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Todd Wyatt, PhD: Research into the Effects of Agricultural Dust Exposures on Chronic Inflammatory Lung Disease

Spotlight on Research at COPH – A former popular tagline for the American Lung Association is “When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters.” Unfortunately, this statement is true for too many Americans. Between 35-40 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In fact, these kinds of ongoing, progressive lung diseases are now the third leading cause of death in the United States. Treatment and management of chronic lung disease costs our nation in excess of… Continue Reading

Eleanor G. Rogan, PhD

Faculty Highlight – Dr. Rogan sees her main mission as facilitating opportunities for students and faculty in the Environmental, Agricultural and Occupational Health Department, from teaching to research to service.  She has played an integral role in the growth of the college, its programs, and its research agenda. In her lectures in professional and graduate student courses, she tries to engage the students to see possibilities for them to use their talents, skills, and interests. Her goal is for students to learn the essential knowledge… Continue Reading

Oyewale Shiyanbola

Student Highlight – Oyewale Shiyanbola is a doctoral student in the department of Health Services Research and Administration. He is from Southwestern Nigeria and completed his MPH in Public Health Administration at the UNMC College of Public Health. He has a medical degree from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and has worked as a general medical practitioner in both urban and rural settings. His work with rural populations in Nigeria stimulated his interest in public health. The impact of preventive services in maintaining a healthy… Continue Reading

Plaza Partnership: Supporting Collaborative Health Sciences Research

Spotlight on Research at COPH – The scene: Ten tables of four are spread throughout a meeting room, covered with large pieces of paper, markers and post-its. At each table sit individuals who, regardless of occupation or discipline, share mutual interest in and passion for the health of the South Omaha community. The room buzzes with conversation around a single question posed to the group: What will it look like and feel like when a truly trustworthy relationship is in place that fosters the research… Continue Reading

Drugs and Lactation: Information You Can Trust!

Public Health Community Advisory – The websites of state breastfeeding coalitions are excellent sources of information and resources that women can trust. For example, the Nebraska Breastfeeding Coalition ( includes information and resources on topics such as: Learn to Breastfeed Common Concerns Family and Partner Support Breastfeeding with Confidence Return to Work and Continue Breastfeeding Pumping and Storage However, state breastfeeding coalition websites don’t include information on a nursing mother’s safe use of over-the-counter (OTC) medications or prescription medications. A mother may wonder whether a… Continue Reading

Affordable Care Act Supports for Nursing Mothers in the Workplace

Public Health in the National News –  Passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) in 2010 improved the picture for breastfeeding women in the workforce. PPACA amends Section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) of 1938 by adding provisions requiring employers to provide reasonable break times for nursing employees to express milk and that they provide a place, other than a bathroom, shielded from view and free from intrusion in which to express milk (Section 7(f) of the Fair Labor… Continue Reading