Health Behavior and Health Education

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How Chaplains Are Helping People Deal with Existential Crises During a Pandemic

New study from Geila Rajaee

The majority of Americans say they are aware of chaplains and desire their services, yet few report previous experience with them in health care, according to a University of Michigan study. Lead author Geila Rajaee, a doctoral candidate at the U-M School of Public Health, discusses how chaplaincy is perceived in the U.S., and how that might be changing during the pandemic. Read more

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Undergraduate Students Discuss Impacts of COVID-19 on Social Determinants of Health

Social determinants of health are key influences in shaping health outcomes. With this in mind, a group of six undergraduate students from the University of Michigan School of Public Health came together to publish a paper on how the COVID-19 pandemic will impact various social determinants of health as we look toward the future and the virus continues to spread. Read more

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Genetic Testing: Employee Perk or Privacy Hazard?

New research from Scott Roberts

Researchers from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine will lead an interdisciplinary, multi-institution study of the ethical, legal and social implications of workplace genomic testing in the United States. Read more

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Loneliness Doubled Among Older Adults in Early Months of COVID-19, Poll Shows

New research from John Piette

In June of this year, 56% of people over age 50 said they sometimes or often felt isolated from others—more than double the 27% who felt that way in a similar poll in 2018. Nearly half of those polled in June of this year also said they felt more isolated than they had just before the pandemic arrived in the United States and a third said they felt they had less companionship than before. Read more