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Ebola and Beyond: High-Level Biocontainment for Healthcare Facilities MOOC

Education Highlight – The University of Nebraska Medical Center’s (UNMC) College of Public Health launched a massive open online course (MOOC), Ebola and Beyond: High-Level Biocontainment for Healthcare Facilities. During the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, UNMC along with their clinical partner Nebraska Medicine was recognized as a national asset based on their “gold standard” for safety protocols and treatment of patients infected with the Ebola virus while overseas. To strengthen the nation’s capability to respond to highly infectious diseases, the U.S. Department of… Continue Reading

Moses New-Aaron

Student Highlight: Moses New-Aaron Hometown/Country: Ponyon, Kogi State, Nigeria. Degree Program/Concentration: Master of Public Health, Biostatistics Concentration  What brought you to the field of public health? After College, I received training from the United States President ‘s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) for logistics management of HIV/AIDS commodities and in Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) assay of HIV for early infant diagnosis. We provided data on the progress of the mother to child transmission of HIV interventions to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…. Continue Reading

The 2016 Public Health Association of Nebraska (PHAN) Annual Conference

Public Health Practice – The 2016 Public Health Association of Nebraska (PHAN) Annual Conference was held in Lincoln, NE September 29 and 30. The theme of this year’s conference was Creating a Healthy Nebraska  – One Vision, Many Voices.  With over 250 participants the 2016 conference was the largest ever. UNMC COPH was well represented with over 30 students attending the conference, many for the first time thanks to the membership and registration drive sponsored by the COPH Student Association and Office of Public Health… Continue Reading

COPH Notable Mentions

COPH mourns the recent loss of one of our own. Ms. Jackie Hill was a tremendous champion of public health – not just as a professional but also in her personal life which was dedicated to educating women in the prevention of breast cancer. More information about Jackie and her remarkable life can be found in the following UNMC Today link: http://www.unmc.edu/news.cfm?match=19337 Dr. Renaisa Anthony was honored for her work in health advocacy by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NC100BW) Greater Omaha Chapter…. Continue Reading

Kelli Gruber, MPH

Alumni Highlight – Kelli Gruber, MPH (Epidemiology, 2014) Hometown: York, NE Current Career Position: I recently returned from Colorado, where I completed two years with the Colorado state health department as a CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellow. Now I am with the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition (GSCN) as a Research Associate. The collaborative work environment at GSCN allows me to apply the epidemiology and biostatistics knowledge and skills I acquired during my training at UNMC to both community-focused work and research efforts. The best aspects… Continue Reading

Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health Recommended for 5 More Years of Funding

Spotlight on Research at COPH – The Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (CS-CASH), a NIOSH agricultural forestry and fishing Center, has received recommendation for a second 5 year cycle of funding beginning September 2016. The aims of CS-CASH are to conduct high quality research and translate scientific discoveries into practical applications to reduce the burden of injury and illness among farmers, ranchers, their families, and workers. The Center has high scientific and technical competency, is forward looking, and has a strong network… Continue Reading

National Infant Mortality Awareness Month

Public Health Community Advisory – September is Infant Mortality Awareness month, and CityMatCH is looking to draw attention to the inequities that still linger. Overall, the United States is making progress in reducing infant mortality rates (IMR). In 2013, the IMR was 5.96/1,000 live births. From 2005 through 2011, the infant mortality rate declined 12 percent. The decline was highest in states with the highest burden, which is encouraging news.[1] However, the disparity between white and black infant mortality continues to persist. If projections hold true,… Continue Reading