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Student News - February 2021

SPHIS undergrad named “Arab American 20 under 20”

Public health sophomore Rawan Saleh was one of twenty Arab Americans selected from nearly 50 applicants as an “Arab American 20 Under 20” awardee.

The program spotlights U.S. students (16–20 years old) who achieved spectacular success in academics, work/internships, community service, and extracurricular activities. Awardees demonstrate outstanding leadership, dedication to a career path, new initiatives, and commitment to Arab American heritage and culture.

Rawan is a first-generation immigrant from Jordan and is currently pursuing a public health degree. Read more

Doctoral student wins 2020 National Delta Omega student poster competition

Sonali S. Salunkhe, MD, MPH, doctoral student in the Dept. of Health Management and Systems Sciences, won the 2020 National Delta Omega Student Poster Competition. Each year, 29 students are selected to present their research during the Delta Omega Student Poster Session sponsored by APHA’s Academic and Practice Linkages in Public Health Caucus during APHA’s Annual Meeting and Expo. View her winning poster: "Association between socio-demographic factors and sleep duration".

Doctoral candidate wins 2020 Jules Delambre Student Paper Contest 

Emmanuel Ezekekwu, doctoral candidate in the Dept. of Health Management & Systems Sciences, placed first in the graduate division of the 2020 Jules Delambre Student Paper Contest for his paper titled, “The Influence of Cultural Capital on Hospital Readmission.” This contest was conducted by the Anthropologist and Sociologist of Kentucky, which is a professional association that brings together Anthropology and Sociology professors, students, and practitioners to promote scholarship, teaching, and professional solidarity.

HMSS student named 2021 Health Enterprises Network Healthcare Fellow

Scott Skinner, MBA, FACHE, doctoral candidate in the Dept. of Health Management and Systems Sciences, has been selected as a 2021 Health Enterprises Network Healthcare Fellow.

Beginning in February 2021, Scott will join a group of up to 24 professionals from the Greater Louisville area to participate in the 10-month program. Fellows are challenged to grow in their leadership capacity, increase their health-related knowledge, and expand their professional reach through monthly sessions with community leaders, academics, elected officials, organizational experts, researchers, and entrepreneurs.

In addition to working on a PhD in Health Management and Policy, Skinner is system director of clinical engineering for Norton Healthcare. In this role, he cultivates and drives strategy related to clinical technology and is responsible for quality management, regulatory compliance, and security.

Doctoral student publishes in Journal of Physiology

Dept. of Epidemiology and Population Health doctoral student, Daniel W. Riggs, MS, is lead author on a recently published study in in the Journal of Physiology. In the article, “Residential Proximity to Greenness Mitigates the Hemodynamic Effects of Ambient Air Pollution,” Riggs and his colleagues discuss whether the beneficial effects of greenness are linked to a reduction in the effects of ambient air pollutants. Findings show that residential proximity to greenness is associated with lower values of arterial stiffness. Access the article and see the list of co-authors, which includes two SPHIS alumni: Drs. Natasha DeJarnett and Ray Yeager.

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