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Beth Brines uses technology on campus to connect with global partners

Remote Global Health Internship Is Not an Oxymoron

Q&A with Elizabeth Brines

Global internships this summer were rather different from what students might have envisioned. With a creative spirit, adaptable skills, and a passion for moving public health forward, Michigan students spent their summer months connecting with and learning from a variety of global health partners. Read more

People running on a track.

Disordered Eating in Female Athletes Fueled by Body Image Ideals, Coach-Athlete Power Dynamic

New research from Traci Carson

A new study shows that body-image ideals and the power dynamic between coach and female athletes may contribute to an athlete’s risk of disordered eating and body image disturbance. The research of current and former female NCAA Division I female distance runners highlights the importance of prevention and intervention programs to migitage eating and body image disorders among this population of athletes. Read more

Aerial view of Michigan Stadium, the

Learning Public Health Practice in a Virtual World

Q&A with Elizabeth Zaebst

A hypothetical college football game—a familiar scenario for Michigan students—provided the backdrop to a remote preparedness exercise for public health students and the Washtenaw County Health Department. Familiarity with the Big House and surrounding terrain helped the students focus on how to keep everyone healthy. Read more

A doctor writing on a clip board.

Patient Discrimination During a Health Care Encounter

New research from Paige Nong

A new paper published this week in JAMA Network Open looks at patient experiences of discrimination in the US health system and found the types of discrimination a person could encounter in a health care setting varied, with the survey finding that 21% of non-institutionalized, English-speaking US adults have experienced discrimination while seeking medical care. Read more

Multiple bottles of soda.

Warning Labels Help Reduce Sugary Drink Intake Among College Students

New study from Cindy Leung and Julia Wolfson

A new study by the University of Michigan School of Public Health and University of California, Davis found that placing warning labels on beverage dispensers helped reduce consumption by nearly 15% among college students. Read more

A hospital hallway.

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