The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UK, which is administered through the College of Public Health, will celebrate its 50th Anniversary at a Lifelong Learning Jubilee on Wednesday, October 29th at 10:45 a.m. at Keeneland's Keene Barn and Entertainment Center. Over the last 50 years, the program has enabled the achievement of fifty-three degrees, including five doctoral degrees, and today offers a variety of courses in a number of disciplines, including humanities, technology, foreign languages, the arts, and wellness.
College of Public Health Alumnus, Dr. Swannie Jett, is among a group of 60 airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard who are traveling to West Africa to support an effort to fight the spread of the Ebola virus in that area. Dr. Jett, who received his DrPH from the UK College of Public Health, will work with fellow members of Louisville's 123rd Contingency Response Group to set up a cargo hub in Senegal to ensure that medical supplies and personnel get to the areas of the region that have been affected the most by the epidemic.
The College of Public Health welcomes Capt. Doug Thoroughman, PhD, MS for its first Grand Rounds of the semester to speak about his work combating the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa. The seminar, titled “Confronting Ebola and Other Public Health Crises: Perspective from a Career Epidemiology Field Officer,” will be held on Thursday, October 23rd at 11:30 am in Room 115 of the Nursing Building. Lunch will be provided. RSVPs for the seminar should be made by October 21st to Nicole Howard.
UK College of Public Health alumnus, Dr. Daniel Saman, was recently featured on CNN’s New Day to discuss the dangerous myths and misconceptions about the Ebola virus. In his interview with the major news network, Dr. Saman spoke about the incubation period of the disease, the issues of funding in the CDC and the NIH, and the status of agency and hospital preparedness and response. Dr. Saman, who received his MPH and DrPH in Epidemiology from the UK College of Public Health, serves as the Chief Epidemiologist at Health Watch USA.
The University of Kentucky was recently approved by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to lead a $14.9 million project to identify the most effective approaches for patient care transitions as they move between hospitals, nursing homes, and their own homes. College of Public Health Professor Glen P. Mays, PhD, is involved in the project. "Each year more than 33 million Americans make this difficult journey from the hospital bed to the post-acute setting to home and community-based care, and, all too often, back again," he stated. "From public health and economic perspectives, there is no health care delivery quandary more important to solve than this one."
UK College of Public Health Professor and Director of the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Services & Systems Research, Glen Mays, PhD, recently traveled to Canada to speak about the impact of PHSSR Research on practice. Through a week-long series of speaking appearances and discussions, Dr. Mays gained insight into what can be learned from US-Canadian comparative research on public health delivery.
UK College of Public Health researchers have joined with colleagues in the UK College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment, and extension and health department personnel on a project that focuses on lowering obesity rates in Kentucky counties suffering the most from the issue. Through a cooperative agreement with the US Department of Health and Human Services, the collaborative effort was recently awarded $1.8 Million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to work to implement programs that decrease obesity rates and improve the overall health of residents in six Kentucky counties. Margaret McGladrey, Dr. Katie Cardarelli, and Dr. Angie Carman from the College of Public Health will work on the project.
Four projects across the country will receive funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the Dissemination and Implementation Research to Improve Value (DIRECTIVE) Awards. The two-year DIRECTIVE awards will be managed by the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Services & Systems Research, which is housed within the UK College of Public Health. Each award will provide up to $350,000 to support multi-state studies by Public Health Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRNs), investigating strategies to more effectively and efficiently deliver services that protect the public against disease and health risks. See the full story here and here.
College of Public Health Professor and Chair of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, Dr. David Mannino, was featured on the September 29th episode of KET's Health Three60 Series. The program, titled "Easing the Burden of Asthma," featured Dr. Mannino as a panelist with other experts, discussing asthma research, treatment, and education.
New research, led by Richard Kryscio, PhD, Chair of the Biostatistics Department in the College of Public Health and associate director of the Alzheimer's Disease Center at UK, indicates that self-reported memory complaints are compelling predictors of clinical memory impairment later in life. The study found that participants who reported memory changes were almost three times more likely to develop thinking and memory problems in later years.