Professor of Community Health Education David Buchanan retired at the end of August 2018 after serving as a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for the past 29 years, including the most recent 3 years in which he served as Chair of the Department of Health Promotion and Policy.
The Springfield organization Men of Color Health Awareness (MOCHA) was recently presented with the Community Partner Award in recognition of the non-profit organization’s role in educating men of color in improving physical and mental health, and its partnerships with the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
The School of Public Health and Health Sciences welcomes eight new full-time tenure-track faculty members into its ranks this academic year. New faculty hires for Fall 2018 include Chi Hyun Lee, Andrew Lover, and Youssef Oulhote in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology; Megan Gross in the Department of Communication Disorders; Airin D. Martinez, Luis Valdez, and John Zeber in the Department of Health Promotion and Policy; and Gwenael Layec in the Department of Kinesiology.
Professor of Epidemiology Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson has been appointed Interim Chair of the Department of Health Promotion and Policy. She began a one-year term on September 1st following the retirement of David Buchanan.
A recent major shift in practice by the Veterans Health Administration (VA) now means that complementary and integrative health (CIH) therapies such as meditation, yoga and acupuncture are increasingly being offered to VA patients as non-drug approaches for pain management and related conditions, says Elizabeth Evans, an Assistant Professor of Community Health Education in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences.
A feature story written by Associate Professor of Community Health Education Lisa Wexler and colleagues appears in a recent issue of Northern Public Affairs magazine. The article explores the inroads Wexler and her team have been making in reducing youth suicide rates in Northwest Alaska through their community-engaged research partnership with the Maniilaq Association.
In Indonesia and other areas of the Asia Pacific region, the HIV epidemic continues at a fast-growing pace among key population groups: people who inject drugs (PWID), men who have sex with men (MSM), female sex workers, and transgender people. In a commentary appearing online now in The Lancet HIV, Associate Professor of Community Health Education Krishna Poudel and Masamine Jimba of the University of Tokyo argue that identifying and addressing the gaps in their HIV care continuum is critical to improve their health.
Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Promotion and Policy David Buchanan says efforts to combat fatal opioid overdoses in Massachusetts seem to be making progress, but questions if the efforts have cut down on the amount of drug use.
The School of Public Health and Health Sciences has awarded seventeen Dean’s PhD Summer Fellowships for summer 2018. The $7000 awards will provide support for PhD students in excellent standing to pursue their research and complete their dissertations during the summer months.
David Buchanan, Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Promotion and Policy, recently gave the keynote address at the Organization Theory in Health Care Association (OTHC) annual conference held June 6-8 at the Johns Hopkins University campus in Baltimore, MD.
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