Six students from the College of Public Health recently participated in the University of Kentucky's inaugural Global Health Case Competition. In the competition, students were placed on interprofessional teams of 4-5 individuals, with whom they worked over a period of two days to develop a solution to a global health problem. Participants from Public Health included Moaz Abdelwadoud, Shreya Berlia, Brandon Cofield, Stephanie Courtney, Marie Higginson-Rollins, and Marylou Wallace.
Mark Swanson, PhD, Associate Professor of health behavior in the University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health, is leading a project aimed at increasing individual’s access to healthy foods in eastern Kentucky communities. The Appal-TREE Project (Appalachians Together Restoring the Eating Environment) is a collaborative community research and demonstration project funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The College of Public Health is offering a series of workshops this semester geared toward preparing graduate students to conduct health-related research. The Research 101 series begins Monday, January 26th, and will address topics such as the importance of health research, how to get started with research, and how to acquire funding for this type of project. The workshops are free and open to graduate students in any college who have a research interest related to public health.
College of Public Health Professor, Dr. F. Douglas Scutchfield, has joined with printmaker and King Library Press director, Paul Holbrook, to edit a collection of letters written in the 1950s and 1960s between Trappist monk, writer, and philosopher, Thomas Merton, and Lexington residents, Victor and Carolyn Hammer. The newly-published book, The Letters of Thomas Merton and Victor and Carolyn Hammer: Ad Majorem Dei Glorium, documents the close relationship and intellectual correspondence between three accomplished individuals, who all resided in Kentucky during that time.
A multi-disciplinary team of researchers based at the College of Public Health has recently completed a national study of successful partnerships between hospitals, public health departments, and other stakeholders. The findings of the study provided the basis for eleven recommendations, intended help hospital, public health department, and other community leaders and policy makers in developing strong partnerships dedicated to improving community health.
College of Public Health Epidemiology student William Witt recently won first place for his research in the areas of anthropology and sociology at the Kentucky Academy of Science 100th Annual Meeting. The Kentucky Academy of Science encourage scientific research and promotes the diffusion of scientific knowledge as it works to unify the scientific interests of the Commonwealth.
Margaret McGladrey, Assistant Dean for Research, was named the College of Public Health Employee of the Year for her outstanding service to the College. Her award was presented at the College's Holiday Celebration and All Hands Meeting on Friday, December 12th. Awards were also given to those who have committed multiple years of service to the College.
Dr. Robin Vanderpool, Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Behavior, and Dr. Bin Huang, Assistant Professor in the Division of Cancer Biostatistics in the Department of Biostatistics, have been awarded special interest project grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for their work in the area of cancer research. Dr. Vanderpool has received a 5-year, $1.37 million grant to fund the Appalachian Center for Cancer Education, Screening, and Support (ACCESS), and Dr. Huang was awarded a 2-year, $250,000 award to improve Kentucky Cancer Registry (KCR) data through ancillary data linkage.
Dr. Anna Goodman Hoover, Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy, is featured on the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences' (NIEHS) website. Her Grantee Profile, which appears on the Partnerships for Environmental Public Health page, highlights her background, training, and current work in the field of research translation. Read the full profile here.
Dr. F. Douglas Scutchfield, Peter P. Bosomworth Professor of Health Services Research and Policy, has edited a publication titled "The Letters of Thomas Merton and Victor and Carolyn Hammer: Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam." The publication of Dr. Scutchfield's book, which was co-edited by Paul Evans Holbrook, Jr., will be celebrated during a public event at the Art Museum at UK on Friday, December 12th at 6:00 p.m.