Attanasio is quoted saying that in the United States fewer than 9 percent of births are attended by midwives, compared with more than two-thirds of births in some European countries. She says that lack of awareness about midwives and a misconception that midwives only attend home births is a key reason for the comparatively low rate.
In a recent study exploring the feasibility of introducing gun safety discussions and interventions into routine health care settings, investigators including Associate Professor John Zeber suggest that there is some support for promoting firearm safety in pediatric primary care as a universal suicide prevention strategy for adolescents.
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.
David L. Chin, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management, is quoted in a story appearing in the Daily Hampshire Gazette addressing the "ripple effects of Question 1," a hotly-contested state ballot question to establish nurse-patient staffing ratios. Chin commented that the ballot question probably wouldn't have the intended effect.
Professor of Epidemiology Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson has been appointed Interim Chair of the Department of Health Promotion and Policy. She began a one-year term on September 1st following the retirement of David Buchanan.
The School of Public Health and Health Sciences welcomes eight new full-time tenure-track faculty members into its ranks this academic year. New faculty hires for Fall 2018 include Chi Hyun Lee, Andrew Lover, and Youssef Oulhote in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology; Megan Gross in the Department of Communication Disorders; Airin D. Martinez, Luis Valdez, and John Zeber in the Department of Health Promotion and Policy; and Gwenael Layec in the Department of Kinesiology.
Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management Jennifer M. Whitehill is interviewed about a study she conducted for the state Department of Public Health on statewide marijuana use and possible health consequences in the period of time after recreational use of marijuana was legalized but before it becomes commercially available.
Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management Kimberley Geissler examines the role organizational affiliations play in physician referrals in a study appearing in a recent issue of Medical Care Research and Review.
Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management Kimberley Geissler recently presented research findings on the formation and performance of health care teams at the 7th conference of the American Society of Health Economics (ASHEcon) held June 10-13, 2018, in Atlanta.
The School of Public Health and Health Sciences has awarded seventeen Dean’s PhD Summer Fellowships for summer 2018. The $7000 awards will provide support for PhD students in excellent standing to pursue their research and complete their dissertations during the summer months.
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