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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 Research Awards

Each year the College of Public Health awards the Chancellor Robert D. Sparks, M.D., Award in Public Health and Preventive Medicine to a person who has shown outstanding innovation and impact on preventing disease and promoting health through public health education, research, and practice, with particular attention to the needs of Nebraska and its citizens.  The selection is based on the degree to which an individual demonstrates excellence, creativity, and/or distinguished collaboration in advancing effective approaches to preventing disease and promotion of health through public… Continue Reading

The Great Plains IDeA Clinical Translational Research (CTR) Network

Spotlight on Research at COPH – In the fall of 2016, the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program through the National Institute of General Medical Studies awarded UNMC and eight institutional affiliates a five-year research grant from the National Institutes of Health totaling nearly $20 million. The grant was to create The Great Plains IDeA Clinical Translational Research (CTR) Network with the University of Nebraska Medical Center serving as the network hub. Network institutions in Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota and Kansas collaborate to advance the… Continue Reading

COPH Aims to Make an Impact with Innovative Research in Four Strategic Areas

Spotlight on Research at COPH –  In 2014, the COPH launched a collaborative strategic planning process with participation and input from faculty, professional staff, students, alumni, and community partners. Through this process four priority areas were identified, for which the College will be recognized as world leaders and which support the College’s overarching goal to make Nebraska the healthiest and most equitable state by 2020. To help achieve goals in each of the priority areas, Dean Ali Khan provided Innovation Funds for competitive research projects… Continue Reading

Novel Intervention Models to Advance Public Health

Spotlight on Research at COPH – Paul Estabrooks, Ph.D. is a professor and the Harold M. Maurer Distinguished Chair of Public Health for the Department of Health Promotion, Social and Behavioral Health. Over the previous 20 years, Dr. Estabrooks has engaged in integrated research-practice partnerships to develop and test effective, practical, and sustainable physical activity, nutrition, and weight control interventions. Dr. Estabrooks’ work has focused on the integration of research and practice at the systems level, as this results in interventions that benefit from traditional research… Continue Reading

Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health Recommended for 5 More Years of Funding

Spotlight on Research at COPH – The Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (CS-CASH), a NIOSH agricultural forestry and fishing Center, has received recommendation for a second 5 year cycle of funding beginning September 2016. The aims of CS-CASH are to conduct high quality research and translate scientific discoveries into practical applications to reduce the burden of injury and illness among farmers, ranchers, their families, and workers. The Center has high scientific and technical competency, is forward looking, and has a strong network… Continue Reading

Annual UNMC College of Public Health Student Research Day

Student Research Day

Spotlight on Research at COPH –The Annual Student Research Day held April 6, 2016, at UNMC’s College of Public Health continues to grow, and showcase some of the outstanding work being done by COPH students. This year’s event was held during National Public Health Week, on April 6th, and featured poster presentations from a mix of MPH and Ph.D. students. Dr. Tricia D. LeVan, Chair of the COPH Research Committee, which helps organize the event commented, “We had 20 poster presentations this year, and I… Continue Reading