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Study Shows Pfizer and Moderna are Effective in Preventing COVID-19 Among Health Care and Frontline Workers

These interim findings, published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Series, reinforce the success of current COVID-19 vaccination campaigns and can reassure the public and these workers that they begin gaining protection after their first dose of the vaccines.

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Study Shows Pfizer and Moderna are Effective in Preventing COVID-19 Among Health Care and Frontline Workers

These interim findings, published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Series, reinforce the success of current COVID-19 vaccination campaigns and can reassure the public and these workers that they begin gaining protection after their first dose of the vaccines.
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Message on Behalf of Dr. David J. Lee on Recent Mass Shooting Events

"Let us all stand together against all forms of xenophobia and violence that seek to diminish friends and colleagues of Asian descent and celebrate their contributions to a more diverse and vibrant United States," said Dr. Lee, interim chair and professor in the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine's Department of Public Health Sciences. 

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Message on Behalf of Dr. David J. Lee on Recent Mass Shooting Events

"Let us all stand together against all forms of xenophobia and violence that seek to diminish friends and colleagues of Asian descent and celebrate their contributions to a more diverse and vibrant United States," said Dr. Lee, interim chair and professor in the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine's Department of Public Health Sciences. 
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Department of Public Health Sciences Announces New Resiliency Scholarship

The purpose of the full-tuition scholarship—valued at $97,650—is to foster innovative thinking in public health research and practice, as well as support resilient M.P.H. and M.S.P.H. students in their efforts to address community or global public health issues through their graduate studies.

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Department of Public Health Sciences Announces New Resiliency Scholarship

The purpose of the full-tuition scholarship—valued at $97,650—is to foster innovative thinking in public health research and practice, as well as support resilient M.P.H. and M.S.P.H. students in their efforts to address community or global public health issues through their graduate studies.
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Public Health Leaders Discuss Steps Needed to Empower Women

What are the challenges and opportunities that women in Latin America face during and after the pandemic? How can those societies change to address some of the pressing issues that affect women in particular? These are some of the topics that were explored by an esteemed panel in the virtual seminar “Leading Women in Global Health: Equity and Health,” hosted by the University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas. 

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Public Health Leaders Discuss Steps Needed to Empower Women

What are the challenges and opportunities that women in Latin America face during and after the pandemic? How can those societies change to address some of the pressing issues that affect women in particular? These are some of the topics that were explored by an esteemed panel in the virtual seminar “Leading Women in Global Health: Equity and Health,” hosted by the University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas. 
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UM-Led Study Links Green Neighborhoods, Lower Stroke Risk

“Our research shows that in Miami-Dade County, large populations live in low-greenness blocks, often in the poorest neighborhoods with the most vulnerable populations,” José Szapocznik, Ph.D., professor of public health sciences and founder of the research team that led the study. “If we can improve their cardiovascular health by 20 percent by planting trees – even without requiring major lifestyle changes which are so difficult to achieve – we could have a remarkable impact in our neediest populations.”

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UM-Led Study Links Green Neighborhoods, Lower Stroke Risk

“Our research shows that in Miami-Dade County, large populations live in low-greenness blocks, often in the poorest neighborhoods with the most vulnerable populations,” José Szapocznik, Ph.D., professor of public health sciences and founder of the research team that led the study. “If we can improve their cardiovascular health by 20 percent by planting trees – even without requiring major lifestyle changes which are so difficult to achieve – we could have a remarkable impact in our neediest populations.”
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Dr. Tyler Bartholomew Examines the Effects of the IDEA Exchange’s State-Mandated Distribution Model on Injection Risk

“The ultimate goal of our program is to provide clients low barrier access to enough new injection equipment so that they have a new, unused syringe every time they need one,” said Bartholomew, a Ph.D. in Prevention Science and Community Health candidate. “This study continues to add to the existing literature that optimizing syringe coverage is important in reducing risk, and we should remove barriers, like one-for-one exchange policies, to ensure all clients have the ability to remain safe and healthy.” 

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Dr. Tyler Bartholomew Examines the Effects of the IDEA Exchange’s State-Mandated Distribution Model on Injection Risk

“The ultimate goal of our program is to provide clients low barrier access to enough new injection equipment so that they have a new, unused syringe every time they need one,” said Bartholomew, a Ph.D. in Prevention Science and Community Health candidate. “This study continues to add to the existing literature that optimizing syringe coverage is important in reducing risk, and we should remove barriers, like one-for-one exchange policies, to ensure all clients have the ability to remain safe and healthy.” 

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Miami Herald, Dr. Viviana Horigian and Renae Schmidt: 'COVID-19 pandemic collided with loneliness and addiction epidemics. What now?'

Dr. Horigian and Ms. Schmidt noted that they are concerned, in particular, about the nation’s young adults, who have not been at the center of the spotlight, yet they represent generations that will carry the burden into the years to come. Recent studies have shed light to the mental-health consequences that these generations face.

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Miami Herald, Dr. Viviana Horigian and Renae Schmidt: 'COVID-19 pandemic collided with loneliness and addiction epidemics. What now?'

Dr. Horigian and Ms. Schmidt noted that they are concerned, in particular, about the nation’s young adults, who have not been at the center of the spotlight, yet they represent generations that will carry the burden into the years to come. Recent studies have shed light to the mental-health consequences that these generations face.

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Miller School Project to Use Health Data to Develop Strategies for Hard-Hit COVID-19 Communities

Racial minorities in South Florida—one of the many areas in the United States that has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic—have been disproportionately affected by the effects of the pandemic. To help develop population-based strategies that can address these inequities, it is imperative to understand which community characteristics are associated with higher comorbidities, worse COVID-19 outcomes, and vaccine hesitancy.

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Miller School Project to Use Health Data to Develop Strategies for Hard-Hit COVID-19 Communities

Racial minorities in South Florida—one of the many areas in the United States that has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic—have been disproportionately affected by the effects of the pandemic. To help develop population-based strategies that can address these inequities, it is imperative to understand which community characteristics are associated with higher comorbidities, worse COVID-19 outcomes, and vaccine hesitancy.

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Dr. Felicia Knaul: Access to Pain Relief Medicines in Mexico Should Be a Priority for Policy Makers

In a commentary published in the February issue of The Lancet Public Health, Felicia Knaul, Ph.D., director of the University of Miami’s Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas and professor in the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences, brings awareness to the disparities and crisis in Mexico in accessing opioid medicines for palliative care.

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Dr. Felicia Knaul: Access to Pain Relief Medicines in Mexico Should Be a Priority for Policy Makers

In a commentary published in the February issue of The Lancet Public Health, Felicia Knaul, Ph.D., director of the University of Miami’s Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas and professor in the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences, brings awareness to the disparities and crisis in Mexico in accessing opioid medicines for palliative care.

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Sylvester Experts to Study COVID-19 Health Outcome Disparities of Breast Cancer Survivors

Cancer survivors may have a higher risk for COVID-19-related morbidity and mortality due to compromised immune, heart, and lung functions. Epidemiology experts with the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine are focusing their research on addressing COVID-19-related issues in breast cancer survivorship and promoting vaccination.

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Sylvester Experts to Study COVID-19 Health Outcome Disparities of Breast Cancer Survivors

Cancer survivors may have a higher risk for COVID-19-related morbidity and mortality due to compromised immune, heart, and lung functions. Epidemiology experts with the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine are focusing their research on addressing COVID-19-related issues in breast cancer survivorship and promoting vaccination.

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Study Finds U.S. First Responders Have Mixed Feelings about COVID-19 Vaccine

“Through the national sample of firefighters and emergency medical services workers, we gained insight into the workforce’s hesitancy about the COVID-19 vaccine,” said study lead and senior author Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, D.O., Ph.D., M.P.H., associate professor of public health sciences in the Division of Environment & Public Health at the Miller School. “We can leverage this study’s information to design workplace interventions that educate and encourage our first responders to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.”

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Study Finds U.S. First Responders Have Mixed Feelings about COVID-19 Vaccine

“Through the national sample of firefighters and emergency medical services workers, we gained insight into the workforce’s hesitancy about the COVID-19 vaccine,” said study lead and senior author Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, D.O., Ph.D., M.P.H., associate professor of public health sciences in the Division of Environment & Public Health at the Miller School. “We can leverage this study’s information to design workplace interventions that educate and encourage our first responders to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.”
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Miller School Shares Highlights of Report of the Task Force on Racial Justice

Taking a major step forward on the path to confronting racism, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine recently highlighted the findings of the Task Force on Racial Justice.

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Miller School Shares Highlights of Report of the Task Force on Racial Justice

Taking a major step forward on the path to confronting racism, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine recently highlighted the findings of the Task Force on Racial Justice.
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Public Health’s Division of Biostatistics Announces New Scholarships for Master of Science Students

Beginning in the fall 2021 semester, the Division of Biostatistics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences will provide partial scholarships to its graduate students. Students accepted and who choose to matriculate full time in the ten-month, 33-credit Master of Science (M.S.) in Biostatistics program will be granted an award, which will be valued at $7,500.

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Public Health’s Division of Biostatistics Announces New Scholarships for Master of Science Students

Beginning in the fall 2021 semester, the Division of Biostatistics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences will provide partial scholarships to its graduate students. Students accepted and who choose to matriculate full time in the ten-month, 33-credit Master of Science (M.S.) in Biostatistics program will be granted an award, which will be valued at $7,500.

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New Study First to Use Pandemic Stress Index to Document the Effects of COVID-19 on Latinx Sexual Minority Men

"COVID-19 has really changed the way in which we have to look at sexual health among those who may be living with or at risk for HIV,” said study senior author Steve Safren, Ph.D., University of Miami’s director of the Center for HIV and Research in Mental Health and the Health Promotion and Care Research Program in the Department of Psychology. "Public Health's Dr. Audrey Harkness quickly amassed the team to develop this important tool, and already people from all over the country and from other countries as well are using it to help guide prevention and treatment research.”

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New Study First to Use Pandemic Stress Index to Document the Effects of COVID-19 on Latinx Sexual Minority Men

"COVID-19 has really changed the way in which we have to look at sexual health among those who may be living with or at risk for HIV,” said study senior author Steve Safren, Ph.D., University of Miami’s director of the Center for HIV and Research in Mental Health and the Health Promotion and Care Research Program in the Department of Psychology. "Public Health's Dr. Audrey Harkness quickly amassed the team to develop this important tool, and already people from all over the country and from other countries as well are using it to help guide prevention and treatment research.”

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Miller School Biostatistics Professors Develop Model That Can Help Correct Sampling Bias in COVID-19 Studies

The study, published in the Journal of Theoretical Biology and led by J. Sunil Rao, Ph.D., professor and director of the Division of Biostatistics, and Daniel A. Diaz-Pachon, research assistant professor, both with the Miller School of Medicine's Department of Public Health Sciences, has led to new collaborations with scientific leaders in Israel and Colombia. The study was also recently highlighted in the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 research repository.

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Miller School Biostatistics Professors Develop Model That Can Help Correct Sampling Bias in COVID-19 Studies

The study, published in the Journal of Theoretical Biology and led by J. Sunil Rao, Ph.D., professor and director of the Division of Biostatistics, and Daniel A. Diaz-Pachon, research assistant professor, both with the Miller School of Medicine's Department of Public Health Sciences, has led to new collaborations with scientific leaders in Israel and Colombia. The study was also recently highlighted in the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 research repository.

"As public health professionals, we have not and will not tolerate the overt and structural racism that perpetuates the inequities in health and in all related determinants of health, such as education, housing, and employment. We will not stay silent. We call on students, faculty, and staff of the Miller School of Medicine to join us to systematically challenge the structures that support racism and discrimination in our school and in our communities by engaging in focused dialogue and advocacy that will lead to meaningful change in policy and everyday practice." – Dr. David J. Lee, professor and acting chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences

 

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCES NEWS & EVENTS

Alyssa Lozano Leads Study Aimed at Understanding Experiences of Hispanic Sexual Minority Youth and their Parents

Lozano, a Ph.D. in Prevention Science and Community Health candidate, served as the first author on a study that aimed to understand the experiences of Hispanic families with sexual minority youth who disclosed their LGBTQ sexual and/or gender orientation, the families’ initial reaction to disclosure, and how disclosure affected familial relationships.

Dr. Daniel Samano Studies Impacts of Extreme Weather on Healthcare Utilization by People with HIV in Miami

The study, which is the first of its kind and published online in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, demonstrated an association between extreme weather events, specifically heat index and precipitation, with healthcare utilization of people who live with HIV in Miami.

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Learn More About the Tenorio Foundation

The Tenorio Foundation increases healthcare access and provides equitable healthcare delivery to the people of the Philippines. The foundation was founded by the late Kevin Angelo Refuerzo Tenorio, an alumnus of the Departments of Public Health and Political Science, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and passed away in April 2019.

Study Identifies Factors Associated with Non-Participation in Clinical Trials for HIV-Prevention and Mental Health

Despite many successful clinical trials to test HIV-prevention interventions for sexual minority men, not all are reached by these trials. Identifying factors associated with non-participation in the trials could help to ensure that the benefits of research extend to all sexual minority men.

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