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Dr. Risto Rautiainen

Faculty Highlight – Risto Rautiainen, PhD, MS, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental, Agricultural and Occupational Health; Director, Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health Dr. Rautiainen grew up on a farm in Finland. After mandatory military training, he completed a master’s degree in agriculture, majoring in agricultural engineering at the University of Helsinki. His thesis work involved safety of agricultural machinery, which initiated his interest in research and prevention of agricultural injuries. He joined the Finnish Farmers Social Insurance Institution, where he developed outreach… Continue Reading

Irene H. Suh, MS

Student Highlight – Irene Suh was born in Seoul, Korea, and immigrated to the United Sates in 1994. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in UNMC’s COPH, with a focus on occupational health, under the guidance of Dr. Ka-Chun Siu. Specifically, her research focuses on how to reduce the effects of distraction on surgical performance using feedback training. Irene says that her doctoral program in the COPH gives her “a broader opportunity to expand my research interests in both patient safety and surgical errors… Continue Reading

Dr. Jaime Gofin’s Research Shows Effectiveness of Community Oriented Primary Care

Spotlight on Research at COPH – Dr. Jaime Gofin’s Research Shows Effectiveness of Community Oriented Primary Care Community oriented primary care (COPC) constitutes a bridge between medicine (individual clinical care) and public health, in which the focus of care is the total community, allowing the care of both the individual and the community to be implemented and carried out by a single team. It is a practical model of health care delivery that seeks to rationalize, organize, and systematize existing health resources through interventions at… Continue Reading

Foodborne Disease Risk During the Holidays

Public Health Community Advisory – Foodborne Disease Risk During the Holidays KM Monirul Islam, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology Several holidays that many people in the United States will be celebrating are right around the corner. Many people will get together with family and friends, often to share a meal. Unless we’re careful, holiday meals may pose health risks and injuries to those we care about. Dr. Islam, who has been an infectious disease practitioner and currently teaches infectious disease classes in the… Continue Reading

Health Care Reform

Public Health in the National News – Health Care Reform By Jim Stimpson, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Health Services Research and Administration The Affordable Care Act of 2010 was the most sweeping change to the US health care system since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. There are 10 titles of the law, which touch nearly every aspect of the US health care system: 1.   Quality, affordable health care for all Americans 2.   Role of public programs (Medicaid and the Children’s Health… Continue Reading