The School of Public Health and Health Sciences welcomes five new full-time tenure track faculty members into its ranks this academic year. New faculty hires for 2017-2018 include Laura Balzer in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, and Laura Attanasio, David Chin, Elizabeth Evans and Jin Kim-Mozeleski in the Department of Health Promotion and Policy.
Elizabeth Evans, an assistant professor in the Community Health Education program, recently collaborated on a journal article appearing in the International Journal of Drug Policy. The paper examines the effect of additional substance use on the outcome of drug treatments for those who primarily use heroin, methamphetamines, or cocaine. The authors point out that there are currently few clinical guidelines available for substance use treatment that considers how multiple drug use impacts treatment, even though research shows high levels of reported polydrug use.
“Life happens. Sometimes you just have to write about it,” states Community Health Education alumna Elizabeth Chennamchetty MPH ’04.
The School of Public Health and Health Sciences hosted the next event in its Dean's Symposia Series, “Women Behind Bars: Public Health and Criminal Justice Reform,” on Wednesday, September 27, from 4:00-6:00 pm in Campus Center Room 904. The event examined the public health impacts of mass incarceration with a focus on women. Andrea James, the founder and executive director of Families for Justice as Healing, provided the keynote address.
As Massachusetts prepares to begin sales of recreational marijuana in 2018, researchers in the Department of Health Promotion and Policy, in collaboration with the UMass Donahue Institute and staff at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), have begun a one-year baseline study to assess the level of marijuana use before legal, recreational sales go into effect.
Community Health Education doctoral student Sarah Goff has been accepted into the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Health Research (TIDIHR). The three-month distance-learning training program began in mid-August and will culminate in a two-day in-person training being held at the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD.
Associate Professor of Community Health Education Aline Gubrium has been elected to serve as Chair-Elect of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Section of the American Public Health Association. She begins serving immediately as the Chair Elect, for a one-year term and will take over the position of Chair beginning in December 2018.
Lisa Wexler, Associate Professor of Community Health Education and a veteran researcher in Alaska Native youth suicide prevention, is leading part of a new five-year, $4.25 million grant from NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health to identify the most effective ways of preventing suicide among Alaska Native youth. The grant creating the Alaska Native Collaborative Hub for Resilience Research was one of just three awarded nationwide; Wexler will receive $400,000 over the five years to support her time and travel for herself and a research assistant.
Associate Professor of Community Health Education Lisa Wexler is mentioned in an Alaska Dispatch News story about a program designed to help prevent youth suicide in Native communities in Alaska. The story notes a drop in youth suicide rates in the Northwest Artcic over the past five years, which she credits to the Maniilaq Association in Northwest Alaska for helping with community-based programs that focus on self-determination.
The SPHHS will present awards for Significant Contributions and Distinguished Young Alumni during its 2017 SPHHS Fall Celebration being held on Saturday, September 23rd.
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