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Awards presented at College of Public Health convocation

Students and faculty receiving awards

Faculty and student awards were presented at the College of Public Health’s convocation held May 4. The following College of Public Health faculty members and students were honored: Excellence in Teaching Award: Lorena Baccaglini, D.D.S., Ph.D., associate professor, epidemiology, for her ability to break down and teach complex statistical concepts with humor and enthusiasm. Carruth J. Wagner, M.D., Faculty Prize in Public Health: Fernando Wilson, Ph.D., acting director and associate professor, Center for Health Policy, for his contribution to the recent closing of liquor stores… Continue Reading

College of Public Health Attends WHO Meeting of Global Partners in Geneva

Sharon Medcalf, PhD GOARN logos

Public Health Practice – Thanks to Dean Ali Khan, The College of Public Health is one of 200 global partners in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Outbreak and Alert Response Network (GOARN). Although he has deployed to Sierra Leone for the West African Ebola Outbreak, and to Bangladesh for a Diphtheria outbreak, Dr. Khan will be joined by a full team of UNMC faculty and staff who will be trained by WHO to respond to infectious disease outbreaks in the future. The College of… Continue Reading

LiveWell Omaha’s Vision for an Accountable Health Community

Practice/Community Highlight – This year’s LiveWell Omaha Annual Meeting had a twist: the launch of a new brand. The organization, which has helped shape the public health landscape of Douglas County for over 20 years, leads a coalition of organizations that are committed to prioritizing and improving conditions that impact the health of our community. LiveWell Omaha believes that our community thrives when each of us has an equitable opportunity to live well – right here in Douglas County. Under this new brand, many key… Continue Reading

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

UNMC Students Respond to Hurricane Harvey

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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

Faculty and Students Public Health Practice Awards

Public Health “Impact” Prize Recipient Rebecca Anderson, JD, MS, CGC

The Fred and Eve Simon Public Health “Impact” Prize was established in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Fred and Eve Simon. This award is given to a College of Public Health faculty member whose research and/or service has significantly impacted Nebraska. The recipient of this award was Rebecca Anderson, Associate Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Health Promotion, Social, and Behavioral Health. Professor Anderson was selected for her excellent service to Nebraska residents through public health leadership, service, and outreach. She has had… Continue Reading

UNMC College of Public Health was proud to host child vision screenings for the second year in a row.

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Public Health Practice –  The UNMC College of Public Health was proud to host child vision screenings for the second year in a row. This year’s screenings, provided by OneSight and coordinated by Omaha’s Child Vision Collaborative http://www.buildinghealthyfutures.org/child-vision-collaborative/ reached 637 students from Omaha Public Schools. The OneSight Vision Van event was held March 20-24 at UNMC’s College of Public Health. This event gave prescreened Omaha Public Schools students the opportunity to have comprehensive eye examinations provided free of charge. OneSight representatives, Omaha’s Child Vision Collaborative members, and… Continue Reading

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