Megan E. Vanneman, PhD, MPH

Research Interests

  • Healthcare Value, Access, Coverage, and Disparities
  • Health Policy
  • Health Insurance
  • Mental Health
  • Substance Abuse
  • Prevention

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Academic Information

  • Departments: Internal Medicine - Assistant Professor, Population Health Sciences - Adjunct Assistant Professor
  • Divisions: Epidemiology, Health System Innovation and Research

Academic Office Information

  • 801-213-6968
  • Williams Building
    295 Chipeta Way, Room: 1N476A
    Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Research Statement

I am a health services researcher, with expertise in health policy, economics, and organizational behavior. I primarily study the impact of policy change on large healthcare and payer systems, including Medicaid and the Veterans Health Administration. My research focuses on vulnerable populations, especially individuals with mental health and substance use disorders. Currently I am studying the effect of using multiple healthcare systems on patients’ access to care, quality of care, and costs.

Academic Bio

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 at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System, Informatics, Decision-Enhancement and Analytic Sciences Center.

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 vulnerable populations 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.

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 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.

Education History

Type School Degree
Postdoctoral Fellowship VA Palo Alto Health Care System & Stanford University School of Medicine
Health Services Research
Postdoctoral Fellow
Doctoral Training University of California, Berkeley
Health Services and Policy Analysis
Ph.D.
Graduate Training Columbia University
Health Policy and Management
M.P.H.
Undergraduate Stanford University
Human Biology; Minor: Spanish
B.A.

Global Impact

Awards & Honors

Description Country
Summer Fellow, University of Cape Town/Students' Health and Welfare Centres Organisation (SHAWCO), Cape Town, South Africa South Africa

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Gundlapalli AV, Redd A, Bolton D, Vanneman ME, Carter ME, Johnson E, Samore MH, Fargo JD, OToole TP (2017). Patient-aligned Care Team Engagement to Connect Veterans Experiencing Homelessness With Appropriate Health Care. Med Care, 55 Suppl 9 Suppl 2, S104-S110.
  2. Gundlapalli AV, Jones AL, Redd A, Suo Y, Pettey WBP, Mohanty A, Brignone E, Gawron L, Vanneman M, Samore MH, Fargo JD (2017). Characteristics of the highest users of emergency services in Veterans Affairs hospitals: homeless and non-homeless. Stud Health Technol Inform, 238, 24-27.
  3. Yoon J, Vanneman ME, Dally SK, Trivedi AN, Phibbs CS (2017). Use of Veterans Affairs and Medicaid Services for Dually Enrolled Veterans.LID - 10.1111/1475-6773.12727 [doi]. (Epub ahead of print) Health Serv Res.
  4. Schmidt EM, Gupta S, Bowe T, Ellerbe LS, Phelps TE, Finney JW, Humphreys K, Trafton J, Vanneman ME, Harris AHS (2017). Predictive Validity of Outpatient Follow-up After Detoxification as a Quality Measure. J Addict Med, 11(3), 205-210.
  5. Vanneman ME, Harris AHS, Chen C, Adams RS, Williams TV, Larson MJ (2017). Postdeployment Behavioral Health Screens and Linkage to the Veterans Health Administration for Army Reserve Component Members. Psychiatr Serv, appips201600259.
  6. Vanneman ME, Harris AHS, Asch SM, Scott WJ, Murrell SS, Wagner TH (2017). Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans' Use of Veterans Health Administration and Purchased Care Before and After Veterans Choice Program Implementation. Med Care, 55 Suppl 7 Suppl 1, S37-S44.
  7. Schmidt EM, Gupta S, Bowe T, Ellerbe LS, Phelps TE, Finney JW, Asch SM, Humphreys K, Trafton J, Vanneman M, Harris AHS (2016). Predictive validity of a quality measure for intensive substance use disorder treatment. Subst Abus, 1-7.
  8. Vanneman ME, Snowden LR, Dow WH (2016). Medicaid Spending Differences for Child/Youth Community-Based Care in California's Decentralized Public Mental Health System. (Epub ahead of print) Adm Policy Ment Health.
  9. Harris AH, Chen C, Rubinsky AD, Hoggatt KJ, Neuman M, Vanneman ME (2016). Are Improvements in Measured Performance Driven by Better Treatment or "Denominator Management"? J Gen Intern Med, 31 Suppl 1, 21-7.
  10. Vanneman ME, Snowden LR (2015). Linking the Legislative Process to the Consequences of Realigning California's Public Mental Health System. Adm Policy Ment Health, 42(5), 593-605.
  11. Vanneman ME, Harris AH, Chen C, Mohr BA, Adams RS, Williams TV, Larson MJ (2015). Army Active Duty Members' Linkage to Veterans Health Administration Services After Deployments to Iraq or Afghanistan and Following Separation. Mil Med, 180(10), 1052-8.
  12. Halpin HA, McMenamin SB, Simon LP, Jacobsen D, Vanneman M, Shortell S, Milstein A (2013). Impact of participation in the California Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention Initiative on adoption and implementation of evidence-based practices for patient safety and health care-associated infection rates in a cohort of acute care general hospitals. Am J Infect Control, 41(4), 307-11.
  13. Halpin H, Shortell SM, Milstein A, Vanneman M (2011). Hospital adoption of automated surveillance technology and the implementation of infection prevention and control programs. Am J Infect Control, 39(4), 270-6.
  14. Nelson S, Stone PW, Jordan S, Pogorzelska M, Halpin H, Vanneman M, Larson E (2011). Patient safety climate: variation in perceptions by infection preventionists and quality directors. Interdiscip Perspect Infect Dis, 2011, 357121.
  15. Halpin HA, Milstein A, Shortell SM, Vanneman M, Rosenberg J (2011). Mandatory public reporting of hospital-acquired infection rates: a report from California. Health Aff (Millwood), 30(4), 723-9.

Book Chapter

  1. Glied S, Sparer M, Vanneman M (2006). The State of the Garden State. In Riccards MP & Hall GE (Eds.), Medicaid in New Jersey: Options for Reform (pp. 51-84). Trenton, NJ: Hall Institute of Public Policy.

Report

  1. Vanneman ME (2012). The federal preventive services health insurance benefit mandate and California’s health insurance benefit mandates. California Health Benefits Review Program.
  2. Vanneman ME (2011). Other states health benefit review programs. California Health Benefits Review Program.
  3. Samples C, Korman D, Vanneman M, Holmes V (June 2009). Common legal issues and concerns of adolescents with HIV: A guide for clinicians. AIDS Education and Training Centers’ National Resource Center.
  4. Brellochs C, King K, Vanneman M, Lief A, Fryer GE Jr, Cadogan M, Platt R, Barbot O (June 2008). Analysis of health insurance coverage patterns and outreach strategies in New York City public schools. Commonwealth Fund.
  5. Davison C, Donovan M, Donohoe M, Vanneman M, Lyle M, Robinson P, Cavalier Y (September 2006). Adolescent transition workbook. AIDS Education and Training Centers’ National Resource Center.
  6. Samples C, Korman D, Vanneman M, Modey S, Holmes V (September 2006). Adolescents and HIV/AIDS: Legal rights and entitlements. AIDS Education and Training Centers’ National Resource Center.

Video/Film/CD/Web/Podcast

  1. Hynes D moderator, Vanneman M, Greenstone L, Mengeling M (2017). The Future of VA Community Care [Video]. Washington, D.C.: VA HSR&D. Available: https://www.hsrd.research.va.gov/meetings/2017/streamed_sessions/community_care.cfm & https://www.hsrd.research.va.gov/meetings/2017/streamed_sessions/community_care_questions.cfm.
  2. Hynes D, Greenstone L, Mengeling M, Vanneman M (2017). VA Community Care [Podcast]. Washington, D.C.: VA HSR&D. Available: https://www.hsrd.research.va.gov/news/podcasts/DeniseHynes-et-al.mp3.
  3. Vanneman M (2017). The Veterans Choice Act [Podcast]. New Orleans, LA: VA HSR&D at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting. Available: https://www.hsrd.research.va.gov/news/podcasts/MeganVanneman.mp3.

Poster

  1. Vanneman ME, Phibbs CS, Dally SK, Trivedi AN, Yoon J (2017). Dual VA-Medicaid enrollees with behavioral health conditions. Poster session presented at AcademyHealth’s 2017 Annual Research Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
  2. Nelson RE, Hicken B, Vanneman ME, Liu CF, Rupper R (2017). The impact of a change in the price of VA healthcare on utilization of VA and non-VA healthcare among Medicare-eligible veterans. Poster session presented at Translational Science 2017, Washington, DC.
  3. Schmidt EM, Gupta S, Bowe T, Ellerbe LS, Phelps TE, Finney JW, Asch SM, Humphreys K, Trafton J, Vanneman M, Harris AHS (2016). Predictive validity of quality measures for intensive substance use disorder treatment. Poster session presented at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, Boston, MA.
  4. Yoon J, Vanneman ME, Dally SK, Trivedi AN, Phibbs CS (2016). Use of VA and Medicaid services for dually enrolled veterans. Poster session presented at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, Boston, MA.
  5. Vanneman ME, Harris AHS, Wagner TH, Asch SM, Wong A, Kimerling R (2016). Dual system mental health service use among women veterans. Poster session presented at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, Boston, MA.
  6. Vanneman ME, Harris AHS, Chen C, Adams RS, Williams TV, Larson MJ (2015). Army Active Duty members’ linkage to Veterans Health Administration services after deployments to Iraq or Afghanistan and following separation. Poster session presented at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, Minneapolis, MN.
  7. Yoon J, Vanneman M, Dally S, Trivedi A, Phibbs C (2015). Use of VA and Medicaid services for dual enrollees. Poster session presented at 30th VA Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D) and Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
  8. Vanneman ME, Dally SK, Phibbs CS, Trivedi AN, Yoon J (2015). Use of VA outpatient services for Veterans with behavioral health conditions after enrolling in Medicaid. Poster session presented at 30th VA Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D) and Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
  9. Vanneman ME, Snowden LR, Dow WH (2014). How policy effectiveness was achieved while spending inequities remained in California’s realigned public mental health system. Poster session presented at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, San Diego, CA.
  10. Vanneman ME, Snowden LR (2014). Linking the legislative process to the consequences of realigning California’s public mental health system. Poster session presented at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, San Diego, CA.
  11. Halpin H, Vanneman M (2011). Results from the California Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention Initiative (CHAIPI). Poster session presented at 21st Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, Dallas, TX.
  12. Vanneman M, Halpin H (2010). Characteristics of hospitals participating in patient safety collaboratives and implementation of infection prevention and control practices. Poster session presented at 37th Annual Conference and International Meeting of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), New Orleans, LA.
  13. Brellochs C, King K, Vanneman M, Lief A, Fryer GE Jr, Cadogan M, Platt R, Barbot O (2007). Analysis of health insurance coverage patterns and outreach strategies in New York City public schools. Poster session presented at Greater New York Hospital Association Foundation and United Hospital Fund’s 18th Annual Symposium on Health Care Services in New York: Research and Practice, New York, NY.
  14. Vanneman M, Mandel N (2006). Using complementary projects to address key issues: Collaboration between two adolescent projects. Poster session presented at Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Ryan White CARE Act (RWCA) Training and Technical Assistance Grantee Meeting, Washington, DC.
  15. Vanneman M (2006). Implementing continuous quality improvement: Keeping alive the use of a process improvement plan. Poster session presented at Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Ryan White CARE Act (RWCA) Training and Technical Assistance Grantee Meeting, Washington, DC.