Dear School of Public Health students, faculty, and staff:
As we come to the end of a productive semester, I want to thank each of you for your role in the School’s continued success. It is through our work together, as a public health and school community, that we improve the health and well-being of lives here in Georgia and around the globe.
I am excited about our progress and momentum and look forward to an engaging next semester. Wishing you all a happy and healthy holiday season.
Rodney Lyn, Ph.D., MS
IN THIS ISSUE
2019 Kreuter Katz Lecture on Health Equity
Dr. Vanessa Northington Gamble, a medical historian, was the featured speaker at the 2019 Kreuter Katz Lecture on Health Equity. Her presentation on Dr. Virginia M. Alexander delved into the education, religion, and remarkable health career of the activist and physician, including her personal battle with lupus all while pioneering racial justice and serving as a public health researcher.
The Kreuter Katz Lecture on Health Equity is an annual series named in honor of public health champions Marshall Kreuter and Martha Katz and sponsored by the Healthcare Georgia Foundation. Click here to learn more.
Congratulations to Dr. Monica Swahn, Distinguished University Professor and faculty in the department of Population Health Sciences, for being named the recipient of the 2019 Sheth Distinguished Faculty Award for International Achievement for her significant contributions to global research and its impact at Georgia State and internationally. Dr. Swahn’s main research areas pertain to health risk behaviors among adolescents and young adults, primarily focusing on the structural drivers of alcohol, violence and HIV/AIDS in the United States and globally. She is a Fulbright Scholar for the sub-Saharan HIV program and assigned to the School of Public Health at Makerere University, Uganda to develop and implement an alcohol research center to serve Eastern Africa. Dr. Swahn is also the program director/instructor for the public health study abroad program on Alcohol and Harm in Uganda. She was honored at the university’s 2019 International Honorary Reception by Provost Wendy Hensel. Click here to view photos and click here to learn more.
In the latest episode of The Research Podcast, Dr. Mary Helen O’Connor, faculty on Georgia State’s new Prevention Research Center (PRC) team, discusses how the center is working on issues affecting health and health disparities of refugees and migrants. Headquartered on the Perimeter College campus in Clarkston, Georgia, a city known as the most diverse square mile in America, the PRC was established by a five-year, $3.75 million grant from the CDC. Led by an interdisciplinary team, Georgia State researchers will use SafeCare to conduct the first systematic effort in the nation to develop culturally and linguistically relevant care and interventions for migrant and refugee children. Georgia State is one of 25 institutions included in the 2019-24 PRC network. Click here to listen to the podcast.
Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Crimmins, professor of public health and director of the Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD), a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) housed in the Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development, for being selected by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) as the recipient of the coveted 2019 George S. Jesien Distinguished Achievement Award. Dr. Crimmins was chosen for his demonstrated and distinguished career of excellence and leadership in support of AUCD’s mission to advance policy and practice for and with people living with developmental and other disabilities, their families and communities, and accomplishments in research, education and service. In his role as director, which is assumed in 2008, Dr. Crimmins oversees a range of academic, training, technical assistance, research, and model service programs that contribute to the independence, inclusion, and productivity of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities of all ages. He is also the founding director of the Georgia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (GaLEND) at Georgia State, an interdisciplinary training program for future professionals, disability advocates, and family members. Click here to learn more.
Congratulations to Toni Rose (right) who was honored with third place for her poster presentation at the 2019 Atlanta Undergraduate Conference on Health and Society. Her research, Closing The Gap on Health Disparities Among The Minority Aging Population, discussed the health disparities that minority aging populations face within the healthcare system and the World Health Organization (WHO)’s establishment of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH) to target, combat, and reduce these inequalities. Rose, who is in the Bachelor of Science in Public Health program, was one of 18 student researchers from Georgia State who presented at the conference under the supervision of Dr. Carlos A. O. Pavão (left), faculty in the undergraduate program. Click here to view photos.
Two graduate students in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program, Samantha Williams and Mackenzie Zendt, have been named 2020 Finalists of the prestigious Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. They were selected from a pool of over 4,900 applicants, where only 402 candidates from 125 academic institutions were selected as Finalists.
Williams, a biostatistics concentration graduate student, will pursue a career in statistical data analysis in a program evaluation or surveillance capacity. Her research areas of interest include developmental disorders and adolescent problem behaviors, such as substance abuse and teen dating violence. Zendt, an epidemiology concentration graduate student, is currently pursuing epidemiology positions at the CDC, specifically in programs dealing with infectious diseases. Her long-term career plans include global health capacity development work, such as helping other countries develop and enhance their public health systems. Zendt’s research areas of interest include infectious disease, and global water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). Both MPH students will graduate in December 2019.
The PMF program is a flagship development leadership program created for advanced-degree candidates, focusing on developing a cadre of potential leaders in government. Finalists who ultimately receive appointments participate in a two-year training and development program within a U.S. government department or agency. Click here to learn more.
Congratulations to Elizabeth Perry (right), a health promotion and behavior concentration graduate student, who was named the 2019 Study Abroad Student of the Year at Georgia State. Perry was selected for being a committed global citizen with the goal of internationalizing herself and her surroundings. She most recently studied abroad on Dr. Monica Swahn’s public health program in Kampala, Uganda. Perry was described as having a passion for improving the life trajectory of vulnerable young people in Uganda and an eagerness to welcome Ugandan’s and other Africans studying at Georgia State. She was honored at the university’s 2019 International Honorary Reception by Farrah Bernardino (left), the interim director of Study Abroad Programs and managing director in the Office of International Initiatives at Georgia State. Click here to view photos.
School of Public Health researchers have received a $2.65 million federal grant to coordinate a regional partnership with universities and state agencies to help parents with addiction issues improve their lives and the lives of their children. Parents with addiction issues often create environments that produce adverse child experiences such as violence and neglect. The research team aims to improve the screening and referral process, and implement and test evidenced-based practices in specific jurisdictions in Georgia. Researchers want to identify ways to help stabilize families affected by substance abuse and break the cycle of generational disadvantage.
“We hope that by providing better coordinated services to parents with addiction issues, we can improve their lives and the lives of their children,” said Dr. Daniel Whitaker, professor in the department of Health Policy & Behavioral Sciences, co-director of the National SafeCare Training and Research Center and co-principal investigator on the project. Click here to learn more.
School of Public Health researchers recently presented at the American Public Health Associations (APHA) 2019 Meeting & Expo in Philadelphia, PA. The conference’s theme was Creating the Healthiest Nation: For Science. For Action. For Health. Click here to view photos and click here to learn more.
School of Public Health researchers recently presented at the Association for Behavioral Therapies (ABCT) 2019 Annual Convention in Atlanta, GA. The conference’s theme was Wisdom of Purpose: Extending the Social Impact of Cognitive Behavioral Science. Click here to view photos and click here to learn more.
School of Public Health faculty were recently highlighted in the Fall 2019 Research Magazine for their innovative scholarship. Articles included:
A Global Perspective featuring Dr. Collins O. Airhihenbuwa (left)
Clear and Present Danger featuring Dr. Laura Salazar (center) and Dr. Monica Swahn
Every Child Deserves a Violence-Free Home featuring Dr. Daniel Whitaker and Dr. Shannon Self-Brown
Training the Brain to Quit Smoking featuring Dr. Claire Spears (right)
The Georgia State Gamma Upsilon chapter of Delta Omega, the National Public Health Honors Society, officially inducted 12 new members for 2019. Among those new members were Dr. Kathleen Toomey (left), the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) Commissioner, who was presented with her honorary membership during a DPH Board Meeting by Amna Tariq (right), vice president of Delta Omega. Click here and here to view photos.
The Delta Omega Honorary Society was founded in 1924 at Johns Hopkins University to promote the study of public health, which at the time was a relatively new field. The Gamma Upsilon Chapter at the School of Public Health at Georgia State was established in 2014 to recognize its students and public health professionals who are dedicated to advancing the wellbeing of all people. The chapter now includes more than 70 members. The chapter inducts no more than 10 percent of the school’s current graduating student body annually, and all student inductees must be in the upper 25 percent of their class.
The 2019 inductees included:
Dr. Kathleen Toomey
Dr. Gerardo Chowell
China Delegation Visit
A twenty-member delegation from the Henan Department of Health (Zhengzhou, China) recently visited the School of Public Health for exploratory meetings with leadership, as well as informational sessions with core public health faculty and Georgia State leadership from the Institute for Biomedical Sciences and the Office of International Initiatives. Presentations topics included tobacco control projects in China, engineering a universal influenza vaccine, and global noncommunicable diseases. Click here to view photos.
Go Global 360° in Celebration of International Education Week
The School of Public Health teamed up with the Creative Media Industries Institute and the Atlanta Global Studies Center during Georgia State’s 20th Anniversary celebration of International Education Week to bring Go Global 360° to campus. The event was a virtual reality experience that transported attendees overseas for an immersive adventure on an African safari or tour of a bustling neighborhood, all with the goal to inspire compelling stories through 360° video and encourage students to explore study abroad opportunities at Georgia State. Click here to view photos, click here to view a livestream, or click here to view the virtual reality video footage (3D or VR goggles required).
IN THE HEADLINES
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Fall 2019 Ph.D. Commencement and Hooding Ceremony
including School of Public Health
Georgia State University
Rialto Center for the Arts
80 Forsyth Street NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
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Fall 2019 Graduate Commencement Ceremony
for School of Public Health
Fall 2019 Bachelors Commencement Ceremony
including School of Public Health
SOPHE 2020 Annual Conference
Linking Science & Social Justice: Health Education as a Catalyst for Change
Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
165 Courtland Street NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
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