Dr. Felicia Knaul

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University health economist heads new commission to examine inequities in global cancer care

Dr. Felicia Knaul, professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences and director of the Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas, will lead the new Lancet Commission on Cancer and Health Systems. The commission is focused on improving access to cancer care and to novel treatments for the disease worldwide.

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University health economist heads new commission to examine inequities in global cancer care

Dr. Felicia Knaul, professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences and director of the Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas, will lead the new Lancet Commission on Cancer and Health Systems. The commission is focused on improving access to cancer care and to novel treatments for the disease worldwide.
United Nations

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Dr. Jose Szapocznik Provides Family-Based Treatment Workshops on Behalf of U.N. Office of Drugs and Crime

Jose Szapocznik, Ph.D., chair emeritus and professor of public health sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has provided capacity-building workshops on family therapy to professionals throughout Latin America on behalf of the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime.

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Dr. Jose Szapocznik Provides Family-Based Treatment Workshops on Behalf of U.N. Office of Drugs and Crime

Jose Szapocznik, Ph.D., chair emeritus and professor of public health sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has provided capacity-building workshops on family therapy to professionals throughout Latin America on behalf of the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime.
Wastewater provides early detection of COVID-19

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Wastewater provides early detection of COVID-19

University of Miami researchers have developed a novel strategy to help predict COVID-19 outbreaks up to four days before a person tests positive for the disease by sampling wastewater flowing from campus buildings.

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Wastewater provides early detection of COVID-19

University of Miami researchers have developed a novel strategy to help predict COVID-19 outbreaks up to four days before a person tests positive for the disease by sampling wastewater flowing from campus buildings.
Diabetes Clinical Trial

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Miller School Comprehensive Diabetes Center Concludes Clinical Drug Trials

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine participated in the Glycemia Reduction Approaches in Diabetes (GRADE) — A Comparative Effectiveness multi-center clinical trial, marking the end of a 10-year effort aimed at finding the most effective medications for treating Type 2 diabetes.

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Miller School Comprehensive Diabetes Center Concludes Clinical Drug Trials

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine participated in the Glycemia Reduction Approaches in Diabetes (GRADE) — A Comparative Effectiveness multi-center clinical trial, marking the end of a 10-year effort aimed at finding the most effective medications for treating Type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Guillermo Prado

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Researchers awarded $3 million from National Institutes of Health

Dr. Guillermo Prado vice provost for faculty affairs and professor of public health sciences and his research team have been awarded a NIH grant for an effectiveness-implementation trial of the eHealth Familias Unidas for Mental Health intervention.

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Researchers awarded $3 million from National Institutes of Health

Dr. Guillermo Prado vice provost for faculty affairs and professor of public health sciences and his research team have been awarded a NIH grant for an effectiveness-implementation trial of the eHealth Familias Unidas for Mental Health intervention.
NIH Chooses Miller School to Head Project for Its Safe Return to In-person School Initiative

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NIH Chooses Miller School to Head Project for Its Safe Return to In-person School Initiative

The Miller School’s project, titled, “Maximizing Child Health and Learning Potential: How to Promote a School Culture of Safety in the Era of COVID-19,” partners with the Miami-Dade County School District to develop and test feasibility of a national urban school COVID-19 testing protocol and health education and vaccine confidence initiative.

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NIH Chooses Miller School to Head Project for Its Safe Return to In-person School Initiative

The Miller School’s project, titled, “Maximizing Child Health and Learning Potential: How to Promote a School Culture of Safety in the Era of COVID-19,” partners with the Miami-Dade County School District to develop and test feasibility of a national urban school COVID-19 testing protocol and health education and vaccine confidence initiative.

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2021 COVID-19 Impact Report

"I cannot say enough about the remarkable resiliency of our faculty, research staff, administration, students, and alumni who have become effective learners in the middle of a pandemic and have partnered seamlessly to deliver and participate in pioneering programs that have improved public health outcomes locally, nationally, and globally," said Dr. David J. Lee, chair and professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences. "I invite you to peruse through our department COVID-19 Impact Report, which showcases the work conducted by our incredible group of public health leaders."

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2021 COVID-19 Impact Report

"I cannot say enough about the remarkable resiliency of our faculty, research staff, administration, students, and alumni who have become effective learners in the middle of a pandemic and have partnered seamlessly to deliver and participate in pioneering programs that have improved public health outcomes locally, nationally, and globally," said Dr. David J. Lee, chair and professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences. "I invite you to peruse through our department COVID-19 Impact Report, which showcases the work conducted by our incredible group of public health leaders."
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New Program to Train Next Generation of HIV Behavioral Scientists

Participants will be trained to be conscious of the structural impediments driving health disparities, engage with and elevate the voices of community stakeholders in research, and ultimately commit to a career focused on addressing HIV and mental health in Black, Latinx, and LGBTQ communities that are most impacted by HIV.

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New Program to Train Next Generation of HIV Behavioral Scientists

Participants will be trained to be conscious of the structural impediments driving health disparities, engage with and elevate the voices of community stakeholders in research, and ultimately commit to a career focused on addressing HIV and mental health in Black, Latinx, and LGBTQ communities that are most impacted by HIV.

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New Panel to Advocate for a Global Public Health Convention for the 21st Century

José Szapocznik, Ph.D., professor and chair emeritus of the Miller School’s Department of Public Health Sciences, formed the new global panel of public health leaders working to strengthen the world’s ability to prevent pandemics and respond to infectious disease outbreaks. 

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New Panel to Advocate for a Global Public Health Convention for the 21st Century

José Szapocznik, Ph.D., professor and chair emeritus of the Miller School’s Department of Public Health Sciences, formed the new global panel of public health leaders working to strengthen the world’s ability to prevent pandemics and respond to infectious disease outbreaks. 
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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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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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The Greener the Neighborhood, the Lower Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementias, UM Study Finds

The study—published online in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease—found that a greater presence of neighborhood greenness was associated with a lower prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease by 20 percent and non-Alzheimer's disease by 11 percent.

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The Greener the Neighborhood, the Lower Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementias, UM Study Finds

The study—published online in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease—found that a greater presence of neighborhood greenness was associated with a lower prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease by 20 percent and non-Alzheimer's disease by 11 percent.
SSPs

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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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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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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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"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

Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines Found to Protect Firefighters and Frontline Workers

Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines Found to Protect Firefighters and Frontline Workers

Researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have found that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are 91% effective in preventing COVID-19 infections in fully vaccinated firefighters, health care workers and other frontline/essential workers. They also found that the vaccines are 81% effective in partially vaccinated working-age adults.

Dr. Taghrid Asfar

Public Health’s Dr. Taghrid Asfar Awarded NIH Grant to Develop and Test Health Warning Labels on Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems

Dr. Taghrid Asfar, research assistant professor of epidemiology, was awarded a new R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health to work on a project that will develop and test health warning labels on the use of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).

Dr. Paulo Pinheiro

Dr. Paulo Pinheiro Awarded Florida DOH Grant to Study Cancer Disparities in Childhood, Adolescence and Young Adults

The Florida Department of Health awarded Dr. Paulo Pinheiro, research associate professor of epidemiology, a grant to identify incidence differences and survival disparities across diverse races and ethnicities in childhood, adolescent, and young adult populations in Florida.

Dr. Rhoda Moise

Dr. Rhoda Moise’s New Paper Sheds Light on Barriers to and Facilitators of Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control among Haitian Women

Dr. Rhoda Moise, an alumna of the Ph.D. in Prevention Science and Community Health program, is the first author of a study published in the July edition of PLOS One.

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