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The Learning Collaboratory: Applied Public Health in the Community

Thee Learning Collaboratory – a three-to-four semester program offered at the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences – gives graduate students in master's programs the opportunity to apply public health in the classroom and community. They are introduced to various public health concepts and skills and work with thematic group leaders, community partners, and fellow students to apply what they have learned as they complete their capstone and thesis projects. 

December 11, 2019
Public Health Researchers Present at the 2019 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting 

The American Public Health Association leads an annual meeting and expo each year, where thousands of public health professionals convene to network, learn, and inspire. Various graduate students and faculty from the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences attended the annual meeting, which was held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and at the Philadelphia Marriot Downtown from Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 to Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019.

December 11, 2019
What Parents Should Know About E-Cigarettes

From 2017 to 2019, there was a 78 percent increase among high school students and a 48 percent increase among middle school students who use e-cigarettes. To prevent these percentages from rising, Dr. Taghrid Asfar, a research assistant professor at the Department of Public Health Sciences, wants parents to learn more about the products.

December 11, 2019 
APHA Awards Jared Silberlust the Jay M. Bernhardt Excellence in Student Leadership Award 

Jared Silberlust, an M.D./M.P.H. candidate at the Miller School of Medicine and Department of Public Health Sciences, was awarded the Jay M. Bernhardt Excellence in Student Leadership Award at the 2019 APHA Annual Meeting and Expo. The award is given to students who excel in communications, information technology, and/or public health.

December 11, 2019
Kathleen Kelly Presents at the American Academy of Pediatrics on Quantifying Rates of Naloxone in Youth and School

Kathleen Kelly, a second-year candidate in the M.D./M.P.H. program at the Miller School of Medicine and at the Department of Public Health Sciences, presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) meeting on quantifying rates of naloxone distribution in youth and schools. Naloxone is used to reverse drug overdoses in an emergency situation. The AAP meeting this year took place in the New Orleans Morial Convention Center from Oct. 25, 2019 to Oct. 29, 2019. 

December 11, 2019

News Releases

The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos Announces New Ancillary Eye Study

Investigators from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL), recently announced SOL Ojos – a new 9.7 million dollar National Eye Institute (NEI)-funded ancillary project, that that will assess the prevalence of chronic eye disease and its associations with risk factors across participants of diverse Hispanic/Latino backgrounds. 

December 10, 2019  
HEALing Initiative Project to Develop Opioid Use Disorder Prevention Strategies for At-Risk Adolescents as They Transition into Adulthood 

The Helping to End Addiction Long-term Initiative is a National Institutes of Health research effort that is focused on improving prevention and treatment for opioid misuse and addiction, as well as for enhancing pain management. One of its programs, called “Preventing At-Risk Adolescents Transitioning into Adulthood from Developing Opioid Use Disorder”, is supporting a myriad of studies that will develop and test effective strategies to prevent opioid misuse and opioid use disorder among at-risk adolescents.  

December 11, 2019
Researchers Investigate the Epidemiology and Etiology of Leukemia and Lymphoma 

Leukemia and lymphoma occur in humans sporadically, but the specific cause of the diseases remain elusive. To help direct prevention measures, Ms. Jordan Baeker Bispo, a Ph.D. in epidemiology candidate, Paulo Pinheiro, Ph.D., M.D., and Erin K. Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H., researchers at the Miller School of Medicine, co-authored a paper published in the Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine that analyzed the etiology and epidemiology of the diseases. 

December 11, 2019 
‘Glycemia Reduction Approaches in Diabetes: A Comparative Effectiveness Study’ Reveals Key Characteristics Comparable with NHANES for Future Policy Decision in Diabetes Management

‘Glycemia Reduction Approaches in Diabetes: A Comparative Effectiveness Study’, also known as GRADE, is a multicenter, parallel-group clinical trial that is designed to compare the major drug classes that are currently used to treat type 2 diabetes. GRADE, which began in 2013, aims to provide better guidance to practitioners in the choice of medications when combined with metformin, the primary medication used to treat the condition. 

December 11, 2019 
Allergenic and Irritating Environmental Exposures Affect Tear Levels in Individuals with Dry Eye, Study Finds

Dry eye – a condition in which a person does not have enough quality tears to nourish and lubricate the eye – affects more than 16 million Americans and up to 30 percent of people worldwide who are over 50 years of age. A study, published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine, evaluated which factors were associated with high total tear immunoglobin levels, focusing on environmental conditions and exposures associated with allergy.

December 11, 2019