The University of Kentucky College of Public Health’s mission of promoting optimal health across populations is underscored by its work to advance research, serve disadvantaged communities and prepare students for meaningful careers in the public health workforce.
Results from a collaborative study involving researchers at University of Kentucky College of Public Health and Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health suggest the ongoing Medicaid expansions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have the potential to improve health insurance coverage and access to behavioral health care among low-income adults with mental health and substance use disorders.
Twenty-five years ago, while they were still in graduate school, Nancy Schoenberg and Mark Swanson met at a meeting of the Anthropology Student Association at the University of Florida. They're still arguing about who sat next to whom.
"This year’s Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky graduates are addressing the Commonwealth’s most intractable and important health problems," said Nancy Schoenberg, associate dean for research in the UK College of Public Health and director of community engagement and research in the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science.
Second-year doctoral student Thi Hong Phuc Dang from the University of Victoria works with Glen Mays, the F. Douglas Scutchfield Endowed Professor in Health Services and Systems Research and director of the S4A program, to conduct research on public health services and systems in both the United States and Canada.
Seven faculty members from the University of Kentucky have been selected to participate in the 2015-16 SEC Faculty Travel Program. The program, in its fourth year, provides support for faculty to collaborate with colleagues at other SEC member institutions.
A University of Kentucky epidemiologist who tracks the dissemination of disease within high-risk populations has received a grant to develop a technological tool to assist researchers with mapping social networks.
Dr. Wen Qi Gan, Assistant Professor in the departments of Preventive Medicine & Environmental Health and Epidemiology, is the lead author on a new study linking the risk of heart disease to exposure to loud noise. “Compared with people with normal high-frequency hearing, people with bilateral high-frequency hearing loss were approximately two times more likely to have coronary heart disease,” said Dr. Gan.
Dr. David Mannino, Professor and Chair of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, collaborated with a national team of public health experts to develop a new tool designed to speed up the process of detecting and diagnosing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in moderately to severely impaired patients.
Dr. Ty Borders, Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy and Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky Endowed Chair in Rural Health Policy, is attending the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services meeting September 8-11, at the White Earth Indian Nation. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and develop policy recommendations focused on rural child poverty.