Weekly Roundup for March 26, 2021
Letter from the Chair: Dr. Lisa Staten, Social and Behavioral Sciences Department
It has definitely been a tough year, but the faculty, staff, and students of the Fairbanks School of Public Health have demonstrated incredible resilience. Within the Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) Department, we moved our curriculum fully online in an incredibly short timeframe, expanding the opportunities for students to learn strategies of how to improve social, economic, cultural and political systems that influence health behaviors and outcomes. While all of us in the SBS family would prefer to meet in person, we are thrilled that even through the pandemic, we maintained and grew connections. At the beginning of the pandemic, we were extremely worried about how it would affect our vital relationships with community members and organizations. It has been amazing to see how relationships have strengthened rather than deteriorated, and new relationships have begun! We will emerge from the pandemic as a stronger, more dynamic department!
SBS faculty, staff, and students are actively involved with a range of activities to help address the pandemic and its social and economic consequences: from being front-line workers, to helping raise awareness about the pandemic through media, to working alongside community partners to raise awareness about myths and facts regarding COVID-19 vaccines. We are also researching the impact of the pandemic on vulnerable workers, local organizations and marginalized communities, as well as how COVID-19 is impacting the health education workforce.
During this year, a spotlight was placed on the long-standing health inequities that are experienced by many members of our community. SBS is dedicated to keeping this light bright. Much of our work is related to partnering with organizations and residents to address social determinants of health including racism and racial injustice. Please join us on April 2 at noon for the next First Friday discussion hosted by the SBS department. Dr. Sean Grant and MPH student Mariam Sylla will share how to find “what works” in addressing social and behavioral determinants of health. We hope to see you there.
Fairbanks Faculty Discuss CDC Report About Life Expectancy of Black Americans
A recent CDC report points out that Black Americans die almost eight years earlier than whites. That gap is the widest since 1998. Dr. Brian Dixon and Tess Weathers discuss the report in the Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper.
Spanish Hotline Available this Saturday for Vaccination Registration and Questions
In collaboration with local organizations, a free line is now available in Spanish for calls on Saturday, March 27 from 8am-8pm to reserve COVID-19 vaccine appointments and get answers to questions about the vaccine.
Dr. Tierney Appointed to Clinical Trials Advisory Committee
Dr. Bill Tierney has recently been appointed as a member of the Clinical Trials Advisory Committee for the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), a federal funding agency.
Participate in Global Health Scholars Day
Global Health Scholars Day showcases the excellent work of the IU community to improve the care of patients worldwide, research complexities of global health, and educate learners about the care of local & global populations. This year’s event will be virtual (8-9 a.m. on April 15).
- Fairbanks Study Finds Half of Providers Don’t Utilize Health Information Exchange
- Dr. Maupome Featured in Discussion on Myths and Realities of COVID-19 Vaccine (Watch Now)
- IUPUI Alumnus Kreg Gruber Leads Health System through COVID-19
- Dr. Babich Speaks in European Encounters Virtual Meetup Series (Watch Now)
- Get Involved in a Study on Food-related Work and Health
- IU Health Now Offers Free Rides to Any IN COVID-19 Vaccine Site
- Attend the Virtual Sun and Water Conference (Apr. 17-18)
Andrew Marley, PhD Student
Yiqing Song, Professor
Jiali Han, Professor
Xin Li, Assistant Professor
The Association between Citrus Consumption and Melanoma Risk in the UK Biobank
British Journal of Dermatology
Bill Tierney, Clinical Professor
A medical school’s community engagement approach to improve population health
Journal of Community Health
Joshua Vest, Professor
Justin Blackburn, Associate Professor
Valerie Yeager, Associate Professor
Challenges in Translating National and State Reopening Plans Into Local Reopening Policies During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Public Health Reports
Student & Alumni News
Fairbanks Celebrates Student Melissa Aceves
Melissa Aceves, Community Health student, was elected by the IUPUI student body as Vice President for Undergraduate Student Government for the 2021-2022 academic year. In addition, she was selected as a 2021 recipient of the Eta Sigma Gamma NCHEC Outstanding Undergraduate Major of the Year Award.
DrPH Student Antoinette Holt Receives Bicentennial Medal
Antoniette Holt, DrPH student, was recently recognized by the IU School of Social Work as a Bicentennial Medalrecipient for her tireless dedication to minority health and her many connections with the university. She was recognized at an award ceremony via Zoom on Tuesday, March 16.
Upcoming Events & Deadlines
Never miss an important date or happeningMar 29: MPH in Epidemiology Info Session
Mar 30: MS in Biostatistics Info Session
Mar 31: MPH in Health Policy and Management Info Session
Mar 31: Product Stewardship and the Pandemic (Webinar)
Apr 1: MHA Information Session
Apr 2: First Fridays with Fairbanks
Apr 5: National Public Health Week Begins
Apr 7: Virtual Interview Prep
Apr 8: UGSA Presents: Guest Speaker Professor Duszynski