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Student Research Conference 2011

Congratulations to our students for their successful poster presentations in the 3rd Annual UNMC College of Public Health Student Research Day! We are proud of our students’ accomplishments and grateful for their participation in this important scholarly event. The following students participated in the event: MPH Students Aja Kneip Pelster (winning poster) Sexual Identity Disclosure and the Potential for Increasing HIV and STI Testing Rates Jessica Chavez Being “Out” in the Midwest: A Social Determinant for Improved HIV Knowledge and Testing Chun-Kai Huang Reduced Visual… Continue Reading

“You Better Watch Out” for the Slippery Winter”

Public Health Community Advisory “You Better Watch Out” for the Slippery Winter by Joseph Ka-Chun Siu, PT, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental, Agricultural, and Occupational Health Winter is a wonderful time of the year, bringing, among other things, holiday celebrations. However it also brings snow, sleet, and ice, which can make sidewalks and pathways slippery. According to the National Safety Council (1), in 2007 in the United States, about 21,000 people died from falls, and 7.9 million were injured as a result of falls…. Continue Reading

Health Care Reform

Public Health in the National News – Health Care Reform By Jim Stimpson, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Health Services Research and Administration The Affordable Care Act of 2010 was the most sweeping change to the US health care system since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. There are 10 titles of the law, which touch nearly every aspect of the US health care system: 1.   Quality, affordable health care for all Americans 2.   Role of public programs (Medicaid and the Children’s Health… Continue Reading

UNMC College of Public Health achieves national accreditation

Also receives $7.6 million to establish two centers to improve health of rural Nebraskans. The University of Nebraska Medical Center’s newest college – the College of Public Health – has been granted accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and now is a full member of the Association of Schools of Public Health.     The accreditation, announced today by UNMC Chancellor Harold M. Maurer, M.D., comes just five months after the college moved into its new $15 million building that was named for… Continue Reading

Exchange Students from National Taiwan University

Student Highlight – In January of 2011, the UNMC College of Public Health signed agreements with the College of Public Health of National Taiwan University (NTU) to promote collaboration in education and academic research. The NTU College of Public Health is a top public health academic institution in Asia. Based on the agreement, the two colleges will exchange up to three graduate or professional students each year. This fall, the first three NTU students (introduced below) are visiting and studying at UNMC. Building on the… Continue Reading

Making the Work Place Safe for Meatpacking Workers

Public Health Community Advisory by Lina Lander, ScD, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology The meatpacking industry is one of the largest employers in the United States, employing over 500,000 workers in 2009. This industry is also among the most dangerous. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 6.9 workers per 100 full-time workers were injured in meatpacking facilities, compared to 3.6 workers per 100 full-time workers injured in private industry in 2009. Working conditions in meatpacking plants have steadily changed since the passage of the… Continue Reading

Spotlight on Research at COPH

Dr. LeVan Studies the Genetic Epidemiology of Respiratory Disease Among Agricultural Workers To realize the promise of genetic epidemiology in research and public health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Tricia LeVan, PhD, established the Core Facility for Mutation and Methylation Analysis. Dr. LeVan is an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology, with a research focus on how an individual’s genetic background can alter his or her susceptibility to environmental toxins, such as organic dust from the agriculture environment. Dr. LeVan studies chronic… Continue Reading