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Improving Police Interactions with People with Mental Illnesses

Public Health in the National News by Shinobu Watanabe-Galloway, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Steve Ryan, and Kate Watkins Persons with severe mental illness or developmental disorders have long faced incarceration in jails or prisons as the alternative to hospitalization. Today, the Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates that 64% of jail inmates in the United States have mental health problems. The absolute numbers of persons with severe mental illness are greater in American jails and prisons than in our hospitals, making jails the largest… Continue Reading

Foodborne Disease Risk During the Holidays

Public Health Community Advisory – Foodborne Disease Risk During the Holidays KM Monirul Islam, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology Several holidays that many people in the United States will be celebrating are right around the corner. Many people will get together with family and friends, often to share a meal. Unless we’re careful, holiday meals may pose health risks and injuries to those we care about. Dr. Islam, who has been an infectious disease practitioner and currently teaches infectious disease classes in the… Continue Reading

UNMC College of Public Health achieves national accreditation


Also receives $7.6 million to establish two centers to improve health of rural Nebraskans. The University of Nebraska Medical Center’s newest college – the College of Public Health – has been granted accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and now is a full member of the Association of Schools of Public Health.     The accreditation, announced today by UNMC Chancellor Harold M. Maurer, M.D., comes just five months after the college moved into its new $15 million building that was named for… Continue Reading

Four public health projects receive dean’s grants

by Elizabeth Kumru, UNMC public relations Four public health projects received start-up money from the Mutual Fund, a new program created in the UNMC College of Public Health with funding from Dean Ayman El-Mohandes, M.B.B.Ch., M.D., M.P.H. The $10,000, one-year grants are designed to stimulate collaboration between College of Public Health faculty and community partners to address existing and emerging public health concerns. “These start-up funds encourage meaningful and mutually beneficial initiatives to advance community health and well-being through trustworthy relationships between academia and the… Continue Reading

Public Health and Medical Disaster Response in Action: The Joplin story.

UNMC’s College of Public Health begins National Preparedness Month by launching a marketing campaign for a national conference entitled: Public Health and Medical Disaster Response in Action: The Joplin story. The conference will bring together representatives from the Joplin, MO community’s response agencies and organizations as well as the hospitals that were directly affected by the disaster, to tell their stories of how they responded to this catastrophic tornado and share their lessons learned. More information can be found at This conference showcases the… Continue Reading

Names of UNMC’s ‘dynamic duo’ to adorn public health center

Hal and Bev. Bev and Hal. An inseparable pair. A dynamic duo. And now, UNMC’s top ambassadors will be linked to UNMC in perpetuity — together, appropriately — as their names adorn the building that will house the UNMC College of Public Health.   UNMC Chancellor Harold M. Maurer, M.D., and his wife, Beverly, are the namesakes of the new College of Public Health building, which officially opens today. Unprecedented growth Few could have envisioned what has happened under Dr. Maurer’s leadership. Since he was… Continue Reading