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November 2017

As we look forward to spending time with family and friends over the Thanksgiving break, I’d like to thank all those who dedicate their lives to promoting and protecting public health. The recent American Public Health Association meeting in Atlanta was a great display of how public health initiatives are making a difference--and it was clear that our research is making an impression. Read more>>
Celebrating ten years (2007-2017) of fearlessly promoting health for all! 

In this new video, Dean Boris Lushniak, SPH students and faculty share what makes the UMD School of Public Health unique and how we are thinking big and collaborating across disciplines to achieve the public health goals of our nation.
UMD-led study will inform strategies to improve health in five rural Md. counties

SPH researchers, in partnership with the Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis at NORC (University of Chicago), have produced a new report for the Maryland Health Care Commission which makes recommendations for improving the health of residents in five of Maryland’s rural counties. Findings will inform decisions made by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and other policy makers. Recommendations focus not just on the health care system, but also the need to address transportation, jobs, education, access to affordable housing and healthy foods.

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AMA Presents Distinguished Service Award to SPH Dean Boris Lushniak

The American Medical Association (AMA) honored UMD School of Public Health Dean and Former Acting Surgeon General of the United States Boris D. Lushniak, M.D., MPH, with the Distinguished Service Award for his contributions in the field of public health. Granted by the AMA Board of Trustees and endorsed by the AMA House of Delegates, this award honors a member of the AMA for meritorious service in the science and art of medicine. Read more>>
Will Metro’s Purple Line improve the health of Langley Park residents?
As communities in an east-west stripe across Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties prepare to break ground on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s long-awaited Purple Line, Assistant Professor Jennifer Roberts (Kinesiology) wants to know how the new light rail might affect the health of people who live near it. “Research has shown, when people live near public transportation they are more physically active,” Dr. Roberts said. Read more>>
Kinesiology researchers study elite soccer player for clues to optimal training strategy

While much kinesiology research is conducted in labs, on treadmills, in highly controlled settings, the opportunity to study an extraordinary athlete on the playing field can yield some novel results. The School of Public Health’s Dr. James Hagberg and colleagues had the good fortune of studying a two-season winner of the MAC Hermann Trophy—the top player in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) division I soccer.  Read more>>

The School of Public Health honors community partners on Public Health Thank You Day

The School of Public Health is thankful for our diverse group of public health partners—from federal government agencies to health services corporations to local non-profits—that host our students for internships and practical experiences, teaching and mentoring them in the science and craft of public health research and practice. On Public Health Thank You Day, we would like to acknowledge and thank them. Read more>>

Veterans Day Highlight: Meet Sara Feret ’18, who helps fellow veterans with physical therapy #UMDinspires
Delta Omega honors two SPH doctoral students

Doctoral students Kecia Ellick and Joanne D’Silva were two of 28 students selected nationwide to present research at the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health poster session, which was held at the recent American Public Health Association annual meeting and exposition held in Atlanta. Each was awarded a cash prize of $350 at the Delta Omega National Meeting and reception, and presented findings at the poster session. Read more>>
Two SPH grads chosen as Casey Foundation LEEAD scholars

UMD School of Public Health doctoral alumnae Drs. Chandria Jones and Ndidi Amutah are two of the 20 new scholars that have been invited into the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Leaders in Equitable Evaluation and Diversity (LEEAD) program. This is a part of the Foundation’s “Expanding the Bench” initiative, aiming to build a pipeline of diverse researchers to pursue careers in evaluation that will improve outcomes for vulnerable children, families and communities.  Read more>>
Sharing our Thanksgiving table 

In the spirit of the upcoming holiday, host families from the School of Public Health faculty, staff and alumni in the area will share their Thanksgiving tables with SPH students who wish to experience this American tradition, or who are unable to go home for the holiday. “We are thankful for the students who have come a long way from home to pursue their education here with us,” SPH Dean Boris Lushniak said. “We want them to feel welcome and to enjoy the holiday, and we hope that this program will create new bonds of friendships among us.”  Read more>>
Health Services student receives Douglas Sheppard Memorial Scholarship

Nygel Williams, a Master's of Health Administration degree program student, has been awarded the prestigious Douglas Sheppard Memorial Scholarship. The $3,000 scholarship is provided to a health services management student and can be used according to their needs. Passionate about health care, especially for African-Americans and veterans, Williams works with the Legacy Leadership Institute for Public Policy and serves on the Graduate Student Government as the Vice President for Community Development. Read more>>

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KPCC: No Obamacare mandate could mean higher health costs in CA
Washington Post: Will the Purple Line make people healthier?
WBHM: As Flu Season Begins, Shots Boost Health and Bottom Lines

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Nov. 28: Environmental Justice in the 21st Century: Hope in the Age of Hate
Nov. 30: Public Health without Borders Holiday Fair
Dec. 5: Collegium of Scholars w/UMD sociology faculty Kris Marsh and Rashawn Ray
Dec. 20: Fall 2017 SPH Commencement
Apr: 3: Public Health Research @ MD 2018

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