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Data collection continues as halfway point reached in malaria project

College of Public Health Department of Epidemiology Assistant Professor, Abraham Mengist, PhD, is continuing data collection in Ethiopia as part of a two-year malaria project. The project is a collaboration with researchers from Addis Ababa University and is investigating the impact of repeated anthelminthic treatment on the Epidemiology and clinical outcomes of malaria, anemia, undernutrition, and academic performance of children.  Speaking of the project, Dr. Mengist said, “we are conducting a randomized trial among school-age children in Ethiopia, where some are treated with Albendazole (400mg)… Continue Reading

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

CDC Data Used to Develop a Breastfeeding Predictive Model

Lea Pounds, PhD, MBA

Research Highlight- My name is Lea Pounds, and I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Promotion at the UNMC College of Public Health. I conduct research related to breastfeeding with a focus on understanding the barriers to longer breastfeeding duration and exclusivity. Human milk provides optimum nutrition for infants and has health benefits for babies and moms as well as economic benefits for society. Breastfeeding has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic conditions such as childhood obesity as well as… Continue Reading


The Health Care System in Turkey: Opportunities for Collaboration with Acibadem University – Presented by College of Public Health Grand Rounds Dr. S.  Haluk ÖZSARI, MD, PhD, MS Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Management Director of the Health Policy Implementation & Research Center Director of the Center for Continuing Education & Development Acibadem University   Dr. Göksenin Aktulay, MD Health Policy Implementation & Research Center Acibadem University             When & Where Tuesday, April 17, 2018 12:00 Pm- 1:00pm (lunch provided for first… Continue Reading

Creating a Landscape of Community Population Health and Wellness Contexts for Children

Dr. Brandon Grimm, Dr. Athena Ramos, Chelsey Schlechter, & Dr. David Dzewaltowski

Spotlight on Research at COPH – Preventive health behaviors, such as physical activity and healthful eating, are brief events that accumulate throughout the day.  Previous research and health professional practice have typically viewed sustained health behavior as an individual’s decision made frequently and habitually over time.  Strategies to promote healthy behavior have focused on developing knowledge and skills within individuals.  But, evidence has emerged that individual choices are made in relation to the characteristics of places and people that they interact with on a daily… Continue Reading

Researchers at COPH Health Services Research and Administration Examine the Needs of Emergency Department Patients with High Utilization Patterns

Dr. Hongmei Wang

Spotlight on Research at COPH – Medical care expenditures are highly concentrated in the U.S. with 5% of the population responsible for nearly half of all health care expenses. Patients with high medical utilization often have frequent emergency department visits. There is an increasing interest in studying the characteristics and underlying needs of the frequent users of emergency department (ED) to help understand the causes of poor health and high utilization.  Research shows that these patients may have complex health-harming needs that cannot be addressed… Continue Reading

March 30, 2018 – “Effective Scalable Community Health Worker Programs”

Presented by – College of public health | Center for reducing health disparities Effective Scalable Community Health Worker Programs Shreya Kangovi, MD, MSHP Assistant Professor, Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania Dr. Shreya Kangovi is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine, and Executive Director of the Penn Center for Community Health Workers.  Her work sheds light on the perspectives of low-income patients on health and healthcare utilization, and she is a leading expert on improving population health… Continue Reading

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