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.
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.
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.
Andrea Ayvazian (Health Promotion and Policy) and Katherine Reeves (Biostatistics and Epidemiology) are among the 12 UMass Amherst faculty selected by the Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development as recipients of the 2019-20 TIDE Ambassadors (Teaching for Inclusiveness, Diversity and Equity) faculty fellowship award.
The Center for Community Health Equity Research in the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences held a free community forum in celebration of Public Health Month on April 30 at the UMass Center in Springfield. Co-sponsored by the City of Springfield’s Department of Health and Human Services, the event featured presentations about public health and human development research projects being conducted in Springfield.
The School of Public Health and Health Sciences honored a group of nearly two dozen undergraduate and graduate students during the 2019 SPHHS Awards Celebration. Student award recipients were recognized for outstanding achievements in the classroom, in research, and through service to the community.
Many women military veterans turn to the Veterans Administration (VA) for health care and social services only as a “last resort” or “safety net,” typically for an emergency or catastrophic health event, or when private health insurance is unaffordable.
Elizabeth Evans, assistant professor in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, was chosen as the 2019 recipient of the UMass Distinguished Community Engagement Award for Research.
When it comes to addressing the national opioid crisis, most of the research has focused on the physical health risks faced by people with opioid use disorder, such as overdose and infectious disease. For the first time, public health researchers led by Elizabeth Evans, assistant professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Policy, have examined the impact of treating opioid use disorder on the risk for arrest and incarceration, comparing the effects of two different medications approved for the condition.
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