SPHIS experts in the media (March 2019)

Recently, SPHIS faculty and staff were asked to appear on radio and television on a variety of topics. In addition to appearing on the KET program Kentucky Health, several faculty were interviewed by Mark Hebert for the UofL Today radio show.

Susan Buchino, PhD, OTR/L, discussed the research study she is leading to examine national best practices in addressing homelessness to make recommendations to the Louisville's Homeless Encampment Task Force. In her conversation with Mark Hebert, she explains several problems contributing to the problem locally including a lack of affordable housing. "Housing First" is one model used nationally to reduce homelessness. This approach provides shelter first, which gives much-needed safety and stability to the person who can then seek additional services. Listen to the interview.    

Sherry Duffy, MS, appeared on a recent episode of Kentucky Health, KET program with Dr. Wayne Tuckson. Sherry discussed the role of community health workers in improving health outcomes and achieving cost savings. Specifically, Sherry highlighted studies being conducted by scholars in the Commonwealth Institute of Kentucky. Dr. Connie White, senior deputy commissioner at the Kentucky Department for Public Health, was also a guest on the program. Watch the interview

Liza Creel, PhD, MPH and Monica Wendel, DrPH, MA were invited to respond to news that Kentucky ranks 45th for overall health in the 2018 according to the America’s Health Rankings Annual Report. During the interview, Drs. Liza Creel and Monica Wendel discuss what UofL and the Louisville community are doing to turn around the poor numbers. Listen to the interview

Theo Edmonds, JD, MHA, MFA was a guest on the UofL Today Radio Show on March 26, 2019. Theo described various initiatives underway in the Smoketown neighborhood, located just south of the Health Sciences Center, and using an asset-based approach to improve health. He discussed a research project with the HSC Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Health Justice Scholars Program that uses the Medical Mistrust Index (MMI) to measure trust/mistrust of health systems among Smoketown residents. In addition, there is a group of organizations coming together to establish a “Hope Box” that includes plans to convert a liquor store into a working laundromat with the larger aim of strengthening community cohesion. The laundromat will also host a business incubator, a compassion clinic (a joint venture of HSC schools), and a Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School. The Heart of a Champion project was also highlighted. Listen to the interview

Jelani Kerr, PhD, MSPH and Sarah Moyer, MD, MPH appeared on the UofL Today Radio Show on March 19, 2019. Dr. Moyer discussed how the LMPHW handled the Hepatitis A outbreak in Louisville, why parents should not fear vaccinations, and fentanyl drug overdoses. Dr. Moyer and Dr. Jelani Kerr also described their study of Louisville's needle exchange program. Listen to the interview


The UofL Today radio show airs on Mondays and Tuesdays at 6 p.m. on 93.9 FM TheVille and replayed on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Broadcasts are also available on SoundCloud.

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