MPH Students Join Nursing Students in Poverty Simulation

MPH students participated in a poverty simulation exercise hosted by the Loewenberg College of Nursing. The poverty simulation was a one-hour exercise simulating one month in the life of a family living near or below the poverty line. Teams of public health and nursing graduate students addressed public health problems related to several social determinants: poverty, transportation issues, secure and adequate housing, access to healthy food, and education.

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To view more photos of this simulation, click here

Public Health Practitioners Meet with MPH Students

A panel of Public Health Practitioners provided insight on career options to MPH students in the Foundations of Public Health class. Sharing their expertise with students were: Matthew McDaniel, MPH Tri-county Health Director in West Tennessee; Renea Satterwhite, MPH, Health Educator in West Tennessee; David Sweat, MPH, Chief of Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases Shelby County Health Department; and Tyler Zerwekh, DrPH, REHS, Administrator, Environmental Health Services Bureau, Shelby County Health Department.

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SPH Faculty and Graduate Students Presented Research at the APHA 2017 Annual Meeting and Expo

SPH Faculty and graduate students presented their research at the 145th annual meeting of the American Public Health Association. The APHA 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo was be held in Atlanta, GA on November 4-8, 2017 at the Georgia World Congress Center. This year's meeting theme was "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health." More than 12,000 public health professionals attended. Click here for a list of faculty and student presentations.

Memphis Breast Cancer Consortium Hosted at the University of Memphis

The Memphis Breast Cancer Consortium was held in the University Center on Tuesday October 24th, from 4:30pm-6:30pm. For more information check out the flyer here.

SPH Doctoral Students Publish a Series of Papers on Drug Use

Adam Alexander and Chris Obong'o, two doctoral students in Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Prachi Chavan, an Epidemiology doctoral student, collaborated on several recent publications related to illicit drug use. The papers may be accessed through the following links: Publication 1, Publication 2, Publication 3.

Dr. Marian Levy Receives Award from the Tennessee Public Health Association

Marian Levy, DrPH, Interim Associate Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Memphis, was awarded the Doris Spain Award for Distinguished Service at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Tennessee Public Health Association (TPHA).

Formerly known as the Distinguished Service Award, the award was renamed in honor of Doris Spain upon her retirement as executive director of the association for many years.

The Doris Spain Award for Distinguished Service is selected by the TPHA Board of Directors and is presented to a member of the Tennessee Public Health Association member who has made outstanding contributions to the Association over a period of several years. On receiving this award, Dr. Levy noted, "I am honored and humbled at this recognition, especially in light of the contributions Doris Spain has made to improve public health throughout her career."

Dr. Levy served as president of the Tennessee Public Health Association in 2012. During her presidency, TPHA received the Outstanding Affiliate Award from the American Public Health Association. She has served on the Governing Council of the American Public Health Association (APHA) since 2011 and was elected to the APHA Executive Board Nominations Committee in 2016.

As an affiliate member of the American Public Health Association, the Tennessee Public Health Association is the official professional organization for those engaged or interested in public health services and is endorsed by the administration of the Tennessee Department of Health.

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Patient-Centered Training Sessions

The UNITE for Better Health Outcomes group is dedicated to improving cancer disparities in Memphis and beyond. Our team partners cancer patients and family caregivers with people who work in health care and people who are involved in quality improvement and health services research. We are holding four partnering sessions in September and invite you to attend. Please also feel free to share this information with family and friends who don’t work in health care, but are cancer survivors or family caregivers. We will be providing incentives for participation and will be serving lunch, so we are asking people to please sign up using the Eventbrite links in the attached flyer. Click here to access the flyer for more information.

Mass Casualty Exercise Volunteers Needed

The Shelby County Health Department Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program conducted a Mass Casualty Medical Surge Exercise on October 11, 2017. The exercise involved having volunteers be moulaged, triaged, and sent to one of 17 hospitals in our jurisdiction for care. Please see the attached flyer for details.

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Health Impact Assessment Workshop Hosted by SPH

The Health Impact Assessment (HIA) workshop was hosted by the University of Memphis School of Public Health in affiliation with the Tennessee Department of Health and the Pew Charitable Trust on Wednesday, Aug. 2 in the University Center.

Doctoral Students' Studies Published

Dr. Jayaprakash Kumar, a current doctoral student in Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Dr. Andy Collins, an alumna of that program, both led studies that were published last week. Dr. Kumar published a systematic review of oral health status among Indian prisoners in Saudi Journal of Oral and Dental Health, and Dr. Collins published her dissertation on bone accrual in youth swimmers and controls in Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. Dr. Kumar's study can be accessed here, and Dr. Collins study can be accessed here

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Morgan McClendon, a student in the MHA program, has been awarded the 2017 Bugbee-Falk Book Award by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). (click here for more information)

Public Health Summer Institute 2017 (Aug. 7-18)

The University of Memphis School of Public Health hosted the 2017 Summer Institute. One and two-day workshops were held on the following topics: "R" for beginners, data analysis and programming in STATA, modeling and techniques in causal inference, data analysis and presentation using Excel, SAS for beginners, intermediate/advanced SAS, and SPSS and basic analytics.

Neurobiology of Traumatic Stress: The ACE Study and How to "even the odds"

Baptist Women's and Children's Hospital hosted a presentation on May 11th to increase awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences. Dr. Jeffrey Rowe spoke on "Neurobiology of Traumatic Stress: The ACE study and How to Even the Odds."

Professor Relyea Receives University's Career Milestone Award

George Relyea , Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Environmental Health, was presented with a Career Milestone Award on behalf of Dr. Rudd and the University of Memphis for 35 years of service. A valued faculty member of the School of Public Health, students appreciate his teaching and mentorship. Click here to view Professor Relyea with his distinguished award.

Memphis Area Breastfeeding Symposium

The Shelby County Breastfeeding Coalition welcomed area FPs, Pediatricians, OBGYNs, Neonatologists, Nurses, Hospital Administrators, Peer Counselors, Nutritionists and community leaders on June 14, 2017. Photos from the event can be found here.

SPH Faculty Collaborate on Cancer Research

SPH faculty visited the American Cancer Society (ACS) in collaboration with Ahmedin Jemal and his team on several lung cancer projects. Pictured from left to right: Anna Lin (ACS), Meredith Ray (UM), Nick Faris (Baptist Cancer Center), Raymond Osarogiagbon (Baptist Cancer Center, UM adjunct), Matthew Smeltzer (UM), Fedoria Rugless (Baptist Cancer Center), Helmneh Sineshaw (ACS), and Ahmedin Jemal (ACS).

Five Public Health Community Scholars Named

The School of Public Health at the University of Memphis is pleased to announce the third of five cohorts of Public Health Community Scholars. The following five first-year MPH students were named 2017 Public Health Community Scholars: Jessica Bell, Morgan Bromley, Andrea Jacobo, Brittany Julius, and Aisha Morafa. These scholarships were made possible by a $500,000 gift from a generous, anonymous donor.

Awardees will receive a monthly stipend during their 3-month summer MPH Practicum and the following academic year that completes their graduate study. Additionally, a tuition waiver will be provided for the second year of MPH coursework. In return, students will work 20 hours per week during their 3-month summer practicum at a community location and will continue working 20 hours/week at that location during the following academic year.

Awards were made on the basis of history of contribution to health improvement in the Memphis metropolitan area, academic qualifications, advisor recommendation, and demonstrated need. The awards committee consisted of SPH faculty and community public health practitioners. The School of Public Health is proud to recognize these scholars whose efforts will contribute greatly to the health of our community.

University of Memphis Designated a White House Healthy Campus

The School of Public Health collaborated with Church Health, and other on-campus groups, in a White House challenge to become a designated "White House Healthy Campus." The challenge offered weekly in-person information and enrollment counseling for the Affordable Care Act Marketplace. For more information about this achievement, please click here.

Dr. Kenneth Ward Named the 2017 American Academy of Health Behavior Research Laureate

Congratulations to Dr. Kenneth D. Ward as he is named the 2017 American Academy of Health Behavior Research Laureate. Dr. Ward will be honored on Sunday, March 19, 2017 during the Welcome Address at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Arizona. For more information about the Research Laureate, click here.

SPH Named Among the Best Online Master's Degrees

The University of Memphis School of Public Health was named among the Best Online Master's Degrees in Public Health for 2016. Our National Rank in Affordable Colleges online was 21st. For more information about this achievement, please click here

Dr. Erik Carlton Featured in Public Health Minute

Dr. Erik Carlton, Assistant Professor of Health Systems Management and Policy, and Director of the MHA program, was featured in a Public Health Minute that will be aired nationally on NPR in December and January. The mp3 of the program can be found here.

Dr. Marian Levy Elected to American Public Health Association Executive Board

Marian Levy, DrPH, RD, FAND, Interim Associate Dean, was recently elected to the American Public Health Association's executive board as a member of the Nominations Committee at this year's 144th Annual Meeting in Denver, CO. She will serve a four-year term of office (2016-2020).

Dr. Wilfried Karmaus Receives Nih r01 Grant to Study Early Prevention of Lung Disease

Wilfried Karmaus, MD,, MPH, has been awarded $3.2 million by the National Institutes of Health to study the improvement of early prevention of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; please click here for details about this important research. 

Calendar of Events

 Friday, November 17th | 2:00 pm- 3:00 pm | Robison Hall (Room TBD)
Public Health Focused Literature Review
Dr. Irma Quinones, Public Health Library Liaison, has graciously offered a public health focused literature review workshop. The workshop will be held Friday, November 17th from 2-3 pm in Robison Hall (Room TBD).

Dr. Quinones will provide tips to developing a comprehensive literature review specific to public health (Just in time for term papers). Please join us for this wonderful opportunity!

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