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University of Maryland, College Park School of Fall 2011 Newsletter Public Health Advancing a better state of health www.sph.umd.edu 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 IN THIS ISSUE 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 IMPACT STUDY FOR PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY 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. 8 FACULTY & STAFF NEWS 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 INITIATIVES 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... 15 SPH RESEARCH CENTERS NEWS 18 DONOR RECOGNITION 18 PHOTO GALLERY 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 PublicHealthPractice 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 TRANSFORMING HEALTH IN PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY: 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 ResearchNews 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 ResearchAwards 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 champhealth.org 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 Faculty&StaffNews 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, LEIGH LESLIE & of the 2012 NCFR Education, and Baltimore Racing Development, ELAINE ANDERSON 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 8 University of Maryland School of Public Health 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. Fall 2011 News 9 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 Teaching&LearningInitiatives 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. Fall 2011 News 11 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. 12 University of Maryland School of Public Health StudentNews 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 http://publichealthgarden.blogspot.com/. 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, healthequity.umd.edu, or directly at health-equity.pitt.edu. 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 16 University of Maryland School of Public Health 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 www.healthliteracy.umd.edu for more. 2009- June 2011. Pictured (l to r): Dushanka Kleinman, Linda Aldoory, Bob Gold, Bonnie Braun, Alice Horowitz, and Elaine Anderson. Fall 2011 News 17 School of Public Health Donors Many thanks to the generous donors who supported the School of Public Health in 2011. $10,000 - $99,999 $100 - $249 Trescot, Mary Ellen Islam, Jokena Shultz, Barry Glazer, Lowell Ahearn, Mary Umbarger, Lloyd Jarboe-Costello, Joanne Siegel, Willa and David Russel, F. 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Scaffa, Marjorie Hale, Janet Schindler, Toni Tyler, Robert Seipp, Marilyn Herzstein, Joseph Sebastian, Polly Walton, Julie Stratton, Anne Hexter, Joseph & Pamela Senterfit, Catherine Woodbury, Sherri Thrift, Signe Hill, Richard Sherry, Leslie 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 18 University of Maryland School of Public Health SPHPhotoGallery 2 3 1 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 Thomas 11 11- Blakely Pomietto, Veronica Jones, and Barbara Gold 6 5 4 Fall 2011 News 19 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 AMERICA LOVES chronicles their success, GYMKANA mission, and outreach efforts. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. SPH.UMD.EDU facebook.com/UMD.SPH @UMDPublicHealth
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