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Student News: Fall 2021

Lindsey Wood and colleagues published in Population Medicine

Dept. of Epidemiology and Population Health doctoral candidate, Lindsey A. Wood, MS, was lead author on the article “Time spent outdoors and sleep normality: A preliminary investigation” published in Population Medicine. The findings indicate associations between less pain and increased odds of normal sleep, and between higher severity of depression and lower odds of normal sleep. SPHIS co-authors were Ray Yeager, PhD, MPH, assistant professor, Dept. of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Madeline Tomlinson, doctoral student in the Dept. of Epidemiology and Population Health, SPHIS alumnus Jack Pfeiffer, PhD, and SPHIS alumna Delana Gilkey, MPH. Read more

Kelsey White and team of HMSS researchers published in Journal of Religion and Health

A team of researchers in the Dept. of Health Management and Systems Sciences (HMSS), led by HMSS doctoral candidate Kelsey White, published an article in the Journal of Religion and Health titled, “Examining Factors Associated with Utilization of Chaplains in the Acute Care Setting.” The team looked at hospital data to identify population characteristics associated with the utilization of chaplaincy services. They found religiously affiliated individuals and those with the most acute health needs were more likely to receive chaplaincy care and received more total care. HMSS co-authors included Drs. J’Aime Jennings, Seyed Karimi and Chris Johnson. Read more.

Daniel Riggs presented at the ISEE Annual Conference, contributed to manuscripts

Daniel Riggs, doctoral student, Dept. of Epidemiology and Population Health, gave a virtual lightning talk titled, Associations between Air Pollution and County Level Cardiovascular Mortality in the United States by Ecoregions at the Annual Conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology / ISEE 2021 in August 2021. Co-authors from SPHIS included Drs. Ray Yeager, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Natalie DuPre, Assistant Professor,  Dept. of Epidemiology and Population Health, and Shesh Rai, Professor, Dept. of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics.

Additionally, Daniel contributed to two manuscripts studying air pollution. Greenness, air pollution, and mortality risk: A U.S. cohort study of cancer patients and survivors was published in Environmental International and Fine particulate matter air pollution and aortic perivascular adipose tissue: Oxidative stress, leptin, and vascular dysfunction was published in Physiological Reports.

Carmen Mitchell named 2021 APPAM Equity and Inclusion Fellow

Earlier this fall, Carmen Mitchell, MPH, doctoral candidate, Dept. of Health Management and Systems Sciences, was named a 2021 Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) Equity and Inclusion Fellow.

The APPAM Equity & Inclusion Fellowship was created in 2016 to encourage participation by underrepresented students in APPAM and its activities, and expanded in 2021 to support young professionals. The fellowships enabled 40 students and five young professionals from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds to participate in the 2021 APPAM Fall Research Conference held November 11-13 in Austin, TX.

Student leadership named to UofL and APHA committees

In addition to their SPHIS Student Government Association (SGA) duties, two student officers are providing support to UofL and APHA committees. Nana Ama Bullock, MPH, SGA President, was named to the UofL SGA Senate Chair of Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Danial Malik, SPHIS Vice President, was named to the UofL SGA Senate Chair of Appropriations Committee as well as the Student Assembly Campus Liaison Co-Chair for the American Public Health Association Student Assembly.

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