The College of Public Health congratulates four faculty members who have received promotion, including two new full professors and two associate professors with tenure. All appointments are effective as of July 1, 2018.
Heather Bush, PhD
Department of Biostatistics
Promoted to Full Professor (tenured)
The Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) will award the John D. Thompson Prize for Young Investigators to Dr. HeFei Wen, assistant professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. She will receive the Prize at the AUPHA Annual Meeting June 12 - 15 in Philadelphia.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans living in rural areas are more likely to die of cancer than their counterparts in urban settings, which sets them apart from the many communities nationwide that have experienced a 20 percent decrease in cancer mortality over the past two decades.1,2 In Appalachia, the cancer picture is bleaker than in other rural parts of the country.
Cancer continuously ranks among the top ten leading causes of death in the United States. The burden of cancer is particularly elevated in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and its 54-county Appalachian region, where cancer is the leading cause of death. Kentucky's high rates of cancer have been attributed to a wide range of socioeconomic, behavioral, environmental, and policy influences, resulting in numerous disparities.
Researchers from the UK Rural & Underserved Health Research Center presented last week at the National Rural Health Association Annual Conference.
Dr. Katie Cardarelli, associate professor of Health, Behavior & Society, recently attended a CDC grantee meeting in Minneapolis, where she presented findings from a CDC-funded project aimed at reducing obesity in counties with a 40 percent or higher prevalence of adult obesity.
Kentucky has six counties that meet the project criteria. Investigators are using policy, systems, and environmental approaches to “make the healthy choice the easy choice. “
Essential hypertension is a common, complex disorder affecting as many as one billion adults globally. Blood pressure is a highly heritable trait, with as much as 50 percent of the variation between individuals accounted for by familial relationships. Despite this strong heritability, determining the genetic architecture of hypertension in humans has proved challenging.
Use of potentially inappropriate medications (PIM) among people with dementia is common. A multi-site team of investigators have assessed the patterns of medication use from 1-year before dementia diagnosis, to 1-year after dementia diagnosis, compared with patterns of medication use in people without dementia. Their results appear in The Journals of Gerontology.
The UK College of Public Health honored outstanding students and faculty at a reception and awards ceremony held May 4, 2018, in conjunction with University of Kentucky Commencement. The honorees are:
UK Commencement Speaker:Esias Bedingar, BPH
College of Public Health Awards Speakers:Rachel Brase, BPH, CPH Awa Ethan Trey Cardwell, MPH Maria Dimitrios Politis, DrPH