The School of Public Health and Health Sciences will host a campus kickoff event celebrating the launch of its new Center for Community Health Equity Research on Thursday, April 26, 9:30am-12:30pm in the Campus Center's Amherst Room. The Center welcomes renowned speaker Dr. David Williams, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, for a keynote talk titled "Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Health: Present Realities & Future Directions.”
The School of Public Health and Health Sciences will host the next event in its Dean's Symposia Series, “Marijuana Legalized: Research, Practice and Policy Considerations,” with keynote speaker Darrin Grondel, director of the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission. Grondel will discuss “The Washington Experience: Drugged Driving and Marijuana Legalization.” The event is free and open to the public.
Results of a new study of factors that affect substance abuse and health among women military veterans who use the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for health services suggest that delivering health and social services to them could be improved if several factors are taken into account, such as their history of trauma, discrimination and post-military socio-economic stress, among others. Lead author Elizabeth Evans, Assistant Professor of Community Health Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with colleagues at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and the University of California, Los Angeles, say their findings can help to improve interventions and services to reduce the women’s vulnerability to substance abuse and other health risks.
Assistant Professor of Community Health Education Elizabeth Evans recently held a guest spot on BYU Radio’s Top of Mind with host Julie Rose.
“Sarah was the first public health minded doctor I met when I joined the School of Public Health and Health Sciences,” says Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Daniel Gerber. “Her dedication as a medical doctor to solving the health problems for New England residents using a public health approach was truly special. She will be missed.”
Daniel Gerber, senior lecturer in Community Health Education and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences, has been selected by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health as the recipient of the 2018 Riegelman Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Public Health Education.
Elizabeth Evans is among the eight faculty members who have been named Public Engagement Faculty Fellows by the Public Engagement Project. As a PEP fellow, she will write policy briefs, develop an online presence, and engage criminal justice leaders, focusing on prevention and intervention strategies that address the different needs of women and men.
A recent news story appearing in the Daily Hampshire Gazette looks at three local political activists, including Gloria T. DiFulvio, senior lecturer in Community Health Education and Public Health Sciences undergraduate program director, and how they have responded to the election of Donald J. Trump as president and his first full year in office.
Results of a national study led by Assistant Professor of Community Health Education Elizabeth Evans, with others at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the University of California, Los Angeles, suggest that risk for alcohol and drug use disorders among United States military veterans is increased by childhood adversity, and in ways that are different between women and men and different compared to the civilian population.
Alumna Paloma Suarez, who received her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition in 2012 and her MPH degree in Community Health Education in 2015, was recently recognized for her work in breastfeeding and infant care, receiving a “40 Under Forty” award from the Berkshire Eagle. Every year the Berkshire Eagle recognizes 40 local individuals who have contributed to the quality of life and economic vibrancy of the Berkshires.