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Student & Alumni News - Winter 2019

Doctoral candidate,Tasha Golden, published in the Community Development Innovation Review

ArtPlace America is a consortium of foundations, federal agencies, and financial institutions that works to position arts and culture as a core sector of comprehensive community planning and development: a process often referred to as creative placemaking. In the Oct. 2018 issue ofCommunity Development Innovation Review, Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences doctoral candidate (she successfully defended her dissertation on Jan. 25, 2019),Tasha Golden, MA, joined Jamie Hand, the Director of Research Strategies at ArtPlace America, to discuss the impact that creative placemaking can have on multiple aspects of mental health, including stigma; trauma; community-level stress, depression, and substance use disorders; and cultural identity. Their article, “Arts, Culture, and Community Mental Health,” describes the relevance of these four issues to community and public health, and offer several examples of community initiatives that have addressed these issues through diverse and creative means. Click to read the full article.

Doctoral candidate, Katlyn McGraw, landed summer internship with Environmental Defense Fund

Katlyn McGraw, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and MPH alumna, completed a paid internship with the Environmental Defense Fund in Houston, Texas from May to August 2018. Through the internship, which Katlyn discovered through professional networking, she also attended professional development workshops, assisted with community outreach, and presented during public meetings. She also worked on a number of research projects, including an analysis of chemical releases after Hurricane Harvey, an action plan for benzene release for the City of Houston, and a pilot study using mobile air monitoring. Katlyn’s research and analyses related to Hurricane Harvey was included the report, “Preparing for the Next Storm: Learning from the Man-Made Environmental Disasters that Followed Hurricane Harvey,” published by the Environmental Integrity Project. The research team’s recommendations for how Texas could do more to protect vulnerable communities from industrial air and water pollution during natural disasters were presented in Houston Chronicle at the time the report was released. Katlyn earned her MPH with a concentration in environmental health in 2016 from SPHIS and is currently a graduate research assistant working with Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar in the School of Medicine.

HMSS alumni named 2019-20 Norton Healthcare fellow

Join us in congratulating SPHIS alumna, Ellen Madden, MPH, on being named a 2019-20 Norton Healthcare (Louisville, KY) Fellow. Read more about Ellen.

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