Dr. Wu's Research Team Publishes Study in the Journal of Community Health
Elizabeth Nagelhout, MPH, Kristen Comarell, MPH, Jewel Samadder, MD and Yelena Wu, PhD collaborate to public study finding about barriers to colorectal cancer screening in the Journal of Community Health. Read the Article
Global Partners Manager and Division of Public Health Professor, Kathy Pedersen, MPAS, Collaborates with Moroccan Ministry of Health
In 2016 senior management of the Moroccan Ministry of Health, in collaboration with University of Utah Global Partners, completed an initial healthcare needs assessment. The results identified emergency medicine as an area of need. Global Partners manager and senior advisor, Kathy Pedersen, MPAS and Donald M. Pedersen, PhD, PA-C, oversee the partnerships and projects of the program.
At the request of the Moroccan Ministry of Health, Global Partners developed the 2017 Emergency Care and Life Support Program as an academic corporate partnership to meet health needs in Morocco.
Read More about the 2017 Emergency Care and Life Support Program
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Save the Date for Public Health & Disasters
Public Health & Disasters is a multidisciplinary national conference that brings together professionals from a variety of disciplines including academia, public health, community disaster preparedness, EMS, medical practice, and emergency response, as well as policy-makers from governmental and non-governmental organizations, and the media. The conference seeks to provide public health professionals and their partner agencies and organizations with the opportunity to exchange ideas and concepts that will improve emergency public health preparedness in their local community and support the collaboration and coordination necessary for effective and efficient preparedness and response.
Topics this year include Healthcare Coalitions, Risk Assessment: Mapping & Planning, California Drought and Flooding, Emergency Toolkit Utilization, Coordination of Hospital and Medical Response, and more
Public Health Students Present at the ASCO Cancer Survivorship Symposium
Division of Public Health PhD candidates, Brenna Blackburn and Sean Soisson, presented their cancer survivor research at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Cancer Survivorship Symposium: Advancing Care and Research. Read more about the PhD candidates below.
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The Division of Public Health held a career fair for public health students!
Drs. Heidi Hanson and Yelena Wu Featured in Algorithms for Innovation
Division of Public Health faculty, Heidi Hanson, PhD, MS and Yelena Wu, PhD, were featured in the Algorithms for Innovation article, Fueling the Fire: Fostering Women in Science. The article features young female scientists that are thriving in the University Health Sciences. Read More
More photos of our events, booth, students and faculty from the APHA 2016 annual meeting and expo.
Utah Public Health Student Ambassadors Update
Utah Public Health Student Ambassadors (UPHSA) has had an exciting fall semester. In its second year as a student group, we have already surpassed the amount of students reached last year. We started the year off on campus at Plazafest and traveled to BYU and Sandy to speak to high school students about public health. Our last event of the semester takes place at Dixie State in St. George on December 1-2. We currently have two presentations, one about epidemiology and another on injury prevention, which we have partnered with Primary Children’s Hospital. For the spring semester, we want to keep the momentum going. Information about future events will be distributed through the Division of Public Health newsletter and announcements sent out by Jill Stephenson and Hailey McCormick.
We are calling for more students to be involved with UPHSA and are also working on a presentation with Huntsman Cancer Institute on skin cancer prevention. If you are interested in more information or how to be involved, contact us at UPHSA@utah.edu or check out our website at uphsainfo.wixsite.com/uphsa and our facebook page @UPHSA.
Need a Lyft? UPHSA partnered with Lyft to give new riders a $50 credit - lyft.com/invite/UPHSA. Be safe out there!
The Division of Public Health is at APHA! More news to follow next month.
The Division of Public Health held a gala in honor of the launch of the alumni association! The Alumni raised over $800 for student scholarships. Special thanks to all who attended and tune in for more news.
Public Health Graduate Rises Corporate Ladder at PEGUS Research
Kimberly Anderson, graduate of the Division of Public Health, has risen through the ranks at PEGUS Research to become vice president of clinical operations. She joined the company in its call center, but loved the work and the company so much she completed a bachelor’s degree and a master’s in public health in order to progress within the firm. Read More
Students from the Asia Campus Celebrate Chuseok: Korean Thanksgiving Day
Chuseok, also known as Korean Thanksgiving Day, is one of the most important and festive holidays of the year. This year, Chuseok falls on Thursday, September 19th, but the holiday period actually lasts for three days in total – including the day before and after Chuseok. Read More
Drs. Porucznik and Stanford Announced as Lead Principal Investigators on $3.1 Million Award to Study Children's Health
The September 21, 2016 the University of Utah released that a $3.1 million award was received from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study children's health in conjunction with the national launch of the Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) initiative. Read more
Official Launch of the Public Health Alumni Association
The Division of Public Health has officially launched the Alumni Association. The association will be holding its first annual gala to introduce the association and celebrate 40+ years of Public Health education.
New Faculty at Public Health
Dr. Steven Godin joined the Division of Public Health within the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine in July, 2016. Beyond teaching in the graduate public health programs on the main campus and Asian campus, Dr. Godin’s role will be to build the undergraduate public health programs (tracks include: nutrition, global health, health policy, and environmental) so they become CEPH (Council on Education in Public Health) accredited. Prior to arriving at the U of U, Dr. Godin served on faculty within the Department of Health Studies faculty at East Stroudsburg University (ESU) both as an undergraduate BSPH coordinator (1994-2007) and graduate MPH program director (2007-2015). Read More about Dr. Godin
A new semester started at the Division of Public Health in Asia! We are welcoming new students to the program. Read More
Public Health Faculty Participate in Childhood Cancer Research
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (August 30, 2016) – The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-powered and donor-centered charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, is proud to award a $90,650 St. Baldrick’s Research Grant to support the work of Anne Kirchhoff, Ph.D., a researcher at Huntsman Cancer Institute and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Utah.
With the grant from St. Baldrick’s, Dr. Kirchhoff and her research team from the University of Utah, including Drs. Judy Ou, Heidi Hanson, and Jim VanDerslice, will be the first to study the relationship between air pollution, pulmonary health issues, and childhood cancer survivors. Using a unique epidemiologic resource, the Utah Population Database, her project aims to identify pulmonary health risks due to air pollution among childhood cancer survivors, which will help inform effects to prevent morbidity in this growing population. Read More
SPARK Study Newsletter
Dr. Wu and her research team recently completed a study on children at risk for melanoma to identify factors that impact children’s engagement in melanoma preventive behaviors (the SPARK Study). This study was funded in part by a F. Marian Bishop grant from the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of Utah awarded to Dr. Wu. The team held 6 focus groups with 39 parents and 6 groups with 37 children on melanoma prevention and the obstacles families face when implementing melanoma preventive behaviors. Participating children had a parent who had a history of melanoma. Read More
Ensign College of Public Health Graduation
Ensign College of Public Health, located in Kpong, Ghana, held the graduation ceremony of its first class of Master of Public Health graduates on July 16, 2016. The program focuses on public health disciplines including epidemiology, environmental public health, global public health, and foundations of public health. Graduates of the college will become leaders in their country and impact change in a variety of Public Health disciplines which will impact Public Health reforms in the county. Congratulations graduates! Read more
Health 2 Go Official Launch
Asia Campus MSPH student, Jihye Park, with Drs. Stanford and Schliep attended the 2016 Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research (SPER) Annual Meeting. They presented their poster and research on Perceived Stress and Time to Pregnancy.
Health 2 Go Launches in Ghana
Fifteen years ago Professor Steve Alder and Rick Haskins envisioned doing good for Ghana. Having been involved in projects engaging the community, they wanted to immerse with the culture, working closely with the healthcare system already in place, rather than create a new, little program that did more for humanitarian’s sake than for the actual needs of the people.
Malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhea are the leading causes of global death for children under-5 years of age with malnutrition reported to be a contributing factor in almost half of all under-5 deaths. Lack of access to healthcare and poor-health household practices have also affected the health of most people in Ghana. To combat these issues, Health 2 Go (H2Go) was the culmination of that vision, based off of the World Health Organization’s strategy of Integrated Management of Children’s Illness (IMCI). This pilot program, in collaboration with Rick Haskins’ organization, Cast a Pebble, along with the University of Utah, Ensign College of Public Health and Ghana Health Services, aims to reduce childhood morbidity and mortality in Ghana. It hopes to evolve into a nationwide program, building upon its sponsored relationship with Ghana Health Services, as it bridges the gap between the healthcare system and the community. Read More
Sun Safety and Avoidance of Skin Cancer in Schools (SASS) Project
Division of Public Health faculty member, Yelena Wu, Ph.D., was awarded a new grant, skin cancer prevention in Utah schools: The sun safety and avoidance of skin cancer in schools (SASS) project, from the Utah Department of Health through the Cancer Control Program. The project focuses on working with a rural and urban Utah school districts to address skin cancer prevention policies and educational programming in the schools. With Utah having the highest rate of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer in the country, we are excited to see Dr. Wu make her mark in the community.
Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Primary Care Research Fellowship
The Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at The University of Utah School of Medicine was recently awarded a Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Primary Care Research Fellowship designed to train professionals for careers in research and academic medicine. This five-year grant will support up to two fellows a year with stipends, tuition, and fees as well as salary support for faculty and funding for a local primary care research conference.
The Department of Family and Preventive Medicine Program Faculty overseeing the grant include: Christina A. Porucznik, PhD, MSPH; Fellowship Program Director; Associate Professor and Associate Division Chief for Education, Division of Public Health; Lisa H. Gren, PhD, MSPH; Assistant Professor; Director, University of Utah Primary Care Research Network; Joseph B. Stanford, MD, MSPH: Professor; Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics and Obstetrics & Gynecology; and Michael K. Magill, MD: Professor and Chairman.
CUGH 2016 Conference
April 9-11, 2016 the Consortium of Global University's 7th Annual Global Health Conference took place in San Francisco, CA. The Division of Public Health and the University of Utah were well represented at the conference with many students presenting posters featured at the conference. Global Health in Former Soviet Nations: Investigating the Determinants of Cardiovascular Health Across Armenia poster was a finalist for the Lancet-CUGH Best Student Poster. This was presented by: Calli Bennett, Rachel Huynh, Ben Berger, Dr. Marine Hovhannisyan, Casey Tak, and Hripsime Wright.
Graduation plans are underway for the Ensign College of Public Health’s first graduating class. The ceremony will be held on Saturday, July 16th and will be a memorable celebration for all in attendance. Admissions for fall 2016 have begun and the college continues to attract a strong and competitive applicant pool that is passionate about public health.
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The Public Health & Disasters Conference just wrapped up and was a SUCCESS! Special thanks to all of our amazing guest speakers and wonderful attendees!
Epi Essentials: For Public Health Practice is next Friday! The training theme is Evaluation and will cover collecting and analyzing data to assess program outcomes and will be taught by Kimberley Shoaf, DrPH, Associate Chief for Community Engagement, Division of Public Health, University of Utah. Find out more...
Cancer Control Research
Dr. Yelena Wu and MSPH student Bridget Grahmann of the Wu Team at Huntsman Cancer Institute recently published a blog post on what cancer control is and how it helps people with cancer as well as those who may never have it. The blog outlines the importance of cancer control research, examples of cancer control research, and how this research is used in practice. Read More
Congratulations to our 2015-16 Public Health Graduates!
The Division of Public Health graduation ceremony took place on May 19, 2016. The graduation keynote was Jason Perry, JD, Vice President, Government Relations, University of Utah; Director, Hinckley Institute of Politics. Thanks to all the staff and faculty that made the event special!
In April 2016, Kathy Pedersen of Global Partners at the University of Utah physician assistant students spent one month in Nepal, where they were immersed in the culture and the multiple facets of the Nepali health care system. The trip included visits to a busy city hospital, a small rural clinic in Ghandruk, and outreach rural health camps. The physician assistant students presented at a major seminar on health workforce in Nepal. Read More
Don M. Pedersen, PhD, PA-C, ventured to Mount Everest to honor Eve Girawong, PA-C, who passed during an avalanche on Mr. Everest that was triggered after a 7.9 earthquake in 2015 in Nepal. Read Don's story about how the Physicians Assisntant program honored and preserved Eve's legacy.