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Indoor Air Quality in Schools

Public Health Community Advisory – Welcome to another school year! As students, teachers, and school staff return to school, it is good to review some of the health hazards that are potentially present in schools. One such hazard is the quality of air inside schools. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the levels of air contaminants indoors are about two to five times higher than they are outdoors. This difference can adversely affect nearly 55 million people who spend most of their day inside… Continue Reading

Reported Cases of West Nile Virus Up from Previous Years

Public Health in the National News – Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance. They are a real public health hazard, carrying a number of infectious diseases, most notably in the United States West Nile disease. Already this year, 1,118 human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) have been reported in the United States, more than has been reported for a number of years. The outbreak has affected 37 states thus far in 2012, with Texas reporting the most number of cases. In Nebraska, recent… Continue Reading

September 5, 2012 – “Health Information Exchange in Nebraska”

  College of Public Health Grand Rounds: “Health Information Exchange in Nebraska” presented by speaker panel: Marsha Morien, Instructor, Health Services Research & Administration; Anne Byers, eHealth Manager, Nebraska Information Technology Commission, Lincoln NE; Deb Bass, Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NEHII) , Omaha NE; Lina Lander, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health; and Donald Klepser, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy. Panel will provide background and overview of Nebraska strategic plan and federal cooperative agreement, provide current and future state of… Continue Reading

College of Public Health Alumni Chapter Presents First Award

The UNMC Alumni Association College of Public Health Alumni Chapter has presented Jim Anderson, PhD, with its inaugural Spirit of Service Award. Dr. Anderson is a faculty member and associate dean in the College of Public Health. “Dr. Anderson was one of the first champions of our alumni chapter and has continued to offer his generous support throughout the past few years,” said Stephen Jackson, MPH ’06, COPH Alumni Chapter president. “We truly value Dr. Anderson’s leadership and he is certainly a deserving recipient of… Continue Reading

Aja Pelster – Exceptional Incoming PhD Student Assistantship Awardee

Aja Pelster won an Exceptional Incoming PhD Student Assistantship Award in July and has started her PhD in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research in our college. The competition for these UNMC-wide awards was fierce, and we are delighted that Aja was selected as an award recipient. Aja is energetic, dedicated, and intelligent and shows great promise as a future scholar in the field of sexual health.  In the course of her MPH, which she recently completed at the UNMC College of Public Health, she… Continue Reading

Sheetal Sawant

Student Highlight – Sheetal Sawant is a second-year MPH student in biostatistics. She was born in Mumbai (still known as Bombay to many), the biggest city in India, and went to school in a scenic suburb on the outskirts of Mumbai. Her journey in the field of health care began when her sister joined the School of Medicine to pursue bachelor’s degrees in Ayurvedic medicine and surgery. Four years later Sheetal followed her sister into the world of medicine and health care and joined the… Continue Reading