The College of Public Health was well-represented at this year's Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) annual conference, as a faculty member and students were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments in the area of public health research. Dr. Richard Kryscio, chair of the department of biostatistics, was awarded the Grand Mentor prize, which honors a professor who has made a positive impact on the research efforts of students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty. Additionally, students John Flunker, Vera Pravosud, Aasha Hoogland, and Dessi Slavova received awards for their research presentations and posters.
The UK College of Public Health has selected April M. Young, PhD, as the 2015 recipient of an Outstanding Alumni Award. Dr. Young, an assistant professor in the Epidemiology Department, graduated with her master's degree in health behavior and epidemiology from the UK College of Public Health in 2010. A reception honoring Dr. Young will be held Friday, May 1, from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm at the Hilary J. Boone Center. The Outstanding Alumni Award program was established in 2013 to recognize extraordinary alumni who have made outstanding contributions in public health at the local, state, and national/international level.
Congratulations to these outstanding CPH faculty members who recently received promotions: Dr. Steve Fleming, promoted to Professor in the Department of Epidemiology; Dr. Svetla Slavova, promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Biostatistics; Dr. Corrine Williams, promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Health Behavior; and Dr. Robin Vanderpool, promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Health Behavior. We are so proud to have such accomplished faculty in our College!
The National Coordinating Center for Public Health Services and Systems Research (PHSSR) and the Public Health Practice-Based Networks (PBRNs) have announced this year's recipients of the Dr. E. Richard "Rick" Brown Keeneland Conference scholarships. The scholarships support travel, attendance, and networking for researchers from racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups underrepresented in the health and social sciences. The Keeneland Conference will be held in Lexington April 21-22.
Substance abuse researcher and physician Joseph Barry, professor and chair of Popluation Health Medicine at Trinity College Dublin, delivered the inaugural Stephen W. Wyatt Lecture on Thursday, April 16th. The lecture, “Substance Use: Public Health Challenges in 21st Century Ireland,” addressed substance use and abuse in Ireland and its public health implications on a global scale. Access to a recording of the lecture is available at http://connect.uky.edu/p5274fo6sw9/ .
Assistant professor of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, Susan Pollack, M.D., was recently named on of two 2015 Public Health Heroes by the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department. The award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated dedication to improving the health of residents of the Lexington area. Dr. Pollack manages the Pediatric and Adolescent Injury Prevention Program at the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC).
Dr. April Young, assistant professor in the department of Epidemiology at the College of Public Health, recently mentored a multidisciplinary group of students who took second place in the 5th annual Emory Global Health Case Competition at Emory University. Dr. Young's team was tasked with developing strategies for reducing gun violence in Honduras, and their presentation was awarded the Participant's Choice Award for best executed presentation and solution.
By now, most Americans are aware of the dangers associated with driving while using a cell phone. But injury prevention experts at the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC) based at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, in partnership with the National Safety Council (NSC), are calling attention to a few surprising facts about distracted driving to encourage safe practices at the wheel.
The UK College of Public Health hosts a panel discussion on Tuesday, March 31st, titled "Balancing Individual Liberties and Public Health in the Childhood Vaccination Policy Debate." The event will feature UK experts in behavioral science, law, and pediatrics, as well as the Kentucky Department for Public Health Director of the Division of Epidemiology and Health Planning, who will discuss the legal, clinical, behavioral, and public health ramifications of childhood vaccination policies in light of the current measles outbreak. The discussion will be held in the UK Athletics Auditorium, William T. Young Library from Noon-1:00 pm.
Dr. Christina Studts, assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior, was recently awarded a three-year, $450,000 grant from NIMH to improve the delivery of behavioral parent training programs (BPT) in underserved communities. She will partner with health departments in rural Appalachia to increase parent's accessibility to programs that help prevent behavioral disorders in children.