SPH hosted its first Faculty Research Mixer on Thursday, January 26, 2017. Faculty and students had an opportunity to meet and network with colleagues to discuss research interests. Research posters from current projects were available for viewing. The goal of the event was to foster new collaborations and scholarly activity.
Making a Difference: SPH Researchers in the News
OakPark.com ran an article today on the opioid epidemic that included interviews with drug users who visited the UIC School of Public Health Community Outreach and Intervention Project (COIP) van - a mobile needle exchange and HIV testing van that goes out five days a week to locations throughout the city. The article can be read here: http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/12-12-2017/On-the-frontlines-of-the-opioid-crisis/
A $50,000 award from the Patient- Centered Outcomes Research Institute to the University of Illinois at Chicago will help support the development of culturally sensitive mental health programs for Rohingya refugees living in Chicago and build capacity for future community-engaged research projects that include this population.Rohan Jeremiah, assistant professor of community health sciences in the UIC School of Public Health, is the co-principal investigator on the award. He will collaborate with Anne Saw, assistant professor of clinical-community psychology at DePaul University, and Nasir Bin Zakaria, director of the Rohingya Culture Center in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood.
UIC and DePaul students will train Rohingya individuals in providing low-intensity psychosocial support to their peers who express interest at the Rohingya Culture Center. A community advisory group of Rohingya and others interested in the well-being of the refugee community will help identify and guide future research projects and create educational classes and citizenship assistance.
Child Trends has been awarded $2 million to lead the policy analysis and policy development arm of a new initiative aimed at improving school health. Recognizing that children’s health and educational outcomes are connected, the Together for Healthy and Successful Schools initiative, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has the goal of advancing a more holistic approach to ensuring healthy, successful students; thriving communities; and a better future for everyone. “Over the past decade we’ve seen incredible momentum around aspects of healthy schools – from better nutritional standards in schools to a focus on building students’ social and emotional skills,” said Deborah Temkin, Child Trends’ director of education research and co-project director under the grant. “Unfortunately, these efforts have largely been siloed, without recognition of how such issues intersect.” The grant to Child Trends will enable the organization and its partners to systematically map the policy landscape surrounding healthy school environments, develop model policies based on research and issues identified by key stakeholders, and identify opportunities to inform policy change at the state and national levels. The project will be co-directed by Dr. Jamie Chriqui from the Institute for Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Largest-ever study to look at maternal nitrate consumption and birth outcomes
Nitrate is the most common contaminant in aquifers and tap water throughout the world, but its effects on human health remain largely unknown.A group of international researchers led by Leslie Stayner, professor of epidemiology in the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, will conduct the largest-ever study of the effects of maternal consumption of nitrate-contaminated drinking water on birth outcomes among approximately one million babies born in Denmark.
NIH taps Chicago universities for center on environmental health
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded $4 million over four years to an equal partnership of the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Chicago to establish an environmental health sciences center in the Chicago area.The center, called the ChicAgo Center for Health and EnvironmenT (CACHET), will study and ultimately reduce environmental health-related disparities among residents of Chicago.Although the life expectancy gap between ethnic and racial groups has narrowed in the United States, in Chicago the gap between the life expectancy of blacks and whites remains one of the largest in the nation.“The Chicago region faces disproportionate rates of diabetes, respiratory illnesses, heart disease and cancer as well as HIV/AIDS and homicide,” said center co-director Gail Prins, the Michael Reese Professor of Urology and professor of environmental and occupational health sciences at UIC.
New health equity research center established at UIC
The University of Illinois at Chicago has received $6.75 million from the National Institutes of Health to establish a specialized Center of Excellence in minority health and health disparities research.Called the Center for Health Equity Research, or CHER, the new UIC center will investigate how various social structures and determinants contribute to the health of marginalized groups.