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On the front lines of the opioid crisis, December 12, 2017
The UIC School of Public Health Community Outreach Intervention Project (COIP) was featured for its work addressing the opioid epidemic.

Award will help provide mental health services to Rohingya refugees in Chicago
UIC Today, November 29, 2017
“Most are victims of atrocities and have witnessed acts of genocide against their families and loved ones, and many have lived in refugee camps in Bangladesh and Malaysia,” says Rohan Jeremiah, assistant professor of community health sciences.

UIC resource directory helps link community to health, services groups
UIC Today, November 28, 2017
“Research strongly suggested that nobody fits into one category in terms of labels. The fact we are embedding ourselves across all of these different resources enables us to have students come in and identify in multiple ways to access our services, but also lets them know what our partners are doing to help,” said Rohan Jeremiah, assistant professor of community health sciences.

Largest-ever study to look at maternal nitrate consumption and birth outcomes
UIC Today, October 12, 2017
“There are several animal studies that show high levels of nitrate consumption are linked to adverse birth outcomes, but there are only a handful of studies in humans, and those have relatively low numbers of participants and numerous design limitations,” said Leslie Stayner, professor of epidemiology.

New health equity research center established at UIC
UIC Today, October 10, 2017
“The end-goal is to get to a point where my health and your health is not determined by the color of our skin, where we live, or who we live with,” said Jesus Ramirez-Valles, professor and director of community health sciences.

UIC to study sweetened beverage taxes in Illinois, California
UIC Today, September 26, 2017
“While we already know that sugar intake impacts body weight and health outcomes, we need to carefully and comprehensively evaluate the beverage tax in Cook County and Oakland to understand its net effect on sugar intake,” said Lisa Powell, director of Health Policy & Administration.

Toxic Metals Study Examines Kids’ Toenails on Chicago’s Southeast Side
Chicago Tonight, July 31, 2017
Victoria Persky and Maria Argos, launched the study to examine the relationship between exposure to metals and lung function in children with asthma.

Faster bacteria testing solves decades-old dilemma at Chicago beaches
Sun-Times, July 30, 2017
“Everybody else reports to the public what water quality was yesterday, because they use the old culture procedure,” said Samuel Dorevitch, director and associate professor of environmental and occupational health sciences.

Naperville residents want chemical weed killer ban made permanent in parks
Chicago Tribune, July 30, 2017
"Based on my expertise, I strongly urge you not to use pesticides on any surface where people will play," said Susan Buchanan, clinical associate professor.

Exercise program improves performance of daily activities for frail older adults
UIC News, June 23, 2017
“This study challenges our passive care model and is one of the first to test an intervention for frail seniors using home care aides,” said Naoko Muramatsu,  associate professor of community health sciences.

Junk Food Ads Reach Children Despite Food Industry Self-regulation
JAMA, June 20, 2017
With 17% of US children and adolescents now obese, public health experts like Lisa Powell, professor and director of health policy and administration, are calling for stronger rules on junk food marketing.

Why Black Lung Is Deadlier Than Ever Before
Smithsonian, May 16, 2017
“We believed that modern mining technologies and dust controls, which have been in place for decades, had eliminated this scourge. We were wrong,” said Robert Cohen, clinical professor of environmental and occupational health sciences.

Greater total pollution exposure tied to higher cancer risk
Reuters, May 8, 2017
“We do not experience exposures in a vacuum but rather are exposed to several exposures at any one time,” said Jyotsna Jagai, research assistant professor of environmental and occupational health sciences.

Why Gunshot Victims in Cook County Don’t Get the Treatment They Need
Chicago Magazine, February 7, 2017
"This term of a trauma desert—it’s been thrown around, I’m not really a big fan of the term—but if it applies anywhere, it applies for southern Cook County. There’s simply no trauma units in the whole southern third of the county,” said Lee Friedman, associate professor of environmental and occupational health sciences.

City, UIC Form Academic Public Health Department
WTTW, January 25, 2017
The overarching benefit of this partnership is the sharing of resources," said Dr. Griselle Torres, director of the Coordinating Center for Public Health Practice.

Are gunshot victims in Chicago are under-treated?
CNN, January 19, 2017
"I was not surprised by the number of cases treated in hospitals without trauma units," said Lee Friedman, associate professor of environmental and occupational health sciences.

Water quality testing at Chicago beaches to expand this summer
Chicago Tribune, January 11, 2017
The Chicago Park District, which oversees the city's beaches, plans to expand real-time water testing for bacteria to all city beaches through a contract with the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health’s division of environmental and occupational health sciences.

Researchers Begin to Look at Gun Violence as Public Health Issue
NPR, January 7, 2017
Cure Violence is discussed as a way of treating violence as a contagious disease in Chicago.

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