The SPHHS Insider - October 2016

SPHHS honors alumna Leslie Chambers during Fall Celebration

Dean Marjorie Aelion (at left) with alumna Leslie Chambers '79, MS '85

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences honored American Parkinson Disease Association President and CEO Leslie Chambers with the SPHHS Award for Significant Contributions to the field of public health and the health sciences at its 7th annual Fall Celebration on Oct. 15 at the Fine Arts Center. Chambers, an SPHHS alumna who earned her bachelor’s degree in nutrition in 1979 and her master’s degree in community health education in 1985, was recognized for her achievements in the areas of leadership development, fundraising, business planning, program development and advocacy in working with the non-profit voluntary health sector.

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Graham receives $2.3 million NIH grant in partnership with Springfield Men of Color group

Community Health Education Assistant Professor Louis Graham leads a new collaboration between School of Public Health and Health Sciences researchers and the Springfield Public Health Department’s well established Men of Color Health Awareness (MOCHA). The community-based participatory research program is supported by a recent five-year, $2.3 million grant from the NIH’s National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to enhance MOCHA’s already successful support of African-American men’s health and skills for coping with stress, as well as collect data on MOCHA’s methods that might help the project to become a national model.

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Sirard and collaborators receive $2.2 million NIH grant to improve measures of physical activity in youth

John Sirard, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, and John Staudenmayer, Professor of Math and Statistics, recently received a five-year, $2.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop methods for establishing more accurate assessments of physical activity and sedentary behavior in young people. Accurate and precise measures of these activities in youth are critical to researchers trying to provide evidence-based information related to health, Sirard explains. He says a major problem now is that people don’t move in daily life as they do in a laboratory, where most accelerometer devices, or physical activity trackers, are tested. “This work will allow us to advance the measurement techniques we use to make more accurate and precise estimates,” he says.

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SPHHS sponsors Western MA Health Equity Summit

The SPHHS is organizing and co-sponsoring the second Western MA Health Equity Summit on November 18, 2016, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in the UMass Amherst Campus Center. The event brings practitioners and community leaders together to take steps to advance health equity in the region by working, learning, and taking action together. This year's summit will include a keynote address by State Representative Aaron Vega of Holyoke and a discussion on the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and the Berkshire County Health Initiative. Organizers will also showcase best practices including data and stories on equity and aging communities, youth mental health, transportation access, food access, and more. Afternoon workshops will include a look at Policy, Power Analyses, Intro to Health Equity, Health Literacy, Community-Based Participatory Research and other relevant topics.

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November 20, 2016: Kinesiology department co-organizes Active Aging in the Valley event

The Department of Kinesiology, in conjunction with the Daily Hampshire Gazette, will host Active Aging in the Valley on Sunday, November 20th, from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm in the Campus Center. The free event will offer lectures, workshops, and panel discussions on a variety of exercise-and health-related topics. Booths featuring services and programs pertaining to health and physical activity for older adults will also be showcased. Attendees will learn about the science of aging and tips about physical activity for the older adult, and will have the opportunity to receive free health screenings from Kinesiology students and free hearing screenings from Communication Disorders students.

Visit the Active Aging in the Valley website for more information.


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