Five members of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health faculty have achieved promotion to Associate Professor, including three with tenure. These promotions are in recognition of their significant contributions to the college’s missions of teaching, scholarship, and service, and will be effective July 1, 2016. Congratulations to all on this important accomplishment.
The Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC) has received nearly $2 million over five years in funding to implement evidence-based programs to evaluate violence and injury related fatalities across the Commonwealth. The competitive grant comes from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, and the process was facilitated by U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. KIPRC is a partnership between the Kentucky Department for Public Health and the University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health.
The funding will allow KIPRC to continue and enhance programs aimed at preventing child abuse and neglect, traumatic brain injury, motor vehicle injury, and sexual assaults.
Drs. Kathryn Cardarelli and Nancy Schoenberg recently joined the 2016-2017 class of fellows for the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program at Drexel University College of Medicine.
Dr. Kate Eddens, assistant professor in Health Behavior, and Jesse Fagan, from the Gatton College’s LINKS Center for Social Network Analysis, recently won the UK researcher award for their poster presentation of OpenEddi at the SPARK Soirée and Bluegrass Showcase of Emerging Entrepreneurs and University Researchers. The SPARK Showcase, sponsored by the Kentucky Innovation Network, Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship, and Commerce Lexington, is designed to celebrate and promote the intersection of academic research and entrepreneurial creativity in Kentucky.
The drive down the Mountain Parkway from Lexington to Campton is only about an hour. It’s a beautiful drive, as the mountains of Kentucky come into view as you leave the Bluegrass. But hidden behind those beautiful views is one of our state’s most serious problems — profound differences in health, with disparities that are striking from the mountains to the Bluegrass.
These differences are starkly shown by a map released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and their colleagues at Virginia Commonwealth University. The map shows life expectancy for Lexington in Fayette County is 78 years, but in Wolfe County, where Campton is, it is only 70 years of age.
How can this be?
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) recently recognized Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) Board Member F. Douglas Scutchfield, MD, for "bringing new visibility and credibility to the field during a time of rapid change in public health and health care" in the United States.
Epidemiologists examine public health problems through a wide-scope lens to determine the impact of disease and health disparities at the population-level. Medical practitioners, on the other hand, are attuned to the health problems of the individual.
During the spring 2016 semester, students in Dr. Henrietta Bada’s maternal and child health course discovered both perspectives are helpful — and necessary — for solving the health problems impacting children and mothers in Kentucky.
Three of the college’s outstanding faculty received teaching awards presented at the graduation reception on May 6, 2016. These awards recognize faculty achievement in teaching and mentoring.
Close to half of patients with severe or difficult to treat asthma participating in a large trial still had poorly controlled symptoms after a decade, researchers reported here.
The multicenter, observational TENOR II study evaluated the prevalence of persistent very poorly controlled asthma more than 10 years after their enrollment in TENOR I, which was designed to examine the causes of poor asthma control in this subset of patients.
Welcome to the era of precision medicine — a new frontier in health care delivery with the promise of improving outcomes and extending lives.
Precision medicine is an individualized approach to achieving optimal health founded on the premise that our DNA, our environments and our lifestyle choices are the three major predictors of our health. The goal of precision medicine is to improve the efficacy of modern health care delivery by integrating these three factors as part of disease prevention and treatment. Personalized medicine, a related concept, refers to examining the signs, symptoms, evidence, and patient experience and preferences to guide medical decision-making.