Health Policy and Management alumnus Lawrence Pellegrini PhD ’17 has co-authored with Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management Kimberly Geissler an article in the journal Health Services Research. The article, titled “Social Security Disability Insurance Enrollment and Health Care Employment”, examines the relationship between the size of the health care workforce and enrollment in Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) in all fifty states.
The SPHHS has several exciting events scheduled in November. One is associated with the appointment of Timothy Ford as the Director of the Institute for Global Health (IGH). Dr. Ford joined the School of Public health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) in January 2017 as Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. In this additional position, Dr. Ford follows David Buchanan, Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Promotion and Policy, who was the founding director of the IGH and has served as its director since 2006.
Richard Peltier, Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, recently wrote an article for the website The Conversation, an independent, non-profit source of news and views from the academic and research community, delivered direct to the general public.
A new study from Epidemiology alumna Kathleen Szegda PhD '14 and Professor of Epidemiology Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson reports, based on a study of nearly 80,000 women, that underweight women and those who were underweight as teenagers or in their mid-30s are at greater risk of early menopause compared to lean or normal weight women. Early menopause is defined as naturally occurring menopause before age 45.
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who are conducting a multi-year, comprehensive study known as the Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) reported results of their first patron survey to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) at its meeting in Boston.
Ning Zhang, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management, has recently published a journal article that examines obesity status, falls, and hip fractures among nursing home residents. The article, which appears in the Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews, aimed to identify if there was an association between obesity and falls and hip fractures.
A coalition of anti-gambling groups has filed briefs supporting major sports leagues in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court that seeks to bring sports betting to New Jersey. The groups cite a 2015 study done by Research Associate Professor of Epidemiology Rachel Volberg that found a higher prevalence of gambling problems among sports gamblers compared with other forms of gambling.
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Mark Miller and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have received a five-year, $2.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to examine two distinct exercise training regimes designed to improve skeletal muscle function in older men and women, and in particular to determine whether the neuromuscular systems in each sex may respond differently to the training programs.
The UMass Amherst Institute for Global Health (IGH) and the School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) will host “Global Health Challenges: A Panel Discussion for Collaborative Solutions” in the Integrative Learning Center Room S240 on Friday, November 3 from 9:30 to 11:15 am. The event will feature panelists Rita Colwell, former director of the National Science Foundation (NSF); Jennie Ward-Robinson, president and CEO of the PAHO Foundation; and Michael Depledge, former head of science at the UK Environment Agency.
Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Alicia Timme-Laragy recently received a $1.9 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to study the health effects of two environmental pollutants, perfluoro-octanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and its recent replacement chemical, perfluoro-butanesulfonic (PFBS). She and colleagues will assess effects on nutrient deposition in the embryos of three different organisms, a fish, a worm and fruit flies, with exposure before conception, as well as consequences for later-life metabolic dysfunction.