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University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences Dean Marjorie Aelion
August 20, 2018

Health equity has been a cornerstone of the SPHHS’ mission to optimize the public’s health and quality of life for over 40 years, dating back to its inception in 1973 under the early leadership of its founding dean, the public health trailblazer and visionary Dr. William Alexander Darity Sr.

August 20, 2018

Researchers in the department of kinesiology are seeking volunteers for a study investigating how exercise and footwear can impact individuals with knee osteoarthritis.

August 14, 2018

Researchers in the Physical Activity and Health Laboratory are seeking individuals between the ages of 61 and 85 to participate in a study to measure walking steps during treadmill exercise and during activities you perform in daily life.

August 13, 2018

In recent article appearing in The Guardian and the San Jose Mercury News, Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Richard Peltier says smoke from the large wildfires in the western U.S. can have adverse effects on health, even hundreds of miles away from the fire

University of Massachusetts Epidemiology faculty Rachel Volberg
August 13, 2018

Research Associate Professor of Epidemiology Rachel Volberg, who serves as the principal investigator on the Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) research study, was recently quoted in a Worcester Business Journal article exploring the challenges Central Mass tourism will face when two new casinos open in Massachusetts.

UMass Amherst Assistant Professor of Biostatistics Laura Balzer
August 7, 2018

Assistant Professor of Biostatistics Laura Balzer is the lead statistician on a cluster randomized trial designed to prevent and treat HIV and other health conditions in East African communities. In a trial with over 350,000 adults and children in rural Kenya and Uganda, the Sustainable East Africa Research in Community Health (SEARCH) study resulted in 21 percent fewer HIV deaths, reduced tuberculosis by 59%, and improved control of hypertension by 26%.

August 2, 2018

Individuals are needed for a study of speech perception in aging being conducted by researchers in the Aging and Speech Perception Lab in the department of communication disorders.

University of Massachusetts Health Policy and Management faculty Jennifer Whitehill
July 27, 2018

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.

University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences Dean Marjorie Aelion
July 26, 2018

The summer 2018 issue of the UMass Magazine leads with a wonderful feature story on the School of Public Health and Health Sciences' Department of Environmental Health Sciences (check your mailboxes, or read it online right here). The article, “Interwoven,” examines the interconnectedness that drives the field of environmental health sciences, and illustrates this interconnectedness with examples of research of some Environmental Health Sciences' faculty.

University of Massachusetts Health Policy and Management faculty Kimberley Geissler
July 26, 2018

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.

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