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Dr. Scott LaJoie begins Fulbright Specialist project in Romania

Sept. 10, 2018

The School of Public Health and Information Sciences is pleased to announce that Scott LaJoie, PhD, Associate Professor in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, has been selected for a Fulbright Specialist project in Romania.

 Dr. LaJoie will lead a mixed methods research project to better understand how to improve screening rates and promote vaccination against the cervical cancer-causing virus, HPV. Women in Romania are less likely to screened regularly for cervical cancer than elsewhere in Europe; consequently, cervical cancer, when detected, is less treatable. This is especially true for women living in rural areas of the country.

Funded through the US Department of State Fulbright Specialist Program, Dr. LaJoie will also train and prepare graduate students in public health to conduct, analyze, and disseminate data to policy makers and health educators. He hopes to bring back new insights for strengthening cervical cancer prevention in rural America. Dr. LaJoie left for Romania on September 10, 2018, and will return on October 12, 2018. 

The Fulbright Specialists Program, created in 2000 to complement the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program, provides short-term academic opportunities (two to six weeks) to prominent U.S. faculty and professionals. The program supports curricular and faculty development, and institutional planning at post-secondary, academic institutions around the world.

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