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Public Health Association of Nebraska (PHAN) Annual Conference

Public Health Practice – The 2017 Public Health Association of Nebraska (PHAN) annual conference was held on September 21 and 22 in Lincoln, NE. This year’s theme was Public Health 150: Opportunities for Innovation, Advocacy, and Action. Over 20 students, staff, and faculty from UNMC COPH attended the conference. Abby Hughes, MPH student, described it as, “Very engaging! I enjoyed learning about different public health efforts across the state and nation as well as networking with other public health professionals.” Students, faculty, and alumni also… Continue Reading

Nada Alnaji

Nada Alnaji

Student Highlight: Nada Alnaji Hometown: Qatif, Saudi Arabia Degree Program/Concentration: Ph.D. in Epidemiology What brought you to the field of public health? I started my career in clinical medicine then I realized that public health has a bigger impact when it comes to solving global health problems, especially the ones related to minorities and for those in conflict settings. “Saving lives, a million at a time.” What do you like most about the COPH? I like that it is a small college where people know… Continue Reading

UNMC Students Respond to Hurricane Harvey

Source: http://www.theday.com

Public Health Practice – When Hurricane Harvey hit, and distress calls overwhelmed the 911 call system in Houston, the UNMC student response team jumped into action and was activated through their global partners at the Standby Task Force. The student’s role was to “mine” social media coming in from the affected area, and to record the longitude and latitude coordinates for people in need of rescue. This process, called geo-mapping, has been used for dozens of disasters around the globe since the inception of the… Continue Reading

COPH Notable Mentions

COPH Notable Mentions – In the Summer 2017 semester, the following students fulfilled the requirements for Certificate in Emergency Preparedness, Master of Public Health, and Doctor of Philosophy. Congratulations to all these graduating students, and best wishes to them in their chosen Public Health professions! Certificate in Emergency Preparedness Jocelyn Herstein Master of Public Health Graduates & Capstone Project Title Shelby Braun (HPRO) – Current Breastfeeding Practices and Supports in Omaha, Nebraska: A Mixed Methods Study Alexandra Farfalla (EOH) – The Role of Adolescent Development in… Continue Reading

September 20, 2017 – “LESSONS LEARNED FROM 25 YEARS OF HEALTH COMMUNICATION RESEARCH TO ELIMINATE HEALTH DISPARITIES “

LESSONS LEARNED FROM 25 YEARS OF HEALTH COMMUNICATION RESEARCH TO ELIMINATE HEALTH DISPARITIES PRESENTED BY UNMC COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH Matthew W. Kreuter, PhD, MPH Kahn Family Professor of Public Health Washington University in St. Louis Objectives: 1. Understand strategies to increase reach, effectiveness, and connections to health information and resources in low-income populations 2. Understand how basic needs influence health and behavior 3. Understand how life values influence health and behavior WHEN & WHERE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2017, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM MAURER CENTER FOR PUBLIC… Continue Reading

August 8, 2017 – “How Big Data & Advanced Analytics Can Improve Population Health; Now and in the Near Future”

William Kassler, MD, MPH Deputy Chief Health Officer Lead Population Health Officer IBM Watson Health TUESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2017 12:00-1:00 PM (LUNCH PROVIDED FOR FIRST 50 GUESTS) MAURER CENTER FOR PUBLIC HEALTH ROOM 3013 We are poised in a new era of technology and big data. This presentation will review sophisticated efforts that build on increased availability of big data and improved analytics, and will describe how these efforts support integration of personal, practice, system, and community programs to improve individual and population health. Objectives:… Continue Reading

Faculty and Student Education Awards

College of Public Health Excellence in Teaching Award Recipients Dr. Brandon Grimm and Dr. Sharon Medcalf

Education Highlight- The College of Public Health Excellence in Teaching Award is given for excellence in teaching, including classroom instruction, innovation in teaching methods, advising, and other activities that have promoted and expanded the students’ learning experience. This year’s recipients were Dr. Brandon Grimm and Dr. Sharon Medcalf, both of whom are known not only for the exceptional education they provide to COPH students, but for the high quality, innovative training they deliver to practitioners throughout Nebraska, nationally and globally. In addition to his numerous… Continue Reading