In a new, hospital-level analysis by health policy researcher Laura Attanasio at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Katy Kozhimannnil at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, they report that women who gave birth at hospitals that had a larger percentage of midwife-attended births were less likely to have two specific medical interventions, cesarean delivery and episiotomy.
Health Policy and Management alumnus Lawrence Pellegrini PhD ’17 has co-authored with Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management Kimberly Geissler an article in the journal Health Services Research. The article, titled “Social Security Disability Insurance Enrollment and Health Care Employment”, examines the relationship between the size of the health care workforce and enrollment in Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) in all fifty states.
Ning Zhang, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management, has recently published a journal article that examines obesity status, falls, and hip fractures among nursing home residents. The article, which appears in the Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews, aimed to identify if there was an association between obesity and falls and hip fractures.
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.
The School of Public Health and Health Sciences welcomes five new full-time tenure track faculty members into its ranks this academic year. New faculty hires for 2017-2018 include Laura Balzer in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, and Laura Attanasio, David Chin, Elizabeth Evans and Jin Kim-Mozeleski in the Department of Health Promotion and Policy.
The School of Public Health and Health Sciences hosted the next event in its Dean's Symposia Series, “Women Behind Bars: Public Health and Criminal Justice Reform,” on Wednesday, September 27, from 4:00-6:00 pm in Campus Center Room 904. The event examined the public health impacts of mass incarceration with a focus on women. Andrea James, the founder and executive director of Families for Justice as Healing, provided the keynote address.
As Massachusetts prepares to begin sales of recreational marijuana in 2018, researchers in the Department of Health Promotion and Policy, in collaboration with the UMass Donahue Institute and staff at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), have begun a one-year baseline study to assess the level of marijuana use before legal, recreational sales go into effect.
Alumna Laura Sylvester MPPA/MPH '16 is highlighted in an alumni profile piece appearing on the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences website. The profile recounts how Sylvester recently celebrated the passage of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act - a bill she helped create and shape as a graduate student - at a signing ceremony with Governor Baker and other at the Massachusetts State House in Boston on July 27.
The SPHHS will present awards for Significant Contributions and Distinguished Young Alumni during its 2017 SPHHS Fall Celebration being held on Saturday, September 23rd.
The SPHHS ceremony recognized its undergraduate Class of 2017.
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