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What's New at UIC SPH

What's New at UIC SPH

CDC Division Director Named New Dean of UIC School of Public Health

Dr. Wayne Giles, director of the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will become the dean of the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, effective September 1, pending formal approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Giles, 56, follows Paul Brandt-Rauf, who served as dean of the school from 2008 to January 2017.

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Community Engagement and Dialogue With the Puerto Rican Cultural Center

At the end of spring semester 2017, a community engagement event was co-sponsored by the UIC School of Public Health (SPH) and the Puerto Rican Cultural Center (PRCC) in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago. “The purpose of the event was to create a forum for faculty, and incoming students and graduating students, to have a critical dialogue about the role of appreciating and utilizing community culture and assets in university teaching and in collaborative research for health equity,” said Dr. Michele Kelley, Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences

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Preventing Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms

On May 15-16, 2017 Preventing Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms in Women (PLUS) Research Consortium held a focus group moderator training at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) School of Public Health (SPH). PLUS is a long-term research study funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK) to better understand risk and protective factors of bladder health.

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Home Care Specialists

A leading expert in the field of aging, Associate Professor Naoko Muramatsu is investigating new ways to improve care to home bound seniors. Article by Paul Engleman.

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Undergraduate Program Ranked 12th in the U.S.

The bachelor’s degree in public health at the University of Illinois at Chicago was ranked 12th in the U.S. by College Choice, a company specializing in college and university rankings and resources.  The degree, now in its fifth year, is a bachelor of arts degree and integrates liberal arts concepts into the public health curriculum. Students begin taking public health courses in their third year.

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UIC Releases Video on Climate Change and Public Health in Illinois

In an In a joint effort, the Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) –Illinois Project at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health (UIC SPH), and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) developed and released a new educational video on how climate change will affect public health. The video describes how climate change is causing more heat waves, floods, and worsening air quality and the many health effects this will have on people.

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UIC Professor Appointed to Influential Panel of Experts

Jamie Chriqui, professor of health policy and administration, has been appointed by the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the Community Preventive Services Task Force.

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UIC Launches New Program for Healthcare Leaders

Executive program aimed at those with practice experience, mid-career status

The University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health has launched a new program as part of its Healthcare Administration program. The Executive Master of Healthcare Administration Program (EMHA) is designed for experienced administrators and clinicians to fill and expand on the key integrative roles between practicing clinicians and administrators within the cohorts healthcare institutions. 

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UIC Students Awarded Schweitzer Fellowship

University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health students Karen Aquirre, Madison Hammett, Alyson Moser, and Gabija Revis have been selected for the nationally-recognized Schweitzer Fellowship—a year-long service learning program that empowers students to design and implement innovative community-based projects to address the health needs of underserved Chicagoans.

Named in honor of famed humanitarian and Nobel laureate Dr. Albert Schweitzer, the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program encourages students to “make their lives their argument” by helping to address unmet health needs among vulnerable Chicagoland residents. In collaboration with existing community organizations (including area clinics, schools, social service agencies, and others), each Schweitzer Fellow will provide 200 hours of direct service in the community. The new Fellows will work to improve the health and well-being of a wide variety of populations including undocumented immigrants, older adults, people in recovery, incarcerated women, youth, and the homeless.

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Measurement of Industrial Health Risk Compromised by Financial Ties

Scientists looking for environmental and occupational health risks are less likely to find them if they have a financial tie to firms that make, use, or dispose of industrial and commercial products, according to a study prepared by Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Lee Friedman, (PhD ’06, MS ’05).

In the first comprehensive study relating findings to conflicts of interest among researchers in environmental and occupational health, Dr. Friedman found a clear association between findings of no adverse health outcomes and financial conflicts of interest among the researchers conducting those studies. His results were published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

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Partnership with Skokie Health Department Garners Award Worthy Benefits

From tackling childhood obesity to improving air and water quality, the years-long partnership between Skokie Health Department and the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health (UIC SPH) has garnered award worthy benefits.  For its contributions to the Village since 2010, UIC SPH is being honored this year with Skokie’s sixth annual Public Health Partners in Excellence Award.  Typically, two individuals or entities are recognized for their exceptional assistance to the Village, but this year, because its work has positively impacted such a wide range of areas, UIC SPH is the sole recipient.

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UIC SPH Welcomes Chris Beyrer, MD, MPH as Distinguished Lecturer

On Friday, March 18th, the UIC School of Public Health will host Chris Beyrer, MD, MPH, as its Distinguished Lecturer.  Dr. Beyrer founded and directs the Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health and Human Rights (CPHHR), which seeks to advance fundamental human rights through research, teaching and advocacy. 

As the inaugural Desmond M. Tutu Professor in Public Health and Human Rights, Dr. Beyrer has done research in health and human rights concerns in Thailand, Burma, China, India, South Africa, Malawi, Tanzania, Russia, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan. He is a Professor of Epidemiology, International Health, and Health, Behavior and Society at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Beyrer has extensive experience in conducting international collaborative research and training programs in infectious disease epidemiology, in health and migration, and in health and human rights. 

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New Diversity and Inclusion Climate Statement

As we enter a season that should be a time of joy and fellowship, we find ourselves in a world plagued with conflict, inequity and intolerance. We must remain vigilant to keep these ills from infecting our community. Students across the nation are standing up to express the cultural erasure, felt as overt or subtle discrimination and silencing experienced on many college campuses by persons of color, women, sexual minorities, religious minorities and persons with disabilities. Furthermore, the blatant Islamophobia and xenophobia being expressed in recent days by presidential candidates has no place here. 

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UIC to Develop Inter-Professional HIV/AIDS training for health providers

Frank Borgers, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) School of Public Health, will co-lead implementation of a four-year project to develop inter-professional HIV/AIDS training for health providers.

This project is funded under the umbrella of an $11.4 million Health Resources and Services Administration grant received by MATEC that launches multiple innovations in HIV/AIDS care and prevention.

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UIC Establishes New Coordinating Center for Public Health Practice‌

 Griselle Thumbnail 150x164‌According to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH), public health practice is the strategic, organized, and interdisciplinary application of knowledge, skills, and competencies‌ necessary to perform essential public health services and other activities to improve the population’s healthFor many years, the UIC School of Public Health (SPH) has envisioned creating a system ‌of coordination and communication between the practice and academic communities that maximizes their respective strengths and contributes to health improvement.  

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UIC Receives Grant to Study Healthy Seafood Choices in Asian Communities

Profile image of Dr. Susan Buchanan and Dr. Mary Turyk ‌Two researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health received a five-year grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to fund their project entitled “Promoting Healthy Seafood Choices in Asian Communities”. 

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UIC Awarded Grant for Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health

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The UIC School of Public Health was awarded a five-year‌ $1.75 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau to fund a Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health. The center is a continuation of the long-standing Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Training Program at UIC, directed by Dr. Arden Handler, professor in the Division of Community Health Sciences. According to HRSA, the recently awarded Centers of Excellence in MCH will serve as “regional hubs for training, research, and innovation.”

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UIC SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH GETS $1.4 MILLION GIFT

$1.4 million gift from the estate of Dr. Paul Levy and his wife, Virginia F. TomasekThe University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health has received a $1.4 million gift from the estate of Dr. Paul Levy and his wife, Virginia F. Tomasek. Levy was a founding member of the school and the first and longest-serving director of its division of epidemiology and biostatistics, a position he held for 15 years.

A highly innovative biostatistician whose expertise was widely sought by biomedical and public health researchers around the world, Levy, through his work, improved the lives of millions.

The gift, the largest to the school from an individual, will support the first endowed professorship in the division – the Paul Levy and Virginia F. Tomasek Professorship. It will also serve as an enduring source of student scholarships.

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