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Emily Blanchard

Student Highlight: Emily Blanchard Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska Degree Program/Concentration:  Public Health Certificate in Maternal and Child Health What brought you to the field of public health? I’ve been working in public health and healthcare since 2002. I joined the Peace Corps after college and spent three years in El Salvador as a health education volunteer. When I returned to the states, I went to nursing school. I have worked in high-risk obstetrics in an academic hospital for 13 years and knew that eventually, I wanted… Continue Reading

Exposure to price promotions for cigarette is associated with financial stress among smokers

Spotlight on Research at COPH – Tobacco is one of the most marketed products in the United States. The tobacco industry has increasingly concentrated its marketing efforts at the point of sale (POS). In 2013, over 85% of the $8.9 billion of tobacco industry expenditure on marketing was made on POS sales promotion activities to reduce the price of cigarettes. Research conducted by Mohammad Siahpush and colleagues from University of Nebraska Medical Center revealed that smokers who are exposed to higher levels of cigarette price… Continue Reading

LiveWell Omaha’s Vision for an Accountable Health Community

Practice/Community Highlight – This year’s LiveWell Omaha Annual Meeting had a twist: the launch of a new brand. The organization, which has helped shape the public health landscape of Douglas County for over 20 years, leads a coalition of organizations that are committed to prioritizing and improving conditions that impact the health of our community. LiveWell Omaha believes that our community thrives when each of us has an equitable opportunity to live well – right here in Douglas County. Under this new brand, many key… Continue Reading

Kaeli Samson, MA, MPH

Kaeli Samson, MA, MPH

Alumni Highlight: Kaeli Samson, MA, MPH (Biostatistics, 2016) Hometown: Omaha, NE Current career position: I work as a Statistician in the Department of Biostatistics in the UNMC College of Public Health. In this position I work with research groups across campus, and sometimes across Nebraska, to help with their data analysis and interpretation. This job allows me to use and expand the statistics, research, and SAS skills I learned in my program [Master of Public Health (MPH) – Biostatistics Concentration ], plus I get exposed to… Continue Reading

Summer Epidemiology Research in a Mediterranean Island

UNMC College of Public Health Faculty, Dr. Evi Farazi, and two Master of Public Health (MPH)-Epidemiology students, Ellana Haakenstad and Emma Schultz, spent part of this past summer setting up research projects at the Bank of Cyprus Oncology Center, the largest oncology treatment center in Cyprus, a small island in the Eastern Mediterranean. The students received an award from the Cancer Epidemiology Education in Special Populations program at UNMC, headed by Dr. Amr Soliman, for their summer work which was executed. Both projects were based… Continue Reading

Public Health Association of Nebraska (PHAN) Annual Conference

Public Health Practice – The 2017 Public Health Association of Nebraska (PHAN) annual conference was held on September 21 and 22 in Lincoln, NE. This year’s theme was Public Health 150: Opportunities for Innovation, Advocacy, and Action. Over 20 students, staff, and faculty from UNMC COPH attended the conference. Abby Hughes, MPH student, described it as, “Very engaging! I enjoyed learning about different public health efforts across the state and nation as well as networking with other public health professionals.” Students, faculty, and alumni also… Continue Reading

Nada Alnaji

Nada Alnaji

Student Highlight: Nada Alnaji Hometown: Qatif, Saudi Arabia Degree Program/Concentration: Ph.D. in Epidemiology What brought you to the field of public health? I started my career in clinical medicine then I realized that public health has a bigger impact when it comes to solving global health problems, especially the ones related to minorities and for those in conflict settings. “Saving lives, a million at a time.” What do you like most about the COPH? I like that it is a small college where people know… Continue Reading