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Jill Hughes

Student Highlight – Jill Hughes is an MPH student studying Environmental, Occupational and Agricultural Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Public Health (COPH). Originally from Springview, a rural community in north central Nebraska, Jill chose to return to Nebraska upon completing her undergraduate degree at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico, to further her education. After studying and conducting research in forensic biology at the undergraduate level, Jill wanted to find a way to marry her skills from… Continue Reading

Douglas Perin, MPH

Alumni Highlight – Doug Perin graduated from the COPH with a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology in August 2013. Hometown: Porto Alegre, Brazil Current career position:  As of October 2013, I’m an ASPPH/CDC Public Health Fellow working with the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control at the CDC, in Atlanta, Georgia. I am involved in international projects analyzing cancer prevention practices and outcomes, especially focused in Brazil. I am currently planning a trip to meet with partners from various Brazilian governmental agencies. What you… Continue Reading

Lina Lander, ScD: Assessing Perspectives on Health Information Exchange in Nebraska

Spotlight on Research at COPH – The Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII) is Nebraska’s state-designated Health Information Exchange (HIE) and the statewide integrator of electronic health information. Participating providers can exchange health information to make more complete information available at the point of patient care. As of February 2014, more than 2.7 million patients, 1,388 physician providers, and 2,186 health care providers participate in NeHII. Dr. Lina Lander and colleagues have recently completed a comprehensive assessment of Nebraska health care providers’ and consumers’ perspectives on… Continue Reading

Wellness at Work

Public Health Community Advisory – In September of 2012, the College of Public Health (COPH) established the COPH Wellness Council (WC) in response to the college-wide strategic planning retreat. The WC consists of volunteer faculty, staff, and students who meet monthly to plan and promote wellness activities that are aligned with the COPH mission “to create an environment to promote optimal health and well-being.” Wellness can be characterized as an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life…. Continue Reading

Helping Create a Safe and Healthy Agricultural Sector

Public Health Practice – The burden of agricultural injuries and fatalities weighs heavily on rural communities and the families of those who have been injured or killed.  Agriculture is a dangerous occupation, accounting for one of the highest fatality rates in the United States, with 475 deaths reported in 2012, and an estimated 243 agricultural workers suffering a lost-work-time injury every day. Five percent of these injuries result in permanent impairment. To address these unacceptably high rates, the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health… Continue Reading

KM Monirul Islam, MD, PhD

Education Highlight – KM Monirul Islam, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor in the UNMC COPH Department of Epidemiology. His teaching focuses on clinical outcomes research, infectious disease epidemiology and pathophysiology of diseases; research of diseases, particularly infectious diseases; and clinical outcomes research of cancer. Dr. Islam regularly teaches CPH 623 / EPI 825 Infectious Disease Epidemiology and CPH 624 / EPI 825 Advanced Infectious Disease Epidemiology. He also teaches a special topics course in epidemiology focusing on infectious disease and cancer and has taught… Continue Reading

Alejandro Hughes

Student Highlight – Alejandro Hughes is a first year MPH student (Health Promotion) at the UNMC College of Public Health.  He grew up in beautiful Cedar Falls, Iowa, before attending Iowa State University, where he received a degree in Community/Public Health Education. The prevention-focused, wide-reaching nature of public health is what led Alejandro to gravitate toward the field.  Since then, he was fortunate to have some great experiences as an AmeriCorps member at a non-profit in Council Bluffs, and most recently he worked for a… Continue Reading