Neil B. Horsley, who graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Public Health with a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology in 2017, and is currently pursuing his MD at the UK College of Medicine, has been awarded a Professional Student Mentored Research Fellowship by the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science.
Dr. Teresa M. Waters, chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, is senior author on the publication “Medicare Payment Penalties and Safety Net Hospital Profitability: Minimal Impact on These Vulnerable Hospitals,” appearing in Health Services Research.
March 6-7, 2018, Dr. Ty Borders is taking part in a panel to develop a national strategy for reducing and preventing suicide. Suicide rates have been rising, particularly among white men residing in rural areas. Dr. Borders, who is serving at the invitation of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, joins Nobel Laureate Sir Angus Deacon and representatives from government, academia, and the private sector.
New research from the University of Kentucky College of Public Health indicates that social networks – especially family ties - are an effective tool for recruiting and retaining rural drug users in harm reduction interventions and programs. Investigators analyzed methods of reaching drug users in Appalachia, a region that has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic. Dr. April M.
Even as HIV infection rates in the US decline, deep disparities persist. Despite accounting for an estimated two percent of the U.S. population, gay and bisexual men also account for an estimated three-fourths of all newly diagnosed cases of HIV. Most affected are young black men who have sex with men; these men have a one-in-four chance of becoming infected with HIV before age 25, and a one-in-two chance of becoming infected in their lifetime.
Can standardizing processes for preventive care improve outcomes for patients and health care providers?
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, Kentucky had the third-highest drug overdose fatality rate in the nation in 2015, at 29.9 drug overdose fatalities per 100,000 individuals. Despite the frequency of drug overdose deaths in the state, until recently no comprehensive system existed to track overdose fatalities.
Dr. F. Douglas Scutchfield, Bosomworth Professor of Health Services Research and Policy (retired), spoke with the online news outlet Buzzfeed for the story "What’s Driving The Overdose Epidemic?