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.
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.
The National Coordinating Center for Public Health Services and Systems Research (PHSSR), which is based in the UK College of Public Health, was recently awarded $1.8 Million in renewed funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The award will enable PHSSR to extend its research into methods for improving the economic and health impact of public health and prevention strategies across the country.
The UK College of Public Health is pleased to announce that Nancy Schoenberg, PhD, has been named Associate Dean for Research. In addition to her new role with the College, Dr. Schoenberg is the Marion Pearsall Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science in the UK College of Medicine. In her new role as Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Schoenberg will focus her efforts on supporting junior and other faculty to develop and refine research grants and other scholarly products, promoting collaborations, and enhancing the culture of scholarship.
University of Kentucky College of Public Health professor and Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, Dr. David Mannino, has been honored by the European Respiratory Society (ERS) as a Fellow of the ERS for his contributions to research, clinical leadership, and education in respiratory medicine. Mannino was one of only 125 researchers and clinicians around the world chosen for inclusion in the inaugural class of Fellows for his sustained contribution to research in the respiratory field.
On Friday, October 10th, the Central Appalachian Regional Education and Research Center (CARERC) is offering a one-day course entitled "REAC/TS Training: Radiation Emergency Response - Are You Prepared?" The session will train public health personnel, emergency management individuals, physicians, nurses, and other workers who are involved with radiological hazards in how to respond to threats that involve "agents of opportunity." Learn more about the training and how to register here.
The UK College of Public Health will induct two new members into its Hall of Fame during the 11th Annual Hall of Fame celebration at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, October 10th, at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Lexington. The Hall of Fame formally recognizes individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the health and welfare of citizens throughout the Commonwealth, the nation, or the world. This year's inductees are Dr. Samuel Matheny and Dr. Carolyn Williams.
Dr. Susan Pollack, manager of pediatric and adolescent injury prevention for the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center stresses the importance of appropriately buckling children into age-appropriate safety seats during National Child Passenger Safety Week, which is September 14-20.