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Nov 19 – “Leveraging Data for Quality Improvement and Outcomes and Comparative Effectiveness Research” & “An Overview of Economic Evaluation in Public Health.”

UNMC College of Public Health Grand Rounds   Two presentations: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 12:00-1:00 pm MCPH 3013   “ Leveraging Data for Quality Improvement and Outcomes and Comparative Effectiveness Research.” Preethy Nayar, MBBS, MS, MPhil, PhD Associate Professor, Department of Health Services Research and Administration College of Public Health   Objectives: To describe the use of organizational level data in performance evaluation of health care organizations. To describe the use of patient level and organizational level data in Quality Improvement and Outcomes and Comparative… Continue Reading

Nov 5 – “Occupational Factors in Coccidioidomycosis, Hantavirus, Coronavirus, Avian Influenza, and other Emerging Pathogens”

“Occupational Factors in Coccidioidomycosis, Hantavirus, Coronavirus, Avian Influenza, and other Emerging Pathogens.” Jason Wilken, PhD CDC Career Epidemiology Field Officer, detailed to the California Department of Public Health   Wednesday, November 5, 2014 12:00-1:00 pm MCPH 3013   Objectives:   Understand the issues in determing work-associated contributions to the incidence of coccidioidomycosis. Identify modifiable work-associated exposures to infectious diseases such as coccidioidomycosis. Differentiate between work-associated and community-associated exposures for endemic infectious diseases.   Lunch provided for first 50 attendees. BRING YOUR OWN BEVERAGE Live video… Continue Reading

Denise H. Britigan, PhD, CHES

Denise Britigan, PhD, CHES

Education Highlight – Denise H. Britigan, PhD, CHES, is an assistant professor in the UNMC COPH Department of Health Promotion, Social and Behavioral Health. Her teaching focuses on health promotion/community health, with an emphasis on health communication and health literacy. Dr. Britigan will be teaching the first University of Nebraska massive open online course (MOOC), entitled Health Literacy and Communication for Health Professionals, set to begin October 19, 2014. Healthy literacy is identified as a priority for national action and “critical to delivering person-centered health… Continue Reading

Stephanie Nelson

Stephanie Nelson

Student Highlight – Stephanie Nelson is a dual degree MPH/MBA student, in the Public Health Administration concentration. Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska What brought you to public health? I first became interested in public health through undergraduate classes in disease prevention. After attending UNMC’s COPH Open House and meeting with professors in the HSRA Department, I felt that the MPH curriculum would greatly enhance my education and career opportunities. What do you like most about COPH? My favorite part of the College of Public Health is the… Continue Reading

Sheetal Sawant, MPH

Sheetal Sawant, MPH

Alumni Highlight – Sheetal Sawant graduated from the COPH in December 2012 with an MPH in Biostatistics. Hometown: Mumbai, India Current position: I am currently working as a biostatistician in the Human Vaccine Institute (DHVI) of the School of Medicine at Duke University Medical Center. Our data focuses on immune responses to HIV infection and vaccines, from human and pre-clinical studies.   The most interesting part about this position is getting to collaborate with individuals with varied backgrounds and training, both onsite and offsite, and to… Continue Reading

Hongmei Wang, PhD: Research in Socioeconomic Determinants of Health and Economic Evaluation of Health Care Programs

Hongmei Wang, PhD

Spotlight on Research at COPH – Dr. Wang’s research interests focus on socioeconomic determinants of health and health-related behaviors, medical care expenditures and insurance coverage, and economic evaluation of health care programs and medical intervention strategies. She is particularly interested in examining how individual choices, organizational schemes, and sociocultural structures collectively influence population health. Dr. Wang has been working on projects exploring the protective effects of social capital on health and health-related behaviors. By distinguishing trust from mistrust in measuring social capital, she and her… Continue Reading

The Health Center Association of Nebraska – Impacting Public Health by Fulfilling Its Mission


Public Health Community Advisory – Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) serve over 22 million people in more than 9,000 sites across urban, suburban, and rural America. FQHCs are particularly adept at reducing health disparities by breaking down barriers to health care such as lack of providers, lack of culturally appropriate health services, and unaffordability. Since FQHCs serve everyone regardless of their ability to pay, they save the American health care system $24 billion a year by lowering more costly trips to emergency rooms. Nebraska’s Community… Continue Reading