VWCH in the Vanderbilt U  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Core Principles Guiding the COVID-19 Response and Beyond
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 16 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: During a first-ever virtual leadership assembly necessitated through social distancing, Vanderbilt University Medical Center leaders answered questions about the Medical Center's response to COVID-19 so far and what the future could hold. The last two months have publicly showcased VUMC's leadership role in the community's response to the pandemic while thrusting individuals and research teams onto   more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Dietitian Mills Receives Outstanding Preceptor Award
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 15 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: Beth Mills, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC, Dietitian IV, Nutrition Coordinator, was named 2020 Outstanding Preceptor of the Year by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation and the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. The academy, the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, recognizes six preceptors throughout the U.S. who demonstrate exemplary teach  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Pioneering Nephrologist William Stone Mourned
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 13 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: William J. Stone, MD, nephrologist and professor of Medicine, emeritus, who retired in December after 50 years as a member of the faculty of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, died Monday, May 11, at his home in Nashville. He was 83. Dr. Stone also served for 45 years as chief of the Nephrology Section at the Nashville Veterans Affairs Medical Center, part of the Tennessee Valley Healthca  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Recognition of Graduating Students Takes New Approach
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 14 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: On Friday, May 8, Vanderbilt University Schools of Medicine and Nursing and the Basic Sciences celebrated students earning degrees. They will have the opportunity to return to the Vanderbilt University campus in May 2021 for the University-wide official Commencement ceremony. School of Medicine The School of Medicine, which awarded degrees to 168 graduates, including the Doctor of Medicine to 82 st  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Study Finds Newborn Opioid Withdrawal Rates Show Evidence of Stabilizing
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 13 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: Rates of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) have plateaued after 20 years of increasing frequency across the country, according to a new study published in Health Affairs. NAS is a withdrawal syndrome experienced by some opioid-exposed newborns after birth. The National Institutes of Health-funded study led by Ashley Leech, PhD, assistant professor of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University Medical C  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Yin Receives Early Investigator MERIT Award From NCI
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 15 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: Zhijun Yin, PhD, assistant professor of Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has received the National Cancer Institute's Method to Extend Research in Time Award (or MERIT Award) for Early Stage Investigators. The award is for promising researchers who are still within the first decade of their careers. Introduced by the NCI in 2018, the award is intended to free researche  more