One month into my leadership as dean, I am so impressed with the dedication and enthusiasm that our students, faculty and staff have shown for our School of Public Health. It is my privilege to join and lead this school, which is dedicated to fearlessly promoting health for all through interdisciplinary public health education, research, practice, leadership and public policy.
We are poised for an exciting tenth anniversary year (our school officially launched September 26, 2007)! We will take time to reflect on our history and highlight our significant accomplishments, while diving into the work of strategically planning new directions and refining our research and educational programs.
Our diverse student body is one of our great strengths, and I have expressed concern over the temporary ban placed on travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries to the United States and the potential negative impact of this on our university community. I want to assure our students who are affected by this ban that I support you and your families and that the University of Maryland will do what is in our power to make it possible for talented and motivated individuals of all nations to study, teach, and do research here. Read my response to the Executive Action here.
I hope you will join us for upcoming events, including our fifth annual signature Public Health Research@Maryland day (April 6), which we plan in partnership with our colleagues in the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. I invite you to read more about recent school accomplishments and upcoming events below.
African American adults are less likely than Whites to get an annual flu shot (39% vs. 47%), and public health efforts to address this racial disparity have had little impact on increasing vaccination rates to date. A study led by Professor Sandra Crouse Quinn is the first to explore racial factors and how they may influence vaccine attitudes and behaviors. Read more >>
Using cognitive stimulants without a medical prescription--"study drugs"--is not associated with better academic performance, according to a recently published study by Dr. Amelia Arria. Instead, the study revealed that students who use stimulants without a prescription have lower overall GPAs, skip more classes and are more at-risk for drug abuse. Read more >>
SPH researchers are scrutinizing the Maryland All Payer Claims Database in order to provide information to lawmakers creating state health policy. Through a special agreement with the Maryland Health Care Commission, faculty in the Department of Health Services Administration will examine geographic variation and the impact of the ACA and Maryland's global payment waiver on health care use and spending. “We are applying this data to solve real problems in the state of Maryland,” Assistant Professor Dylan Roby says.Read more >>
Dr. Devon Payne-Sturges, assistant professor in the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health, has been appointed to the Board of Scientific Counselors at the National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR), which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell invited Dr. Payne-Sturges to serve on the 16-member board. Read more >>
Three separate groups of School of Public Health students scattered to three continents for study abroad programs over the winter break. Dr. Adam Beissel and his students gained some cross-cultural perspectives on sport and physical activity on their trip to New Zealand. Dr. Donna Howard's group travelled to southern India to compare and contrast how public health systems meet community needs, and Dr. Graciela Jaschek and students in Public Health Without Borders returned to an Andean community in Peru to explore how to address health care and infrastructure needs. Read more >>
Taylor Rogers, a Master of Public Health student in the new health equity track, has been awarded a summer research award from the University of Nebraska College of Public Health's Cancer Epidemiology in their Special Populations (CEESP) program. After attending an orientation trip in Nebraska this spring, she will spend 15 weeks this summer in Tanzania studying cancer patients. Read more >>
Anthony Pellegrino graduated in 2011 with a degree in Kinesiology. He went on to receive his Doctorate in Chiropractic from Life University in Marietta, GA, and helped build one of the largest chiropractic practices in the southeast. He has recently gained attention for his research to develop a technique using chiropractic care to treat children on the autism spectrum.Read more >>