The School of Public Health and Health Sciences has announced the appointment of Professor Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson as Chair of the Department of Health Promotion and Policy. Bertone-Johnson has served in an interim capacity for the past year.
Elizabeth Evans, Assistant Professor of Community Health Education in the Department of Health Promotion and Policy, appeared on WGBY’s Connecting Point to discuss a new pilot program that will study opioid treatment in seven jails in Massachusetts.
In an effort to find ways to improve long-term outcomes for people with opioid use disorder, Assistant Professor of Health Promotion and Policy Elizabeth Evans set out to study the obstacles to treating this chronic condition with an effective medication, buprenorphine-naloxone. In a newly published paper in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, lead author Evans, along with researchers at UCLA and the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle, identify factors that inhibit the long-term use of buprenorphine, which was approved in 2002 by the FDA to treat opioid use disorder.
Anna Mullany, a doctoral candidate in the Community Health Education program, recently published a column in the Brattleboro Reformer addressing opiate-related overdoses and deaths.
In a Daily Hampshire Gazette editorial lauding Northampton City Council’s resolution to eliminate religious exemptions to childhood vaccination requirements, the editorial board quotes Community Health Education’s Gloria DiFulvio.
Co-principal investigators Elizabeth Evans, Assistant Professor of Health Promotion and Policy in the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences, and Dr. Peter Friedmann, Associate Dean of Research at the UMass Medical School-Baystate and chief research officer at Baystate Health, have received a $10 million grant from the NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to examine a pilot opioid treatment program for jail detainees in seven Massachusetts counties.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently awarded Luis A. Valdez, Assistant Professor of Community Health Education in the Department of Health Promotion and Policy, a two-year, $101,090 Administrative Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research award. The grant will fund a project titled “MOCHA Latino: An Investigation of Stress and Chronic Disease Prevention in Low-Income Latino Men,” an extension of an ongoing five-year, community-based participatory research (CBPR) project led by Professor Emeritus David Buchanan with Springfield’s Men of Color Health Awareness (MOCHA) group.
Alumna Paloma Suarez, who received her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition in 2012 and her MPH degree in Community Health Education in 2015, recently received the 2019 New Hampshire Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (NHAND) Outstanding Dietetic Student Award for her work as a dietetic intern at Keene State College in New Hampshire.
Digital storytelling (DST) has becoming increasingly common as a tool for applied health interventions, with particular relevance for community-engaged research with marginalized populations. With its emphasis on community engagement, shared decision making and planning, and collaborative approach to identifying solutions to address health inequities, health promotion practitioners have found it to be an increasingly valuable and reliable tool.
In a story examining the high vaccine exemption rates in western Massachusetts’ Hampshire County schools, the Daily Hampshire Gazette quotes Community Health Education’s Gloria DiFulvio on the safety and validity of vaccinations.
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