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.
Assistant Professor Elizabeth Evans will deliver a talk titled “Addressing Opioid Use Disorders among Criminally Involved Adults” on Monday, April 1, as part of the School of Public Policy’s spring colloquia series.
Airín D. Martínez and Aline Gubrium in the Department of Health Promotion and Policy recently assumed leadership roles in the American Public Health Association. Martínez, who joined the faculty in September, has been selected to a three-year term as Scientific Co-Chair for the Latino Caucus on Public Health, while Gubrium has begun her two-year term as Chair of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Section following the completion of her one-year term as Chair-Elect.
As the nights grow longer and winter settles in across the north, a team of health researchers is using a “community mobilization” approach to translate research into practice for an Alaska Native youth suicide prevention program in 15 remote Alaska towns. The intervention, “Promoting Community Conversations About Research to End Suicide” (PC CARES) was developed by Lisa Wexler and Cris Smith at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with colleagues from Northwest Alaska and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Wexler and colleagues pilot-tested the program in 10 far-flung Native Alaska communities over the past year. They recently received a five-year, $3.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Mental Health to expand the project, “re-envisioning it to adapt to a new region,” as she explains.
The dominant messaging in many teen pregnancy prevention campaigns is often framed in a stigmatized context of the negative consequences of young motherhood: a young woman’s promising life squandered by the responsibilities of motherhood; teenage girls acting irresponsibly or making “bad choices”; teen mothers and their children becoming societal burdens; and young mothers perpetuating the cycle of troubled family units. Aline Gubrium, Associate Professor of Health Promotion and Policy, and Betsy Krause, Professor of Anthropology, aim to work against these negative stereotypes through their “Hear Our Stories” digital storytelling project.
The CDC’s Office of Scientific Integrity recently invited Community Health Education’s Daniel Goldstein to present a webinar introducing SPHHS’s newest online offering: the Graduate Certificate in Public Health Ethics.
Professor of Community Health Education David Buchanan retired at the end of August 2018 after serving as a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for the past 29 years, including the most recent 3 years in which he served as Chair of the Department of Health Promotion and Policy.
The Springfield organization Men of Color Health Awareness (MOCHA) was recently presented with the Community Partner Award in recognition of the non-profit organization’s role in educating men of color in improving physical and mental health, and its partnerships with the University of Massachusetts Amherst.