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December 17, 2010: Congratulations, Jaymie Meliker! Dr. Meliker has been elected to the Board of the International Society of Exposure Science (ISES) as Councilor-Academic. ISES is committed to creating a safer and healthier world by advancing exposure science and promoting the use of exposure science in the fields of public, occupational, and environmental health. Exposure scientists -- a community known for its interdisciplinary, creative,and pragmatic approach to problem solving -- are leaders in improving and expanding exposure science: the bridge between environment and health. See the ISES website for more information:
http://www.isesweb.org/


December 3, 2010: Public Health Symposium Videos Ready! The Graduate Program in Public Health, along with the School of Medicine, School of Journalism, Master of Arts in Public Policy Program, and Department of Preventive Medicine, sponsored “Communicating Health Care Reform: Why Don’t People Get It?” The Symposium featured a keynote address by Dr. Karen Davis, President of The Commonwealth Fund, and an expert panel discussion.
Please visit the Symposium web page to view the videos.


December 3, 2010: MPH Alumni Profile for Samia Omar! Samia, MPH ’08, shared with the Graduate Program in Public Health her activities since graduation. Please visit our Alumni Profile page to learn about her work and her advice for current MPH students.


November 29, 2010: Congratulations, Shamuel Yagudayev, MPH student, and Breena Taira, MPH alumna! Their abstract, Effect of Insurance Status on Burn Injury Outcomes, has been accepted for oral presentation at the 43rd Annual Meeting in Chicago, March 29-April 1, 2011. Please click here to download the abstract.


November 29, 2010: Congratulations, Carolyn Gallagher, MPH alumna, and Jaymie Meliker and Melody Goodman, MPH faculty members! The following articles have been accepted for publication:

Carolyn and Jaymie’s work “Blood and Urine Cadmium, Blood Pressure, and Hypertension: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis” is published in EHP (http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov), a monthly journal of the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services. Please click here to download the paper.

Carolyn and Melody’s work “Hepatitis B Vaccination of Male Neonates and Autism Diagnosis, NHIS 1997-2002” is published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Please click here to download the article. To read it online, visit:http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t713667303

Carolyn, along with co-authors John Chen and John Kovach, authored “Environmental Cadmium and Breast Cancer Risk,” which is published in Aging, an open access impact journal. Please click here to download the paper.


November 11, 2010: Congratulations, Dr. Steven Jonas! The Graduate Program in Public Health is very pleased to announce that Dr. Jonas is listed in Health Hawk's "Top 10 Most Influential Public Health Professors." The article and complete list can be found at the following page:http://masterofpublichealth.org/2010/top-10-most-influential-public-health-professors/#6

Click here to visit Faculty page of Dr. Jonas.


November 8, 2010: Congratulations, Alan Cooper! Alan, MPH student, recently published articles about Health Care Reform, which are featured in several newspapers and online venues. To read the articles, please click the links below:
http://www.northshoreoflongisland.com/Articles-i-2010-11-04-85926.112114-sub-Health-care-coverage-in-the-US--how-we-got-here-where-were-going.html

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Symposium PDF

Goldsteen Article by Cooper


November 1, 2010: Congratulations to Elizabeth Bass, Alan Cooper, and Daniel Forsberg for successfully passing the Certified Public Health exam.

Public health professionals daily face the challenges of confronting complex health issues, such as controlling infectious diseases, reducing environmental hazards, public health preparedness and substance abuse.

With all of these serious challenges, public health professionals need to be dedicated to staying at the forefront of their field by understanding the interaction between the different specialized areas of public health, learning new strategies to cope with disasters, and constantly working to stay two steps ahead of any threat in order to be effective with the proactive and preventative approach that characterizes the public health field.

Becoming a Certified Public Health Professional Has Multiple Benefits:

The exam is rooted in the five basic core competencies of public health to reflect the nature of the field and the way one area of knowledge blends into another. The certification exam is administered to graduates of CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health.

Information modified from www.publichealthexam.org.


September 1, 2010: Welcome, Dr. Tia Palermo! The Graduate Program in Public Health is very pleased to announce that Tia Palermo joined the faculty this September and will be serving the Evaluative Sciences concentration. Dr. Palermo recently completed a Postdoctoral Program at the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research (CIDR), where she investigated biological pathways linking social and economic factors to health. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and an M.S. in Health Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include health disparities, reproductive health, biodemography, and gender inequity. Previously, she was a Research and Evaluation Associate at Ipas, an international NGO that works to decrease maternal morbidity and mortality in developing countries. In this position, Dr. Palermo traveled to Africa and Latin America to work with local partners. She has also worked and consulted for other NGOs and international organizations, including UNICEF, Population Council, and Family Care International. Classes previously taught by Dr. Palermo include Advanced Research Methods, Health Economics, and Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis.


August 31, 2010: New Programs, New Academic Year! The Program in Public Health is pleased to announce two new educational opportunities.

First, In collaboration with the Political Science Department, we offer a combined MPH/MAPP degree that prepares students for a career in public health administration and policy-making. The MPH/MAPP program includes about 24 credits of overlap, which reduces the total number of credits in the combined program to 51. Students can only select the Public Health Practice concentration with the MPH program. Students receive both degrees upon completion of the entire program.
For more information, visit us at: http://publichealth.stonybrookmedicine.edu/academics/degreeoptions/grad/mapp

Second, the Advanced Graduate Certificate in Health Communications, a collaboration between the Program in Public Health and the School of Journalism, teaches members of the public health workforce, healthcare professionals, media professionals (journalism, marketing, public relations and communication) and masters/doctoral candidates how to be effective health communicators, bridging the gap between medicine and public health and the world-at-large. With a focus on advanced graduate training, this program is designed to provide the necessary skills to communicate health related issues to the public - directly or through the press.
For more information, visit us at: http://publichealth.stonybrookmedicine.edu/academics/degreeoptions/healthcomm


August 1, 2010: Congratulations, Dr. Lauren Hale! Dr. Lauren Hale recently received funding from the National Institutes of Aging (NIA R01 AG036838; funding from 2010-2015). In collaboration with colleagues at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Hale will be investigating the bidirectional relationships between retirement and sleep in the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort. In the proposed study of Retirement and Sleep Trajectories, “The REST study: A longitudinal, bidirectional examination of retirement and sleep”, they seek to identify if sleep disorders are a predictor of retirement patterns. Second, they will explore if and how sleep changes as a consequence of retirement. Finally, they seek to understand the moderating influences of social resources. Dr. Paul Peppard (University of Wisconsin-Madison) is the PI on this $2.7 million grant, and Dr. Hale is the PI on a subcontract to Stony Brook for $435,000.


May 18, 2010: Congratulations, Elizabeth Bass! Elizabeth, MPH student, won the second place Goldmann Student Paper Award of the Public Health Association of New York City (PHANYC) 2009 Annual Awards Ceremony for her paper, "Playgrounds for New York City: Evaluating the PlaNYC Proposal".


May 6, 2010: Congratulations, Cristina Commesso! Cristina, MPH student, will present her practicum "Outcome Measures on Educational Attainment of Perinatally Infected HIV+ Adolescents, aged 17 & up." at the NIMH Annual International Research Conference on the Roles of Families in Preventing and Adapting to HIV/AIDS on June 16-18, 2010 at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.


April 27, 2010: Congratulations, Chris Shackles! Chris Shackles, current MPH student, presented "The School Nurse Asthma Prevalence Survey Program: 2003-2010" at the Asthma Coalition of Long Island's research meeting. This work was done for his practicum. It was very well received.


April 2, 2010: Congratulations, JaymieMeliker and Chantel Sloan! Dr. Meliker and Chantel Sloan will be presenting on the topic of “Performance of Q-statistics for Investigating Cancer Clusters in Case-Control Residential Histories” at the AcademyHealth Meeting in Boston during the Geography of Cancer session organized by David Stinchcomb, NCI.


April 2, 2010: Congratulations, Lauren Hale! Dr. Hale will be presenting on the following topics over the next several months:
“I don´t want to wake if you are not here: Suboptimal Sleep among the Families of Mexican Migrants.” Co-authoring with Maria Estela Rivero Fuentes.Accepted for Oral Presentation at the annual meetings of the Population Association of America. Dallas, TX: April 15-17, 2010.

“Does sleep quality mediate the association between neighborhood disorder and self-rated physical health?” Co-authoring with Terrence Hill, and Amy M. Burdette.Accepted for Oral Presentation at the annual meetings of the Population Association of America. Dallas, TX: April 15-17, 2010.

“Preschooler bedtime routines in a disadvantaged population: A longitudinal analysis of behavioral, cognitive, and health outcomes.” Co-authoring with Lawrence M. Berger, Monique LeBourgeois, and Jeanne Brooks-Gunn. Accepted as an oral presentation to the SLEEP meetings. San Antonio, Texas, June 5-9, 2010.

“Physical activity, sleep duration, and body weight in post-menopausal women: The Women’s Health Initiative Study.” Co-authoring with Stacy Sims, Mary Pettinger, C. Isasi, C. Thomson, and ML Stefanick.Accepted as an oral presentation to the SLEEP meetings. San Antonio, Texas, June 5-9, 2010.


April 1, 2010: Congratulations, Norman Edelman, Karen Goldsteen, Ray Goldsteen, and students - Sam Yagudayev, Stephen Colon, and Erin Healy! They have podium presentations at both the AcademyHealth 2010 Annual Research Meeting in Boston this June and the New York State Council on Graduate Medical Education Annual Meeting in New York City this April. The topic is the interest of New York State hospitals to increase their capacity to train residents.


April 1, 2010: Congratulations, Evonne Kaplan-Liss! Dr. Kaplan-Liss will present at the New York Academy of Medicine in April and the Pediatric Academic Society in Seattle this May. Her topic at both meetings is "Media Deconstruction of Environmental Health Messages.


April 1, 2010: Congratulations, Steven Jonas! Dr. Jonas, has been invited to present at the First World Congress on Exercise is Medicine being held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in Baltimore, June 1-5, 2010. His talk will be part of a Symposium: An International View, to be held on June 2.

In addition, Dr. Jonas has been selected by the Yale University Public Health Alumni Association as the recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award for exceptional contributions to public health practice, research, and teaching and continued and sustained contributions to community and society.


April 1, 2010: Congratulations, Lindsay Cammarata! Lindsay, current MPH student, won first place in the Ambulatory Anesthesia section of the poster presentations at the International Anesthesia Research Society annual meeting in March. Karen Goldsteen is Lindsay’s mentor for this project.


March 31, 2010: Congratulations, HongdaoMeng! Dr. Meng’s abstract has been selected for podium presentation at the AcademyHealth 2010 Annual Research Meeting in Boston this June. The title of his presentation is "Impact of a Disease Management-Health Promotion Intervention on Total Health Care Expenditures" for the Medicare Spending Growth section.


March 31, 2010: Congratulations, Evonne Kaplan-Liss! Dr. Kaplan-Liss mentored Sanhita Reddy, a Stony Brook University undergraduate who was selected for a Fulbright and will spend the year in Brazil studying public health communications, cross-culturally. Dr. Kaplan-Liss also mentored a local high school student, who won the Public Health Award and came in fourth overall at the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair for her pandemic flu project.


March 29, 2010: Congratulations, Melody Goodman! Dr. Goodman mentored Debby Yanes, a Stony Brook undergraduate and intern in the Center for Public Health and Health Policy Research (CPHHPR). Debby has been accepted to Stony Brook University’s School of Medicine.


February 23, 2010: Congratulations, Melody Goodman! Dr. Goodman, PPH faculty member, has been published in Preventing Chronic Disease, a journal of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Her article entitled “Comparison of Small-Area Analysis Techniques for Estimating Prevalence by Race” is the result of work funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
For more information about the research, Please follow the link.
http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2010/mar/09_0026.htm


February 22, 2010: Internship Oppurtunity! A new internship opportunity is available at Long Island Association for AIDS Care, Inc., a non-profit agency delivering comprehensive services to all Long Islanders infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and other infectectious diseases. Interns are expected to work 15/ 20 hours per week for 3 months. For more information please follow the link.
http://longisland.craigslist.org/npo/1584616679.html


February 11, 2010: Congratulations, RobbyeKinkade! Robbye, current MPH student, will present at the Storyboard Reception during the Annual Forum for Improving Children’s Healthcare and Childhood Obesity Congress: 10 Years and Growing, an event sponsored by the National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality. The Forum will be held in Atlanta in March 2010. The title of Robbye's presentation is “Fit Kids for Life Part II: Sustaining Healthy Behavior: A Psycho-social -Behavioral Approach." Her faculty mentor is Dr. Karen Goldsteen, and she developed the presentation for her Practicum.


February 4th, 2010: Congratulations, Jessica Braswell! Jessica, a current MPH student, will present her research at the 2010 Pediatric Academic Societies' Annual Meeting, May 1-4, 2010, in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The title of her research is “Infection in international adoptees" and her faculty mentor was Dr. HongdaoMeng.


January 26, 2010: Congratulations, KunchokDorjee! Kunchok, current MPH student, will present at a poster session during the annual meeting of the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) on March 25-27, 2010 in Washington, DC. The title of his presentation is “Integrated Hepatitis B Control Program for the Tibetan Population in India." Kunchok’s faculty mentor is Dr. Amy Hammock, and he developed the presentation for her course: Planning & Implementing Community Health Programs.


January 26, 2010: Congratulations, ChintanPandya! Chintan, current MPH student, will present at a poster session during the annual meeting of the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) on March 25-27, 2010 in Washington, DC. The title of his presentation is “Predictors of length of stay in patients with arteriovenous malformation related gastrointestinal bleeding". Chintan’s faculty mentor is Dr. Melody Goodman.


January 15, 2010: Congratulations, Jamie Lee Romeiser! On Tuesday, November 10, 2009, MPH alumnus, Jamie Lee Romeiser presented research at the APHA Annual meeting in Philadelphia. The session highlighted some of the more innovative student work submitted to the student assembly and represents a wide array of topics in public health. Topics included diabetes, malaria, disaster preparedness and recovery, smoking, knee and farm worker injury, food accessibility disparities, international sanitation issues, and culturally relevant cancer education. Jamie’s faculty mentor is Dr. Melody Goodman.
Research topic: “Analysis of supermarket availability in the minority communities of Suffolk County, NY”
For more information about the research, Please follow the link.
http://apha.confex.com/apha/137am/webprogram/Paper206777.html


January 15, 2010: Congratulations, Owen Pyke! On Tuesday, November 10, 2009, MPH alumnus, Owen Pyke presented research at the APHA Annual meeting in Philadelphia. The session highlighted some of the more innovative student work submitted to the student assembly and represents a wide array of topics in public health. Topics included diabetes, malaria, disaster preparedness and recovery, smoking, knee and farm worker injury, food accessibility disparities, international sanitation issues, and culturally relevant cancer education. Jamie’s faculty mentor is Dr. Melody Goodman
Research topic: “Health literacy disparities among community health center patients in Suffolk County”
For more information about his research, Please follow the link.
http://apha.confex.com/apha/137am/webprogram/Paper201749.html


January 5, 2009: Britney Duncan, a recent MPH alum, is currently employed as a Health Education Specialist at the University of South Alabama under the Center for Healthy Communities – Center for Excellence. She has a variety of responsibilities that involve direct work with the community and various faculty and staff within the University.

As the Health Education Specialist, Britney is responsible for recruiting, coordinating and providing education to Community Health Advocates. These individuals are community members who are passionate enough about health issues to devote their time to develop community-friendly seminars, health fairs, and other health promotion initiatives. They also are heavily involved in faith-based organizations, community health agencies and youth groups, which provide an inlet for vital health information.

At the present, Britney is developing a curriculum for Community Health Advocates (CHA) to ensure consistency of information being disseminated and to develop a system of ongoing learning. This curriculum will be introduced as online learning modules and will address the major health disparities affecting African-Americans that have been identified in Healthy People 2010. The hope is to achieve better health outcomes and leave in place knowledgeable CHAs that will foster sustainability of these goals.

In addition, Britney is a certified Red Cross Instructor Trainer, which allows her to provide important safety sessions and certifications to the general population, and give community members the confidence they need to deal with emergency issues in their homes and neighborhoods.

For more information Center for Healthy Communities - Center for Excellence visit: http://www.southalabama.edu/healthycommunities/.


November 22, 2009: Congratulations to AmishiMody, Deevya Narayanan, and BreenaTaira for successfully completing the Certified Public Health exam. All three graduated from the Program in Public Health at Stony Brook University and are now Certified Public Health Professionals.

Public health professionals daily face the challenges of confronting complex health issues, such as controlling infectious diseases, reducing environmental hazards, public health preparedness and substance abuse.

With all of these serious challenges, public health professionals need to be dedicated to staying at the forefront of their field by understanding the interaction between the different specialized areas of public health, learning new strategies to cope with disasters, and constantly working to stay two steps ahead of any threat in order to be effective with the proactive and preventative approach that characterizes the public health field.

Becoming a Certified Public Health Professional Has Multiple Benefits:

· Sets a standard of knowledge and skills in public health
· Encourages life-long learning
· Adds credibility to public health profession
· Increasing public health awareness
· Fosters environment of a professional community

The exam is rooted in the five basic core competencies of public health to reflect the nature of the field and the way one area of knowledge blends into another. The certification exam is administered to graduates of CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health.

Information modified from www.publichealthexam.org.


September 10, 2009: Congratulations to Dr. Lauren Hale for her contribution to the paper “Assessing Biological Pathways by Which Neighborhoods Contribute to Health Disparities.” This paper has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. Additionally, Dr. Hale was interviewed for an article at CNN.com about her research in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics on children's bedtimes and bedtime routines.