Dear School of Public Health students, faculty, staff, and friends:
I hope each of you are doing well as you manage through the challenges associated with the pandemic. While there is reason for cautious optimism following recent announcements of promising early results for an effective COVID-19 vaccine candidate, there is still much to be settled prior to the FDA’s consideration of emergency use authorization and subsequent distribution. With the number of infections and hospitalizations at record levels and still increasing, it is imperative that we continue to promote safe practices to lower risk. We must continue to be vigilant while remembering to reach out, check in with one another, and to ask for support when needed. We will get through this together.
Through the recent election, we’ve learned the extent to which our nation is divided. As we move forward, it is essential that we find ways to come together to address the problems our country is facing. Regardless of your political affiliation, I believe that we are all hopeful that once again science will be the priority informing policy decisions in our nation’s pandemic response. The 7-Point Action Agenda to End COVID-19, outlined by Lawrence Gostin in JAMA last week, would be a great start. We are also hopeful that we can accelerate the crucial work of dismantling systemic racism, which is fundamental to creating a just society that promotes health equity. To effectively move this work forward, we must identify a better way to talk to one another, to hear one another, and to understand one another. Let’s remember that we are stronger together than we are apart and move forward with purpose, determination, and kindness. As we approach Thanksgiving, I hope we can all reflect on all that we have to be thankful for, despite the unprecedented challenges we face. Wishing you the very best for a safe, socially distanced, Thanksgiving and for the holidays ahead.
Rodney Lyn, Ph.D., MS
FOR ALL STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF
Georgia State is offering free saliva-based testing to all students, faculty and staff at the Downtown Atlanta Campus and each of our five Perimeter campuses. This FDA-approved test is expected to return results within 72 hours. Planning to travel for the holiday? Protect your loved ones and help prevent the spread of COVID-19 with a free test — even if you have no symptoms. No payment, appointment or medical referral is required. Know before you go. Click here to learn more.
PUBLIC HEALTH CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK
GoGlobal 360° revealed the power of virtual reality that helped transform spatial realities and immerse students in new and different environments. Dr. Monica Swahn joined the webinar’s globally-engaged faculty panel to demonstrate how this cutting-edge technology added new dimensions to research and teaching, with implications for developing deeper understanding for the vast range of human experiences around the world. Click here to view the recording.
The School of Public Health has hosted the Collective Health, Race, and Culture study abroad program in Salvador Bahia, Brazil since 2015. Led by Drs. Christine Stauber and Kim Ramsey-White, the program commemorated five years with The Brazil Issue of Public Health Abroad, an anniversary magazine complete with student blogs, reflections, and photos capturing the transformative international experience. Click here to learn more.
A digital exhibit devoted to the successful effort to stop the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa has been produced by Georgia State University and Emory University working with the David J. Sencer CDC Museum. School of Public Health alumna Samantha Williams was a part of the Georgia State student team that indexed and mapped oral histories, created 3D models of the exhibit artifacts and organized exhibit material into a digital format. Click here to learn more.
The School of Public Health is pleased to invite the school’s community — including students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community stakeholders — to provide written feedback on the college directly to the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The school is currently seeking reaccreditation from CEPH, and an official site visit is scheduled for February 22-24, 2021 by a team of external reviewers selected by the Council. Click here to learn more.
Dr. Michael Eriksen returns to faculty in the School of Public Health after serving as the interim vice president for research and economic development for Georgia State since April 2019.
During his tenure, faculty across disciplines earned a record $150.2 million investment in fiscal year 2020 — the first year in university history that awards have exceeded $150 million. Three units, the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Public Health and the College of Education and Human Development, each set college funding records.
Dr. Eriksen, an internationally renowned scholar and Regents’ Professor, is the founding dean of the School of Public Health.
In 2010, Dr. Collins Airhihenbuwa co-published, “Critical Race Theory, Race Equity, and Public Health” and “The Public Health Critical Race Methodology: Praxis for Antiracism Research,” revolutionary pieces of work that transformed the study of race within the field of public health and beyond.
On November 20, Dr. Airhihenbuwa joins co-author Dr. Chandra Ford of UCLA for the 10-Year Anniversary of “Critical Race Theory, Race Equity, and Public Health: Toward Antiracism Praxis” Fall Symposium, a discussion about the origins and impact of their groundbreaking work, its continued importance and the future of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in public health and biomedicine. Click here to register.
Congratulations to Dr. Karen Nielsen for being selected by the Office of the Provost for the Hall of Fame, a campaign celebrating university champions who stood out for their exceptional work to support Georgia State’s response to the pandemic.
As an expert in biostatistics, Dr. Nielsen significantly contributed to the university’s efforts by providing technical and analytic guidance to establish the Georgia State testing and surveillance plan. Dr. Nielsen also provided a daily review of campus COVID-19 testing and surveillance data to monitor infections and to alert university leaders of potential outbreaks. Click here to learn more.
Congratulations to Dr. Dan Crimmins for being selected as the recipient of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Award by the TASH organization, an international leader in disability advocacy for over 40 years. He was chosen for his contributions that have advanced equity, opportunity and inclusion for people with disabilities, and set a high standard for human rights every day. Dr. Crimmins is a professor of public health and director of the Center for Leadership in Disability, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) housed in the Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development.
Dr. Crimmins will be honored at the 2020 TASH Conference on December 8th. Click here to learn more.
Congratulations to Susanna Miller-Raines for being voted onto the Board of Directors for the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), the national network of university-based interdisciplinary programs that advocate for people living with developmental and other disabilities and their families. Susanna will serve a three-year term as the organization’s Chair of the Community Education and Dissemination Council.
Susanna is the UCEDD Operations Coordinator for the the Center for Leadership in Disability, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) housed in the Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development.
Congratulations to Wes Heath for being selected by the Office of the Provost for the Hall of Fame, a campaign celebrating university champions who stood out for their exceptional work to support Georgia State’s response to the pandemic.
As a Data Analyst and Administrator within the School of Public Health, Wes has taken on significant additional responsibilities to coordinate all university-wide data management, analysis, and reporting for Georgia State’s campus testing and surveillance plan. Click here to learn more.
Congratulations to J’Pierre Bolling, a student in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program, for his appointment to the national Board of Directors for the Truth Initiative, the largest nonprofit public health organization committed to bringing tobacco use and nicotine addiction to an end. J’Pierre will serve as the organization’s Youth Board Liaison. Since 2018, he has participated in community outreach and worked as an Atlanta Community Leader with truth® where he co-led the creation and implementation of a local menthol campaign. Click here to learn more.
Lupe Arteaga, a student in the Bachelor of Science in Public Health program, recently presented a poster at the 2020 Society of Georgia Archivists. Her presentation was entitled Angela’s House: Raising Awareness for Sex Trafficking in Atlanta and focused on the organization’s history and archival descriptions that helped interpret how it positively affected many young victims. Lupe’s research was initially developed in Dr. Carlos Pavão’s Health Disparities and Equity course.
Cassandra Johnson, a student in the Bachelor of Science in Public Health program, recently presented a poster at the 2020 Society of Georgia Archivists. Her presentation was entitled Global Warming, Is It Really an Issue? and focused on the effects of global warming on the ecosystem, reforestation programs, limiting greenhouse gas emissions, and how climate change will impact biodiversity in the next century. Cassandra’s research was initially developed in Dr. Carlos Pavão’s Health Disparities and Equity course.
Jessica Franks, a student in the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program and former GaLEND trainee, received a $4,000 grant from the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences to support an independent research project. Her project is entitled Content Analysis of Web-based Communication Strategies used by Public Transit Agencies during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Jessica is systematically assessing the websites and social media feeds of 16 major transit agencies in the United States. These data will inform the development of best practices to ensure transit agencies’ web-based crisis messaging is effective, accessible, and culturally competent. Dr. Erin Vinoski Thomas serves as the faculty mentor for this project.
Bridgette Schram, a student in the PhD program and 2nd Century Initiative fellow, received a $10,000 grant from the Social Security Administration’s Analyzing Relationships between Disability, Rehabilitation and Work (ARDRAW) program to support an independent research project. Her project is entitled Exploratory Analysis of Funding, Cost, and Outcome Data for Inclusive Postsecondary Education Programs. Bridgette will use an economic evaluation approach to track the funding and expenditures of inclusive postsecondary education programs for students with intellectual disabilities in Georgia, with the ultimate goal of supporting the financial sustainability of these model programs. Dr. Dan Crimmins serves as the faculty mentor for this project.
The Student Emergency Response Team (SERT) is a group of undergraduate ambassadors who address the needs of students and promote healthy behaviors as Georgia State navigates academic success during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ambassadors utilize social media campaigns, student-created videos, exciting contests and giveaways, and confidential communication portals to engage with the university community. Members of the 2020 cohort (from left to right) include:
- Fernanda Carlosama-Ruiz, School of Public Health
- Jake Coldiron, School of Public Health
- Daria Dozier, College of Arts & Sciences
- Khadija Munye, Perimeter College
- Richard (Richie) Perry, Jr., College of Arts & Sciences
Two centers in the School of Public Health have recently joined LinkedIn. Connect with the NationalSafeCare® Training and Research Center (NSTRC) and the Center for Leadership in Disability on the platform to stay up to date with the latest news and announcements.
School of Public Health faculty, staff, students and alumni were recently highlighted in the Fall 2020 Research Magazine for their expertise and innovative scholarship. Articles included:
The Problem We All Live With: Racism as a Public Health Crisis
Drs. Rodney Lyn (left) and Harry Heiman (right)
“I Can’t Breathe” – The Connection Between Air Pollution, Systemic Racism and COVID-19
Dr. Christina Hemphill Fuller (center)
Using Social Media to Map Disease
Dr. Gerardo Chowell
A Voice for the Vulnerable – COVID-19’s Impact on Refugees
Drs. Mary Helen O’Connor and Iris Feinberg, Saiza Jivani (staff) and Matt Lyons (PhD student)
A River, Revealed – Reimagining the Chattahoochee
Dr. Na’Taki Osborne Jelks (alumna)
Students and staff from the Inclusive Digital Expression and Literacy (IDEAL) program, housed in the Center for Leadership in Disability, were recently highlighted in the Fall 2020 Alumni Magazine for their enriching media-focused program.
Na’Dyah Reed (student/right), Isaiah Branford (student), Spenser Norris (staff), Dr. Andy Roach (IDEAL co-founder) and Niklas Vollmer (IDEAL co-founder)
The School of Public Health faculty, equipped with microbiologists, epidemiologists, infectious disease experts, and health policy scholars, have been on the forefront of COVID-19’s public dialogue since the onset of the pandemic. With over 425 media mentions since February 2020, faculty research and evidenced-based perspectives on an extensive range of public health subjects have been featured in national and international outlets such as the The New York Times, Bloomberg, Nature, Politico, and more.
Media mentions are featured in alphabetical order by faculty/alumni member’s last name.
Did you miss a recent webinar or virtual event? Explore the School of Public Health’s YouTube channel for the recording or recap of some of our semester’s programs. Click here to learn more.
Currents of Public Health ft. Alumni Panel from the CDC
Racism in Public Health ft. Dr. Chandra Ford
2020 John R Lutzker Lecture ft. Dr. V. Mark Durand
Currents of Public Health ft. Dr. Heather Bradley
World Environmental Health Day 2020 ft. Expert Panel
Applied Practice Experience (APE) Presentations ft. DrPH Students
Dialogues on Sexual and Gender Diversity ft. Community Panel
COVID-19 Burden in the United States ft. Dr. Monica Swahn
Leadership at the Time of a Global Pandemic ft. Dr. Harry Heiman
FDA CTP Regulation and Scientific Decision-Making ft. Dr. David Ashley
Currents of Public Health ft. Dr. Amanda Gilmore
MeTa Series 5 – Meet & Talk Virtual Social Mixer ft. Public Health Community
Discover ways to share your voice and be an advocate for public health year-round.
Open to all Georgia State undergraduate and graduate students.
November 17, 2020
The International Business Webinar Series is a project of the national CIBER Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Consortium.
Featuring: Dr. Terri Pigott, Professor, School of Public Health
November 19, 2020
Dedicated to spreading knowledge about health disparities in American society — and fostering solutions.
Featuring: Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder in Residence, PolicyLink
November 19, 2020
Enacting tangible strategies to uplift our community’s vulnerable populations.
Featuring: Jyll Walsh, Communication & Outreach Coordinator, Prevent Child Abuse Georgia
December 2, 2020
The Past, the Present, and the Future
Linda Villarosa, award-winning journalist and contributing writer, The New York Times Magazine
Dr. Leandris Liburd, Associate Director for Minority Health and Health Equity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
December 2, 2020
Dates & Times TBA
Bachelor’s Degree Candidates
Graduate Degree Candidates (Master’s, Specialist, Professional Doctorate and Ph.D.)
December 16 and 17, 2020
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