Dr. Donna Arnett has been selected by University of Kentucky Provost Tim Tracy to serve as the next dean of the UK College of Public Health. Dr. Arnett is currently the associate dean and chair of the epidemiology department at the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) and formerly served as the president of the American Heart Association. "Dr. Arnett is a transformative leader whose core values of excellence, professionalism and innovation complement the university's mission," Provost Tracy said.
College of Public Health researchers Dr. Kate Eddens, Dr. Tom Tucker, Dr. Rick Crosby, and Tom Collins lend their insight to an article in this week's Newsweek, concerning the cancer epidemic in Appalachian Kentucky. Read the complete article here.
Dr. Richard Clayton, Professor Emeritus in the department of Health Behavior, was one of a select group of prominent speakers asked to participate this spring in the Texas A&M Distinguished Lecture Series. The series, which is sponsored by the Department of Health & Kinesiology, invites leaders in health education, kinesiology, sport management, and physical activity to present their research to faculty and staff. Dr. Clayton is the first speaker from the University of Kentucky to participate in the lecture series.
An article co-authored by Jennifer Redmond Knight, DrPH, Assistant Professor in the department of Health Management and Policy, appears in the June 2015 issue of Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practice, and Policy. The article examines barriers that prevent Kentuckians from participating in colorectal cancer screenings. Most common among these barriers are attitudes and beliefs, issues related to health care providers and systems, and cost of participating. The full journal article, "Understanding Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening in Kentucky," can be viewed here.
The College of Public Health is pleased to welcome three new faculty members to the College in July. Dr. Olga A. Vsevolozhskaya is Assistant Professor in the department of Biostatistics, Dr. Kathi Harp is Assistant Professor in the department of Health Management and Policy, and Dr. Hefei Wen is Assistant Professor in the department of Health Management and Policy. The College is excited to have these fine new faculty members on board, and looks forward to their many successes.
Margaret McGladrey, Assistant Dean for Research, has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the American Sociological Association (ASA) Student Forum Paper Award. In addition to performing her duties as Assistant Dean for Research, McGladrey is a part-time PhD student in the University of Kentucky Department of Sociology. Her award-winning paper, "Studying Sexualities in Girls' Social Words: Ethical and Effective Methodologies for Research with Preadolescent Girls," addresses the manner in which preadolescent girls interpret sexualized media content. As a result of her award, McGladrey will present her work at the annual ASA meeting.
Dr. James Holsinger, Wethington Endowed Chair in the Health Sciences and Professor of Preventive Medicine and Health Management & Policy, recently participated in a programming site visit to China through the University of Kentucky Confucius Institute and Education Abroad. The visit gave faculty and staff members from across campus the opportunity to learn first-hand about international higher education issues in China and learn more about the programming UK offers to students who wish to study in China. The group visited three cities: Shanghai, Beijing, and Tianjin.
Dr. Heather Bush, associate professor in the department of biostatistics, has been appointed the inaugural Kate Spade & Company Foundation Endowed Professor in the UK Center for Research on Violence Against Women (CRVAW). Dr. Bush's research focuses on injury and violence, especially as it applies to women's health and student populations.
Faculty members and alumni from the College of Public Health department of health behavior authored an article recently selected for publication in Maternal and Child Health Journal. The article, titled "Three Positive Parenting Practices and Their Correlation with Risk of Childhood Developmental, Social, or Behavioral Delays: An Analysis of the National Survey of Children's Health," was written by associate professor Corrine M. Williams, ScD, MS; associate professor, Linda A. Alexander, EdD; associate professor, Robin C. Vanderpool, DrPH; and Public Health alumni Sarah Cprek and Ibitola Asaolu.
A recent study by researchers in the UK Rural Cancer Prevention Center (RCPC) suggests a connection between fatalistic beliefs and completion of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in young women in Appalachian Kentucky. Fatalism involves the idea that a person has limited control over their own health and that health outcomes are determined by fate. The RCPC study found that women who indicated they held fatalistic beliefs about what they perceived to be a lack of control over their health and, specifically, cervical cancer, had a significantly lower likelihood of completing the HPV vaccination series. The RCPC is housed within the College of Public Health.