90 minutes before he was killed on his first day of work as a temporary employee, 21-year-old Day Davis texted a picture of himself to his girlfriend, excited for their future. Now Day's sister, 17-year-old Antonia, searches for answers. An investigation reveals the troubling issues that led to Day's death and how the $100 billion temporary staffing industry is putting millions of American workers at risk.
Suicides outnumber homicides by nearly 4 to 1 so suicide has been in the forefront of our research focus. Dr. Sabrina Brown, Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, recently appeared on the “Public Health Minute,” a radio segment syndicated to National Public Radio affiliates.
Dr. Brown discussed the Kentucky Violent Death Reporting System, which addresses the need for accurate surveillance and data analysis to identify those populations at risk for violent death.
Responding to an environmental health emergency requires public health workers to enter the field, work alongside community members, and educate residents about risk-reduction measures.
And, as a group of UK College of Public Health students learned on Sept. 7, sometimes fieldwork involves unusual tasks, such as asking a complete stranger for toenail clippings.
University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto and UK Executive Vice President for Health Affairs (EVPHA) Dr. Michael Karpf today announced Karpf’s decision to retire in 2017 following the hiring and appropriate transition period for his replacement.
“My original mandate when recruited to this position by then UK President Lee Todd was to revitalize the clinical enterprise at UK incorporating both the hospital system and the College of Medicine,” Karpf said. “Since my arrival in 2003, we have made considerable progress, and I feel that the original goals we established have been achieved and we have built a strong foundation for UK HealthCare.”
Dr. Michael D. Singleton, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, Department of Biostatistics and Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, University of Kentucky College of Public Health, published new research on the protective effects of motorcycle helmets in the journal Traffic Injury Prevention. The article, “Differential protective effects of motorcycle helmets against head injury,” was published online on September 2, 2016.
Researchers in the University of Kentucky College of Public Health and UK College of Medicine recently published a landmark study examining the relationships between diabetes and two types of cognitive dysfunction, Alzheimer’s disease and cerebrovascular disease.
The results of the study, which appeared in a recent issue of Alzheimer’s and Dementia, suggest a correlation between diabetes and cerebrovascular disease, a neurological condition characterized by constricted blood flow to the brain. Cerebrovascular disease is associated with stroke and ruptures that cause brain damage.
The University of Kentucky invites applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy within the College of Public Health. This position leads a multi- disciplinary academic department focused on building scientific evidence and cultivating a next- generation workforce needed to improve health care delivery, population health, and health equity. The Department includes eleven full-time primary faculty members who direct research centers and programs devoted to public health systems and policy, rural health services, addiction health services, health economics, and health systems reform.
A new research center operated within the University of Kentucky College of Public Health will investigate and inform health policies and services affecting impoverished rural communities around the nation.
The Center for Rural and Underserved Health Research at Kentucky received a $2.8 million grant from the US Health Resources and Services Administration’s Rural Health Research Center Cooperative Agreement grant program. The Center became one of seven federally funded centers in the nation dedicated to health policy and services research in rural populations. The award will provide an annual $700,000 in funding to operate the center for four years. The Center is situated to address health services and systems in impoverished and underserved areas of Appalachia.
Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council, came to Lexington, Ky., ten years ago to investigate the crash of Comair Flight 5191 at Bluegrass Airport. To mark the anniversary of the flight investigation, Hersman returns to Kentucky to present the University of Kentucky College of Public Health Distinguished Lecture on August 26, 2 to 3 p.m., in the Pavilion A auditorium of UK Chandler Hospital. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Kentucky Injury Prevention Research Center (KIPRC) and Kentucky Safe Communities.
UK HealthCare’s Albert B. Chandler Hospital has been named No. 1 in Kentucky in the U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals rankings released Aug. 2, 2016. It also is the only hospital in the state rated as High Performing in cancer.