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SPHIS Student News - Fall 2019

Undergraduate Students

Monica Jackson’s story featured at Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky annual gala

Monica Jackson, an undergraduate public health student, filmed a segment about her and her husband’s journey, which will air during the Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky (BIAK) Brain Ball on November 8. She said, “I was thrilled when I found out! I am praying so hard that this will help people with disabilities who feel defeated and depressed.” The mission of BIAK is to serve those affected by brain injury through advocacy, education, prevention, outreach, and support. If you are interested in learning more or attending the gala, click here.

SPHIS senior presents at national conference

Avalon Gupta Verwiebe, an undergraduate public health student graduating in December,  presented her research, “Community Building through Gardening: UofL Garden Commons” at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Conference Oct. 27-30 in Spokane, WA. 

Graduate Students

Doctoral candidate, Jason Deakings, named Health & Justice Scholar

Jason Deakings, MSPH, doctoral candidate, Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, was recently named a Health and Justice Scholar. One doctoral student from each of the four schools on the University of Louisville Health Sciences Center campus was chosen. Scholars are selected based on their commitment to social justice and health equity.

Jason will engage in a three-year program designed to help him learn techniques for working interprofessionally and with community members to improve the overall health of local residents. Scholars will develop projects that include community-based research conducted along with a faculty mentor and a report prepared for scholarly publication.

In addition, he will participate in community service projects and attend monthly discussions. He will present at the Afro-European Medical and Research Network (AEMRN) at the United Nations in December.

SPHIS student Ashlee Van Schyndel serves on editorial board and student assembly for APHA

Ashlee Van Schyndel, a graduate student in the MPH health policy concentration, has been elected to serve as a Governing Councilor for the Student Assembly of APHA and as the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) Editorial Board Student Representative.

As a Governing Councilor, Ashlee will have the opportunity to assist APHA in a variety of ways. The primary duties of the APHA Governing Council are to establish policies for the association; amend the bylaws and adopt rules of conduct; receive and act upon reports or recommendations from organization constituents; elect the Executive Board, association officers, and honorary members; establish, combine, or discontinue association sections; and recognize affiliates associations.

In addition, Ashlee will serve as an AJPH Editorial Board Representative. Ashlee was one of 32 individuals selected out of 116 applicants to the board. The AJPH Editorial Board provides oversight for the Journal and its editorial functions; defines the long-range vision, strategic plan, and annual priorities for the journal; establishes policies and procedures for the editorial board and the Journal; and ensures the quality and integrity of the Journal. The board also represents the Journal and advocates for its needs and interests to the APHA Executive Board and external organizations in partnership opportunities as well as report on the “state of the Journal” to the APHA Executive Board, Governing Council, and members annually.

Ashlee was also was one of 30 individuals selected (out of 200+) to receive a full scholarship to attend the APHA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA.

UofL MSHA students represent SPHIS at national case study competition

Jasmin Saunders, Shannon Forde, and Joseph Holland represented SPHIS at the 2019 National Association of Health Service Executives (NAHSE) Case Study Competition and Conference. Our team was one of 29 teams from across the country to develop solutions for homelessness and health in large metropolitan areas. This is the first time the SPHIS and University of Louisville has competed at this prestigious event.

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