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Student organization helps lead the fight against extreme poverty, disease

Student organization helps lead the fight against extreme poverty, disease

They may be in Birmingham, but the efforts of two students are making a difference in the lives of millions of people around the world, thanks to their work with the ONE Campaign and its chapter at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The campaign, which was founded by Bono, lead singer for the rock band U2, has 9 million members worldwide and chapters at hundreds of college campuses. It aims to end extreme poverty and preventable disease.

Aleena Khan and Nuha Hamid, students at UAB and leaders of its ONE Campaign chapter, attended the ONE Power Summit in Washington, D.C., to learn how they can help reduce poverty and disease by lobbying lawmakers and raising awareness about global health issues.

During the three-day summit, they received briefings on current issues and advocacy training and listened to global health experts from around the world. They also spent a day on Capitol Hill, where they met with the staffs of Sen. Doug Jones, Sen. Richard Shelby and Rep. Terri Sewell.

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Public health graduates speaking at Commencement Ceremonies

The University of Alabama at Birmingham will host two days of spring commencement this month, as degrees will be awarded to graduates and undergraduates in separate ceremonies April 27 and 28.

An estimated 2,138 students are scheduled to graduate from UAB this spring. An estimated 715 students will earn graduate degrees, while 1,423 will earn undergraduate degrees. About 1,500 will participate in the university’s ceremonies.

A doctoral hooding and commencement ceremony for nearly all graduate programs will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, April 27, in Bartow Arena. Unlike prior years, students receiving master’s degrees now will receive their diplomas with the doctoral candidates, and there will be no separate doctoral hooding ceremony Saturday. For spring 2018, the UAB Graduate School will confer the university’s highest degrees on 69 students from 15 states and six countries in 27 disciplines; approximately 57 will participate in the ceremony. For the Friday evening ceremony, the mace will be carried by Anthony C. Hood, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Management, Information Systems and Quantitative Methods in the Collat School of Business.

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Raising awareness about public health partnerships one video at a time

Public health impacts nearly every aspect of our lives. From where we live, learn, work and play, public health touches issues in all communities.

To shine a light on the role the field plays in the Birmingham and Jefferson County community, the Office of Public Health Practice in the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham has created a series of videos to highlight current public health topics and projects. The POPulation Health Plugin series features the work local organizations are engaging in to improve population health and health care.

“The idea of doing these Plugins is to broaden the students’ minds about the issues in our community and how they are being addressed,” said Lisa McCormick, DrPH, associate dean for Public Health Practice and associate professor of environmental health science in the School of Public Health. “We want students to see how public health knowledge and skills are being used to solve complex issues in our community, and learn about organizations and agencies that are partnering to solve those issues.”

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Dr. Cora Elizabeth (Beth) Lewis Named Chair of the Department of Epidemiology

Dr. Cora Elizabeth (Beth) Lewis Named Chair of the Department of Epidemiology

UAB’s School of Public Health welcomes Cora Elizabeth (Beth) Lewis, MD, MSPH, as the new Chair of the Department of Epidemiology beginning April 1, 2018.

Prior to this new appointment, Dr. Lewis has served as a Professor in the Division of Preventive Medicine in the UAB School of Medicine and as Director of the Division’s Preventive Medicine Clinic. After completing a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami, she attended the Indiana University School of Medicine and completed her residency training in Internal Medicine. She then came to UAB as a Fellow in the Division of General and Preventive Medicine in the Department of Medicine. Dr. Lewis is a graduate of the School of Public Health completing a MSPH degree with a concentration in Epidemiology during her fellowship.

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SOPH Alum, Scott Harris, MD, MPH, Appointed Alabama State Health Officer

SOPH Alum, Scott Harris, MD, MPH, Appointed Alabama State Health Officer

Dr. Scott Harris, a recent SOPH alum, has been appointed as the new state health officer for the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH).

"I feel honored and privileged that the State Committee of Public Health granted me this opportunity to address the state’s health care needs and challenges," he said.

In 2015, Harris joined ADPH as area health officer for seven counties in north Alabama. He co-chairs the Alabama Opioid Overdose and Addiction Council.

Harris attended Harding University in Arkansas and the UAB School of Medicine. In 2017, he earned a master's degree in public health with a concentration in health policy from the UAB School of Public Health.

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REGARDS study receives $20.4 million grant

REGARDS study receives $20.4 million grant

A long-running national study that examines why more African-Americans die from strokes than other races, and why people in the Southeast develop more strokes than those in other areas of the nation, will be funded for another five years thanks to a multimillion-dollar grant.

The REGARDS (REasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke) study will be funded through 2023 by a $20.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). It has received nearly $100 million in grant funding since it began in 2003.

The study, based at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health, is run by a team of biostatisticians, epidemiologists, hematologists, psychologists, neuropsychologists and neurologists. The team includes collaborators from the University of Vermont, University of Cincinnati, Indiana University, Drexel University and Columbia University.

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