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Public Health Collaborations: Group from the UNMC College of Public Health visits China

Education Highlight – In November 2017, a group from UNMC’s College of Public Health (COPH) visited China to participate in the 9th Annual Symposium of the China-US Research Center for Life Sciences, which pairs UNMC investigators with peers from Chinese institutions. The Symposium was jointly initiated by UNMC and Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 2007, and it alternates location each year between Beijing and Omaha. This year CAS hosted the Symposium which was focused on infectious disease and public health. UNMC and CAS invited… Continue Reading

Salomon Compaore, MD, MPH

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Alumni Highlight: Salomon Compaore, MD, MPH Hometown: Niaogho, Burkina Faso Current career position: After working for a year with the Nebraska DHHS as a Project Coordinator for the Nebraska Immunization Information System (NESIIS) and as an Epidemiologist with the Southern Nevada Health District, I currently fill a managerial position with the Center Region Health Directorate in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. I head the Office of Disease Control and the Protection of Specific Groups. In collaboration with local and international partners such as Pathfinder, CDC, and Jhpiego,… 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

Anthony Blake 

Anthony Blake

Student Highlight:  Anthony Blake  Hometown: Originally born in Phoenix Arizona, but moved to Omaha in 1994.   Degree and concentration: Masters of Public Health, Environmental & Occupational Health concentration  What brought you to the field of public health? I have always had a passion for helping others, and I feel that the field of public health is going to allow me to do that on a grand scale. Additionally, it allows me to continue my education and passion for the sciences.   What do you like most… Continue Reading

Working to Improve the Health and Safety of Immigrant Feedlot Workers

Antonia Correa, Dr. Kathleen Grant, Ellen Duysen, Natalia Trinidad, Dr. Gustavo Carlo, Dr. Athena Ramos, Rodrigo Gamboa, Marcela Carvajal-Suarez, Axel Fuentes)

Spotlight on Research at COPH – Increasing numbers of Latino immigrants are working in agricultural production across the U.S., and these workers represent a significant portion of the agricultural labor force. Research has documented that agriculture and animal production can be risky business. In fact, this industry has the highest fatality rate of any industry with approximately 100 agricultural workers injured every day. Even with these sobering statistics, research on the health and safety practices of immigrant cattle feedlot workers is sorely lacking. Dr. Athena… Continue Reading

Education needs on intimate partner violence explored

Piicture of Alena Skrundevskiy and Jessica Semin

Education Highlight – On Thursday, December 7, 2014, UNMC College of Public Health graduate students Jessica Semin and Alena Skrundevskiy discussed the results of a needs assessment they oversaw designed to pinpoint education needs for health profession students on intimate partner violence (IPV). Topics included: IPV as a public health issue; the results of the needs assessment, which was compiled in the fall of 2016 to determine students’ needs and preferences for training programs on IPV; and the results of an intervention (a four-part, on-campus… Continue Reading

Replication studies strengthen research and education

Morshed Alam presenting at ICASA International Conference

Spotlight on Research at COPH – Replication of scientific research is currently a hot topic in the media. Research studies have been criticized for lacking standardized procedures, insufficient documentation and misuse of statistical techniques leading to results that cannot be duplicated by other researchers. In 2015, Drs. Meza, Smith, Yu, and Luo from the Department of Biostatistics received grants for replication studies from the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, in partnership with Science Exchange. The focus of these studies was to replicate results of HIV/AIDS… Continue Reading