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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Dr. Sandra L. Putnam, director of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville Community Health Research Group, has been named one of the nation’s top 1,500 health care researchers.

 Putnam was recognized in “Health Care 1500–A Guide to the Most Influential Health Policy-makers, Industry Leaders, Researchers, Academics, and Organizations in the United States.”

 The guide is published by Faulkner and Gray’s Healthcare Information Center in Washington, D.C.

“The past two years have been a time of unprecedented change in the U.S. health care system,” publisher Spencer Vibbert said. “The one constant is the talented people with the experience and knowledge to make things work in the rapidly changing health care system and in managed care.”

 Putnam is listed under the category of academics and specialty organizations. Her studies have included TennCare from the consumer’s perspective and alcohol-related injury prevention.

 Putnam has taught health planning courses as an associate professor in UT-Knoxville’s Graduate School of Planning. The UT Community Health Research Group she directs has provided research in health planning, needs assessment, evaluation and epidemiological services to the State of Tennessee and the federal government since 1989.


 Contact: Dr. Sandra Putnam (423-974-4511)