The Department of Communication Disorders partnered with the College of Nursing for an interprofessional education (IPE) event held on Friday, December 1st, in the nursing simulation lab in Springfield Center. The clinical focus for the day was on Parkinson’s Disease (PD).
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.
Researchers in the Department of Communication Disorders seek individuals between 13-20 years of age both with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for a study examining speech, voice, and listening skills.
Assistant Professor of Biostatistics Leontine Alkema, with postdoctoral researcher Niamh Cahill and doctoral student Chuchu Wei in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, and others, released new estimates and projections of modern contraceptive prevalence (mCPR) and other family planning outcomes for the 69 poorest countries of the world.
Community Health Education assistant professor Elizabeth Evans is co-author of a study that appears in the most recent issue of Annals of Internal Medicine. The journal article, titled “Cost-Effectiveness of Publicly Funded Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder in California,” found that if California were to change its policies regarding access to opioid agonist treatments (OAT), the financial and societal benefit to the state could be significant.
Environmental Health Sciences graduate student Durga Kolla is on a mission to identify possible risk factors in exposure to synthetic hormones. In an interview conducted by The Center for Research on Families, she explains her work - funded in part through a CRF Capstone Thesis Award - examining the effects of exposure to environmental chemicals with estrogenic activity in relation to the development of the mammary gland in mice.
The Center for Research on Families at UMass Amherst recently profiled Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and 2017-18 Family Research Scholar Krystal Pollitt for its website. Pollitt spoke about her extensive research on the health impacts air pollution has on humans.
Assistant Professor of Community Health Education Jin Kim-Mozeleski recently received a five-year, $839,000 grant from the NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse to develop an outreach program to help people with food insecurity to quit smoking. Her project follows up on research that observed a link between smoking and the difficulty in having access to enough healthy and preferred food to lead an active and healthy life.
Kinesiology alumnus Efosa Guobadia '07 recently spoke about his experiences as a student at UMass Amherst and how he created Global PT Day of Service to inspire the physical therapy community to do good around the world in a video produced by the UMass Profile Series.
As many of us take time with friends and family during this Thanksgiving holiday, it is an opportunity to reflect on how fortunate we are compared to so many others around us and across the globe. I am thankful to be in the field of public health and know our students and faculty care about improving conditions of their communities and the lives of others.