The College of Public Health is pleased to welcome three new faculty members to the College in July. Dr. Olga A. Vsevolozhskaya is Assistant Professor in the department of Biostatistics, Dr. Kathi Harp is Assistant Professor in the department of Health Management and Policy, and Dr. Hefei Wen is Assistant Professor in the department of Health Management and Policy. The College is excited to have these fine new faculty members on board, and looks forward to their many successes.
Margaret McGladrey, Assistant Dean for Research, has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the American Sociological Association (ASA) Student Forum Paper Award. In addition to performing her duties as Assistant Dean for Research, McGladrey is a part-time PhD student in the University of Kentucky Department of Sociology. Her award-winning paper, "Studying Sexualities in Girls' Social Words: Ethical and Effective Methodologies for Research with Preadolescent Girls," addresses the manner in which preadolescent girls interpret sexualized media content. As a result of her award, McGladrey will present her work at the annual ASA meeting.
Dr. James Holsinger, Wethington Endowed Chair in the Health Sciences and Professor of Preventive Medicine and Health Management & Policy, recently participated in a programming site visit to China through the University of Kentucky Confucius Institute and Education Abroad. The visit gave faculty and staff members from across campus the opportunity to learn first-hand about international higher education issues in China and learn more about the programming UK offers to students who wish to study in China. The group visited three cities: Shanghai, Beijing, and Tianjin.
Dr. Heather Bush, associate professor in the department of biostatistics, has been appointed the inaugural Kate Spade & Company Foundation Endowed Professor in the UK Center for Research on Violence Against Women (CRVAW). Dr. Bush's research focuses on injury and violence, especially as it applies to women's health and student populations.
Faculty members and alumni from the College of Public Health department of health behavior authored an article recently selected for publication in Maternal and Child Health Journal. The article, titled "Three Positive Parenting Practices and Their Correlation with Risk of Childhood Developmental, Social, or Behavioral Delays: An Analysis of the National Survey of Children's Health," was written by associate professor Corrine M. Williams, ScD, MS; associate professor, Linda A. Alexander, EdD; associate professor, Robin C. Vanderpool, DrPH; and Public Health alumni Sarah Cprek and Ibitola Asaolu.
A recent study by researchers in the UK Rural Cancer Prevention Center (RCPC) suggests a connection between fatalistic beliefs and completion of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in young women in Appalachian Kentucky. Fatalism involves the idea that a person has limited control over their own health and that health outcomes are determined by fate. The RCPC study found that women who indicated they held fatalistic beliefs about what they perceived to be a lack of control over their health and, specifically, cervical cancer, had a significantly lower likelihood of completing the HPV vaccination series. The RCPC is housed within the College of Public Health.
Dr. Tisha Johnson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, has been elected Chair of the Council of Preventive Medicine Residency Directors, sponsored by the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM). The Council provides opportunity for information sharing and discussion of issues of concern to Preventive Medicine programs and can recommend policies relating to these issues to the ACPM. Dr. Johnson is the Director of the UK Preventive Medicine program.
Dr. Susan Pollack, Director of the Pediatric and Adolescent Injury Program at the Kentucky Injury and Prevention Research Center (KIPRC), joined Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear for the signing of House Bill 315, aimed at improving safety for child passengers in motor vehicles. The bill, which goes into effect on June 24, 2015, requires that all children younger than 8 years old and 57 inches or less in height ride in booster seats before graduating to standard adult seat belts in vehicles.
A research team from the College of Public Health has been awarded a $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to study risk factors related to respiratory disease in Appalachian Kentucky. The interdisciplinary team is led by Dr. Steven Browning, associate professor of epidemiology, and Dr. Nancy Schoenberg, Marion Pearsall Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science in the College of Medicine and associate dean for research in the College of Public Health. Other members include David Mannino, chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health; Wayne Sanderson, interim dean of the College of Public Health and professor of epidemiology; Jay Christian, assistant professor of epidemiology; and Heather Bush, associate professor of biostatistics.
Glen Mays, PhD, Scutchfield Endowed Professor in Health Services and Systems Research, has written a piece, which is featured on Health Affairs Blog. The piece weighs in on the controversy surrounding the Affordable Care Act and government spending on public health programs.