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  • Michigan Public Health Receives NIH Grant to Develop Training Program in Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Genomic ScienceMichigan Public Health Receives NIH Grant to Develop Training Program in Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Genomic Science

    The University of Michigan School of Public Health has received federal funding to launch an integrated, interdisciplinary fellowship program that will provide training in the ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of genomic science.

    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 13:17:29 -0400

  • Leaders in the Field: Empowering Public Health Leaders with Authentic, Challenging ExperiencesLeaders in the Field: Empowering Public Health Leaders with Authentic, Challenging Experiences

    For all the knowledge it holds, the University of Michigan doesn't build its Leaders and Best in the confines of campus and classroom alone. For its students to serve--to go forth and fulfill the responsibility and promise of that uniquely Michigan mantra--experience away from whiteboards and spreadsheets is critical to their education and to their responsibility to develop and act as agents of change.

    Wed, 30 May 2018 00:00:55 -0400

  • Thank an Alum: Sara Feldman, MPH '18 Thanks Gabrielle Benenson, MPH '99Thank an Alum: Sara Feldman, MPH '18 Thanks Gabrielle Benenson, MPH '99

    A current student thanks an alum for positively impacting their experience in HBHE.

    Tue, 22 May 2018 12:55:53 -0400

  • Thank an Alum: Manny Avina, MPH '18 Thanks Gina Massuda Barnett, MPH '00Thank an Alum: Manny Avina, MPH '18 Thanks Gina Massuda Barnett, MPH '00

    A current student thanks an alum for positively impacting their experience in HBHE.

    Tue, 22 May 2018 12:29:51 -0400

  • Who is HBHE? Building Community Through Artwork with Project S.N.A.P.Who is HBHE? Building Community Through Artwork with Project S.N.A.P.

    Over the 2017-2018 academic year, the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education worked with Project S.N.A.P to create a piece of art that embodies what we value as a department. Project S.N.A.P utilizes art as a platform to bring people and communities together across a wide range of topics.

    Tue, 22 May 2018 07:57:11 -0400

  • HBHE at the 2018 MedEq Health Equity Research ConferenceHBHE at the 2018 MedEq Health Equity Research Conference

    HBHE was proud to be a sponsor of the 2018 MedEq Health Equity Research Conference at Wayne State University. Several students represented the department, Hannah Mesa, MPH candidate, took top honors by winning best oral presentation. Read about their research here.

    Mon, 21 May 2018 16:05:13 -0400

  • Better Health Through Better Partnerships: The U.S Surgeon General at University of MichiganBetter Health Through Better Partnerships: The U.S Surgeon General at University of Michigan

    Avery Avrakotos, HBHE '18, writes about her invitation to participate in an interdisciplinary student roundtable with the U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams at the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation.

    Mon, 21 May 2018 14:23:01 -0400

  • A Critical Age: Ending Stigma and Keeping Young People Healthy in Mind and BodyA Critical Age: Ending Stigma and Keeping Young People Healthy in Mind and Body

    Every year, the field of public health sees growing interest in studying and improving mental health. Public health's focus on preventive interventions means this work can help people avoid suffering from mental illnesses well before they might take hold.

    Fri, 04 May 2018 00:01:08 -0400

  • Social Isolation Puts Elderly at Health RiskSocial Isolation Puts Elderly at Health Risk

    One in five elderly adults is socially isolated from family or friends, increasing their risks for poor mental and physical health, as well as higher rates of mortality, according to a University of Michigan study led by Linda Chatters, the Paula Allen-Meares Collegiate Professor of Social Work and professor of public health.

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:45:33 -0400

  • NIH Funds Research Consortium to Address Firearm Deaths Among Children and TeensNIH Funds Research Consortium to Address Firearm Deaths Among Children and Teens

    More than 20 researchers at 12 universities and health systems across the nation are working to address firearm deaths among children with a recent $5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:17:38 -0400

  • Michigan Public Health Researchers Develop Resources to Help Detroiters Avoid ForeclosureMichigan Public Health Researchers Develop Resources to Help Detroiters Avoid Foreclosure

    Detroit homeowners in danger of losing their homes to property tax foreclosure are not tapping into a fund that could save them. The University of Michigan School of Public Health and Poverty Solutions initiative are working with the United Community Housing Coalition, a nonprofit in Detroit, to raise awareness about a program that can reduce property taxes for low-income residents.

    Tue, 10 Apr 2018 17:03:07 -0400

  • Student Advocates Take Gun Violence Research Findings to Lansing to Influence Policy DiscussionsStudent Advocates Take Gun Violence Research Findings to Lansing to Influence Policy Discussions

    Fifteen students from the School of Public Health spent Tuesday, March 6, in Lansing meeting with lawmakers and their staff to share research findings and advocate for policy changes based on data and evidence.

    Thu, 05 Apr 2018 13:16:15 -0400

  • Superheroes Need Health Insurance, TooSuperheroes Need Health Insurance, Too

    Everyone needs health insurance--even superheroes. This key point and the message that there are people available to help navigate the complex system of health insurance enrollment are takeaways from several short superhero videos and a web resource created through a partnership among several Detroit area agencies and the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

    Tue, 27 Mar 2018 11:15:34 -0400

  • Crawford and Burns Receive Feingold Diversity AwardsCrawford and Burns Receive Feingold Diversity Awards

    The School of Public Health's Eugene Feingold Excellence in Diversity Award recognizes and honors faculty, staff, and students who champion diversity efforts throughout the school and contribute positively to an environment of inclusion. This year's staff Feingold Award was awarded to Jenny Crawford, executive secretary for the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education. Katrina Burns, a doctoral student in Environmental Health Sciences, is the very first student recipient of the Feingold Award.

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:30:38 -0400

  • Stress Eating Can Start in Early Childhood, May Lead to Extra Weight LaterStress Eating Can Start in Early Childhood, May Lead to Extra Weight Later

    The link between emotions and eating has been well established but new research led by Alison Miller, associate professor of health behavior and health education, shows that children as young as 4 who experience stress eat more in the absence of hunger, beginning a cycle that could possibly mean extra pounds down the road.

    Fri, 09 Mar 2018 13:08:50 -0500

  • Neighborhood Synergy: Michigan Public Health Researchers Help Address Flint's ChallengesNeighborhood Synergy: Michigan Public Health Researchers Help Address Flint's Challenges

    Water quality. Youth violence. Transportation. Substance abuse. These are some of the issues being addressed by the Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center, formed with the support of the University of Michigan to build a bridge between Flint's needs and academic research.

    Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:48:37 -0500

  • Fleming and Lopez: Ending DACA Has Created A Looming Public Health CrisisFleming and Lopez: Ending DACA Has Created A Looming Public Health Crisis

    A growing body of research has demonstrated the detrimental health impact of the immigration enforcement system in the U.S. Assistant professor Paul Fleming and postdoctoral fellow William Lopez discuss.

    Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:11:41 -0500

  • Teens Exposed to Drug Use, Mental Distress, Violence at Risk for HIV in AdulthoodTeens Exposed to Drug Use, Mental Distress, Violence at Risk for HIV in Adulthood

    The psychological and social risks that adolescents experience can have a lasting impact on adulthood. When those risks include drug use, mental distress and exposure to violence, they may engage in unsafe sexual behavior that increases their chance of HIV infection, according to a new longitudinal study by the University of Michigan.

    Fri, 22 Dec 2017 10:21:46 -0500

  • Alumni Spotlight: Dana Thomas (MPH '05) and the Public Health Action Support TeamAlumni Spotlight: Dana Thomas (MPH '05) and the Public Health Action Support Team

    When hurricanes Irma and Maria struck the Virgin Islands this year the CDC knew to reach out to Dana and her Public Health Action Support Team (PHAST) for support in conducting a community assessment. Learn about their deployment and how Dana's dedication has shaped the organization since its inception.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:20:11 -0500

  • Thank An Alum: Mira (MPH '17) Writes To  Laney (MPH ' 16)Thank An Alum: Mira (MPH '17) Writes To Laney (MPH ' 16)

    A current student thanks an alum for positively impacting their experience in HBHE.

    Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:52:04 -0500

  • New Faculty Interview: Kristi Gamarel, Ph.D., Ed.M.New Faculty Interview: Kristi Gamarel, Ph.D., Ed.M.

    HBHE welcomed Kristi Gamarel to the Faculty as an Assistant Professor this year. Find out a little more about Kristi in our interview.

    Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:25:00 -0500

  • New Faculty Interview: Justin Heinze, Ph.D.New Faculty Interview: Justin Heinze, Ph.D.

    Justin Heinze joined HBHE as a research faculty member in 2012, and this year he became an Assistant Professor. Find out more about Justin and his new role in our interview.

    Thu, 14 Dec 2017 08:35:00 -0500

  • Scientists Tease Out The Subtler Ways Racism Hurts Health

    Many researchers including Arlene T. Geronimus, professor of health behavior and health education, are looking into the effects of chronic stress on health disparities.

    Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:51:19 -0500

  • Tackling the opioid epidemic: Using alternative therapies and new technologies to curb a national crisisTackling the opioid epidemic: Using alternative therapies and new technologies to curb a national crisis

    Researchers at the University of Michigan School of Public Health are working to better understand various aspects of the opioid epidemic. Among them are a chronic disease expert exploring opioid alternatives for people with chronic pain and a health policy researcher looking into how states can best monitor prescribing to curb the crisis on both a population and an individual level.

    Wed, 25 Oct 2017 12:15:50 -0400

  • The challenge of finding meaning in the flood of health dataThe challenge of finding meaning in the flood of health data

    Fifty years ago, one of the core problems facing the health professions was a lack of data. Today, the problem is NOT having too little data. In many contexts, the problem is that we have too much data, yet too little understanding of what those data mean.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:35:09 -0400

  • Have high drug prices finally reached a tipping point?Have high drug prices finally reached a tipping point?

    As prescription drug prices continue to rise, more people are being forced to choose between paying for their medications and buying basic necessities. "High drug prices appear to affect everyone across the socioeconomic spectrum. So it's not just low-income people who are having these issues," says Minal Patel, the John G. Searle Assistant Professor or Health Behavior and Health Education at the School of Public Health.

    Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:58:56 -0400

  • How can exam room computing foster patient-centered communication?How can exam room computing foster patient-centered communication?

    Electronic health record (EHR) systems have revolutionized healthcare, mostly for good, and are here to stay. But the presence of yet another inescapable screen in the examination room can hinder communication between patients and clinicians. Minal Patel, the John G. Searle Assistant Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education at the School of Public Health, explores how IT devices in the exam room be used to improve, rather than detract from, patient engagement.

    Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:27:50 -0400

  • High-impact pain does not impact all Americans the sameHigh-impact pain does not impact all Americans the same

    A large number of Americans live with chronic pain, which can limit their quality of life and leads some to seek relief from potentially dangerous opioid medications. New research from the University of Michigan School of Public Health shows the most debilitating pain hits hardest among people who have the fewest financial resources.

    Fri, 01 Sep 2017 14:29:42 -0400

  • Staying ConnectedStaying Connected

    We love to hear from our alumni! Updates on your personal and professional accomplishments are always welcome and help us inform students of the wonderful potential an HBHE degree holds for them.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:15:40 -0400

  • Summer 2017 Department Events UpdateSummer 2017 Department Events Update

    The 75th anniversary of the School of Public Health was the focus of the 2016-2017 academic year here at SPH.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:58:00 -0500

  • Summer 2017 Student UpdatesSummer 2017 Student Updates

    This summer our rising second year MPH students are off completing 107 internships in 14 states and 15 countries.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:48:00 -0500

  • Summer 2017 Faculty UpdatesSummer 2017 Faculty Updates

    We are thrilled that Dr. Cathleen Connell has been selected as interim dean of SPH.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:37:00 -0500

  • Tiffany Veinot appointed director of Health InformaticsTiffany Veinot appointed director of Health Informatics

    Tiffany Veinot, associate professor of information and health behavior & health education, has been appointed the director of the Health Informatics program at the University of Michigan.

    Wed, 02 Aug 2017 09:33:14 -0400

  • Students say they don't know where to turn for mental health servicesStudents say they don't know where to turn for mental health services

    While young adults place a pronounced value on their mental health, many of them do not know how to access resources that can increase their ability to deal with stress, anxiety and other mental health issues, according to a new survey. Marc Zimmerman, professor in health behavior and health education, offers his perspective.

    Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:43:48 -0400

  • Empower kids to solve community challenges and many will avoid troubleEmpower kids to solve community challenges and many will avoid trouble

    An after-school program that empowers young people to be agents of change in their communities has helped 8th-grade students in one Michigan area develop more prosocial behaviors and avoid antisocial behaviors, say University of Michigan School of Public Health researchers.

    Mon, 05 Jun 2017 17:09:02 -0400

  • STD treatment for two? Study shows patient value, cost savingsSTD treatment for two? Study shows patient value, cost savings

    States that allow doctors to treat a patient's sexual partner without an in-person visit may find more success lowering rates of sexually transmitted diseases, according to a new study led by Okeoma Mmeje, MD, assistant professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Health Behavior & Health Education.

    Mon, 05 Jun 2017 11:18:45 -0400

  • Clinicians play catch-up with the genome revolutionClinicians play catch-up with the genome revolution

    J. Scott Roberts, associate professor of Health Behavior & Health Education, discusses the impact of popular direct-to-consumer genetic tests, like 23andme.

    Thu, 01 Jun 2017 10:06:00 -0400

  • Prof. Resnicow weighs in on corporate wellness and fitness strategiesProf. Resnicow weighs in on corporate wellness and fitness strategies

    Getting employees engaged with corporate wellness programs -- and keeping them engaged -- is still a struggle for many organizations. Ken Resnicow, professor of Health Behavior & Health Education, and other experts share their tips.

    Wed, 24 May 2017 17:34:17 -0400

  • Minal Patel recognized by the American Thoracic Society for early career achievementMinal Patel recognized by the American Thoracic Society for early career achievement

    Minal Patel, assistant professor of Health Behavior & Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, has been recognized by the American Thoracic Society (ATS) with the 2017 ATS Assembly on Behavioral Science and Health Services Research Early Career Achievement Award.

    Tue, 23 May 2017 12:27:51 -0400

  • Social support for young violence victims could reduce risk of deadly cancerSocial support for young violence victims could reduce risk of deadly cancer

    Young African-American women who are victims of violence end up having more abnormal Pap smears in adulthood, but those who receive social support to help them avoid risky behaviors reduce their odds of a negative test result, according to a University of Michigan study.

    Mon, 01 May 2017 16:03:00 -0500

  • School of Public Health student receives fellowship to study Portuguese, Zika in BrazilSchool of Public Health student receives fellowship to study Portuguese, Zika in Brazil

    Whitney Howell, Health Behavior and Health Education student at the School of Public Health, has been awarded the prestigious David L. Boren Fellowship for 2017-2018.

    Mon, 01 May 2017 13:20:00 -0500

  • Free online teach-out to help continue conversation about science beyond the national marchFree online teach-out to help continue conversation about science beyond the national march

    The March for Science across 500 cities throughout the world is just days away but organizers of the next University of Michigan teach-out say the global call to raise public awareness about the importance of science and research must continue well beyond the April 22 event.

    Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:22:31 -0400

  • Poor air quality is killing Detroiters, but now there's a plan to fix itPoor air quality is killing Detroiters, but now there's a plan to fix it

    Poor air quality in Detroit is putting people into the hospital, keeping them from going to work and even killing some. A number of community and environmental justice groups joined together with the University of Michigan School of Public Health to create a Public Health Action Plan, which was unveiled April 18.

    Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:58:12 -0400

  • Maximizers vs. minimizers: The personality trait that may guide your medical decisions - and costsMaximizers vs. minimizers: The personality trait that may guide your medical decisions - and costs

    Do certain people want more medical care than others do? Across four studies involving over 2,400 participants, researchers found this difference predicts health care use across a range of medical interventions and health problems, from cancer screening preferences to vaccination.

    Mon, 10 Apr 2017 11:34:32 -0400

  • Strecher encourages students to focus on happinessStrecher encourages students to focus on happiness

    The Vandenberg Room of the Michigan League was overflowing Monday night with students waiting to hear Dr. Victor Strecher, a professor of health behavior and health education in the School of Public Health, speak about "Designing a Happy Life," an event aiming to speak about personal development.

    Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:32:00 -0500

  • Kruger in The Conversation: What's behind phantom cell phone buzzes?Kruger in The Conversation: What's behind phantom cell phone buzzes?

    Have you ever experienced a phantom phone call or text? You're convinced that you felt your phone vibrate in your pocket, or that you heard your ring tone. But when you check your phone, no one actually tried to get in touch with you. It could be a sign of just how attached you've become to your phone.

    Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:50:00 -0500

  • School of Public Health Recognizes Two Faculty Members with Collegiate ProfessorshipsSchool of Public Health Recognizes Two Faculty Members with Collegiate Professorships

    Two School of Public Health professors were appointed to collegiate professorships by the Board of Regents of the University of Michigan on March 16, 2017.

    Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:01:04 -0400

  • Assari in The Conversation: If men are favored in our society, why do they die younger than women?Assari in The Conversation: If men are favored in our society, why do they die younger than women?

    Women experience higher stress, more chronic disease, more depression, more anxiety and are more likely to be victims of violence. Women earn less than men, and in many countries they don't have the same human rights as men. Despite the social inequality women experience, they live longer than men. This is the case without a single exception, in all countries.

    Thu, 09 Mar 2017 14:53:00 -0500

  • In the News: Zikmund-Fisher on making complex information simplerIn the News: Zikmund-Fisher on making complex information simpler

    For years, patients have been hearing the same message from the health-care industry: Get involved. They're told they need to do more to monitor their chronic conditions. They are directed to be more active in deciding what treatments to have, or whether to treat a condition at all. That has proved easier said than done.

    Wed, 01 Mar 2017 11:11:51 -0500

  • HBHE Celebrates UM SPH's 75th Anniversary in March 2017HBHE Celebrates UM SPH's 75th Anniversary in March 2017

    Please join HBHE students, faculty, staff and alumni as we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of U-M SPH in March with two special events highlighting the history of HBHE and its impact on the careers of our alumni.

    Wed, 01 Mar 2017 08:05:32 -0500

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