Donna Arnett, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, outlined implications for researchers as the nation’s health care system pivots toward precision medicine during the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTS) 11th annual conference on April 21, 2016.
University of Kentucky's Larry Goldstein MD and Donna Arnett, Ph.D., took part in drafting a policy statement that was published in the American Heart Association’s (AHA) flagship journal Circulation this month.
The statement was intended to provide a thorough review of the scientific underpinnings of the AHA’s public advocacy strategies as they pertain to the association's 2020 Strategic Impact Goals, which target a 10-year 20 percent improvement in the cardiovascular health of all Americans and a 20 percent reduction in deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke.
University of Kentucky researchers Robin Vanderpool and Mark Dignan are leading projects funded by the National Cancer Institute’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities to continue Markey Cancer Center’s community-based efforts aimed at reducing cancer rates in Appalachia. Both programs are funded for three years.
Appalachian regions, particularly in Eastern Kentucky, have disproportionately high rates of both incidence and mortality due to cancer when compared to other regions in the United States. Poverty, lack of access to health care, poor diet, tobacco use, and lack of exercise conspire together to produce high rates of preventable cancers in Appalachia.
Friday, April 8, 2016
Sponsored by APHA Student Assembly
Youtube Video Recording
Dr. Corrine Williams has been recommended by Dean Arnett for the position of Director of Graduate Studies for the Master of Public Health Degree. She will serve for a three-year term, effective April 1. This appointment has been confirmed by Dr. Susan Carvalho, Graduate Dean.
During National Public Health Week, we join together to enhance public health -- the foundation of our security and well-being -- here at home and around the world. By supporting health professionals and embracing our obligations to promote public health and protect our planet, we can uphold our shared responsibility to preserve the promise of a happy and healthy life for our children and grandchildren.
Dr. Rice Cowan Leach, a life-long Public Health servant and Lexington’s Commissioner of Health, died Friday, April 1, following a battle with cancer. He was 75.
Read Full Press Release
PBS showcased the great work of our UK Rural Cancer Prevention Center and the impact our faculty and staff have made across Kentucky. Health officials started training sites on colon cancer about a decade ago. Colon cancer screenings doubled and statewide deaths reduced by 24% during that time. Our RCPC faculty and staff are on the front lines to reach Kentuckians where they live and save lives. #uk4ky #publichealth #cancerprevention
Read more: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/why-cancer-is-so-hard-to-fight-in-rural-kentucky/
CPH researcher Kate Eddens received a grant from the Kentucky Lung Cancer Research Program to investigate how social ties and communication networks influence Appalachians’ lung cancer screening behaviors.
Eddens, an assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior, will examine the social models and communication networks that inform Appalachian residents’ attitudes toward lung cancer screening and cancer screening behaviors. The $150,000 grant will support the research and subsequent interventional efforts to promote discussions about lung cancer with health care providers.
Abstract: In the last decade, significant global health resources have been allocated to contain the emergent and frequently co-occurring epidemics of HIV, TB, and drug use in Ukraine. A substantial portion of available treatment services for these diseases is supplied by international donors. As a consequence, integrated TB, HIV, and addiction treatment programs for 'high-risk' individuals have become quasi-experimental staging areas for standardized, directly observed treatment protocols such as monitored methadone therapy and DOTS.