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Public Health students had a strong showing at the University's 29th Annual Student Research Forum, held on March 27th

The following students' abstracts were accepted for presentation: Prachi Chavan, Cheryl Clausal, Oluwaseyi Isehunwa, Yu-Sheng Lee, Wei Liu, Meghan Meadows, Michael Schmidt, Obrenka Thompson, Lisa Wang. President Rudd recognized two of our Epidemiology students as Second-Place Award winners in their research categories:
Meghan Meadows (MPH): "Hospital Visits over Time for a Pediatric Sickle-Cell Population on Hydroxyurea"; Wei Liu (PhD): "Emotional, Behavioral and Psychiatric Outcomes in Long-Term Survivors of Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (All)". And Daleniece Higgins, an Epidemiology doctoral student, was the featured speaker at the Awards Ceremony! Congratulations to all!

Walk the talk: health equity symposium

As part of National Public Health Week, the Shelby County Health Department and University of Tennessee Extension would like to invite you to Walk the Talk: Health Equity Symposium on Monday, April 3rd from 3:30-7pm at the University of Tennessee Student Alumni Center. We hope that you will join as we learn how to walk the talk for health equity, including an inspiriting keynote by Sheila Savannah of the Prevention Institute and several special sessions led by local leaders who are leading us in health equity work in Shelby County. Click here for the link to RSVP, and here for the event flyer. 

Rural Cancer Control: Challenges & Opportunities

The University of Memphis and FedEx Institute of Technology are hosting a research meeting on Rural Cancer Control: Challenges & Opportunities on May 4-5th, 2017 in Memphis, Tennessee. The meeting will bring together a community of researchers to identify promising advances in cancer control research that will address cancer disparities in rural areas. For more information and a preview of the agenda, please click here. Free registration includes an evening poster reception on May 4th and breakfast and lunch on May 5th. Click here to register. 

Memphis area breastfeeding symposium

The Shelby County Breastfeeding Coalition welcomes area FPs, Pediatricians, OBGYNs, Neonatologists, Nurses, Hospital Administrators, Peer Counselors, Nutritionists and community leaders. The event will take place on June 14, 2017 from 8 am- 5 pm. Registration is free and lunch will be provided. (CERPs, CEs $10, CMEs $25). For more information, please click here, and for the flyer, click 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)

Epidemiology Doctoral Student Presented Research to State Legislators

Gov. Bill Haslam has proclaimed Feb. 6-10 Graduate Education Week in Tennessee. On Feb. 8, doctoral student Daleniece Higgins presented her research, titled, "Comparing Quality and Safety of Foods Sold in Low vs. High Income Neighborhoods" to state legislators at the Legislative Plaza in Nashville. Ms. Higgins was selected to represent the University of Memphis Graduate School at the 10th Annual Tennessee Conference of Graduate Schools.

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. 

Asos mahmood to present at the fulbright alumni conference 

Asos Mahmood, a doctoral student in Health Systems and Policy, will present his research at the competitive Fulbright Alumni Conference on Public Health and Health Sciences in Cairo, Egypt this February. His research is entitled, "Burn injuries, ten years of hospital outcomes of burn in Kurdistan Region of Iraq."

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. Soumitra Bhuyan's press release by British Medical Journal Press

An editorial led by Dr. Soumitra Bhuyan, an Assistant Professor of Health Systems Management and Policy, School of Public Health urges the international community to defend medical neutrality in war zones — and urges the United Nations to act when health care facilities are attacked. The link to the article can be found here

dr. yong yang to speak at the 27th Annual art & science of health promotion conference

Dr. Yong Yang, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, is an invited speaker at the 27th Annual Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference on March 27-31, 2017 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. More information on this conference can be found by clicking 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, Dr.med., 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

sph buttonsMonday, March 27th | 10:00 am- 11:30 am | UC Ballroom (Room 320)
29th Annual Student Research Forum
This joint event, hosted by the Graduate School and the Honors Program, is the time for students to showcase their research! For more information, click here. 


sph buttonsSaturday, April 8th | 11:00 am- 2:00 pm | Audubon Park
School of Public Health Family Picnic 
Join us for food, fun, and outdoor games! There will be a healthy dish challenge, so feel free to bring your favorite dish to share! Click here to RSVP, and here to see the event flyer. 




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