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APHA Region VII Second Annual MINK Conference

Region VII rounded out National Public Health Week with their second annual regional MINK conference held in Omaha, NE in cooperation with the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Public Health and the Great Plains Public Health Training Center. (MINK stands for Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas). Representatives from all four states in the region attended presentations and panel discussions about advocacy, workforce development, membership recruitment (presented by APHA Membership Development Director, Sara Miller), PHAB accreditation, and substance abuse and mental health (Laura Howard,… Continue Reading

Mohammad Siahpush, PhD, Research on Tobacco Control

Spotlight on Research at COPH – Dr. Siahpush’s main research interest is in tobacco control—restricting the growth of tobacco use and thereby reducing the associated mortality and morbidity. Dr. Siahpush’s research uses data from the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, Mexico, Thailand, Malaysia, and China. His research has found an association between social disadvantage (e.g., low level of education or income) and smoking. In particular, his research shows that socially disadvantaged individuals are more likely to smoke and less likely to quit, and individuals who… Continue Reading

COPH Celebrates National Public Health Week

Public Health Community Advisory – The College of Public Health (COPH) coordinated a week of campus and community events from April 2 to 6 to celebrate National Public Health Week. This year’s theme was “A Healthier America Begins Today! Join the Movement!”   A kickoff event was held on Monday at the South Omaha Library, sponsored by the COPH’s Office of Public Health Practice. A panel of public health practitioners and leaders of community organizations answered questions about the health of families asked by Dr…. Continue Reading

Building Research Capacity on the Rez

Public Health in the National News – The Little Priest Tribal College (LPTC) and the UNMC COPH partnered to develop a three-credit-hour course—Indigenous Research Methods—offered at LPTC this spring. The goal is to build research capacity among American Indians and increase the diversity of the public health-related workforce by expanding health career options for tribal college students interested in the health care professions and health sciences. The course is co-led by an LPTC instructor, Carolyn Fiscus, and a COPH faculty member, Dr. Shireen S. Rajaram…. Continue Reading

Family Health and Wellness Association (BFHWA)

Black Family Health and Wellness Association, Inc (BFHWA) was started in 1998 in Omaha, Nebraska. BFHWA is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization designed to provide all families access to health information, education, and screenings.     We are a community-based organization that offers free health services to many low-income families through generous corporate and community donations. 14TH Annual Black Family Health and Wellness Association (BFHWA) Health Fair This is an annual health fair for the community held at Omaha North High School.  This health fair is… Continue Reading

Jane Meza, PhD, Biostatistics Research in Public Health

Spotlight on Research at COPH – Dr. Jane Meza’s work involves planning, conducting, and analyzing research studies. Biostatistics is used in public health to study the causes, progression, and treatment of disease. Biostatistical methods are used to carefully design public health studies and to analyze the data. Dr. Meza has worked on studies covering a broad range of public health issues, including smoking cessation in adolescents, Parkinson’s disease, cancer treatment, and biological markers of cancer. She is also interested in statistical methods to model the… Continue Reading

The Great Plains Public Health Training Center

Public Health in the National News – The UNMC College of Public Health is pleased to announce the Great Plains Public Health Training Center (PHTC), a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-funded PHTC. PHTCs are partnerships between accredited schools of public health, related academic institutions, and public health agencies and organizations. The PHTC program is designed to improve the nation’s public health system by strengthening the technical, scientific, managerial, and leadership competence of current and future public health professionals. The Great Plains PHTC will address… Continue Reading