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.
The College of Public Health will hold a Grand Rounds on Thursday, November 20th at 11:00 in Nursing 511. The event will feature a panel discussion, "The Post-Election Forecast for Public Health and Healthcare Reform," with UK Public Health faculty, Dr. Julia Costich and Dr. Glen Mays participating, as well as Department of Behavioral Science faculty member, Dr. Hannah Knudsen. RSVPs for the event are requested by Tuesday, November 18th and can be sent to Nicole Howard. Lunch will be provided.
College of Public Health Scutchfield Endowed Professor in Health Services and Systems Research, Glen Mays, PhD, MPH, was a featured presenter on November 12, 2014, in Columbia University's Grand Rounds on the Future of Public Health. Dr. Mays delivered a discussion titled "Optimizing the Public Health System for Population Health Improvement: Structures, Economics and Metrics." He joins a roster of speakers across a wide range of disciplines, who will give presentations concerning the future of public health and the global challenges we face, during the school's series of Grand Rounds lectures this academic year. Watch a recording of Dr. Mays' presentation here: http://www.mailman.columbia.edu/events/livestream.
According to a research study conducted by UK College of Public Health Associate Professor, David Fardo, PhD, alumnus Brian Downer, PhD and others, light to moderate alcohol consumption by those over the age of 60 can support better memory function. The study, "Effects of Alcohol Consumption on Cognition and Regional Brain Volumes Among Older Adults" was recently published in the American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease & Other Dementias.
The College of Public Health offers courses for undergraduates that have appeal for all students, not just those studying public health. Some of these courses were featured in a recent University of Kentucky story, and are receiving attention across campus.
University of Kentucky College of Public Health associate dean for academic and faculty affairs, Dr. Kathryn Cardarelli, has been selected as a 2014-2015 Southeastern Conference (SEC) Academic Leadership Development Program (ALDP) fellow. The program is a professional development initiative with the goal of identifying, preparing and advancing academic leaders for roles in institutions within the SEC and beyond. Dr. Cardarelli joins 47 other faculty and administrators in this year’s class.
College of Public Health Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Linda Alexander, has been working with the local office of the Susan G. Komen Foundation on an initiative to address health disparities among socially and economically disadvantaged populations. The effort, Colors of Promise, seeks to combat the evidence that, although a higher incidence of breast cancer appears in the white population, there is a higher rate of mortality among black and Latino communities.
College of Public Health Alumnus, Dr. Swannie Jett, is among a group of 60 airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard who are traveling to West Africa to support an effort to fight the spread of the Ebola virus in that area. Dr. Jett, who received his DrPH from the UK College of Public Health, will work with fellow members of Louisville's 123rd Contingency Response Group to ensure that medical supplies and personnel get to the areas of the region that have been affected the most by the epidemic.