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									University of Maryland, College Park
                                            School of
      Fall 2011 Newsletter
                                            Public Health                               Advancing a better state of health
     A newsletter for faculty, staff, alumni,     MAKING HEALTH CARE REFORM WORK:
     colleagues, research partners, and friends
     of the University of Maryland School of      School Leads Efforts to Create Affordable,
     Public Health.
                                                  User-Friendly Health Plans
                                                  With the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, Congress approved health
 2       DEAN’S MESSAGE                           insurance reforms to be enacted over a period of more than four years. The imple-
 3       UMD, JHU PARTNER ON                      mentation of these reforms is an ongoing process happening primarily at the state
         TRAINING CENTER                          level. The School of Public Health is playing a leading role in Maryland’s health care
 4       PUBLIC HEALTH IN PRACTICE                reform activities and emphasizing the need for changes that promote health equity
                                                  and improve health literacy.
 5       SPH LEADS PUBLIC HEALTH                      From participation in state task forces and advisory committees focused on
                                                  improving health care quality, reducing costs, and eliminating health disparities, to
                                                  research that informs public policy affecting families, rural communities, and Med-
 6       RESEARCH NEWS                            icaid recipients, among others, faculty members at the School of Public Health are
 7       RESEARCH AWARDS                          instrumental to the state’s efforts to make Maryland a national leader in the delivery
                                                  of affordable health care.
                                                      In each school newsletter, we’ll be featuring specific examples of how the School
 10      TEACHING & LEARNING                      of Public Health is at the forefront of initiatives to insure that health care reform
                                                  will make a real difference in the lives of Marylanders. Our first story focuses on a
 12      WELCOME NEW FACULTY                      topic that most people face with dread: choosing health insurance plans.
 13      STUDENT NEWS                                                                                                Continued next page...




     Fall 2011 News                                                                                                                    1
Message from the Dean                                                                            MAKING HEALTH CARE REFORM WORK:
                                                                                                 Health Insurance Literacy
                   So much has happened in the School since our last newsletter,                 Project Aims to Help Consumers
                   that it is difficult to choose what to highlight this fall. I am very         Make Smart Choices
                   proud of the members of our school and all they’ve accomplished
                   and continue to do. I can’t recount them all, but this newsletter             The University of Maryland School of
                   will highlight many of our recent accomplishments. I’ve chosen to             Public Health, the Consumers Union,
                   focus on just a few major events that showcase our strengths and              and the American Institutes for Research
                   momentum in key areas of public health research and practice.                 (AIR) have launched a new partnership
                        In June, our Herschel S. Horowtiz Center for Health Literacy             to address the need for improved health
                   launched a coalition building initiative called Health Literacy               insurance literacy in advance of the 2014
                   Maryland designed to enhance maternal and child health. In                    Affordable Care Act deadline for con-
October, the Center also played an important role in the state’s first Oral Health               sumers to buy health insurance plans.
Summit at which the state’s policy agenda, the Maryland Oral Health Plan: 2011-                  Beginning that year, state-based insur-
2015, was released.                                                                              ance “exchanges” are supposed to provide
    We hosted our 11th Annual Research Interaction Day in September, bringing                    consumers with transparent and afford-
together more than 70 faculty and student research groups to present posters of their            able health insurance choices. Yet, who
efforts, and for the first time 12 junior faculty gave oral presentations of their research.     will ensure that these plans are clear and
I want to congratulate Espen Spangenburg, Eva Chin, and Marian Moser-Jones for                   consumer-friendly?
winning our first oral presentation awards. Moser-Jones is one of seven new faculty                   “The ability to understand health
members we welcomed to the school this academic year. You can read about them all                insurance information and use it to make
on page 12.                                                                                      wise health and financial choices is a docu-
    We co-sponsored four major events this fall: 1) Maryland’s 8th Annual Minority               mented challenge for an estimated 180
Health Disparities Conference, at which one of the State’s leaders in these efforts,             million current plan consumers,” explains
the Honorable Shirley Nathan Pulliam, House of Delegates, District 10 was honored                Dr. Bonnie Braun, faculty scholar in the
with the creation of the Pulliam Lecture, and kicked off by our own Dr. Stephen B.               school’s Horowitz Center for Health Lit-
Thomas of the Maryland Center for Health Equity; 2) the University of Maryland                   eracy. “If the Supreme Court upholds the
Fall Health IT Summit to further our collaborations with university partners                     2010 federal health care reform legislation,
through the University of Maryland Center of Excellence in Health Information                    about 30 million more consumers will be
Technology Research, and partners in government, industry, clinical organizations                purchasing health insurance in 2014. The
and advocacy groups; 3) the Conference on Risk Assessment and Evaluation                         public policy goals of reducing health care
of Predictions, an international meeting led by Dr. Mei-Ling Lee, director of                    costs and increasing access to care cannot
the Biostatistics and Risk Assessment Center. This was an international scientific               be reached if consumers can’t understand
forum for learning about the most recent advances and thinking on the subject of                 health plan options.”
risk assessment, and served to build new collaborations among interdisciplinary                       Braun is co-leading this initiative
researchers; and 4) We kicked off our Public Health Grand Rounds lecture series by               with Lynn Quincy, senior health policy
hosting Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and                analyst for health care reform at Con-
Mental Hygiene, who spoke about health care reform efforts in the state.                         sumer’s Union, and Kristin Carman,
    It’s hard to overlook the wonderful showing our Gymkana troupe provided                      co-director for health policy and research
in reaching the semi-finals in America’s Got Talent. Gymkana’s mission is to                     at AIR. Together, they recruited several
inspire drug-free and healthy lifestyles through positive example. With children                 experts in health literacy, financial literacy,
as the primary audience, the members of the Gymkana troupe demonstrate their                     literacy measurement and health insur-
commitment to making healthy choices through impressive gymnastic performances                   ance to launch this national initiative at a
and mentorship.                                                                                  November meeting hosted by the Con-
    Finally, I am proud to congratulate our Fall 2011 graduating class – our ninth               sumers Union. They discussed the need
graduating class of the Maryland School of Public Health, and the third since we                 to measure health insurance literacy as a
became fully accredited.                                                                         step in developing consumer education
                                                                                                 programs and possibly additional public
Have a wonderful holiday season.                                                                 policy initiatives designed to create more
Bob Gold, Dean

2                                                                                              University of Maryland School of Public Health
                                                University of Maryland Partners with Johns Hopkins
                                                on Mid-Atlantic Public Health Training Center
                                                The University of Maryland School of
                                                Public Health joins the Johns Hopkins
   transparency in insurance policies.          Bloomberg School of Public Health
       In the past year, Quincy has led three   (JHSPH) this fall as a partner in its Mid-
   consumer studies in eight states, includ-    Atlantic Public Health Training Center
   ing Maryland, to better understand           (MAPHTC), a workforce development
   how consumers shop for insurance. “We        effort funded by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration
   learned that consumers dread shopping        (HRSA).
   for health insurance, doubt the value, are
                                                    The four-year sub-contract will engage our School in broadening the
   confused by terms, and have difficulty
                                                efforts by the JHSPH and its other partners, the George Washington
   calculating a good value for their circum-
                                                University School of Public Health and Health Services and the University
   stances,” Quincy says.
                                                of Maryland Baltimore, to develop and train the public health workforce
        The state of Maryland has set the
                                                in Maryland, Delaware and Washington, DC. This collaboration seeks to
                     If consumers can’t         improve local, state and federal public health infrastructure in support of
                                                the Healthy People 2020 objectives. A core goal of the Center is to im-
                     understand health plan
                                                prove health and eliminate health disparities by appropriately preparing a
                     options, the goals of      diverse and culturally sensitive health professions workforce, which aligns
                     reducing health care       with key School initiatives.
                                                    The Center activities will be led by Dr. Sandra Quinn, associate dean
                     costs and increasing
                                                for public health initiatives, along with a staffer to be hired in early 2012
                     access to care cannot      who will build relationships and coordinate trainings with public health
                     be reached.                departments, state cooperative extension programs, community health
BONNIE BRAUN                                    centers, and federal agencies. The School’s expanded linkages throughout
                                                the region are expected to bring new opportunities for students to par-
   goal of being the leader in health care      ticipate in internships with public health agencies. “Our inclusion in the
   reform. Braun envisions that leadership      training center enables us to build upon our rich array of partners with the
   including health insurance literacy. “A      state and federal government,” says Dr. Quinn
   land-grant university like the University        The new Public Health Grand Rounds lecture series, launched this fall
   of Maryland has an obligation to help        with a visit from Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Maryland’s Secretary of Health and
   the public learn how to make decisions       Mental Hygiene, is one of several planned activities of our UMD com-
   that fundamentally impact their well-        ponent of the MAPHTC. Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the
   being,” Braun says. “If the Maryland         American Public Health Association, will give the next lecture on February
   exchange plans can be understood in          15, 2012.
   consumer-tested terms, then perhaps
                                                More than 100 people attended the inaugural Public Health Grand Rounds Lecture with Dr.
   consumers can make smart choices
                                                Joshua Sharfstein (bottom left), Secretary of the Md. Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene.
   with confidence. And if we make smart
   choices, the state will be on its way to
   better health outcomes.”
       The health insurance literacy partner-
   ship will release a report early in 2012
   about their next steps.

   Fall 2011 News                                                                                                                   3

    Fighting Childhood Obesity                       Building Aging-Friendly                             scenarios that demonstrate the relation-
    through Improved Nutrition                       Communities                                         ship between health and race, ethnicity,
    & Food Access                                    The Department of Health Services Ad-               and culture and encourage them to explore
    Stephanie Grutzmacher, extension family          ministration’s Center on Aging was named            their own biases and create culturally-sen-
    specialist and faculty research associate in     a member of the Innovations in Aging                sitive models for patient/client assessment
    family science, was invited to participate in    Services Advisory Council, under Mary-              and care.
    the state’s first Summit on Childhood Obe-       land Senate Bill 822, which established the
    sity, organized by the University of Mary-       Maryland Communities for a Lifetime Act.            Promoting Oral Health
    land, Baltimore and the Maryland Depart-         The Maryland Department of Aging is the             The School of Public Health, in partner-
    ment of Health and Mental Hygiene.               lead state agency for this new legislation          ship with the Maryland Dental Action
         Grutzmacher discussed her research          that aims to develop “aging friendly” com-          Coalition (MDAC) and the Santa Fe
    on low-income families’ strategies for           munities throughout the state. This effort is       Group held Maryland’s first Oral Health
    coping with food insecurity as part of a         part of a national trend to increase oppor-         Summit in October. The event celebrated
    panel focused on the variety of ways fam-        tunities for elders to age in their homes and       the state’s many successes in oral health
    ily involvement affects healthy behaviors        communities versus institutional settings.          that have occurred since the tragic death of
    beginning in early childhood. Grutzmacher        Lori Simon-Rusinowitz, associate profes-            12-year old Deamonte Driver in 2007, who
    is involved in several statewide initiatives     sor in health services administration, is           lost his life to a tooth infection that spread
    to address nutrition literacy, food security,    leading various research-based initiatives          to his brain. The program also recognized
    and nutrition assistance and education for       within this national effort to addresses            Maryland oral health heroes and focused
    low-income populations, who are generally        demographic and economic imperatives to             on developing a policy agenda for the
    at higher risk for obesity and other chronic     offer high quality, cost-effective services for     implementation of the first Maryland Oral
    diseases.                                        elders, and honor the strong preferences of         Health Plan 2011-2015. The plan addresses
         With the Maryland Food Supple-              people to remain active in their communi-           three key areas in oral health: access to oral
    ment Nutrition Education, she is leading a       ties at all stages of their lives.                  health care, oral disease and injury preven-
    program to assess the nutrition knowledge,                                                           tion, and oral health literacy and education.
    attitudes, skills, and behaviors of Mary-        Training a “Culturally Competent”                       Alice Horowitz, research associate
    land families eligible for the Supplemental      Healthcare Workforce                                professor with the Hershel S. Horowitz
    Nutrition Assistance Program. She is             Olivia Carter-Pokras, associate professor of        Center for Health Literacy, is chairing the
    also evaluating a targeted nutrition and         epidemiology and biostatistics, and Bonnie          committee developing the model for oral
    physical activity text message program           Braun, professor of family science, are de-         health literacy and education for the state.
    for low-income parents and developing            veloping an integrated cultural competency          Dushanka Kleinman, associate dean for
    a curriculum for parents and child care          and health literacy teaching resource guide,        research, chaired the planning committee
    providers to teach “responsive feeding” of       in partnership with the Maryland Depart-            for the summit. Since 2007, the state has
    preschool-aged children. In partnership          ment of Health and Mental Hygiene’s                 increased access to care for children by
    with Maryland’s Department of Educa-             Office of Minority Health and Health                28 percent, and increased the number of
    tion, she leads a program that is training       Disparities. The primer is being created in         dental providers participating in the Mary-
    elementary school cafeteria workers and          response to legislation introduced by Mary-         land Medicaid Program by 41 percent. The
    administrators in low-cost approaches to         land Delegate Shirley Nathan-Pulliam and            Pew Center on the States, a division of the
    get kids to eat more fruits and vegetables.      passed by the Maryland General Assembly             Pew Charitable Trusts, has also ranked
    Grutzmacher also mentors the university’s        in 2008 and 2009 recommending cultural              Maryland as the top state in the nation for
    Gemstone undergraduate research team,            competency education and training for               meeting the dental needs of children, based
    “Team Food Deserts,” which is conducting         health professionals. The resource guide            on eight key benchmarks.
    a multi-year project examining the avail-        provides tools to help health professionals
    ability of healthy, affordable foods in Prince   assess a patient’s health literacy level and
    George’s County.                                 strategies to overcome low health literacy in
                                                     the clinical setting. It also engages health
                                                     professionals in discussions of real world

4                                                                                                      University of Maryland School of Public Health
School Leads Public Health Impact Study to Inform Design
of New Healthcare System
The School of Public Health (SPH) is play-        sively assess the health needs of county resi-
ing a leading role in assessing the potential     dents and to meet these needs by developing
public health impact of a new health care         an effective, efficient, and financially viable
system. A team of faculty experts, led by         healthcare delivery system. The school was
Professor Dushanka Kleinman, the school’s         asked to conduct the impact study to provide
associate dean for research, is providing the     input into its design.
scientific leadership needed to conduct the           “We are interested in building on the
Public Health Im-                                                              county’s exist-
pact Study of Prince          “WE ARE INTERESTED IN BUILD-                     ing assets and
George’s County, which ING ON THE COUNTY’S EXISTING                            learning from
will begin in early 2012.                                                      the experiences
                              ASSETS AND LEARNING FROM THE
It is one of a series of                                                       of its residents as
assessments laying the        EXPERIENCES OF ITS RESIDENTS...” we conduct this
groundwork for the                                                             assessment.” said
creation of the county’s             — Associate Dean Dushanka V. Kleinman Dr. Kleinman.
new health care system,                                                        In addition the
which will include                                                             study team will be
                                                                                                     Map of Prince George’s County
a new regional medical center, as well as         gathering insights from community leaders               Population Density
a comprehensive outpatient care network           and health professionals, conducting detailed
providing community-based access to high          analyses of existing health and health work-
quality, cost-effective care.                     force data and community resources, devel-
     This fall, Prince George’s County,           oping an econometric model to assess impact
the State of Maryland, the University of          on hospital readmissions and emergency
Maryland Medical System (UMMS), the               department use and looking at strategies
University System of Maryland (USM) and           used by other health care systems to success-
Dimensions Health Corporation signed a            fully improve health outcomes.
Memorandum of Understanding to launch                 Findings from the Public Health Impact
an initiative to strategically and comprehen-     Study should be available in Spring 2012.

    Public Health Impact Study Participating Faculty Members

    LINDA ALDOORY, director, Horowitz Center for Health Literacy
    BRAD BOEKELOO, director, University of Maryland Prevention Research Center
    RADA DAGHER, assistant professor, Health Services Administration (HSA)
    ROBERT S. GOLD, dean, School of Public Health
    ALICE M. HOROWITZ, research assoc. professor, Horowitz Center for Health Literacy
    DUSHANKA V. KLEINMAN, associate dean for research, SPH
    MEI-LING TING LEE, chair, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
    KAROLINE MORTENSEN, assistant professor, HSA
    WESLEY H. QUEEN, coordinator, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute on Public Policy, HSA
    SANDRA CROUSE QUINN, associate dean for public health initiatives, SPH
    ELLIOT A. SEGAL, professor of the practice, HSA
    LORI SIMON-RUSINOWITZ, associate professor, HSA
    STEPHEN B. THOMAS, director, Maryland Center for Health Equity
    MIN QI WANG, professor, Department of Behavioral and Community Health
    LAURA WILSON, associate dean for academic affairs and chair, HSA

 Fall 2011 News                                                                                                                      5
                        Poultry Farms that Go                                 Non-Alcoholic Energy Drinks May Pose ‘High’
                         Organic Have Fewer Drug-                             Health Risks
                           Resistant Bacteria
                                                                              Research by Amelia Arria, director of the Center on Young Adult
                               Research by Amy Sapkota, assistant             Health and Development, and professor of family science, on the
                             professor in the Maryland Institute for          possible health and safety effects of alcoholic energy drinks led
                           Applied Environmental Health, showed               state and federal officials to ban premixed alcoholic energy drinks
                         that poultry farms that adopt organic                in late 2010. In a commentary in the Journal of the American
                      practices and cease using antibiotics have              Medical Association in January 2011, Arria and Wake Forest’s
significantly lower levels of drug-resistant enterococci bacteria             Mary Claire O’Brien, MD, suggested that even highly-caffeinated
that can potentially spread to humans. The study, published                   energy drinks containing no alcohol pose a significant threat to
in Environmental Health Perspectives (online August 10, 2011),                individuals and public health because they are often consumed
is the first to demonstrate lower levels of drug-resistant bacteria           along with alcoholic beverages, can spur over-consumption and
on newly organic farms in the United States and suggests that                 amplify the dangers of getting drunk. They recommended im-
removing antibiotic use from large-scale poultry farms can result             mediate consumer action, patient education by health providers,
in immediate and significant reductions in antibiotic resistance              voluntary disclosures by manufacturers and new federal labeling
for some bacteria. Sapkota continues research on the impact of                requirements to mitigate the risk. They also urged more research
the use of antibiotics in conventional animal food production and             to understand how caffeine’s neuropharmacologic effects might
is studying how the removal of antibiotics impacts levels of other            play a role in the propensity for addiction. Arria’s NIH-funded
bacterial pathogens, including salmonella and E.coli.                         College Life Study is examining the long term effects of a broad
                                                                              range of health-related behaviors of college students including
New Insights into Human Balance Could                                         illicit drug use, problematic drinking, nonmedical use of pre-
Help Parkinson’s Patients and the Elderly                                     scription drugs, nutritional habits, physical activity, health care
                                                                              utilization, and involvement in high-risk behaviors, such as drunk
Research by John Jeka, professor in the Department of Kinesiol-               driving, risky sex, and violence.
ogy, provides new information about how the nervous system
works to stabilize the body during standing and walking, and                  Study Finds Hispanics Were Higher Risk for
offers a new method to decipher the underlying causes of balance              2009’s H1N1 Flu, Urges Sick Leave Policies
problems. The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience
                                                                              Research led by Sandra Crouse Quinn, senior associate director
(October 17, 2011), was the first to successfully isolate compo-
                                                                              of the Maryland Center for Health Equity and associate dean,
nents of the body’s balance control system without removing
                                                                              showed that Hispanics were at higher risk for H1N1 flu during
them entirely, and offers great promise to improve treatments for
                                                                              the 2009 pandemic. By surveying a nationally representative sam-
the elderly, those with Parkinson’s disease, and others suffering
                                                                              ple of 2,079 adults in January 2010, the research team discovered
from neurological diseases that affect balance. Jeka and his team,
                                                                              that incidence of influenza-like illness was strongly associated
which includes neuroscientists, bioengineers, mathematicians
                                                                              with workplace policies, such as lack of access to sick leave, and
and physical therapists, devised a way to break into the nervous
                                                                                             structural factors, such as having more children
system’s control loop by simultaneously
                                                                                                      and crowding in the household. Even after
perturbing the body’s sensory systems.
                                                                                                        controlling for income and education,
“By using multiple perturbations at
                                                                                                        the researchers found that Hispanic
the same time, we can essentially open
                                                                                                        ethnicity was related to a greater risk
up the postural control feedback loop,”
                                                                                                        of influenza-like illness attributable
Jeka explains. Future studies are being
                                                                                                        to these social determinants. Quinn
planned with Parkinson’s patients in
                                                                                                         and colleagues urge federal sick leave
conjunction with the Parkinson’s and
                                                                                                         mandates to minimize health disparities
Movement Disorders Center of Mary-
                                                                                                         during flu pandemics.
land, based in Elkridge.

             Breaking into the Control Loop: Participants in Jeka’s study were put in a space surrounded
             by three walls with a projected virtual visual scene. Belts attached to a motor were placed
             around each participant’s waist and shoulders to gently jiggle their legs and trunk.
6                                                                                                          University of Maryland School of Public Health
Professor Donald Milton, director of the            Pam Clark, professor of behavioral and               that exercise training plays in lowering
Maryland Institute for Applied Environ-             community health, received $405,000                  cardiovascular disease risk by reducing the
mental Health (MIAEH), received $1.4                for a two-year R21 grant from the Na-                presence of these endothelial progenitor
million as part of a $10.8 million Centers          tional Institute on Drug Abuse to study              cells which can differentiate into cells that
for Disease Control and Prevention grant            the impact of electronic nicotine delivery           line the blood vessels.
to the University of Nottingham, UK for             systems (known as electronic cigarettes) on
a collaborative project to study modes of           smoking cessation.                                   Espen Spangenburg, assistant professor
influenza transmission. His research team                                                                of kinesiology, received a $360,658 grant
will study 200 flu-infected UMD college             Cheryl Holt, associate professor of behav-           from the National Institute of Arthritis
students using a new technology he devel-           ioral and community health, received $3.1            and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases to
oped which can characterize the infectious          million from the National Cancer Institute           study “The Role of BRCA1 in the Regu-
respiratory droplets shed by a sick person.         to help African-American churches launch             lation of Lipid Metabolism in Skeletal
                                                    her evidence-based intervention                      Muscle” which will investigate the physi-
Robin Puett, associate professor in the             programs to promote early detection of               ological consequences of the loss of ovarian
Maryland Institute for Applied Environ-             breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers in          hormones associated with menopause on
mental Health, received $2 mil-                                                                               women’s health. With co-investigator
lion from the National Institute of                                                                           Rosemary Schuh of the University of
Environmental Health Sciences to                                                                              Maryland, Baltimore Spangenburg
study the effects of ambient air pollu-                                                                       will use the information to create new
tion exposures on inflammation and                                                                            interventions. Spangenburg also re-
sub-clinical cardiovascular disease                                                                           ceived an NIH grant (via Johns Hop-
among children and youth with                                                                                 kins University) to investigate the role
type 1 diabetes in a geographically,                                                                          of estrogens in the regulation of lipid
racially, and ethnically diverse co-                                                                          metabolism and glucose handling
hort. Understanding the role of these                                                                         and to develop interventions that help
environmental pollutants in this sus-                                                                         maintain the endocrine function of
ceptible population has the potential                                                                         the ovaries for women going through
to impact treatment approaches and                                                                            treatment for estrogen positive cancers
behavioral recommendations.                                                                                   or the onset of menopause.

Stacey Daughters, assistant professor                                                                             Karoline Mortensen, assistant
                                           The Word of Health: Cheryl Holt’s work with health ministries in
of behavioral and community health, African-American churches has attracted $5 million in grants from             professor of Health Services Adminis-
received $412,500 from the National the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute.                tration, is co-principal investigator on
Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for                                                                                an R21 grant funded by the NIH-
an R21 two-year grant to study the neural        Prince George’s County. Holt’s projects                    National Institute of Child Health and
correlates of distress tolerance among           were the focus of a Fall 2011 Terp maga-                   Human Development to examine the ef-
cocaine users and healthy controls using         zine article, “Words of Life: Researcher                   fects of changes in Medicaid physician fees
functional magnetic resonance imaging            Spreads the Gospel of Cancer Prevention.”                  and copayments on access, use and costs of
(fMRI). The study will examine whether           Visit for details on her                   preventive care. The research findings have
specific brain circuits are associated with      community-based projects.                                  direct implications for predicting the vari-
the ability to regulate emotion and how                                                                     ous effects that the Patient Protection and
this relates to the likelihood of developing     James Hagberg, professor, and co-inves-                    Affordable Care Act will have on Medicaid
drug dependence. Daughters also has a            tigator Espen Spangenburg, assistant                       enrollees. This study is conducted with
five-year $1.8 million R01 grant from the        professor, both in kinesiology, received a                 Adam Atherly at the Colorado School of
NIDA to study “Depression Treatment for          $373,700 grant from the National Insti-                    Public Health.
Urban Low Income Minority Substance              tutes of Health for the project, “Transla-
Users.”                                          tional Studies of Endothelial Progenitor
                                                 Cells as a Novel Cardiovascular Disease
                                                 Risk Factor.” The study explores the role

Fall 2011 News                                                                                                                                          7
                             Linda Aldoory,             based on the research study. Braun was       Eva Chin, assistant professor of kine-
                               endowed chair and        recognized for her leadership as the first   siology, received a 2011 UMCP-UMB
                                 director of the        director of the Horowitz Center for          Seed Grant for a study of “The Role of
                                   Horowitz Center      Health Literacy at a special reception in    Skeletal Muscle Glycoproteins in Insulin
                                    for Health Lit-     December.                                    Resistance in Type 2 Diabetes.” She will
                                   eracy, was invited                                                work with University of Maryland Bal-
                                 to participate in a    Elizabeth (Betty) Brown, instruc-            timore’s Andy Goldberg, MD, on this
                               special panel, Science   tor of kinesiology, was honored as the       human muscle proteomics project.
                             in Our Lives, as part      MVP (Most Valuable Professor) by the
                           of the university’s launch   Maryland Men’s Soccer team at a special      Norman Epstein, professor of family
         of the Future of Information Alliance          halftime ceremony in recognition of          science, was recognized as a pioneer of
         (FIA). The FIA will explore, in a broadly      her longstanding support for the team’s      family therapy by the American Associa-
         interdisciplinary way, the potential of        student-athletes.                            tion for Marriage and Family Therapy
         information to inspire innovation and                                                       Family Therapy (AAMFT) for his for-
         change lives. Aldoory shared case stud-        Mia Smith Bynum, associate professor         mative influence in cognitive behavioral
         ies of effective health campaigns and          of family science, received the University   therapy. The Family Therapy Genogram,
         insights about the power of information        of Maryland Ronald E. McNair Mentor          AAMFT’s historical family tree of “the
         technology to address health disparities.      of the Year Award (2011-12). Dr. Smith       most influential leaders in the couples
                                                        Bynum was nominated by her mentee            and family therapy field,” lists Dr.
         Elaine Anderson, professor and chair           and McNair Scholar, Dara Winley, for         Epstein’s research and implementation
         of the Department of Family Science,           the superior mentorship she provided         of Cognitive and Behavioral Couple and
         became the president of the National           during the six-week-long McNair Sum-         Family Therapies as a major contribution
         Council on Family Relations (NCFR)             mer Research Institute.                      to this treatment modality and to the
         Executive Board on November 18.                                                             field of marriage and family therapy in
         Anderson will lead NCFR in its mission         Olivia Carter-Pokras,                            the 1990s.
                            to foster dialogue          associate professor of
                            among family profes-        epidemiology and bio-                                 Michael Friedman, research
                            sionals for the benefit     statistics, contributed                              assistant professor in kinesiology,
                            of understanding and        expertise to a recent                                co-authored a working paper
                            strengthening fami-         Institute of Medicine                                with Dennis Coates, professor
                            lies. Leigh Leslie,         (IOM) consensus                                     of economics at UMBC, about
                            associate professor of      report, “Relieving                                  the impact of the 2011 Grand
                            family science, also        Pain in America:                                    Prix race on Baltimore’s economy.
                            assumed an elected          A Blueprint for                                    They concluded that the economic
                            position as confer-         Transforming                                       impact was vastly smaller than the
                            ence program chair          Prevention, Care,                                  projections by the event’s promoter,
                            of the 2012 NCFR            Education, and                                     Baltimore Racing Development,
                           annual conference in         Research.” Carter-Pokras is a                     and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie
                           Phoenix, Ariz.               member of the IOM Committee on Ad-           Rawlings-Blake. After analyzing data
                                                        vancing Pain Research, Care, and Edu-        collected through surveys with race at-
         Bonnie Braun, professor of family              cation. The group concluded that at least    tendees during the Labor Day weekend
         science, is co-author of two new book          116 million adult Americans experience       event, Friedman and Coates estimate
         chapters in Rural Families and Work:           chronic pain each year, costing the          that the race generated about $25 mil-
         Context and Problems (Bauer and Dolan,         nation between $560 and $635 billion         lion in economic activity —far below
         2011). Braun’s chapters arose out of           annually. The committee’s report says        the $70 million promised by event pro-
         more than 10 years of research with            that much of this pain is preventable or     moters —and that most of that money
         her “Rural Families Speak” team on a           could be better managed and called for       would have been spent in and around
         multi-state study of the lives of rural,       coordinated national efforts to trans-       Baltimore anyway for tourism related to
         low-income, Appalachian mothers.               form how we understand and approach          the holiday weekend. Their analysis was
         Braun also penned a drama, “Livin’ on          pain management and prevention.              widely covered by the news media.
         Life’s Byways: Rural Mothers Speak,”                                                        Three School of Public Health faculty

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  Faculty&StaffNews cont.
  members received scholarship awards from
  the Graduate School. Kinesiology Assistant
  Professors Shannon Jette and J. Carson
  Smith received Research and Scholarship
  Awards for Summer 2012. Kevin Roy, as-
  sociate professor of family science, received
  a Semester Research and Scholarship Award
  for 2012-2013. These awards are designed
  to support faculty research and encourage
  the involvement of a graduate student or
  students in the funded project in a mentor-
  ing relationship.

  Bradley Hatfield, chair of the Department               Gold Named President of the Society for Public Health Education
  of Kinesiology, was invited to be this year’s
  Pease Family Scholar at the Iowa State                  Robert S. Gold, dean of the School of Public Health, was installed as president of the
  University’s Department of Kinesiology                  Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) at the organization’s annual meeting
  and gave a special lecture on the positive ef-          on October 30, 2011. Dean Gold’s career in public health began as a health educator,
  fect of physical activity on the aging brain,           so it is fitting that he now leads SOPHE, an independent professional association for
  including the prevention of Alzheimer’s
                                                          health education professionals and students throughout the United States and 25
  disease. Hatfield also presented a lecture
                                                          international countries. For more than 60 years, SOPHE has promoted healthy be-
  on “Physical Activity, Health, and Neuro-
                                                          haviors, healthy communities, and healthy environments through its membership, its
  psychological Behavior: Connecting Basic
                                                          network of local chapters, and its numerous partnerships with other organizations.
  Research with Important Social Issues” at
                                                          Pictured (l to r): Wilma M. Robinson, assistant secretary for planning and evaluation, Office of Health Policy, US Dept.
  the 2011 National Academy of Kinesiology                of Health and Human Services (HHS), Dan Perales, professor, San Jose State University, and SOPHE’s immediate past
  Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.                   president; Kathleen Sebelius, secretary, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services; Bob Gold, professor and dean, SOPHE
                                                          President; Elaine Auld, chief executive officer, SOPHE

  Xin He, assistant professor, and Mei-Ling
  Ting Lee, professor of epidemiology and              Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Im-                   its most cited authors over the past 10 years.
  biostatistics, received funding from the             munology in the Department of Medicine
  Center of Excellence in Health IT Re-                at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.                   Dushanka Kleinman, associate dean for
  search Seed Grant Program for their study                                                                        research and professor of epidemiology and
  “Investigating Disparity of Bone Health by           Jenny Roche Hodgson, undergradu-                            biostatistics, was honored with the Callah-
  Integrating Bone Mineral Density Data.”              ate program director and advisor in the                     an Memorial Award from the Ohio Dental
  The project team also includes Marc C.               Department of Behavioral and Community                      Association, a recognition presented to a
  Hochberg, MD, MPH, who heads the                     Health, received the 2011 Outstanding                       person whose hard work, dedication and
                                                       Academic Advisor Award and a $1000 prize                    genius have improved the level of the oral
                                                       from the Maryland Parents Association.                      health of the public. Kleinman’s research
                                                       Hodgson was nominated by undergraduate                      has included epidemiologic studies of
                                                       student and advisee Carolina Andrade de                     dental, oral and craniofacial diseases, oral
                                                       Aguiar. Hodgson advises majors, facili-                     cancer and HIV-related conditions.
                                                       tates new and transfer student orientation
                                                       programs, and works with UMD students                       Sunmin Lee, assistant professor of epide-
                                                       interested in changing their major to com-                  miology and biostatistics, received the Out-
                                                       munity health.                                              standing Poster Presentation Award at the
                                                                                                                   2011 Cancer Health Disparities Program
                                                       Sandra Hofferth, professor of family sci-                   Meeting sponsored by the National Cancer
                                                       ence and director of the Maryland Popula-                   Institute for the poster “What is Lacking
   Jenny Roche Hodgson (center), with Agatha           tion Research Center, was recognized by                     in Patient-Physician Communication: from
 Johnson (left) from the Parent Advisory Council       the Journal of Marriage and Family as one of                Asian American Cancer Survivors’ and
and Brian Watkins (right), director of the Office of
            Parent and Family Affairs.

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Faculty&StaffNews continued
Oncologists’ Perspectives.” Lu Chen and         ing Conference, and the Lilly-DC meeting       change.
Lynn Scully (epidemiology and biostatistics     on Teaching and Learning. Roy also co-
students) were co-authors.                      authored the forthcoming book Nurturing        Assistant Professor Jae Shim and Professor
                                                                    Dads: Fatherhood           Ben Hurley, both in kinesiology, received
Catherine Maybury, fac-                                             Initiatives Beyond the     a grant from the Maryland Industrial Part-
ulty research assistant with the                                    Wallet, with William       nerships and Leadership Health LLC for
Herschel S. Horowitz Center                                         Marsiglio (published       their project “Translation of Kinesiology in
for Health Literacy, received                                       by Russell Sage Foun-      Preventive Medicine,” which aims to reduce
the 2011 Anthony Westwater                                          dation, NY, due out        the burden of chronic disease through the
Jong Memorial Community                                             January 2012).             development of an electronic personal-
Dental Health Post-professional                                                                ized evidence-based exercise prescription
Award on October 31. She was                                          Brit Saksvig, research   program.
recognized for her outstand-                                          assistant professor
ing community-based research                                          in epidemiology and      Sacoby Wilson, assistant professor with
project in oral health, “Survey of                                    biostatistics, and De-   the Maryland Institute for Applied En-
Maryland Dentists’ Knowledge,                                         nise Lynch, principal    vironmental Health, participated in the
Opinions and Practices about                                          of Bradbury Heights      symposium, “A Tribute to King’s Dream:
Oral Cancer Prevention and                                            Elementary School,       Environmental Justice and Environmental-
Early Detection.”                                                     have been awarded        ism in the 21st Century,” at Howard Uni-
                                                a UMD-PRC Seed Money grant for the             versity in August. Sponsored by the Alpha
Kevin Roy, associate professor of family        study “Mobilizing Elementary School Par-       Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (of which Wilson
science, was selected as a 2011-2012 Lilly      ent Networks for Obesity Prevention.” The      is a member), the symposium coincided
Fellow by the Center for Teaching Excel-        study will investigate the feasibility of an   with the dedication of the Martin Luther
lence and the Office of Undergraduate           approach to engage parents in school-based     King, Jr. National Memorial. He spoke
Studies. Roy will provide guidance in the       obesity prevention interventions using         about King’s legacy as it relates to struggles
implementation of the Scholarship in Prac-      social network and formative assessment        for environmental justice.
tice category of the new general education      methods to identify parent networks and
program and participate in the University       explore how parents can be motivated to
of Maryland’s 2012 Innovations in Teach-        activate their networks for environmental

Military Families Internship                                                                   for military families. Prevention and inter-
Launches this Spring                                                                           vention services that address the strengths
                                                                                               and needs of the military population are
The Department of Family Science will                                                          so critical, and this internship will prepare
launch the new Military Families Intern-                                                       future public health professionals to work
ship program in Spring 2012. Under the                                                         in this area.”
direction of Professor Sally Koblinsky                                                             Twenty students from the Depart-
and Undergraduate Coordinator Zainab                                                           ments of Family Science and Behavioral
Okolo, students will serve in organizations                                                    and Community Health will participate
across the state that support the health and                                                   in the first class, and others are already
well-being of military service members,                                                        on a waitlist for Fall 2012. To be eligible,
veterans and their families. The intern-                                                       students must complete courses in family
ship will provide a unique opportunity to                                                      science and health and human service
                                                “When men and women serve our country,         delivery, as well as an online Military
receive training to help military members
                                                their families also serve,” said Koblinsky,    OneSource course on military culture and
and their families deal with deployments,
                                                professor of family science. “The stress of    military life.
re-entry to civilian life, access to services
                                                multiple deployments has created emotion-
and benefits, and related challenges.
                                                al, health, parenting and other challenges

10                                                                                             University of Maryland School of Public Health
Teaching&LearningInitiatives continued
                                                                                                   Study Global Health in
Kinesiology’s Oliveira Develops                 tics. Elective courses and rotations with
                                                                                                   Northern India
“Blended Learning” Course                       faculty field studies and laboratories will
Marcio Oliveira, research assistant profes-     offer students the background and tools
                                                                                                   Lis Maring, faculty research associate
sor and assistant chair in kinesiology, was     needed to specialize within the broad
                                                                                                   in family science, Mili Duggal, maternal
selected to participate in a new campus         area of environmental public health.
                                                                                                   and child health doctoral student, and
initiative to develop innovative “blended       Students will pursue dissertation research
                                                                                                   Heather Stone, MPH graduate student
learning” opportunities for students. With      in a range of areas of faculty expertise in-
                                                                                                   (epidemiology and biostatistics) and
funding from the Office of the Senior Vice      cluding: environmental justice; molecular
                                                                                                   course creator, led a three-credit study
President and Provost, he will redesign         epidemiology; environmental impacts on
                                                                                                   abroad course in Global Health and
and implement blended learning strate-          risks for infectious disease; and health ef-
                                                                                                   Development in Manali, India in Summer
gies into KNES 370: Motor Development.          fects of air and water pollution, the built
                                                                                                   2011, along with Judy Stone, MD, a physi-
The course will involve a combination of        environment and climate change.
                                                                                                   cian specializing in infectious diseases.
face-to-face and online interactions, built                                                        The leadership team guided 14 under-
on a rich collaboration environment that        Kinesiology Offers New Phys Ed
                                                                                                   graduate students through a learning
includes a variety of information sources       Master’s Certification                             experience in Northern India where they
including multimedia data, social technolo-     The Department of Kinesiology launched
                                                                                                   had the opportunity to experience first-
gies, simulations, and visualizations for in-   the Master’s Certification Program in
                                                                                                   hand the health and development issues
dividual and collaborative learning and for     Physical Education this fall. It offers a
                                                                                                   facing resource-constrained communi-
team projects. He will also participate in a    master’s degree with specialist teaching
                                                                                                   ties, including the impact of widespread
corps of Blended Learning Faculty Fellows,      certification in physical education and
                                                                                                   tuberculosis infections. Participants
who will serve as the initial resource and      is designed to be completed within 13
                                                                                                   were challenged to engage in cross-
catalyst for technology-based instructional     months of graduating with an undergrad-
                                                                                                   cultural dialogue, and to think critically
innovations on campus.                          uate degree in kinesiology. It is designed
                                                                                                   about solutions to health and develop-
                                                for students who wish to teach physical
                                                                                                   ment challenges. Maring and Duggal will
MIAEH Offers Toxicology &                       education, coach K-12 students or work
                                                                                                   lead the course again in Summer 2012.
Environmental Health Doctoral                   in a variety of afterschool/community
                                                                                                   The program is relevant for students in
Program in Fall 2012                            programs.
                                                                                                   the biomedical sciences, allied health
                                                                                                   professions, social sciences, and public
The Maryland Institute for Applied                                                                 health and is also applicable to students
Environmental Health                                                                               interested in cross-cultural contexts and
is the new co-sponsor of                                                                           international studies.
the doctoral program in
toxicology and envi-
ronmental health track
within the University
of Maryland System-
Wide Graduate Program
in Toxicology and is
accepting applications from
students for Fall 2012 admis-
sion. Students who enroll will receive
their degree through the University of
Maryland, College Park, but have access to
resources and participating faculty mem-
bers from several participating University
System of Maryland campuses. Students
will master an essential core of knowledge
in toxicology and environmental and occu-
pational health, epidemiology and biostatis-
                                                                                               Kelly Protzko, a senior kinesiology major, takes a girl’s
                                                                                               pulse in the remote Himalayan Jibhi village.
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New Faculty
Department of Family Science                                          MD Institute for Applied Environmental Health
                Assistant Professor Marion Moser-Jones                                        Assistant Professor Paul Turner studies
                  studies the history of American health policy                                 the role of fungal toxins (mycotoxins, or
                    and human services delivery, the science                                       molds) in the development of chronic
                       and social context of disasters, and science                                  disease. He is studying how the
                       policy and communication. Her research                                         aflatoxin mold, present in up to 25
                      has explored how natural disasters, such                                      percent of the world’s food supply,
                    as hurricanes, have had a disproportional                                     is involved in liver cancer risk and
                 impact on black and poor communities.                                          contributes to growth faltering, immune
                Moser-Jones comes to UMD from the faculty of                                  suppression, and childhood morbidity and
the Virginia Commonwealth University.                                 mortality in developing countries. Turner is developing interven-
                                                                      tions to restrict exposure to vulnerable groups, and working to
Department of Kinesiology                                             understand the impact of climate change on levels of toxin expo-
              Assistant Professor Carson Smith studies                sure. He comes to UMD from the Molecular Epidemiology Unit,
                how exercise and physical activity affect brain       University of Leeds, UK.
                  function and mental health. He is explor-
                    ing how exercise could delay the onset of                                Assistant Professor Robin Puett studies the
                     Alzheimer’s disease and protect against                                   relationship between ambient air pollution
                    age-related cognitive decline. He also                                        exposures and chronic disease (i.e., car-
                  examines how exercise may alter emotions                                          diovascular disease and diabetes) and
                and cognitive function among patients with                                          mortality. Her research examines ad-
              anxiety and/or mood disorders. Smith comes to                                        ditional health outcomes (e.g., cognitive
UMD from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.                                                  impacts and breast cancer), the biological
                                                                                              pathways involved, and important potential
Assistant Professor Shannon Jette studies socio-cultural influ-                             modifiers of these relationships, such as diet
                  ences on physical activity, health, and the         and physical activity. She addresses health disparities associated
                    female body. She is examining exercise and        with neighborhood and built environment factors that influence
                      nutrition advice given to pregnant women        physical activity, obesity, and chronic diseases. Puett comes to
                        and exploring how women of differing          UMD from the faculty of the University of South Carolina.
                        socio-cultural backgrounds understand
                       and experience health, physical activity                             Assistant Professor Sacoby Wilson’s
                     and pregnancy weight gain. She comes to                                  research focuses on environmental justice,
                   UMD from Concordia University’s Simone de                                    environmental health, environmental
                 Beauvoir Institute.                                                               health disparities, built environment,
                                                                                                   community-driven research, and
Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy                                                  spatio-temporal exposure assessment. He
                 Associate Professor Linda Aldoory is the                                     has worked extensively with community-
                  Endowed Chair and Director of the Herschel                                based organizations in Michigan, North
                     S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy.                              Carolina, and South Carolina. Wilson is chair
                       Her research focuses on health campaigns       of the national green initiative of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity
                        and their effects on diverse audiences and    and sits on the board of the Community-Campus Partnerships for
                      risk communication targeted at women            Health. He comes to UMD from the faculty of the University of
                    and adolescents. She is the former director       South Carolina.
                  of the university’s Center for Communication,
                 Health and Risk.

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    Family Science doctoral student Amanda                   student, kinesiology) were elected to serve               Family Therapy. Awardees are selected
    Berger received the 2011 University of                   during the chapter’s first full year at this              based on their promise in and commitment
    Maryland Graduate Student Distin-                        meeting.                                                  to a career in marriage and family therapy
    guished Service Award. The recognition                                                                             and family therapy education, research or
    celebrates graduate students who have                    Kinesiology graduate students Shikha                      practice.
    made outstanding contributions to the                    Prashad and Quinjian Chen were selected
    university community in the areas of                     as CTE International Teaching Fellows for                 Health Services Administration doctoral
    scholarship, leadership, involvement, and                2011-2012. This program pairs internation-                student Kathleen Ruben was awarded
    service. Amanda is a Center for Teaching                 al graduate teaching assistants with faculty              a fellowship from Grantmakers in Ag-
    Excellence (CTE) Lilly Fellow and past                   mentors to assist them in their profession-               ing (GIA), an organization representing
    recipient of CTE’s Outstanding Teaching                  alization as teachers and future faculty.                 philanthropic giving in the field of aging. It
    Assistant Award. She has been active in                                                                            selects a small group of fellows identified as
    family science as president of the Maryland              Kinesiology doctoral student Matt Miller                  future leaders in the field of aging research.
    Council on Family Relations and campus-                  (advisor: Dr. Bradley Hatfield) and Family                Kathy attended the GIA Annual Meet-
    wide by serving on the University Senate                 Science doctoral student Katie Hrapczyn-                  ing in October, and gave a presentation
    and numerous committees, including the                   ski (advisor: Leigh Leslie) were selected                 entitled “Identifying the Training Needs
    Provost’s Academic Planning Advisory                     to be 2011-2012 Graduate Lilly Fellows.                   of Family Decision-Making Partners of
    Committee. Amanda successfully defended                  The CTE-Lilly Graduate Teaching Fellow                    People with Dementia in a Participant-
    her dissertation, “Longitudinal Effects of               program is co-sponsored and funded by the                 Directed Program.” Her fellowship project
    Mother-Daughter Relationships on Young                   Graduate School to support the profes-                    is a joint effort between the University of
    Women’s Sexual Risk-Taking Behaviors,”                   sional development of graduate students.                  Maryland and Boston College.
    and will graduate this spring.                           The program is modeled after the very
                                                             successful CTE-Lilly Fellows program for                  Kinesiology doctoral students Katie Jack-
    The Gamma Zeta chapter of Delta Omega,                   faculty that has been in existence for nearly             son, Sohit Karol, Ronald Mower, Hyuk
    the honorary society for graduate students               two decades.                                              Oh, Alessandro Presacco, and Bartlett
    in public health, held its first meeting on                                                                        Russell received 2011 Summer Research
    Wednesday, November 9, 2011. President                   Couple and family therapy masters’                        Fellowships from the Graduate School.
    Rachel Rosenberg Goldstein (Ph.D.                        students BreAnna Davis and John Hart                      These fellowships provide support to out-
    student epidemiology/Maryland Insti-                     received 2011 Marriage and Family                         standing mid-career doctoral students in
    tute for Applied Environmental Health)                   Therapy Minority Fellowships from the                     the period before, during, or after achieve-
    and President-Elect Davi Mazala (Ph.D.                   American Association for Marriage and                     ment of candidacy. Awards are intended to

Celebrating Our 2011-2012 Merrill Presidential Scholars and Mentors

Undergraduate Kinesiology students Christopher Day and Kelly Protzko and Family Science student Nkemka Anyiwo were named 2011-2012
Merrill Presidential Scholars. The Merrill Presidential Scholars Program honors the University of Maryland’s most successful seniors and their
designated university faculty and K-12 teachers for their mentorship. Day honored his high school principal, David Steinberg, and kinesiology
Instructor Susan Kogut. Protzko honored her high school science teacher, Craig McLeod, and kinesiology Associate Professor Stephen Roth.
Anyiwo honored Otis Harris, her teacher and director of the Kings and Queens program at Martin Luther King Middle School in Beltsville, Md.,
and Kim Nickerson, assistant dean of diversity for the School of Public Health and the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Pictured (l to r): Susan Kogut, Christopher Day, Otis Harris, Nkemka Anyiwo, Kim Nickerson, Stephen Roth, Kelly Protzko,Craig McLeod

    Fall 2011 News                                                                                                                                                 13
                                             StudentNews continued
                                             enable students to prepare for or complete     the College Park Scholars Outstand-
                                             a key benchmark in their program’s             ing Citizenship Award at their annual
                                             requirements. Summer Research Fellow-          Citation Awards Ceremony. The award
                                             ships carry stipends of $5,000.                honored her involvement in the Inter-
                                                                                            national Studies College Park Scholars
                                             Kinesiology doctoral student Ronald            Model United Nations and College Park
                                             Mower, who is in the physical cultural         Scholars Ambassadors programs. Kwok
                                             studies program (advisor: David An-            mentored newly admitted scholars and
                                             drews) received the Dr. James W. Longest       was a student leader for Scholars Ser-
                                             Memorial Award for Social Science              vice days. She is a Resident Assistant in
                                             Research, which supports research with         Centreville Hall, which is involved in the
                                             potential benefits for small and/or disad-     Scholars program.
                                             vantaged communities.
                                                                                            Kinesiology undergraduate
                                             Kinesiology doctoral students Brian            research assistant Andrea
                                             Baum and Sohit Karol received Ann G.           Tian (pictured right), who
                                             Wylie Dissertation Fellowships. These          works in the Neuromechanics
                                             one-semester awards support outstand-          Lab, was awarded a Howard
                                             ing doctoral students who are in the final     Hughes Medical Institute
                                             stages of writing their dissertation.          (HHMI) undergraduate
                                                                                            research fellowship and a
                                             Veronica Kwok, an undergraduate                Maryland Summer Scholars
                                             double major in community health               fellowship.
                                             and psychology, was recognized with

Iron Woman Wohlers Leads
Double Life as Researcher and
World Class Athlete

Kinesiology doctoral student Lindsay
Wohlers (M.S. ’09), competed in her
fourth Ironman World Championship
race in October 2011, finishing tenth
in her age group in the triathlon which
takes the world’s top athletes through a
grueling course in Kona, Hawaii. Wohlers       School of Public Health graduate students Allison Lilly (MPH student, environ-
works in the lab of Assistant Professor        mental health sciences), Lauren Messina (Ph.D. student, family science), and Ra-
Espen Spangenburg, studying the link           chel Rosenberg Goldstein (Ph.D. student, epidemiology and environmental health
between the hormonal changes associ-           sciences) are among the leadership team for the university’s Public Health Garden
ated with menopause, hysterectomy              (PHG), a student teaching and community garden demonstrating sustainable agri-
and some breast cancer treatments and          culture and environmental best practices in support of public, environmental and
women’s risk of developing diabetes and        community health. Among their first year accomplishments, the PHG team fin-
heart disease. She trains about 22 hours       ished construction of the ADA-accessible upper terrace which will allow staff and
each week, often sneaking in a run, ride       visitors to enjoy the garden and hosted several activities and workshops including
or swim while lab experiments are run-         “How to Build a Salad Table,” Gardening 101, yoga in the garden, and a Harvest
ning. She will complete her doctorate this     Festival on World Food Day. The hard work of PHG staff and volunteers in cultivat-
spring.                                        ing the garden paid off in a bounty of produce throughout the year. Visit their blog
                                               and see what they harvested at

   14                                                                                     University of Maryland School of Public Health
SPH ResearchCenters

Maryland Center for Health Equity
The Maryland Center for Health Equity (M-CHE) celebrated
its one-year anniversary at the University of Maryland School
of Public Health in November with an open house attended by
more than100 guests. The event was hosted by Director Stephen
B. Thomas and attended by friends, colleagues, and several uni-
versity and state leaders, including Bob Gold, SPH dean; Patrick
O’Shea, UMD Vice President for Research; Brodie Remington,
UMD Vice President for University Relations; Shirley Nathan-
Pulliam, Maryland state delegate; William Coleman, scientific
director for the National Institute of Minority Health and
Health Disparities; and Renee Cohen, representative for Senator
Ben Cardin.
     Over the course of its first year, M-CHE has played a leader-
ship role in several conferences and events focused on health
disparities and public health, and continued to build relation-
                                                                      The M-CHE Celebrates its One-Year Anniversary (from left to right):
ships with local and national partners with whom it is working        Associate Directors Mary A. Garza and James Butler III, Center Coordina-
to eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity for all     tor Marquita D. Cobb, Scientific Writer Erica Casper, Project Director Susan
                                                                      Passmore, Director Stephen B. Thomas, Associate Director Craig S. Fryer, Post-
Marylanders.                                                          Doctoral Fellow Natasha Brown, and Senior Associate Director Sandra C. Quinn
                                                                      (behind Natasha).
Some highlights of M-CHE’s work over the past year include:

•	   24 journal articles published in 2010-2011
•	   Thomas and Quinn presented research from their Building
     Trust between Minorities and Researchers project at the
     FDA Conference Dialogues on Diversifying Clinical Trials:
     Successful Strategies for Engaging Women and Minorities
•	   At Maryland’s Eighth Annual Health Disparities Con-                            The Maryland Center for Health Equity (M-CHE),
     ference, co-sponsored by the school, Thomas delivered the                      in partnership with the University Library System,
     inaugural address of the Shirley Nathan-Pulliam Health                         University of Pittsburgh, is sponsoring the Minor-
     Equity Lecture Series                                                          ity Health and Health Equity Archive, an electronic
                                                                                    repository of materials in the fields of minority health
•	   At the National Cancer Institute’s Health Disparities
                                                                                    and health disparities research and policy.
     Interest Group, Thomas led the seminar Less Talk, More
                                                                                        The archive is a free resource to the public,
     Action.                                                                        academic scholars, and health science researchers
•	   Dr. Thomas co-hosted the campus-wide UMD First Year                            interested in racial and ethnic health disparities and
     Book discussion on medical ethics and The Immortal Life                        advancing health equity for all people. In addition to
     of Henrietta Lacks                                                             facilitating the rapid dissemination of peer-reviewed
•	   Developed two curricula for the Building Trust between                         journal articles, it serves as a collection site for a
     Minorities and Researchers project, one for community                          variety of materials, including historical documents,
                                                                                    government resources, teaching tools, commentaries,
     members, one for researchers, due out Spring 2012
                                                                                    and images. The archive has a goal to be the primary
•	   Hosted the monthly Collegium of Scholars, which provides
                                                                                    repository for all materials related to minority health.
     a forum for meaningful discussions about the complexi-                         A special collection of images and documents related
     ties and impact of race, racism, ethnicity, gender, class, and                 to the Tuskegee Syphilis Study (1932-1972) is among
     discrimination on health and wellness.                                         the archive’s unique contents. Visitors can submit
                                                                                    content for inclusion in the archive by becoming a
                                                                                    registered user. Visit the archive through the M-
                                                                                    CHE website,, or directly at

Fall 2011 News                                                                                                                                   15
SPH ResearchCenters
University of Maryland
Prevention Research Center
The UMD Prevention Research Center                                                                                 Department of Parks and Recre-
(PRC) and the Seat Pleasant-University                                                                             ation in Prince George’s County.
of Maryland Health Partnership (Co-                                                                                The NCBON presented Unsung
chaired by Sharon Desmond, associate                                                                               Hero awards to 12 other UMD-
professor of behavioral and community                                                                              PRC partners during the annual
health; and Chikezie Maduka, com-                                                                                  reception.
munity resident and member of the                                                                                      Among other accomplishments
PRC Community Advisory Commit-                                                                                     this year, Brad Boekeloo, director
tee) received “Unsung Hero” awards                                                                                 of the UMD-PRC and professor of
from the National Community-Based                                                                                  behavioral and community health
Organization Network (NCBON) in                                                                                    (BCH), and BCH doctoral students
October at a special reception in Seat                                                                             Tanya Geiger and Denise Bellows,
Pleasant, Md. coinciding with the                                                                                  presented research findings to the
American Public Health Association           Celebrating Unsung Community Heroes: Chikezie Maduka,                 state of Maryland’s Department of
(APHA) Annual Meeting. The NCBON             co-chair, Seat Pleasant University of Maryland Health Partner-        Health and Mental Hygiene Infec-
                                             ship; Ella Green-Morton, coordinator, National Community Based
originated out of APHA’s Community-          Organization Network (NCBON); Alan Richmond, president of             tious Disease and Environmental
Based Public Health caucus and works         NCBON; Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards, representing the               Health Administration. More than
                                             4th District of Maryland (Seat Pleasant is part of the 4th district);
to link community-based organizations                                                                              50 stakeholders from the state
                                             and Mayor Eugene W. Grant, Seat Pleasant, Md.
with universities and agencies invested                                                                            health department, local health de-
in promoting community health. The                                                                                 partments, and community-based
annual awards recognize and celebrate the “incredible, yet often            organizations with an interest in prevention for people living with
unheralded, public health work of community leaders.” The School HIV attended the meeting to hear Boekeloo and his team present
of Public Health co-sponsored the event, along with the Mayor’s             findings on HIV prevention in clinical settings and organizational
Office of the City of Seat Pleasant, the Metropolitan Washington            leadership in HIV prevention.
Public Health Association, Community-Based Health Caucus, and
the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

  PRC Coordinates “HallowScreen” 2011 and World Aids Day Events
                                                  Denise Bellows, doctoral student and faculty research assistant at the UMD-PRC, coor-
                                                  dinated “HalloScreen 2011” with students from the UMD-PRC Sexual Health Education
                                                  and Prevention student group and the Sexually Transmitted Infections Community Co-
                                                  alition (STICC). Seventeen students were trained to do community outreach timed with
                                                  Halloween week and to collaborate with organizations in Maryland, Washington, D.C.
                                                  and Virginia to raise awareness about HIV and HIV screening services available in the
                                                  community. The students promoted the event through the news media and materials
                                                  that were distributed through 14 organizations at 23 locations in the metropolitan area.
                                                  For the week timed with World AIDS Day, this group partnered with the University
                                                  Health Center’s Sexual Health and Reproductive Education (SHARE) program for out-
                                                  reach activities including condom demonstrations, distribution of condoms and edu-
                                                  cational materials, and promotion of STD/HIV screening. The UMD-PRC also brought
                                                  members of Heart to Hand, a Prince George’s County-based non-profit focused on HIV
                                                  prevention and intervention services, and the Children’s National Medical Center to
     Students staff an information table for      campus for events on World AIDS Day.
     World Aids Day

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SPH ResearchCenters
Hershel S. Horowitz
Center for Health Literacy
This fall, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley declared October
“Health Literacy Month” and issued a proclamation recognizing
the role of the Hershel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy in
working to ensure that Maryland residents can access, understand,
and use health information to make informed decisions that will
maintain or improve their health. The center’s many research
initiatives include a health communications campaign designed to
prevent HIV/AIDS in Prince George’s county, a project in partner-
ship with the UMD Prevention Research Center; a project focused
on improving health outcomes in rural, low-income communi-
ties through targeted messages to mothers on topics including
oral health, nutrition, and physical activity; and several initiatives
focused on improving dental health in Maryland and making the
state a leader in access to oral health care, in prevention of oral
disease and injury, and in oral health literacy and education.
     Under the leadership of Linda Aldoory, who became the
center’s endowed chair and director this past summer, the center
hosted several events that brought health literacy leaders to campus
to discuss new directions in the field, presented research at national
conferences, and strengthened relationships with key partners,
including the Office of Minority Health, Maryland Department of
Health and Mental Hygiene, the Primary Care Coalition of Mont-
gomery County, Inc., and RTI International, a research institute
with expertise in health communication and social marketing that
has developed a health literacy skills instrument.
     In her presentation at the center’s fall colloquium, Rima Rudd,
visiting health literacy senior scholar, described the limitations of
the scholarly beginnings of health literacy, including characteristics
such as audacity, defining health literacy too narrowly, and a lack
of theory. She described how the field has more recently embraced
broader definitions of health literacy, and widened its research
scope to include interactive, technological and critical health
literacy, and perspectives that incorporate empowerment theory
and consumer participation. Following Dr. Rudd’s talk, the center
hosted a reception in honor of Bonnie Braun’s work as director of
the center from July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2011. Braun played
a leading role in launching Health Literacy Maryland this year.
     The center also launched their new website this fall and has
developed health literacy resources including an annotated bibli-
ography of all research, websites, reports and literature related to     A Decree from Governor O’Malley (top): Alice Horowitz, Linda Aldoory,
health literacy since 2003, a searchable database of health literacy     and Bonnie Braun show Governor O’Malley’s proclamation recognizing
                                                                         Health Literacy Month (October) and the critical role that the Horowitz Cen-
partners, organizations, and other stakeholders including govern-        ter for Health Literacy plays in promoting better health in Maryland.
ment officials and staff, and a searchable database of national and
                                                                         Recognizing a Pioneer (bottom): At the Center’s Fall Colloquium, former
local conferences, health fairs and events related to health literacy    director Bonnie Braun was honored for her work leading the center from July
Visit for more.                               2009- June 2011. Pictured (l to r): Dushanka Kleinman, Linda Aldoory, Bob
                                                                         Gold, Bonnie Braun, Alice Horowitz, and Elaine Anderson.

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The Jerry P. Wrenn Scholarship Golf Scramble, August 2011, raised scholarship funds for SPH students:
(left) Father Rob Thomas, Matt Johnson, Jerry Wrenn, Gloria Friedgen, SPH alumni coordinator and luncheon sponsor, Kyle Johnson; (center) Jerry and Betty Wrenn;
(right) Pat Clancy, David Ramirez, Kelly Woods, Bob Gold, Jerry Wrenn, and Ed Woods IV of TerpSys, presenting sponsor

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                                    Photos this page, clockwise from top left:
                                    1 - MD Minority Health Disparities Conference:
                               9    Renee Cohen,from Sen.Cardin’s office; Nichelle
                                    Schoultz, from Sen. Mikulski’s office; Dr. Joshua
                                    Sharfstein, secretary of the Md. Dept. of Health
                                    and Mental Hygiene; Robert Gold, SPH dean;
                                    Maryland Delegate Shirley Nathan-Pulliam,
                                    who was honored with the establishment
                                    of the Shirley Nathan-Pulliam Health Equity
                                    Lecture Series; Carlessia Hussein, director, Md.
                                    Office on Minority Health & Health Disparities,
                  8                 DHMH; and Stephen B. Thomas, director, MD
                                    Center for Health Equity
                                    2 - 11th Annual SPH Research Interaction Day
                                    3 - A student (l) discusses research with Laura
                  7            10   Wilson (c) and Dushanka Kleinman (r)
                                    4-8: Annual Reception at the APHA Meeting
                                    4- MinQi Wang and Sunmin Lee
                                    5 - Sandra C. Quinn and Marcia Scott
                                    6 - Larry W. Green, Patricia (Pat) D. Mail,
                                    Judith M. Ottoson, Barbara and Bob Gold
                                    7 - Bob Gold, Stephanie Grutzmacher, Sara
                                    Ruiz, Lauren Messina
                                    8 - Bob Gold with Kemnique Ramnath and
                                    Amber Sims
                                    9- Sacoby Wilson and Brad Hatfield at Re-
                                    search Interaction Day
                                    10 - Craig Fryer, Leigh Willis, and Damian
                              11    11- Blakely Pomietto, Veronica Jones, and
                                    Barbara Gold

                      6       5                                                     4

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                           The School of Public
                           Health’s GYMKANA
                           troupe made headlines
                           with their showing on
                           America’s Got Talent this
                           year. Members of this
                           student acrobatics group,
                           act as “ambassadors of
                           healthy living” to young
                           people and model healthy
                           behaviors by pledging to
                           remain drug, alcohol, and
                           tobacco free. This fall, the
                           troupe has more than 80
                           members and new rou-
                           tines with a higher per-
                           formance value than ever
                           before. Check out the
                           TerpVision video “America
                           Loves Gymkana” which

                           chronicles their success,

                           mission, and outreach

                           ARE YOU AN SPH ALUMNUS?
                           The University of Maryland School
                           of Public Health Alumni Board is
                           looking for new members to help
                           with planning and working at our
                           alumni and SPH events. Upcoming
2242 SPH Building          events include the Dean’s Scholars
College Park, MD 20742     Dinner (4/5/12), SPH Mind and
Return Service Requested   Body Games (4/12/12), Maryland
                           Day (4/28/12), the Jerry P. Wrenn
                           Scholarship Golf Scramble and
                           Homecoming. If interested, please
                           contact contact Ginelle Jurlano at



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