The National Coordinating Center for Public Health Services and Systems Research (PHSSR) and the Public Health Practice-Based Networks (PBRNs) have announced this year's recipients of the Dr. E. Richard "Rick" Brown Keeneland Conference scholarships. The scholarships support travel, attendance, and networking for researchers from racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups underrepresented in the health and social sciences. The Keeneland Conference will be held in Lexington April 21-22.
Substance abuse researcher and physician Joseph Barry, professor and chair of Popluation Health Medicine at Trinity College Dublin, delivered the inaugural Stephen W. Wyatt Lecture on Thursday, April 16th. The lecture, “Substance Use: Public Health Challenges in 21st Century Ireland,” addressed substance use and abuse in Ireland and its public health implications on a global scale. Access to a recording of the lecture is available at http://connect.uky.edu/p5274fo6sw9/ .
Assistant professor of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, Susan Pollack, M.D., was recently named on of two 2015 Public Health Heroes by the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department. The award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated dedication to improving the health of residents of the Lexington area. Dr. Pollack manages the Pediatric and Adolescent Injury Prevention Program at the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC).
Dr. April Young, assistant professor in the department of Epidemiology at the College of Public Health, recently mentored a multidisciplinary group of students who took second place in the 5th annual Emory Global Health Case Competition at Emory University. Dr. Young's team was tasked with developing strategies for reducing gun violence in Honduras, and their presentation was awarded the Participant's Choice Award for best executed presentation and solution.
By now, most Americans are aware of the dangers associated with driving while using a cell phone. But injury prevention experts at the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC) based at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, in partnership with the National Safety Council (NSC), are calling attention to a few surprising facts about distracted driving to encourage safe practices at the wheel.
The UK College of Public Health hosts a panel discussion on Tuesday, March 31st, titled "Balancing Individual Liberties and Public Health in the Childhood Vaccination Policy Debate." The event will feature UK experts in behavioral science, law, and pediatrics, as well as the Kentucky Department for Public Health Director of the Division of Epidemiology and Health Planning, who will discuss the legal, clinical, behavioral, and public health ramifications of childhood vaccination policies in light of the current measles outbreak. The discussion will be held in the UK Athletics Auditorium, William T. Young Library from Noon-1:00 pm.
Dr. Christina Studts, assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior, was recently awarded a three-year, $450,000 grant from NIMH to improve the delivery of behavioral parent training programs (BPT) in underserved communities. She will partner with health departments in rural Appalachia to increase parent's accessibility to programs that help prevent behavioral disorders in children.
UK College of Public Health has once again been ranked a Top 25 School of Public Health by U.S. News & World Report. The rankings, published March 10th, evaluate schools accredited by Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The UK College of Public Health is proud of the leadership and support of its exceptional students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends that has made an honor of this kind possible.
College of Public Health assistant professors, Dr. April Young and Dr. Chi Wang have been awarded pilot grants from the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) for their work in innovative, collaborative, health-related research. Dr. Young's project looks at the role social media and mobile applications play in sexual and drug-related networks, and Dr. Wang's project focuses on the development of a model-based bioinformatics method to be used in comparing somatic mutation patterns. These projects join 10 others in this most recent round of CCTS pilot funding.
Christina Studts, PhD, assistant professors in the College of Public Health's Department of Health Behavior, has recently been selected for funding through the Center for Translational Science (CCTS) Pilot Program for a project examining behavioral problems in children who have hearing loss. Dr. Studts will be co-PI with Dr. Matthew Bush, assistant professor in the UK College of Medicine's Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, on the project titled, "Assessing and Addressing Behavioral Problems in Children with Hearing Loss."