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.
Graham Rowles, PhD, Professor and Chair in the Department of Gerontology in the College of Public Health, has been awarded the 2015 Distinguished Faculty honor by the Association of Gerontology in Higher Education. The award recognizes individuals who exhibit exemplary, innovative, or impactful teaching in the field of gerontology.
Faculty members from the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, Dr. Robin Vanderpool, Dr. Kate Eddens, and Dr. Jennifer Redmond Knight, are on a team that recently received $7 Million in grant funding from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation as part of its Bridging Cancer Care initiative. The project, named the Kentucky LEADS (Lung Cancer. Education. Awareness. Detection. Survivorship.) Collaborative, will work to reduce the burden of lung cancer in the state through an interdisciplinary approach involving community partners and cancer prevention and control experts.
The Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC), a bona fide agent for the Kentucky Department for Public Health, and housed within the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, has been awarded a $400,000 grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance to develop data-driven multidisciplinary approaches to reduce prescription drug abuse and overdoses in Kentucky. The award is a collaborative effort between criminal justice and public health agencies to address the devastating problem of drug abuse and overdose in Kentucky.
UK College of Public Health Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Behavior, Dr. Robin Vanderpool, has been named Co-Chair of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN) Steering Committee for the current five-year funding cycle, running 2014-2019. In her role, she will lead the Committee's development of collaborations that facilitate the translation of research into practice and will help develop short term and long range plans for the achievement of the Network's goals.