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August 18, 2009: Jonathan Ragone is a native Long Islander. He has been at Stony Brook University since the Fall of 1998 when he entered as a freshman. Jonathan earned both a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and a Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies; with a concentration in Human Resources and Education.

Over the last eight years, he has worked for the Division of Campus Residences. Some of his experiences include student staff recruitment/selection, leadership development/training, curriculum development, event planning, advising, and teaching. Most recently he served as Quad Director of H-Quad which is the Undergraduate College of Leadership and Service. Jonathan is passionate about community service, leadership, and student development. He is excited to be part of the GPPH Team! Welcome, Jonathan!


August 8, 2009: The Graduate Program in Public Health is very pleased to announce that Amy Hammock will be joining the faculty and serving the Community Health concentration. Dr. Hammock received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She has expertise in health education, program evaluation, community-based participatory research, and qualitative methods. Her current areas of research include intimate partner violence prevention and intervention, adolescent health, and the use of the arts in promoting community health.

In her teaching, Dr. Hammock encourages critical thought and learning through a variety of participatory approaches, such as small group discussions, formal debates, group projects, and interactive lectures.

While in Michigan, Dr. Hammock was the Evaluation Coordinator of The Shanti Project, a community-based intimate partner violence prevention program in a local immigrant community. During this time, she also served as a program evaluator for the health education division of The Corner Health Center, a community health center for adolescents. Prior to her doctoral work, as a Fulbright Scholar in Mexico, Dr. Hammock conducted program evaluations of two community centers offering services to battered women and their children. She also worked as an advocate in two battered women's shelters in Massachusetts.

Welcome, Amy!


June 8, 2009: Breena R. Taira, MD, MPH, recent graduate of the GPH and fellow in Emergency Medicine, was invited by the World Health Organization to participate in the Third meeting of the Global Initiative of Emergency and Essential Surgical Care (GIEESC) in UlaanBaatar, Mongolia June 5-6, 2009. GIEESC is a WHO initiative begun in 2005 to improve collaborations among organizations, agencies and institutions involved in reducing death and disability from road traffic accidents, trauma, burns, falls, pregnancy related complications, domestic violence, disasters and other emergency surgical conditions. GIEESC aims to strengthen capacity to deliver effective emergency surgical care at the first referral level facility, thereby contributing towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Dr. Taira reported to the members of GIEESC on the results of a study of surgical capacity and infrastructure in the conflict-affected areas of Sri Lanka.


April 12, 2009: Congratulations to Margaret (Peg) Davis, MPH student and Director of the Witness Project of Long Island, a faith-based breast cancer awareness program for African American communities offered in collaboration with the Stony Brook University Cancer Center and the town of Babylon and other Suffolk County communities. Peg was honored at the annual New York Conference Women's Missionary Society, African Methodist Episcopal Church, for her many years of leadership and service to that organization.

Margaret (Peg) V. Davis is the immediate past 1st Vice President of the New York Conference Women's Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, having served eight years under the dynamic leadership of President Margaret N. Bell. In that capacity, she also served as the Conference 's first Commissioner of Christian Social Action. Sister Peg has also served as 2nd Vice President in the administration of Sister Carolyn Scavella, as PME Director for the Eastern Long Island Area when Sister Bell was Area Chairperson, and was appointed YPD Director for the Long Island Area by Sister Shermanita Dixon. Mrs. Davis was elected by the Society to represent the NY Conference WMS as Delegate #1 to both the 15th (2003) & 16th (2007) Quadrennial Conventions of our Connectional (International) Women's Missionary Society. She is a member of the 1st District's Commission on Christian Social Action, working with Constitution & Bylaws. She enjoys her work in this Wonderful Ministry of Service that is the WMS!

As a minister's wife, she is a member of the AME Spouses, Widows, and Widowers Alliance of New York, was President of that Alliance from 1984-1986, and is currently the oraganization's Historiographer.

Sister peg retired from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) after 25 1/2 years of employment that included Director of the Association's LI Chapter, and Regional Program Manager for the Northeast Area. At her retirement in May 2003, she was the Senior Area Director of Programs and Outreach. She developed the prototype for "Diabetes Sunday", now a national ADA program for faith based diabetes education, and organized the first "Diabetes Expo" for the Northeast Area. Ms. Davis joined the staff at the Stony Brook University Cancer Center in October 2003 and is currently the Director for the Witness Project of Long Island, a faith-based breast cancer awareness program for African American communities offered in collaboration with the Town of Babylon and other Suffolk County communities.

Her volunteer work includes participation in the National Congress of Parents and Teachers, (PTA), first as President of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School in Wyandanch. Mrs. Davis was appointed Distrcit Director for Suffolk County PTA in 1983, the first African American to hold this position, and was later appointed to the NY State Executive Board as Health Chair. Elected 7th and then 3rd Vice President of the New York State PTA, she has received the NY State Distinguished Service Award, and Honorary Life Memberships in both State and National PTA organizations. In recognition of her leadership and commitment to children and education, the Suffolk Region PTA Annually awards the "Peg Davis Leadership Award" at its "Presidents and Principals Dinner." Most recently, Sister Peg has become a founding member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Suffolk Chapter, where she chairs the CHapter's Health Committee.

An ongoing pursuit for Sister Davis while raising her family and establishing her career was the completion of her baccalaureate studies. At the age of 61, she received, with Senior Honors, her BS degree in Organizationl Management from St. Joseph's College's School of Adult and Professional Education. She is now a student in Stony Brook University's Graduate Program in Public Health seeking an MPH.

Sister Peg and her husband, the Reverend Leonard M. Daivs, Pastor of Bethel AME Church in Babylon, will celebrate 43 years of marriage on May 7th; they reside in Coram, Long Island. Sister Peg has worked as Advisor to the missionary societies at the churches where Pastor Davis has served. They have three adult children, a son - Leonard Jr., (Manassas, VA), two daughters - Michelle Davis Johnston (Fort Worth, TX) and Marlisha Davis Johnson (Martinsburg, WVA), and are additionally blessed with seven grandchildren. She loves the Lord, and gives Him all the glory and honor for the many blessings she has received.


March 6th, 2009: "What if I told you I could write a prescription for medicine that would do all of the following: lower blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight; improve cholesterol, sleep, bone and heart health; and decrease the risk for cancer? Imagine one prescription that could do all of these things and more. Well, that prescription exists and there is only one catch: you'll need 30 minutes a day to take it. Yes, that's right, the 'medicine' is exercise."

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has launched a new national campaign called "Exercise is Medicine" and Dr. Steven Jonas, NYAM Fellow, with Dr. Edward M. Phillips, has written the official textbook in support of this public health program. Exercise is Medicine calls on all physicians, regardless of specialty, and other healthcare providers to deliver a physical activity message and prescription to every patient. With this book, practitioners will learn how to motivate and instruct patients on the importance of exercise and how to design practical exercise programs for patients of all ages and fitness levels, as well as those with special conditions such as pregnancy, obesity, and cancer.

Steven Jonas, MD, MPH, MS, a NYAM Fellow since 1992, is Professor of Preventive Medicine, at the School of Medicine of Stony Brook University. Dr. Jonas is a widely respected authority on the importance of exercise and sports and their connection to health policy and public health. Dr. Jonas is also a prolific and accomplished writer, having authored 12 books on his own, co-authored 17 books, published more than 135 professional articles, book chapters, and book reviews, and presented over 100 papers at conferences and seminars across the country.


February 27th, 2009: Congratulations to JaymieMeliker, our GPPH faculty member whose article entitled "Breast and Prostate Cancer Survival in Michigan: Can Geographic Analyses Assist in Understanding Racial Disparities?" will appear in the May 15 issue of CANCER. The journal has also selected this article as newsworthy and will be promoting it to the media in the coming weeks.


February 17th, 2009: Congratulations to Ellen Sano, MPH student and physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine, whose abstract entitled "National Trends in Emergency Department Waiting Times for Patients with Sepsis from 1997 to 2006" was accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine in May of this year. Ellen's research was developed during her course with Dr. Meng - Health Services Research Applications - this fall.  


February 17th, 2009: Congratulations to MPH student, Erin Healy, who is an author with her colleagues from Pulmonary Medicine of "Use of the All Patient Refined-Diagnosis Group (APR-DRG) Risk of Mortality Score as a Severity-Adjustor in the ICU." The paper was recently published in Clinical Medicine: Circulatory, Respiratory, and Pulmonary Medicine.


February 9th, 2009: Congratulations to BreenaTaira, MPH student and physician in Emergency Medicine, whose article entitled "Burden of surgical disease: Does the literature reflect the scope of the international crisis?" has been accepted for publication in the World Journal of Surgery.


February 6th, 2009: The Center for Public Health and Health Policy Research in collaboration with Literacy Suffolk, Inc. has received a National Institutes of Health Partners in Research grant entitled Community Alliance for Research Empowering Social Change (CARES). CARES will consist of an interdisciplinary team of researchers, community based organizations and community members working together to improve minority health outcomes through evidence based public health.


October 15th, 2008: Stony Brook University's Graduate Program in Public Health received accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Congratulations to all Faculty, Students, Alumni, Staff, and Affiliates of GPPH! 


June 16th, 2008: Congratulations Carolyn Gallagher on the acceptance for publication of the manuscript " Urinary Cadmium and Osteoporosis in U.S. Women Age 50 and Older, NHANES 1988-1994 and 1999-2004" in Environmental Health Perspectives.

June 4th, 2008: GPPH congratulates MPH student Erin Healy, as she presents at  The Public Health Association of New York City's (PHANYC) 3rd Annual Student Conference!


June 4th, 2008: You are invited to hear your peers showcase their research in public health and participate in  career/professional development at the Public Health Association of New York City (PHANYC) Third Annual Student Conference.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 4, 2008
TIME: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
WHERE: CUNY Graduate Center
5th Avenue @ 34th Street
Rooms 9206/9207
New York, NY
FEE: Free of Charge, with refreshments
TO RSVP: Contact info@phanyc.org

Hearing your peers present their research on public health at PHANYC's third Student Conference is a great opportunity to gain practical experience on presentation skill development, as well as an excellent chance to learn about the latest public health research in New York City's public health programs. 
Congratulations to Erin Healy for presenting her research project from Advanced Biostatistics.


April 14th, 2008: The recently approved NYS state budget will include funds for a "Children's Environmental Health Program."  One Center for Children's Environmental Health will be established at Stony Brook within the Graduate Program in Public Health.  Evonne Kaplan-Liss will be the Director.  We anticipate that the Center's clinical and research activities will be conducted in collaboration with the Departments of Preventive Medicine, Pediatrics, OB-GYN and others. CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Kaplan-Liss for her hard work on behalf of this project and our program!


March 14th, 2008: The GPPH is holding its first annual Practicum fair! Students: Come meet potential practicum agency representatives at 2:00pm-4:00pm in the Preventive Medicine Conference Room!


March 13th, 2008: The Brookhaven Town's 22nd Annual Women's Recognition Awards Ceremony recognized Nanci Rice with the distinction "For Outstanding Service to the Community in Education."  Dr. Rice also received certificates from the House of Representatives, New York State Assembly, her Congressional district, as well as from the State of New York Legislative Resolution "COMMENDING Dr. Nanci Rice upon the occasion of being honored by the Town of Brookhaven Office of Women's Services on March 13, 2008 in conjunction with Women's History Month in the State of New York." Congratulations Dr. Rice!


March 3rd and 4th, 2008: Site visit from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH): The Graduate Program in Public Health hosted a CEPH site visit on March 3rd and 4th as the last step towards the accreditation process.  After a day and a half of intense scrutiny, we are please to report that our hard work has paid off! The site visitors had a very optimistic and encouraging outlook for the Program, and while the Council will not give its final word until October, it is likely that the outcome will be a positive one! Everyone's support made this decision possible, and the GPPH sincerely thanks you for your many contributions. Students, Alumni, Core and Affiliated Faculty, Staff, Community Members, and University Officials; without you all we would not have had such a successful visit!


February 21st and 22nd, 2008: The GPPH hosted a site visit  for the evaluation of the proposed PhD program in Population Health and Clinical Science Research. Evaluators had the following to say about the proposed program:  "The faculty is strong and committed. They are excited and energetic. Many of the required courses are already in place. There is an opportunity for strong collaboration with clinical investigators within clinical departments at medical center and public health officials both in Suffolk County and New York City. The new PhD program comes at a time when translational research is emphasized nationally. The students we met reported being inspired by their teachers in the MPH program, many of whom are the same faculty who will teach in the doctoral program. This omens well for the new PhD program."


February 1st, 2008: Submission of the GPPH Self-Study Document  to the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH): The GPPH submitted the final copy of the Self-Study document to CEPH for evaluation. (For a copy of this document, click here) The Program is now preparing for the CEPH site visit on March 3rd and 4th, 2008.


May 9th, 2007: Advanced Biostatistics Poster Session, sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research: Check out the Inaugural Volume of the Graduate Program in Public Health's JOURNAL OF ADVANCED BIOSTATISTICS, which was presented to attendees of the Advanced Biostatistics Poster Session on May 9, 2007, sponsored by The Office of the Vice President for Research. Congratulations to the twelve MPH students who participated in the poster session, and the 6 whose peer-reviewed articles were accepted for publication in the journal.


April 27th, 2007:The Stony Brook School of Medicine is proud to announce the Aesculapius Award winners for 2007: Dr. Mary F. Kritzer, Dr. Thomas O'Riordan and Dr. Thomas A. Wilson.

The Aesculapius Award, initiated in 1991, is presented by the Dean of the School of Medicine to emphasize the importance of excellence in education to the success of our School, and to recognize the most outstanding teachers throughout the Stony Brook system. The award carries a $1000 prize. Recipients are honored with their names inscribed on a plaque in the Office of the Dean.

The Graduate Program in Public Health Faculty and Staff extend their sincere congratulations to Dr. O'Riordan, an affiliated faculty member in the Program.


January 22nd, 2007: Melody S. Goodman, PhD, 28, Assistant Professor in the Graduate Program in Public Health, Department of Preventive Medicine, Stony Brook University Medical Center, has received a Martin Luther King Jr. "Drum Major" Leadership Award from the Hollywood Baptist Cathedral of Amityville, NY. Inaugural Symposium, Graduate Program in Public Health, Fall 2004

Bishop Andy C. Lewter, D. Min, of the Hollywood Baptist Cathedral, said the recipients were chosen for "their own insistence on excellence, unselfish giving of themselves and contributions that they make to improve the quality of life" in African American communities, keeping "alive the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King."

Dr. Goodman received her Ph.D. in Biostatistics in June 2006 from Harvard University's Department of Biostatistics, graduating as the youngest African American woman to date to receive this degree. She attended Stony Brook University as an undergraduate, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and Statistics and Economics summa cum laude in 1999. During her undergraduate career, she was a Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC)/ NIH Fellow, a recipient of the Provost Award for Academic Excellence, and was inducted into Stony Brook's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

In addition to her GPPH faculty responsibilities teaching Biostatistics, Dr. Goodman serves as the Associate Director of the Center for Public Health and Health Policy Research, which is committed to improving the health and well being of the residents of Long Island through public health policy analysis and rigorous public health research on critical public health issues. The Center's objectives include conducting community health research for the improvement of community health and to reduce health disparities on Long Island.

"This award acknowledges Dr. Goodman's commitment to superior research for minority communities of Long Island," says Dr. Raymond L. Goldsteen, Director of the Graduate Program in Public Health. "I foresee that her efforts to build community coalitions and conduct community based research will help to eliminate health disparities over the next decades."

"Without the contributions of Dr. King and the many warriors of the civil rights movement, a young girl from South Jamaica, Queens would not have had the opportunity to attend Harvard University and obtain a doctoral degree in a field that most people have never heard of" replies Dr. Goodman. "It is rare for someone from my community to attend a school like Harvard. This is why it is so important for me to give back to my community, to use the skills I have acquired to improve our health."


The Graduate Program in Public Health is pleased to announce that Samia Omar, a SBU Leakey Fellow, and member of the GPPH's Fall 2006 entering class, has received a scholarship to attend the Young Leaders Summit on Global Health: Innovative Solutions to Healthcare in Low Resource Settings, which will be held at the Kimmel Center, New York University on October 29, 2006. Ms. Omar, a native of Mombasa, Kenya, received her B.A. in Health Studies and Psychology from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada.


STONY BROOK GRADUATE PROGRAM IN PUBLIC HEALTH PROFESSOR RECEIVES NEW INVESTIGATOR AWARD The James G. Zimmer New Investigator Research Award recognizes "new investigators", which is defined as someone who is within three years of completing a terminal degree. The award is intended to recognize and further the careers of future leaders in aging research. The criteria for selection include the importance of the topic, the rigor of the design, the quality of writing, and the potential benefit to the field. HongdaoMeng received the award for his research in the cost-effectiveness of community-based disease management/health promotion interventions among older adults with chronic conditions.

Meng's research project and paper, titled "Effectiveness and Cost of a Health Promotion Nurse Intervention among Older Adults with Heart Conditions: The Role of Rural and Urban Residence," found significant evidence that a community-based disease management/health promotion nurse intervention led to better physical functioning and has the potential to reduce total health care expenditures among high risk Medicare beneficiaries with heart conditions. He also studies innovative financing mechanism for consumer-directed home care to individuals with long-term care needs. This research project is funded by the Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, DHHS.

He will be accepting this award at the award ceremony during the upcoming 134th APHA Annual Meeting in Boston.

The Gerontological Health Section/APHA has more than 600 members and the American Public Health Association has more than 50,000 members.


Irene Hwang, (student, MD/MPH program) was chosen to be a part of the inaugural Europe Health Care Systems Study Tour hosted by the American Medical Student Association. Irene traveled throughout Europe in order to examine the various types of health care systems implemented in countries such as England, Ireland and Germany. The purpose of the tour was to expand awareness of the range of ways in which health care systems can be structured.