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.
Police officers, students, mental health professionals and community leaders gathered in Old Chapel Thursday, April 4, to hear experts at the School of Public Health and Health Sciences Dean’s Symposium on suicide prevention.
Elizabeth Evans, Assistant Professor of Community Health Education in the Department of Health Promotion and Policy, appeared on WGBY’s Connecting Point program to discuss her work teaming with two Western Massachusetts sheriff’s offices to design and implement an opioid treatment program for jail detainees in Franklin and Hampshire counties.
Three faculty from the School of Public Health and Health Sciences are among the six 2019-20 Family Research Scholars selected by the University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Research on Families (CRF). The CRF chooses six faculty members each year for the program based on their promising work in family-related research. The SPHHS recipients were Airín Martínez and Jennifer Whitehill, Assistant Professors in the Department of Health Promotion and Policy, and Nicole VanKim, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology.
Sarah Lowe, a doctoral student in the Community Health Education program in the Department of Health Promotion and Policy, has received a $57,500 grant from the National Geographic Society to facilitate her dissertation research.
In what could serve as a model for tackling one of the nation’s top public health crises, Assistant Professor of Health Promotion and Policy Elizabeth Evans is teaming up with two Western Massachusetts sheriff’s offices to design, implement and study an opioid treatment program for jail detainees in Franklin and Hampshire counties.
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