The Central Appalachian Regional Education and Research Center (CARERC), which is housed in the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, has been awarded a five-year, $5 Million grant to support and advance occupational health and safety in the Central Appalachian Region and Kentucky. The grant, which is funded by the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), will help sustain the CARERC as a recognized resource for occupational safety and health research and training in the Central Appalachian region.
The UK College of Public Health sent four participants to a Cumberland Valley Area Development District coalition meeting on June 25, 2014. Dr. Angela Carman, Clinical Assistant Professor in Health Management and Policy; Margaret McGladrey, Assistant Dean for Research; and College of Public Health students, Justine Maxwell and Olivia Whitman, attended the event, which highlighted the power of collective impact in the improvement of community health.
Department of Health Behavior Assistant Professor, Christina Studts, PhD, has written an article on the identification of behavior disorders in children that has recently been featured in local media. Dr. Studts' piece offers advice for parents struggling to determine whether their child's problematic behavior is evidence of a more severe problem.
UK College of Public Health Professor, Julia Costich, PhD, JD, was one of an elite group of panelists at a National Press Club forum on August 25, discussing the ways Southern states have implemented and responded to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Forum, including Dr. Costich's report, was broadcast live on C-SPAN and a recording of the event can be viewed here: http://www.c-span.org/video/?321125-1/discussion-health-care-implementation-south.
College of Public Health alumna, Ashton Potter Wright, has hit the ground running in her first months as Lexington's first local food coordinator. She has met with individuals from 75 different organizations and an advisory committee to chart a path toward building the city's first farm-to-table program and build upon the area's growing interest in the promotion of growing and buying food locally. "There's a lot of great ideas," Wright said. "But we have to figure out which ones of those can make the most meaningful impact."
Two UK College of Public Health faculty members were part of a team that developed a new web-based program designed to provide a simple way for healthcare providers to determine whether a brain tumor case requires testing for a genetic mutation. Dr. Li Chen and Dr. Eric Durbin, of the Biostatistics Department, worked with fellow UK Markey Cancer Center researcher, Dr. Craig Horbinski, to craft a program that uses a statistical model to predict with accuracy the likelihood a patient carries a gene, known as an IDH1 mutation. Patients who carry the IDH1 mutation tend to survive years longer than brain tumor patients who do not carry it.
On July 9, 2014, the University of Kentucky announced a $3.75 million grant from the CDC for colorectal cancer prevention in Eastern Kentucky. The grant provides free FIT kits to local health departments and supports outreach through UK's Rural Cancer Prevention Center over the next 5 years.
Anna Hoover of the UK College of Public Health was one of two recognized health and environmental literacy experts featured in a webinar developed and supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences' Partnerships for Environmental Public Health program. During the webinar, Hoover discussed the relationship between health literacy and health outcomes. At UK, Hoover is the Deputy Director of National Coordinating Center for Public Health Services and Systems Research & Public Health Practice-Based Research Networks and the Communications Director & Research Translation Co-Lead, UK Superfund Research Center.
The Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC), which is housed within the College of Public Health, is one of only five awardees in the country to receive a $1.08 Million grant to address prescription drug overdose prevention. KIPRC, which represents a unique partnership between the UK College of Public Health and the Kentucky State Department for Public Health, received the grant for a "Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention Boost" from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute kicked off the upcoming semester with an Open House on August 6th. This year, the Institute, which provides campus and community-based educational opportunities for individuals over the age of 50, celebrates 50 years of learning involving over 1,300 adult learners.