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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

Ketki Patel, PhD, MPH

Alumni Highlight: Ketki Patel (MPH in EAOH ’12, and PhD in EPI ’16) Hometown: Anand, Gujarat, India Current career position:  I recently joined the Texas Department of State Health Services (TX DSHS) as a level-III Epidemiologist in the Environmental and Injury Epidemiology and Toxicology (EIET) unit. The best aspects of my job are the diversity of projects and the ability to hone my applied public health skills. One day I am analyzing data, then the next day I am preparing standard operating procedures on information… Continue Reading

Novel Intervention Models to Advance Public Health

Spotlight on Research at COPH – Paul Estabrooks, Ph.D. is a professor and the Harold M. Maurer Distinguished Chair of Public Health for the Department of Health Promotion, Social and Behavioral Health. Over the previous 20 years, Dr. Estabrooks has engaged in integrated research-practice partnerships to develop and test effective, practical, and sustainable physical activity, nutrition, and weight control interventions. Dr. Estabrooks’ work has focused on the integration of research and practice at the systems level, as this results in interventions that benefit from traditional research… Continue Reading

APHA 2016: A Snapshot of Nebraska Success

Public Health Community Advisory – The American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Annual Meeting, held in Denver, Colorado, Oct 30-Nov 2, once again attracted thousands of public health professionals from around the nation and globe, including a number of students, faculty, staff and alumni from COPH. In addition to attending sessions, learning and networking, COPH people shared a wide range of work via 20 poster presentations, 12 oral presentations and four roundtables. Of those presentations, 16 were led by students, and nearly all had students involved… Continue Reading

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