Significant internal and external changes have affected the utilization of healthcare services in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA is the largest integrated healthcare system in the U.S., with 9 million enrollees and 6 million users per year. Continue reading → Impact of Policy on VA Healthcare Utilization
Megan Vanneman, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the University of Utah School of Medicine’s Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Epidemiology and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences, Division of Health System Innovation and Research. She is also a Core Investigator and Career Development Awardee at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System’s Informatics, Decision-Enhancement and Analytic Sciences Center (IDEAS).
Dr. Vanneman is a health services researcher. She primarily studies the impact of policy change on access, quality, and cost in large healthcare systems, with a focus on disparities and mental health. Dr. Vanneman uses mixed methods in her work, leveraging both quantitative (econometrics, biostatistics, surveys) and qualitative (in-depth interviews, focus groups) techniques. Her teaching interests are in research methods and health policy.
Dr. Vanneman earned her PhD in Health Services and Policy Analysis from UC Berkeley, MPH in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University, and BA in Human Biology from Stanford University. Prior to becoming a faculty member at the University of Utah, Dr. Vanneman completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Services Research at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System’s Center for Innovation to Implementation & Stanford University School of Medicine’s Center for Health Policy/Primary Care and Outcomes Research. Dr. Vanneman is part of the Enhancing Development-Generating Excellence (EDGE) research scholars program through the University of Utah, which is a highly competitive program that supports the research of promising junior faculty.