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Department of Public Health Sciences

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

DEPARTMENT NEWS

Ninth and largest MD/MPH class begin journey at freshmen orientation The Class of 2023 met their fellow peers, as well as faculty and staff at the orientation, which took place at the Rosenstiel Medical Science Building on June 24, 2019. In this cohort, 45 percent of the students are non-Florida residents, 68 percent are women, 59 percent are minorities, and the average age is 24. They also have over 15 different


educational backgrounds, ranging from anthropology, history, and psychology, to biochemistry, nursing, and public health.

‘Toxic Stew’ Stirred Up by Disasters Poses LongTerm Danger, New Findings Show The New York Times: New research shows that the extreme weather and fires of recent years, similar to the flooding that has struck Louisiana and the Midwest, may be making Americans sick in ways researchers are only beginning to understand. Naresh Kumar, Ph.D., professor of public health sciences at the Miller School of Medicine's Department of Public Health Sciences, said that climate change intensifies chemicals that are spread into the air, water, and ground, which ultimately exposes people to an array of physical ailments, including respiratory disease and cancer.


Dr. Seth Schwartz Awarded Grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Seth Schwartz, Ph.D., professor of public health sciences at the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences, will serve as co-principal investigator on the NICHD-funded project that will focus on developing a self-report measure to capture the effects of acculturation-related stress on Hispanic youth. The measure will provide a tool that can be used for evaluating prevention programs.


Site visits provide students with real-wold public health exposure To help students gain exposure to the broader impact of population health and the social determinants of health, the Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health (MD/MPH) joint degree program at the Miller School of Medicine has given students the opportunity to visit several public health programs within the Miami community. This summer, they have visited the Adult Drug Court at the Gerstein Justice Building and the IDEA Exchange, a syringe service program in Miami-Dade County.


Dr. Hermes Florez presents at the American Diabetes Association's 79th Scientific Session Hermes Florez, MD, Ph.D., MPH, professor of public health sciences at the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences, gave various presentations at the annual meeting. One of the presentations was on the association of metformin, a type 2 diabetes medication, with mortality in frail older veterans with diabetes.

RESEARCH AND INITIATIVES Miami-Dade County is Most Vulnerable to Mosquito-Spreading Viruses, Researchers Find The community composition and year-round abundance of vector species of mosquitoes in MiamiDade make the county one of the most vulnerable for arbovirus transmission, which are viruses that can be transmitted by mosquitoes, ticks, or arthropods.


Study Finds Association Between Neighborhood Greenness and Depression The study, co-authored by University of Miami researchers and published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, found that higher levels of neighborhood greenness led to lower odds of depression.

Syringe Service Program Increases Proper Syringe Disposal in Miami-Dade County After implementing a syringe service program (SSP) in Miami, there was a 40 percent decrease in improperly discarded syringes. The findings of the study suggest that establishing SSPs in other communities could lead to similar decreases.

STUDENT AND ALUMNI SPOTLIGHTS Ekom Eyoh, MPH candidate Eyoh, an MPH candidate and graduate assistant at the Department of Public Health Sciences, completed a capstone project on increasing social support for siblings of children with special health care needs. Eyoh, who was also involved in the Miller School's Leadership Development in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program, recently presented the project in their grand rounds.

Kasha Bornstein, MSc, EMT-P, MD/MPH candidate Bornstein, who is a third-year MD/MPH candidate at the Miller School of Medicine, has been involved with the IDEA Exchange, a syringe service program (SSP) in Miami-Dade County, since the summer of 2017, right before beginning his journey as a medical and public health student. He described that his experience in the SSP has not only enriched his educational experience but that it has also defined it in many ways.


FEATURED UPCOMING EVENTS Aug 16

9:30 am DPHS Fall 2019 New Student Orientation

PUBLIC HEALTH NEWS WLRN: Palm Beach County Is First To Pass Needle Exchange Bill After New Law Paves The Way For Counties

EcoWatch: Climate Change Linked to More Rain in Hurricanes

U.S. News: Incarceration Helped Fuel America’s Opioid Crisis, Study Suggests

The New York Times: The Zika Virus Is Still a Threat. Here’s What the Experts Know.

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