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Race, Barriers to Cancer Care
Reuters, November 1, 2018
Reuters featured a study led by Sage Kim, PhD, associate professor of health policy and administration, that found Black women, poor women, and women with deep distrust of the healthcare system were less likely than other groups to report having any barriers to care that might trigger extra help from navigators. Read the story

Public health students take second in national case competition
UIC Today, October 18, 2018
“We have sent a team to compete in the Case Competition every year for several years,” said Larry Wrobel, clinical assistant professor of health policy and administration and director of the master of healthcare administration program. “This year there were 31 teams from around the country, and we came in second — that’s the best we have ever placed.” https://bit.ly/2CQGeD9

For-profit nursing home residents more likely to be diagnosed with neglect issues
UIC Today
“We have a growing number of people who need services provided by nursing facilities, but the reality is that a third of nursing homes in Illinois receive below-average ratings by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Substandard care puts residents at great risk for serious health issues,” said Lee Friedman, associate professor of environmental and occupational health sciences. https://bit.ly/2PBekNX

Racialized gender images may contribute to poor breast cancer outcomes in minority women
UIC Today, September 26, 2018
“Regardless of whether women are aware of obstacles to screening and treatment, barriers tend to interfere with timely follow-up of abnormal test results, delaying diagnosis and treatment,” said Sage Kim, associate professor of health policy and administration. https://bit.ly/2zAsGJ7

Willowbrook residents voice concerns over cancer risks at community meeting
WGN 9, August 29, 2018
“This is no longer just a suspected carcinogen but on the weight of the evidence it’s a known human carcinogen joining asbestos, cigarette smoke and very few other chemicals as known human carcinogens,” said Dr. Peter Orris, professor of environmental and occupational health sciences.
https://bit.ly/2wzcmoX

Resurgence of crippling black lung disease seen in U.S. coal miners
Reuters, August 23, 2018
“It’s pretty staggering that more than half of the cases were in the more recent period since 1996,” said Kristin Almberg, research assistant professor of environmental and occupational health sciences. “These are our first snapshots of how big this problem really is.” https://reut.rs/2wblJvH

UIC School of Public Health establishes Mining Education and Research Center
UIC Today, July 2, 2018
“The center will bring together, under one umbrella, all the projects we are working on that have to do with health effects associated with work in the mining industry, including lung disease from mineral dust exposure and injuries,” said Dr. Robert Cohen, clinical professor of environmental and occupational health sciences. https://bit.ly/2tZYtPD

Long-serving faculty member earns lifetime achievement award
UIC Today, June 26, 2018
“We are working with everyone, from occupational therapy to audiology to dentistry, and of course with experts like Jay Olshansky in the School of Public Health,” Bruce Douglas said. “It’s something that I think should get a lot of attention on campus. I think everyone at UIC will one day know what senescence means.” https://bit.ly/2N7I97s

What if we treated violent crime the way we treat Ebola?
Washington Post, June 18, 2018
Dr. Gary Slutkin, professor of global health and epidemiology and founder of Cure Violence, was interviewed on treating violent crime like an infectious disease. https://wapo.st/2t52H92

Scientific Studies Confirm A Spike In Black Lung Disease
NPR, May 22, 2018
“It’s not that we’re discovering a new disease, but that this disease should have been eradicated,” said Robert Cohen, clinical professor of environmental and occupational health sciences. https://n.pr/2x12uIn

Do clean needle exchanges for addicts work?
NBC 5 St. Louis, May 17, 2018
NBC5 news St. Louis aired a segment on Missouri’s lack of a legal needle exchange program for injection drug users. As part of the piece, the reporter visited one of the UIC School of Public Health Community Outreach Intervention Projects (COIP) clinics in Humboldt Park. https://on.ksdk.com/2wYOej0

Manganese pollution in Southeast Side yards prompts new EPA probe
Chicago Tribune, May 9, 2018
The Chicago Tribune mentioned a study by UIC researchers in the School of Public Health that seeks to determine if residents of Chicago’s East Side are affected by toxic levels of manganese. Their preliminary findings, which have not been published, suggest that children in this area do indeed have elevated levels of the neurotoxic metal used in steel production. https://trib.in/2ryBJFY

Fighting Street Gun Violence as if It Were a Contagion
New York Times, May 8, 2018
“Consciously or unconsciously, they want someone to talk them down,” said Gary Slutkin, Director of Cure Violence. https://nyti.ms/2wiBaEW

How to sell a soda tax
U.S. News & World Report, April 9, 2018
"Given the adverse effects on health associated with consuming sugary beverages and the lack of nutritional content of these products, there has been increasing interest in reducing [sugar-sweetened beverage] consumption in the United States and around the world," says Lisa Powell, director of the health policy and administration. https://bit.ly/2v1kuRF

Most Illinois coal mining injuries go unreported: study
Crain's Chicago, March 9, 2018
Robert Cohen, clinical professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, examined mining injuries and illnesses in Illinois between 2001 and 2013. https://bit.ly/2tw6IWC

Occupational health literacy: a concept deserving attention in public health
The Pump Handle, March 2, 2018
A recent study by Drs. Linda Forst, Lee Friedman and Joe Zanzoni found that many community health center workers are unaware of the workers' compensation system or how to file a claim if injured. http://bit.ly/2FXJ08c

Can menstrual cups help prevent vaginal infections?
UIC Today, February 20, 2018
“One of the most common vaginal infections, bacterial vaginosis, doubles the risk for acquiring or transmitting HIV,” said Supriya Mehta, associate professor of epidemiology.  https://bit.ly/2EEgxCS

Examining health effects of toxic metals in drinking water
UIC Today, February 6, 2018
“There are naturally occurring elevated levels of arsenic in drinking water in many areas of Bangladesh,” said Maria Argos, associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics. “Much of my work has focused on the health effects in adults — cancer, cardiovascular and respiratory outcomes related to various levels of arsenic.” https://bit.ly/2sLlzw0

Educating workers at risk for occupational injuries
UIC Today, February 2, 2018
“With the growth of the low-wage workforce, their elevated risk for injury on the job, and their reliance on community health centers, we wanted to see how work-related injuries were detected in these centers and how familiar health care workers are with workers’ compensation,” said Dr. Linda Forst, professor of environmental and occupational health sciences. http://bit.ly/2DWjouC

Dirty water taking toll on Americans’ health, wallets
Chicago Tribune, January 24, 2018
"But until now, we haven't known the cost associated with illness acquired through recreation on natural waters. This information should help policymakers put the costs of water-quality monitoring and water-quality improvement projects into context," Sam Dorevitch, director of environmental and occupational health sciences. http://trib.in/2Bs4l5L

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