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.
College of Public Health Professor, Dr. Glen Mays, was recently quoted in a Modern Healthcare article discussing the movement of employers to consumer-directed health plans in light of rising healthcare costs. Dr. Mays specifically spoke to the decision employee spouses face when surcharges are imposed to cover spouses who may have other access to healthcare coverage. "If you're facing paying a surcharge versus potentially going to a network that's potentially more restrictive, you may just choose to pay the fee," he stated.
This fall, the College of Public Health is offering its first undergraduate degree. The Bachelor of Public Health (BPH) degree is the first professional undergraduate public health program in the state and will offer students a new opportunity to contribute to work that seeks to remedy long-standing health disparities in the Commonwealth and beyond.
A five-year study, led by Dr. Ann Coker, Professor of Epidemiology in the College of Public Health, has found that UK's "Green Dot" violence-prevention program is effective in reducing incidents of sexual violence. The study found that the program resulted in a greater than 50 percent reduction in the self-reported frequency of perpetration of sexual violence in schools where the Green Dot training was available, compared to a slight increase in these incidents in schools that did not offer the training.