The Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC), housed in the UK College of Public Health, has been awarded a grant totaling close to $4 Million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to combat prescription drug abuse and heroin use in the state. The Center will receive $940,000 per year for four years to fight opioid use across Kentucky.
The UK College of Public Health is offering a new graduate certificate in biostatistics, beginning this academic year. The certificate requires 15 credit hours of course work and provides students in academic programs outside of the Department of Biostatistics with the opportunity to gain a background in the design and analysis of biomedical studies.
Dr. Linda Alexander, Associate Professor in the Department of Health Behavior at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, has been elected to serve a three-year term as a Section Councilor for the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD) section. ATOD Section Councilors provide leadership by shaping policies and procedures, as well as advocating for sound research in the area of prevention and treatment of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
CPH Researchers Margaret McGladrey and Dr. Rick Crosby recently served as guest editors for a new themed issue of American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The issue focuses on academic and community research partnerships and the importance of these collaborations to effectively disseminate and implement practice-based methods to prevent cervical cancer. The issue also features the work of several other UK researchers, including CPH's Dr. Angela Carman, Dr. Anna Goodman Hoover, Dr. Robin Vanderpool, Tom Collins, and Lindsay Stradtman.
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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.