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University of Massachusetts Amherst Assistant Professor of Community Health Education Elizabeth Evans
November 30, 2020

The use of big data to address the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts poses ethical concerns that could undermine its benefits without clear governance guidelines that protect and respect patients and society, a new study led by Elizabeth Evans concludes.

November 27, 2020

SPHHS researchers Nicholas Reich (Biostatistics and Epidemiology), Richard Peltier (Environmental Health Sciences), and Mira Weil, Kimberley Geissler and Laura Attanasio (Health Promotion and Policy) comment in multiple news stories about the potential impact and spread of the coronavirus and response to the pandemic; the health impacts of ethylene oxide emissions; teaching sex education; and inadequacies in postpartum care.

November 24, 2020

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences is offering a robust list of online undergraduate courses for the expanded 6-week long winter session. Offerings include classes in Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Public Health Sciences.

Kinesiology doctoral students Robert Marcotte (left) and Joseph Gordon III
November 24, 2020

Kinesiology doctoral students Robert Marcotte and Joseph Gordon III received scholarship awards during the annual New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (NEACSM) Fall Conference held virtually on October 15-16, 2020.

November 24, 2020

UMass kinesiology researchers are currently comparing the effects of local heat therapy to exercise training on physical function in previously hospitalized COVID-19 patients, as heat therapy might be a more practical solution and still provide large gains in function for many patients. Volunteers are needed for this study.

UMass Amherst Alumnus Dr. Akshay Kapoor '14
November 23, 2020

Public Health Sciences alumnus Dr. Akshay Kapoor '14 is among the members of the UMass Amherst community celebrated in a new video produced by the Alumni Association. The COVID-19 heroes were honored for contributing to the fight against COVID-19 during the campus’s virtual Homecoming 2020 celebration. 

Dean Anna Maria Siega-Riz
November 23, 2020

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. It is a time for family and rejuvenation; a time for expressing gratitude and giving thanks; and a time to enjoy the nourishment of delicious food in the company of those we love.

UMass Amherst Assistant Professor of Biostatistics Laura Balzer
November 19, 2020

Assistant Professor of Biostatistics Laura Balzer is among an international team that recently received a five-year, $23 million NIH grant to extend the SEARCH (Sustainable East Africa Research in Community Health) study. Since its inception in 2012, the SEARCH study has been designing and evaluating evidence-based interventions in rural Kenya and Uganda as part of the global effort to eliminate HIV and improve community health.

November 13, 2020

SPHHS researchers Nicholas Reich, Andrew Lover, and Rachel Volberg (Biostatistics and Epidemiology), Alexander Suvorov (Environmental Health Sciences), and Kimberley Geissler and Laura Attanasio (Health Promotion and Policy) comment in multiple news stories about the potential impact and spread of the coronavirus and response to the pandemic; reports on the social and economic impacts of gambling; connections between toxins, genes, and disease; and inadequacies in postpartum care.

UMass Amherst Health Policy and Management faculty Kimberley Geissler and Laura Attanasio
November 10, 2020

Most women are receiving fewer than half the services recommended during their comprehensive postpartum medical checkup, according to a study by Health Policy and Management assistant professors Kimberley Geissler and Laura Attanasio.

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