Western MA Health Equity Summit puts focus on removing barriers to achieving good health
Organizers from the School of Public Health and Health Sciences and a coalition of public health leaders from across the four western Massachusetts counties expect to draw a capacity crowd of up to 300 people to the UMass Amherst Campus Center on Thursday, October 2, 2014, for the first-ever Western Massachusetts Health Equity Summit. The day will be devoted to panels, speakers and workshops for discussing ways to replace unjust and avoidable obstacles to good health with more equitable policies and practices, says summit organizer Risa Silverman, outreach coordinator for the School of Public Health and Health Sciences. A western-Massachusetts-focused health conference “doesn’t happen very often,” Silverman notes, “which is why this one is going to be very special.”
SPHHS honors Dr. Nazeem Muhajarine, MS '90, during its 5th Annual Fall Celebration
The SPHHS hosted its 5th Annual Fall Celebration on September 27, 2014, in the Fine Arts Center. During the event, the School honored Epidemiology alumnus Dr. Nazeem Muhajarine, MS '90, professor and interim executive director for the School of Public Health at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, who received the SPHHS Award for Significant Contributions. A social epidemiologist who serves as director of the Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit, Dr. Muhajarine is also the principal investigator for its Smart Cities Healthy Kids initiative, a population health intervention project evaluating the impact of built environment and community design on children’s physical activity, diet and obesity.
Video spotlights Peltier's air pollution research in Nepal
A new video produced by the UMass Amherst News Office highlights the research of Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Rick Peltier. Along with postdoctoral research associate Kabindra Shakya, Peltier filmed the report in Kathmandu, Nepal, where he is leading a multinational study identifying air pollutants and tracking their effects on local police. Peltier's research experiment uses advanced monitoring methods to assess health risk from air pollution, aiming to demonstrate for the first time in a real-world setting that air pollution can and should be regulated based on toxicology variables.
Public Health alumna Jessica He, '13, provides malaria education to communities in remote areas of Gambia
The world is a massive place, but being a University of Massachusetts Amherst alumna makes it infinitely smaller. Jessica He, '13, a graduate from the School of Public Health and Health Sciences with a bachelor's degree in public health sciences, can personally vouch for this statement. One year ago, Jessica traveled to The Gambia for her two-year service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the health sector. The Gambia is among the least developed and smallest countries in the world. What a surprise it was then, when upon landing, that Jessica was greeted by a fellow UMass alum – Leon Kayego, MPH ’95, BSN/RN’10.