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.
Dr. Tisha Johnson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, has been elected Chair of the Council of Preventive Medicine Residency Directors, sponsored by the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM). The Council provides opportunity for information sharing and discussion of issues of concern to Preventive Medicine programs and can recommend policies relating to these issues to the ACPM. Dr. Johnson is the Director of the UK Preventive Medicine program.
Dr. Susan Pollack, Director of the Pediatric and Adolescent Injury Program at the Kentucky Injury and Prevention Research Center (KIPRC), joined Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear for the signing of House Bill 315, aimed at improving safety for child passengers in motor vehicles. The bill, which goes into effect on June 24, 2015, requires that all children younger than 8 years old and 57 inches or less in height ride in booster seats before graduating to standard adult seat belts in vehicles.
A research team from the College of Public Health has been awarded a $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to study risk factors related to respiratory disease in Appalachian Kentucky. The interdisciplinary team is led by Dr. Steven Browning, associate professor of epidemiology, and Dr. Nancy Schoenberg, Marion Pearsall Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science in the College of Medicine and associate dean for research in the College of Public Health. Other members include David Mannino, chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health; Wayne Sanderson, interim dean of the College of Public Health and professor of epidemiology; Jay Christian, assistant professor of epidemiology; and Heather Bush, associate professor of biostatistics.
Glen Mays, PhD, Scutchfield Endowed Professor in Health Services and Systems Research, has written a piece, which is featured on Health Affairs Blog. The piece weighs in on the controversy surrounding the Affordable Care Act and government spending on public health programs.
A research team from the Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention (SCAHIP), which is housed within the College of Public Health, has been awarded top honors in the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's (NIOSH) Evaluation Contest. The team was awarded the honor for its project, "The UK-CROPS Project - Cost-effective Roll-over Protective Structures," which examines more economical solutions for farmers in Appalachia who are using older model tractors not equipped with Rollover Protection Structures (ROPS).
Dr. Ty Borders, professor and chair of the department of health management and policy in the UK College of Public Health, has been invited to serve on the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services for a four-year term. The Committee, a part of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is a 21-member panel of nationally recognized experts in the area of rural health. Dr. Borders’ term on the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services began this spring and will continue until April, 2019.
The Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC), based in the College of Public Health, has joined the Occupational Health and Safety Administration's (OSHA) National Safety Stand-Down initiative, running May 4-15. The public safety campaign calls for all construction site managers to suspend work for a short period to review safety standards and protective measures.
The College of Public Health was well-represented at this year's Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) annual conference, as a faculty member and students were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments in the area of public health research. Dr. Richard Kryscio, chair of the department of biostatistics, was awarded the Grand Mentor prize, which honors a professor who has made a positive impact on the research efforts of students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty. Additionally, students John Flunker, Vera Pravosud, Aasha Hoogland, and Dessi Slavova received awards for their research presentations and posters.
The UK College of Public Health has selected April M. Young, PhD, as the 2015 recipient of an Outstanding Alumni Award. Dr. Young, an assistant professor in the Epidemiology Department, graduated with her master's degree in health behavior and epidemiology from the UK College of Public Health in 2010. A reception honoring Dr. Young will be held Friday, May 1, from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm at the Hilary J. Boone Center. The Outstanding Alumni Award program was established in 2013 to recognize extraordinary alumni who have made outstanding contributions in public health at the local, state, and national/international level.