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University of Memphis Law Review Symposium

Friday, March 16th
The University of Memphis Law Review 2018 Symposium
Rachel Barenie, JD/MPH student and Symposium Editor of Law Review, is coordinating the 2018 Symposium addressing the national Opioid crisis on March 16th. The symposium is free, and the School of Public Health will provide CPH credits to attendees.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Clothing Drive for Homeless Shelby County School Students

The School of Public Health teamed up with Webbmark Health Solutions, Whole Foods, and Christian Brothers University to collect hats, socks, gloves, and scarves for homeless youth of Shelby County Schools through Dec. 4th. For more information, check out the flyer here.

2016 PHSA Officers

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Leah Reish, President
Meghan Meadows, Vice President
Stephanie Modert, Secretary
Victoria Liddle, Treasurer
Obrenka Thompson, Social Action Chair
Ashlyn Cahill, Advocacy Committee Chair

Harvard Professors will Discuss Health and the Global Environment

The School of Public Health will host the seminar presentation "The Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment as an Agent for Change" by Drs. John (Jack) Spengler and Gary Adamkiewicz Tuesday, November 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the University Center Senate Chamber (room 261).

Dr. Jack Spengler is Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation and director of the Center for Health and Global Environment at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, as well as director of the Sustainability and Environmental Management Program at Harvard Extension School. He has conducted research in personal monitoring, air pollution health effects, indoor air pollution, and a variety of sustainability issues.

Dr. Adamkiewicz is Assistant Professor of Environmental Health and Exposure Disparities at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is a member of the Science Advisory Committee for the National Center for Healthy Housing, and has served on EPA's Environmental Justice Technical Guidance Review Panel. His work focuses on the connections between housing and health, especially within low-income communities.

This visit is sponsored by the JPB-Harvard Environmental Health Fellowship Program granted by the JPB Foundation and managed by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Chunrong Jia, Associate Professor of Environmental Health in School of Public Health, University of Memphis, is currently a fellow in this program.

Tiger Blue Goes Green 2016

Tiger Blue Goes Green 2016, spearheaded by the School of Public Health in concert with the Herff College of Engineering and the Fogelman College of Business and Economics, was the University of Memphis' annual event to promote eco-responsibility and environmental sustainability. The event took place on Tuesday, September 27 in the Student Plaza from 10 am - 2 pm. This year's theme was "Sustainable Moves," highlighting our new partnership with Tiger Sports and Athletics. This event featured a Memphis Healthy U activity, with the Pom Squad leading us in dance moves! There was over 40 exhibits from the community and the U of M! For more information, please contact Dr. Marian Levy or check out this video to see great event highlights!

September: Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Dr. Brook Harmon does her part to bring awareness to childhood obesity by partnering with The Memphis Conference of the United Methodist Church. Her program, the Living Healthy Summer Camp, consists of a weeklong camp focusing on empowering children to become healthier through engaging them in cooking healthy meals as well as physical activity. In addition to camp, families are encouraged to maintain healthy eating habits and healthy lifestyles by completing weekly take home challenges and attending family sessions focused on culinary skills, physical activity, and health education.

Dr. Gerhild Ullmann works as the Project Director alongside Principal Investigator, Dr. Ward, with the FitKids program. Memphis FitKids is a web-based tool, designed to address the epidemic of childhood obesity in the mid-south. This initiative encourages healthy eating and promotes physical activity. Everyone can access FitKids through their personal computer or iPad, or at FitKids kiosks in the community (at the Memphis Public Libraries, the Pink Palace Family Museum, the YMCA, etc.). Using FitKids is easy - parents can take a free brief survey that provides a report with personalized recommendations on how to make lifestyle changes to reduce risk and support healthy behaviors. The program also includes an interactive map of healthy resources in the greater Memphis community. You can like the Memphis FitKids Facebook page or visit the FitKids website for more information about these wonderful programs

SPH and Nursing Welcome Dr. Alisa Haushaulter to UofM

Deans Lisa Klesges and Lin Zhan are hosting a reception with the new Shelby County Health Department Director on Friday, March 18 at the Community Health Building, Room 1610.  Dr. Haushalter was appointed by Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell, Jr. and Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Dr. John Dreyzehner, and began serving as director on January 16.  SPH and the Loewenberg College of Nursing invite students and faculty to join the reception from 1:30-2:00 pm, to be followed by a presentation by Dr. Haushalter and a Q & A session from 2:00-3:00 pm.  A collaborative programming and research discussion with faculty will begin at 3:00 pm.  Please click here to see the Shelby County press release announcing Dr. Haushalter's appointment.

2016 Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award

A $250,000 grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has been awarded to the Methodist Healthcare Foundation, the University of Memphis and the West Canter Center to engage patients, researchers and healthcare providers in reducing breast cancer disparities in the Mid-South. Dr. Paige Powell, assistant professor in the division of Health Systems, Management and Policy, and Cynthia Tankersley, director of care support services, will lead the project. Please click here to learn more about this project.

Fulbright Scholarship awarded to Dr. Ken Ward

Dr. Ken Ward, professor and director of the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for the 2016 Spring semester. He will be a visiting scholar at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, where he will collaborate on research and training activities related to smoking cessation in patients with chronic medical conditions.

Dr. Brook Harmon receives award from American Heart Association

The Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Council of the American Heart Association has selected Dr. Harmon's paper "Associations of key diet-quality indexes with mortality in the Multiethnic Cohort: the Dietary Patterns Methods Project" as one of the most impactful publications in 2015 in support of their mission.  The publication will be highlighted throughout the EPI/Lifestyle 2016 Scientific Sessions in Phoenix, AZ March 1-4.  Dr. Brook Harmon is an assistant professor in the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Public Health.

NIH/NIAid R01 AAFA Investigator Grants Awarded to Hongmei Zhang and Her Research Team

Dr. Hongmei Zhang, associate professor in the Division of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Environmental Health and coordinator of the Biostatistics Program at the University of Memphis School of Public Health, has been awarded an R01 grant by the National Institute of Allergy and Infections Diseases (NIAID), with a preliminary study funded by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) for the study of epigenetic methylation and the gender-switch in adolescent asthma.  Click here to read more about  this important work.

Doctoral Student Receives Travel Scholarship

Adam Alexander, a doctoral student in Social and Behavioral Sciences, was recently awarded the 2016 Health Disparities Network Travel Scholarship from the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco to attend their national conference in in Chicago, Illinois. This award supports researchers who are conducting tobacco research with minority and underserved populations. Adam presented his poster titled, "Diet and physical activity differences between waterpipe smokers and non-smokers in Aleppo, Syria" at the conference.

MPH student to present at 2016 meeting of AAAAI

Orpita Nilormee's abstract "Maternal DNA Methylation of TH17 Cytokine Genes in Second Half of Pregnancy Changes with Parity" has been accepted for oral presentation at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI).  Ms. Nilormee will present her research at this national conference in March 2016 in Los Angeles.

MPH student named to Memphis 20<30

MPH student Eddie Wiley was recently featured in the Memphis Flyer as one of the 20 people under 30 making a difference in the Memphis area. Click here for the story.

SPH is now a member of the AIA Design and Health Research Consortium

The School of Public Health, in partnership with the UofM Department of Architecture, has been named by the Architects Foundation, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) as a member of the AIA Design & Health Research Consortium. The consortium helps translate research on design's influence on public health into architectural practice for the public, policy makers, and design and public health professionals. Please click here for more information.

Tiger Blue Goes Green 2015

Tiger Blue Goes Green 2015, an annual campus-wide event to promote eco-responsibility and activism, was held on Tuesday, October 6 in the Student Plaza. This year's theme (Environmental Service), featured exhibitors showcasing their volunteer opportunities and recruiting students, faculty and staff to sign-up.  Please click here to see the video!

SPH creating a culture of health on UofM campus

Click here to see the Commentary recently published in a supplement to the American Journal of Public Health detailing three innovative SPH initiatives that are promoting a healthier campus.

Public Health Summer Institute 2015

SPH hosted its fourth annual Public Health Summer Institute during the first week of August; workshops this year included SAS for Beginners, Quality Management, Health Analytics, and Data Analysis and Presentation using Excel.  Please click here to learn more about this year's institute, and here to see photos.

Dr. Jia named JPB Environmental Health Fellow

Dr. Chunrong Jia, assistant professor of Environmental Health, has been named a JPB Environmental Health Fellow. The highly competitive honor comes with up to $350,000 in support over a three-year period from Harvard University. JPB The JPB Environmental Health Fellowship program was developed to promote multidisciplinary research on how social and physical environments interact to influence health, and to look particularly at their impact on disadvantaged communities.  This award recognizes the urgency in addressing these issues, and the need to train a new generation of scholars to conduct research and develop solutions to complex environmental health problems.

Five Community health scholars named

SPH is pleased to announce the first cohort of Public Health Community Scholars.  Angela Askew, Daleniece Higgins, Jennifer 2015 Community ScholarsRichardson, Cyril Patra, and Lisa Wang, all first-year MPH students, were selected based on their commitment to public health and health improvement in the Memphis metropolitan area, academic qualifications, advisor recommendations, and demonstrated need.  The scholarships provide a monthly stipend during the three-month summer practicum and the 2015-2016 academic year, during which they will complete their MPH degrees.  SPH is proud to recognize these scholars, whose efforts will greatly benefit our community.

Dr. Ahn awarded the Korea Foundation 2015 Fellowship

Dr. SangNam Ahn, assistant professor in Health Systems, Management, and Policy will spend the summer in South Korea as a Korea FoundationFellow and Visiting Professor, sharing his expertise and developing research collaborations with other Korean scholars.  This highly competitive award reflects the international recognition Dr. Ahn has earned through his research in health services, health outcomes related to aging, and chronic disease self-management.