Daniel Gerber, senior lecturer in Community Health Education and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences, has been selected by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health as the recipient of the 2018 Riegelman Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Public Health Education.
Elizabeth Evans is among the eight faculty members who have been named Public Engagement Faculty Fellows by the Public Engagement Project. As a PEP fellow, she will write policy briefs, develop an online presence, and engage criminal justice leaders, focusing on prevention and intervention strategies that address the different needs of women and men.
A recent news story appearing in the Daily Hampshire Gazette looks at three local political activists, including Gloria T. DiFulvio, senior lecturer in Community Health Education and Public Health Sciences undergraduate program director, and how they have responded to the election of Donald J. Trump as president and his first full year in office.
Results of a national study led by Assistant Professor of Community Health Education Elizabeth Evans, with others at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the University of California, Los Angeles, suggest that risk for alcohol and drug use disorders among United States military veterans is increased by childhood adversity, and in ways that are different between women and men and different compared to the civilian population.
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.
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.
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.
A research team led by Associate Professor of Community Health Education Lisa Wexler collaborated on a recently published feasibility study of a community-based intervention aimed at preventing youth suicide among Indigenous Alaskans.
Undergraduate public health student Natalie Scott and art student Christie Mendez have designed and are selling a t-shirt to raise funds for hurricane relief efforts in the Caribbean. Additionally, SPHHS graduate students are hosting a trivia night on November 9th to support relocating Puerto Ricans.
The UMass Amherst Institute for Global Health (IGH) and the School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) will host “Global Health Challenges: A Panel Discussion for Collaborative Solutions” in the Integrative Learning Center Room S240 on Friday, November 3 from 9:30 to 11:15 am. The event will feature panelists Rita Colwell, former director of the National Science Foundation (NSF); Jennie Ward-Robinson, president and CEO of the PAHO Foundation; and Michael Depledge, former head of science at the UK Environment Agency.
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