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NE SciFest – A Statewide Event

Public Health Community Advisory – With a mission of stimulating curiosity and exciting the minds of children and adults about the amazing world of science, the Nebraska Science Festival (“NE SciFest”) celebrated four years of outreach in April 2016 with events and activities taking place throughout Nebraska. In 2016, the NESciFest expanded its reach by: growing, with more events (from 56 in 2015 to 88), venues (36 to 48), cities (12 to16) and attendees (13,699 to 17,676). increasing content and attendance through signature events such… Continue Reading

Race, Inclusion, Diversity & Equity (RIDE) Initiative

Public Health Community Advisory – The Race, Inclusion, Diversity & Equity (RIDE) Initiative was created by Renaisa S. Anthony, MD, MPH, Deputy Director of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities and Assistant Professor in the College of Public Health. Providing support for the RIDE Initiative are co-investigators, Todd Wyatt, Ph.D., Professor in the Colleges of Public Health and Medicine and Chad Abresh, M.Ed., Executive Director of CityMatch. The trio successfully competed for and received grant funding from the College of Public Health Innovation Fund in February… Continue Reading

APHA 2016: A Snapshot of Nebraska Success

Public Health Community Advisory – The American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Annual Meeting, held in Denver, Colorado, Oct 30-Nov 2, once again attracted thousands of public health professionals from around the nation and globe, including a number of students, faculty, staff and alumni from COPH. In addition to attending sessions, learning and networking, COPH people shared a wide range of work via 20 poster presentations, 12 oral presentations and four roundtables. Of those presentations, 16 were led by students, and nearly all had students involved… Continue Reading

National Infant Mortality Awareness Month

Public Health Community Advisory – September is Infant Mortality Awareness month, and CityMatCH is looking to draw attention to the inequities that still linger. Overall, the United States is making progress in reducing infant mortality rates (IMR). In 2013, the IMR was 5.96/1,000 live births. From 2005 through 2011, the infant mortality rate declined 12 percent. The decline was highest in states with the highest burden, which is encouraging news.[1] However, the disparity between white and black infant mortality continues to persist. If projections hold true,… Continue Reading

Results of the 2014 Nebraska Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NE-BRFSS) Health Literacy Screener Items

Public Health Community Advisory – Health Literacy Nebraska (HLNE) brings together interested stakeholders to develop and implement projects focused on improving the health literacy of all Nebraskans. An HLNE workgroup presented a poster on the idea of adding health literacy screening questions to the Nebraska BRFSS at the Spring 2013 Institute for Healthcare Advancement national health literacy conference in Irvine, California. It was learned there that Kansas had included three (3) health literacy screener questions on the 2012 KS-BRFSS. The HLNE workgroup submitted the necessary… Continue Reading

National Public Health Week

COPH PHamily PHeud

Public Health Community Advisory –  The UNMC College of Public Health Student Association hosted a week of fun-filled events in April to celebrate National Public Health Week sponsored by the COPH Dean’s Office, COPH Alumni Association, COPH Research Committee, the UNMC Center for Healthy Living, and the NU Foundation. Starting on Monday with a PHamily PHeud style Game Day, hosted by Kathleen Brandert (pictured), more than 40 students, faculty, and staff attended and learned public health tips on how to be the Healthiest Nation in… Continue Reading

COPH faculty to lead new UNMC Office of Community Engagement

UNMC recently became the first health care campus to be designated by the Carnegie Foundation as a Community Engaged Campus. The Office of Community Engagement (OCE) was created by Vice Chancellor H. Dele Davies, M.D. to support the program aims of this community engagement classification. Denise H. Britigan, PhD. will serve as the Director and Ms. Anita Lee, EdS will coordinate the efforts of the OCE. Growing and enhancing student, faculty, college and institutional capacity for community engagement is the primary goal of the UNMC… Continue Reading