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Janelle J. Jacobson, PhD

Janelle J. Jacobson, PhD

Alumni Highlight- Janelle J. Jacobson, PhD in Health Services Research, Administration and Policy (2014) Hometown: Badger, Iowa Current career position: I am Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator, State University of New York at Potsdam. While at SUNY Potsdam, I have played an integral role in the development and implementation of a new Masters of Science in Community Health degree program. I have also had the opportunity to guide our students through their professional project experience, which has been a very rewarding experience. This position… 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

NE SciFest – A Statewide Event

Public Health Community Advisory – With a mission of stimulating curiosity and exciting the minds of children and adults about the amazing world of science, the Nebraska Science Festival (“NE SciFest”) celebrated four years of outreach in April 2016 with events and activities taking place throughout Nebraska. In 2016, the NESciFest expanded its reach by: growing, with more events (from 56 in 2015 to 88), venues (36 to 48), cities (12 to16) and attendees (13,699 to 17,676). increasing content and attendance through signature events such… Continue Reading

College of Public Health Offers Courses at Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department

Education Highlight – The changing public health landscape creates several new challenges and opportunities for local and state health departments. To take advantage of some of these new opportunities, many departments are placing a greater emphasis on community and strategic planning, analyzing new data, focusing more on quality improvement and performance management, and forming collaborative partnerships to improve population health outcomes. However, these changes have forced local and state health agencies to reassess the skills and competencies of their public health workforce.  Knowing this the… Continue Reading

Olugbadero Yerokun-Houessou, MSc

Student Highlight: Olugbadero Yerokun-Houessou, MSc Hometown: Lusaka, Zambia Degree Program/Concentration: Master of Public Health, Health Policy concentration What brought you to the field of public health? I have always enjoyed molecular science and trained to become both an HIV and cancer researcher. I worked as a research scientist in the HIV drug resistance department at the Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) for a little over a year, and this was my first real exposure to a combination of molecular science and population-based… Continue Reading

FAMILY, Inc.

Public Health Practice – For children to achieve academically, they must be prepared to enter school. FAMILY, Inc. was founded in 1991 upon the principle that school readiness could be achieved by partnering with parents during the critical early years of life to equip parents with the skills they need to prepare their child for formal education. To comprehensively address the challenges children were experiencing it was determined that the curriculum would need to include a focus on the physical and social-emotional needs of the… Continue Reading

Jenny Sharrick, MPH (MCH, 2016)

Alumni Highlight: Jenny Sharrick, MPH (MCH, 2016) Hometown: Hastings, Nebraska Current career position: Jenny Sharrick’s journey towards a career in public health was accidental and unexpected. Growing up in Hastings, Nebraska she worked on health promotion in areas of food insecurity, poverty, sexual health and hearing health, but formal training was never something she had considered. Jenny began her time at COPH with the Maternal and Child Health certificate program and eventually graduated in December 2016 with an MPH in Maternal and Child Health. She… Continue Reading