News & Accomplishments

PPH Alumni Newsletter Winter 2021

September 2021

  • Congratulations to MPH/MD student Erin Lavin for her accomplishment for winning the Department of Surgery's Outstanding Research Presentation Award for her presentation entitled "Trends in the Treatment of Acute Pediatric Forearm Fractures." 

August 2021

  • Congratulations to PPH faculty member Dr.Kidman for being featured in Nature Comment article to discuss the use of HIV lessons to help children orphaned by COVID-19. To read more click here. 
  • Stony Brook Medicine Healthy Library Program (HeLP) was recently featured on WCBS-TV for bringing health screening information to the public. To read more click here

June 2021

  • PPH faculty member, Dr Jaymie Meliker had the opportunity to speak to WSHU about the benefits of new legislation that will reduce lead levels in school drinking water. To read the article click here. 
  • Congratulations to MD/ MPH alum (class of 2018) Dr. Samita Heslin for receiving the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association Academic Excellence Award and the RAMS Leadership in Emergency Medicine Award. To learn more about Dr. Samita Heslin, click here.

May 2021 

  • Congratulations to MPH student Dr. Jessica Steier for being selected as a recipient of the 2021 Norman H. Edelman Alumni Excellence Award. 

April 2021

  • Congratulations to MHA alumni students Halim Kaygisiz for being selected as a recipient of the 2021 Leonard Achan Sr. Health Equity Scholarship. 
  • Congratulations to MPH alumni student Alexandra Crowley for being selected as a recipient of the 2021 HLNY Achievement Award of Distinction Scholarship. 
  • PPH recently caught up with MPH alum (Class of 2011), Shamuel Yagudayev, MD MPH. We are proud to announce his recent publication in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. Nice work Shamuel!
  • It's National Public Health Week! See what's happening at Stony Brook.
  • Congratulations to PPH faculty member Dr. Kidman for being featured in the Washington Post discussing the devasting impact on children who have lost a parent. Read the full article
  • PPH faculty member, Dr. Alcalá discusses COVID-19 vaccine disparities in diverse communities.Click here for more information  

March 2021

  • Stony Brook University has become the first university in the SUNY system to receive CAHME accreditation. Read more here

February 2021

  • Program Director, Dr. Lisa Benz Scott was featured in Newsday, to discuss the increase in students entering SBU’s PPH program. Read the article here.

December 2020

  • Congratulations to Dr. Lisa Benz Scott for being elected to the Association of Schools and Program of Public Health (ASPPH) Board of Directors.
  • Congratulations to Stony Brook University epidemiologist Sean Clouston who was awarded a $7.9 million grant from the National Institute on Aging. Read the article here.
  • PPH faculty member, Dr. Hammock had the opportunity to speak to Erika Peters about the impact the pandemic has had on those who provide services for victims of domestic violence. Read the article here.

November 2020

  • Congratulations to Jaymie R. Meliker, Professor of Family, Population, and Preventive Medicine. The SUNY Research Foundation is proud to support your work in the fields of exposure science, health geography, and environmental epidemiology.
  • PPH faculty member, Dr. John Rizzo spoke to Newsday about the economic outlook for 2021. Read more about the article here.

October 2020

  • PPH faculty member, Dr.Lauren Hale spoke with British Vogue about how the social determinants of health can impact sleep. Read the article here.
  • Program Director, Dr. Lisa Benz Scott moderated an event by Newsday for “Flue and you: seminar, co-sponsored by PPH. Read more here.

August 2020

  • Program Director, Dr. Lisa Benz Scott spoke to Newsday about the availability of resources to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus in Long Island schools. Read the article here.

September 2020

  • PPH faculty members Dr. Alcalá and Dr. Kaushansky joined a virtual town hall to discuss racial disparities in COVID-19. Read more here.  

July 2020

  • PPH faculty member, Dr. Sean Clouston spoke to Newsday and the New York Daily News about his recent work examing the dementia risk among 9/11 first responders. Read the article here.
  • PPH faculty member, Dr. Sean Clouston was featured on NBC New York about the increased signs of aging found in MRIs of 9-11 first responders. Read the article here.

PPH Alumni Newsletter June 2020

June 2020

  • PPH facility members, DR. Amy Hammock and Dr. Rachel Kidman were interviewed on Dear Pandemic to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on domestic violence. Read more about the interview here.

May 2020

  • Congratulations to the class of 2020 PPH Masters of Public Health Graduates. 

April 2020

  • Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Flescher who has been awarded a Godfrey Excellence in Teaching Award by the College of Arts and Science!
  • PPH faculty member, Dr. Jaymie Meliker, was featured on Newsday about testing for the novel coronavirus on Long Island. Read the more about this here.

January 2020

  • PPH welcomes the next Health Commissioner for Suffolk County, Dr. Gregson Piggot. Dr. Piggott is a long-time supporter of the Program, serving on our admissions committee, sharing his expertise in minority health and health disparities without MPH students as a guest speaker in Contemporary Issues in Public Health (while also playing the soprano sax), and mentoring students on practicum projects to address priority population health issues.

October 2019 

  • Congratulations to Dr. Benz Scott and alumni, Lydia Hunt ('19) and Nicholas Tkach ('19), on their manuscript published in Pedagogy in Health Promotion. Their article is titled "Analysis of an Interprofessional Experiential Learning Program Utlizing the Case of Henrietta Lacks." Read the article here.  

September 2019 

  • PPH faculty member, Dr. Norman Edelman, was quoted in a Newsday Article about more Long Islanders having health insurance. Read the article here.  

August 2019 

  • Congratulations to PPH Research Scientist, Dr. Erica Diminich, who recently learned that she was selected for the The National Institutes of Health, Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs), funded under the National Institute on Aging. In exchange for a two year commitment to research, this highly competitive NIH Program selects rising clinicians and scientists, repaying $100,000 of student loan debt over two years. Dr. Diminich also participated in the invitation-only prestigious Butler-Williams Scholars program hosted at the NIH in July. This program is an annual initiative of the NIH’s National Institute on Aging (NIA), which provides a week-long series of lectures, seminars and meetings with NIH/NIA staff and senior researchers from across the country. The focus this year was on topics related to the biology of aging, genetics and Alzheimer’s disease. Approximately fifty scholars from across the United States are invited to participate each year. The basis for Dr. Diminich’s selection as an NIH LRP recipient and Butler Williams Scholar, stems from her emerging research examining disparities in brain health and aging in Latinos at mid-life. This work is under the mentorship of our very own Dr. Sean Clouston, and is supported by pilot funding from the NIA P30AG059300 (PI Dr Diminich) and supplement 5R01AG049953-05 (PI: Dr Clouston). 

July 2019 

  • Congratulations to PPH faculty members, Dr. Alison Gemmill and Dr. Hector Alacala, on their recent investigation titled "Association of Preterm Births Among US Latina Women With the 2016 Presidential Election", which was published in JAMA Network Open. Read more about it here.  

June 2019

  • Congratulations to PPH Alum, Kunchok Dorjee (’10) for being featured in Hopkins Medicine.  Read about his journey here.

May 2019

  • Congratulations to the class of 2019 PPH Master of Public Health Graduates! 

April 2019

March 2019

  • Congratulations to MPH Student's Jack Lupfer, Bianca Franza and Gabriella Zappala for their accomplishments and being highlighted on the Enrollment and Retention Management E-News website. To read the newsletter, click here
  • Congratulations to Dr. Sean Clouston, Dr. Erica Dimininich, and PPH alum Candace Stewart ('16) for their contributions to a new pilot study which found a link between chronic PTSD in 9/11 responders and dementia. For more information, click here
  • Congratulations to MPH student, Sharanjit Kaur, on her recent recognition at Stony Brook’s Women in Medicine Research Day.  She received a certificate of excellence for her analysis of 2007- 2016 NHANES data to understand health care utilization among children aged 4 to 18.
  • Check out Dr. Andrew Flescher and MPH student Cody Pomeroy in a short interview from the "Contact Sports and Traumatic Brain Injuries Symposium" that was featured on Verizon FiOS1 - Long Island!

Febuary 2019

  • PPH is now accepting applications for this year's Alumni Achievement Award.  
  • Congratulations to Dr. Norman Edelman who was quoted in a recent New York Times article regarding persistent coughs. 

January 2019

December 2018

  • It is with great sadness that we inform the public health community of the passing of Dr. David Graham, core faculty member 2012-2017.  Dr. Graham taught, advised, and mentored MPH and MD students, particularly in global health, fundamentals of the health care system, practicum, and employee wellness and travel medicine . He was a wonderful colleague. To read more about Dr. Graham please click here.
  • Congratulations to MPH/MAPP alum, Pamela Icochea Calenzani (’15).  Pamela recently received the Carson Carr Diversity Graduate Fellowship through the University at Albany, where she is currently pursuing her DrPH.
  • Congratulations to MPH student Eleanor Yusupov.  Eleanor recently published a paper in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice.  The paper topic, Quality of hypertension care: An improvement initiative in two outpatient health care centers, came out of her MPH practicum experience.

August 2018

  • Professor Gemmill has been selected as a grant recipient of the Peterson Foundation and Ford Foundation's US 2050 research initiative. Her project will examine variation in achieved and intended fertility and discuss implications for future fertility trends in the US. Click here to read more.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Gemmill who will be presenting her paper, titled "Understanding variation in women's perceived fecundity" at the Conference on the Postponment of Parenthood taking place in Lake Como, Italy on September 3-6. Her research attempts to explain why many young women in the US think they have trouble becoming pregnant despite never experiencing infertility.   
  • Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Flescher on his recent publication in the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH). This article sheds light on the firearms hyperendemic in the United States and offers recommendations to improve the lack of scholarly research on this matter within the field of Public Health. Click here to read more.

March 2018