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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

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

Race, Inclusion, Diversity & Equity (RIDE) Initiative

Public Health Community Advisory – The Race, Inclusion, Diversity & Equity (RIDE) Initiative was created by Renaisa S. Anthony, MD, MPH, Deputy Director of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities and Assistant Professor in the College of Public Health. Providing support for the RIDE Initiative are co-investigators, Todd Wyatt, Ph.D., Professor in the Colleges of Public Health and Medicine and Chad Abresh, M.Ed., Executive Director of CityMatch. The trio successfully competed for and received grant funding from the College of Public Health Innovation Fund in February… Continue Reading

Bringing Interprofessional Education (IPE) to Life for Public Health Students

Education Highlight – Shifts in healthcare delivery, toward a patient-centered, collaborative model, depend upon a high-functioning, multidisciplinary health team. In response to these trends, academic institutions have been developing approaches to Interprofessional Education (IPE), so that students are prepared to work effectively in a team environment. In fact, all academic accrediting bodies for major health professions’ education, including public health, now mandate IPE training. UNMC has been at the forefront of IPE, holding biannual IPE days for all students across campus since 2008, and helped… Continue Reading

Lisa Weissenburger-Moser Boyd

Lisa Weissenburger-Moser Boyd

Student Highlight: Lisa Weissenburger-Moser Boyd Hometown: West Des Moines, IA Degree Program/Concentration: PhD in epidemiology What brought you to the field of public health? Prior to earning my MPH, I joined the Peace Corps and taught chemistry. The Peace Corps gave me first-hand experience with population health, and it was during this service that I saw the need for sustainable programs in the health field. I came across public health and knew that was where I belonged and was I even more excited as I… Continue Reading

Engaging Strategic Partners to Manage Chronic Disease in the Nebraska Panhandle

Kelsey Palm, MPH

Public Health Practice –  The Panhandle Public Health District (PPHD) serves the 12 counties that make up the Panhandle of Nebraska – Banner, Box Butte, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Grant, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff, Sioux, and Sheridan counties. Scotts Bluff County, the most recent addition to the health district, officially joined as a department in December 2016. Collectively, the district provides service to approximately 88,000 people spanning more than 14,000 square miles. UNMC College of Public Health MPH graduate Kelsey Palm began work at PPHD in… Continue Reading

COPH Notable Mentions

COPH Notable Mentions – In the Fall 2016 semester, the following students fulfilled the requirements for the Certificate in Public Health, Certificate in Emergency Preparedness, Master of Public Health, Master of Science in Emergency Preparedness and Doctor of Philosophy. Congratulations to all these graduating students! Best wishes to them in their chosen public health professions. Certificate in Emergency Preparedness Namuun Bat-Erdene Certificate in Public Health Kathryn Grafel Jan Moore  Master of Public Health Graduates & Capstone Project Sarah Aurit (BIOS) – Parkinson’s Disease and Cancer Incidence:… Continue Reading