Banning Fruity Flavors Did Not Deter Vapers
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Adults did not quit vaping in response to FDA ban of flavored e-cigarettes
On February 6, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned the sale of many flavored e-cigarettes, with some important exceptions. According to a survey conducted by University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) researchers, the ban did not result in adults quitting e-cig use and may have driven some back to smoking regular cigarettes. The researchers point to policy loopholes as the main reasons the policy failed to push people to quit.
Survey results, published in Tobacco Control, show that less than five percent of the 3,500 adult e-cig users who responded to the survey quit using e-cigs in response to the flavored e-cig ban. The rest of the respondents switched to other forms or flavors of e-cigs not covered by the ban or other types of tobacco products.
“An increasing body of literature shows that e-cig flavors themselves cause damage when inhaled, so it makes sense to ban flavors,” said Deborah J. Ossip, Ph.D., a tobacco research expert and professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences and Center for Community Health and Prevention at URMC who co-authored the study. “But the ban doesn’t appear to be working. People – including youth – can still get flavored products and are still using them.”
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Ann M. Dozier, PhD, Wins Distinguished Service Award!
Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Ann M. Dozier, PhD, is the winner of the 2022 American Public Health Association's (APHA) Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Section's Distinguished Service Award!
MPH Graduate, Jennifer S. Gewandter to Serve as Chair of the new ACTTION Center for Optimizing Benefit-Risk Assessments
Friday, October 28, 2022
The Analgesic, Anesthetic, and Addiction Clinical Trial Translations, Innovations, Opportunities, and Networks (ACTTION) public-private partnership with the FDA has just been awarded a cooperative agreement research grant for $4M for 2022-2027. MPH Graduate, Jennifer S. Gewandter to Serve as Chair of the new ACTTION Center for Optimizing Benefit-Risk Assessments.
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Congratulations to our first HEAL cohort for starting their graduate studies in public health this semester!
Friday, September 9, 2022
Congratulations to our first HEAL cohort for starting their graduate studies in public health this semester! Charlotte Caldwell, Derek Guo and Olivia Waysack joined the University of Rochester four years ago as first year undergraduate students in our Health and Epidemiology Advanced Learning (HEAL) combined degree program. Charlotte will continue her studies in the Master’s in Public Health (MPH) program, whereas Derek and Olivia are obtaining a Master’s degree in Epidemiology. Welcome, we are excited to have you!
Two Participated in Podcast for the Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology Journal
Thursday, August 18, 2022
Wenhan Guo and Helena Temkin-Greener participated in a podcast for the Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology journal, in which they discussed two papers that ICHE published this month. They are:
- "Trend in disparities in COVID-19 outcomes in nursing homes" (Yue Li – first author)
- "COVID-19 in Assisted Living Communities: Neighborhood Deprivation and State Social Distancing Policies Matter" (Wenhan Guo – first author)
PHS faculty find sex differences in the link between e-cig/cigarette use and hypertension
Monday, August 1, 2022
A study led by UR CTSI researchers and PHS faculty Deborah Ossip, Ph.D., and Dongmei Li, Ph.D., shows that cigarette smoking increases the risk of hypertension among females, but not males in the U.S. The study, published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research, also found a trend of a dose-response relationship between e-cig use and hypertension risk among females.
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Elaine Hill, PhD, awarded a grant to examine how COVID-19 deepened the opioid crisis
Monday, August 1, 2022
A new $3.5 million grant will help researchers examine how the economic, social, and health care disruptions caused by COVID-19 worsened the nation’s opioid epidemic. Co-led by Elaine Hill, an associate professor of public health sciences, of obstetrics and gynecology, and of economics, the study will seek to determine how the response to the pandemic impacted opioid use disorder in different communities and whether the progress made in recent years can be recovered.
Read More: Elaine Hill, PhD, awarded a grant to examine how COVID-19 deepened the opioid crisis
Dr. Amina Alio is first author on paper, "Structural Racism and Inequities in Access to Medicaid-Funded Quality Cancer Care in the United States"
Tuesday, July 26, 2022
Amina P. Alio, Ph.D., Mitchell J. Wharton, Ph.D. and Kevin Fiscella, M.D., M.P.H., recently published an article in JAMA Network Open revealing structural racism and inequity of access to high-quality cancer care for Medicaid patients in the U.S., who are disproportionately Black, Hispanic, low-income or disabled. Using secret shopper methods, they found only 68% of facilities surveyed accepted new Medicaid patient appointments for the treatment of breast, colorectal, kidney or skin cancer.
Read More: Dr. Amina Alio is first author on paper, "Structural Racism and Inequities in Access to Medicaid-Funded Quality Cancer Care in the United States"
Edith M. Williams, PhD, named Founding Director for the Office of Health Equity Research with primary appointment in PHS
Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Edith M. Williams, Ph.D., associate professor of Public Health Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina, has been named the founding director of the Office of Health Equity Research, which is housed in the CTSI. The office will research what prevents equitable health care delivery, helping to achieve a key part of our Equity and Anti-Racism Action Plan. Williams, a Rochester native with decades of experience in health equity research, leadership and mentorship, will take up the role Sept. 1.
Philip Hopke ranks #111 in the world and #59 in US for Research.com's 2022 Ranking of Top 1000 Scientists in the area of Environmental Sciences
Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Research.com, a prominent academic platform for scientists, has just published the 2022 Edition of their Ranking of Top 1000 Scientists in the area of Environmental Sciences. Philip Hopke, Department of Public Health Sciences, has ranked #111 in the world ranking and is also listed #59 in United States. Their ranking is constructed using the H-index data gathered by Microsoft Academic and includes only prominent scientists with an H-index of at least 30 for scientific papers published in the field of Environmental Sciences.
You can see the full world ranking here: https://research.com/scientists-rankings/environmental-sciences
You can find the entire ranking for United States here: https://research.com/scientists-rankings/environmental-sciences/us
Francisco Cartujano Barrera, MD, received funding to develop the "American Lung Association Addressing Tobacco Use in Hispanic/Latino Communities Toolkit"
Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Francisco Cartujano Barrera, MD, has been funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health to develop the "American Lung Association Addressing Tobacco Use in Hispanic/Latino Communities Toolkit".
José Pérez Ramos, PhD, MPH, selected as a 2022 Health Disparities Research Institute Scholar
Wednesday, June 15, 2022
José Pérez Ramos, PhD, MPH, was selected as a 2022 Health Disparities Research Institute Scholar. The Health Disparities Research Institute is scheduled to be held virtually August 15-19, 2022. They received a large number of applications and the selection process was competitive. Dr. Pérez Ramos was selected based on his interest in and promise to become a health disparities research scholar and his accomplishments to date.
Katherine Rieth, MD, MPH, MA, received Wilmot Physician-Scientist Fellowship Award
Wednesday, June 15, 2022
The Wilmot Foundation has named its 2022 fellowship recipients. Recent alumnus Katherine Rieth, MD, MPH, MA, received a Wilmot Physician-Scientist Fellowship Award to explore mobile smoking cessation program for patients w/head & neck cancers in rural areas around Rochester, NY. Dr. Rieth is mentored on this project by Drs. Cupertino and McIntosh.
Mostafa Mohamed, Epidemiology PhD student, awarded Wilmot pre-doctoral fellowship
Monday, May 23, 2022
Mostafa Mohamed, Epidemiology PhD student, was awarded the Wilmot pre-doctoral fellowship for his work with mentor, Supriya Mohile, on his project, "Understanding Chemotherapy Dosing in older adults with advanced Cancer." The Wilmot Cancer Institute Research Fellowship Program at the University of Rochester Medical Center is supported by the Wilmot Foundation, named in honor of Rochester businessman and philanthropist James P. Wilmot. The program provides support for cancer research training for emerging scientists, with the goal of enabling them to build an independent career in the investigation of the causes, diagnosis, treatment, prevention or management of cancer or its side effects. Wilmot predoctoral fellowships, open to PhD or MD/PhD candidates under the mentorship of a Wilmot Cancer Institute member, provide two years of support.
Helena Temkin-Greener's research finds that more state oversight is needed to improve end-of-life care for assisted living residents
Friday, May 13, 2022
Increasingly favored by patients, families, and policymakers, assisted living communities have been little studied and—depending upon the state—lightly regulated. Research by the Helena Temkin-Greener, Professor of Public Health Sciences, shows that poorer assisted living residents in states with looser oversight are less likely to die at home under hospice care, an important indicator of the quality of care and services provided by long-term care facilities. Read more here.
Krystalyn Bates interviewed by WHEC about the possible menthol cigarette ban
Tuesday, May 3, 2022
One of our PHS residents, Krystalyn Bates, who is a medical consultant with the Center for Tobacco-Free Finger Lakes, spoke with WHEC about the possible menthol cigarette ban. Follow this link to read more.
Study by Elaine Hill, PhD, links fracking, drinking water pollution, and infant health
Tuesday, April 12, 2022
New research from Elaine Hill, Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences and Obstetrics & Gynecology, links shale gas development in Pennsylvania to pollution of public water supplies and negative impacts on infant health. These findings call for closer regulation of the industry. To read more, click here.
Wyatte Hall, PhD, publishes first paper as part of the PHS faculty
Monday, April 11, 2022
Wyatte Hall, PhD, who joined the PHS department at the start of 2022 recently published a paper discussing the "deaf tax." Minority faculty and trainees experience unique factors that can hinder their success in academic medicine—collectively referred to as “minority tax.” The authors argue that a similar “deaf tax” of unique barriers, experiences, and responsibilities disproportionately burdens deaf trainees and faculty. To read more, please follow the link here.
UR Public Health undergrads involved in White Paper addressing the need for system-wide change in Rochester's substance use disorder treatment structure
Tuesday, April 5, 2022
The white paper is titled "La Avenida and Latinos in Recovery: Programmatic Requirements for Success, in the Words of La Gente." Spearheaded by the Father Tracy Advocacy Center and Dr. Nancy Chin at the University of Rochester, it addresses the need for system-wide change in Rochester's substance use disorder treatment structure. The white paper utilized an ethnographic approach to identify recommendations for the treatment community to incorporate in order to serve marginalized members of the Rochester community, as these vulnerable people are currently not adequately served by the treatment system. This White paper is the result of in-depth interviews with men and women from the North Clinton neighborhood, most of them Latinx, who are or have been suffering from substance use disorders. The document uses the voice of those community members to advocate for changes needed in Rochester's system of substance use treatment. Many students of the undergraduate public health program were deeply involved in the work. Diana Fernandez, MD, PhD, MPH, was tangentially involved in the planning of the study, the analyses of the interviews, and the editorial revisions of the paper. She is also involved with these initiatives as a member of the Common Ground's Heroin/Opioid Work Group and the co-chair of the Latino Health Coalition.
For more details and to read the full white paper, click here.
José G. Pérez Ramos, PhD, MPH, publishes article about the impact of colonialism as a socio-structural determinant of health in Puerto Rico
Friday, April 1, 2022
José G. Pérez Ramos, PhD, MPH, along with collaborators from George Washinton University and Kalamazoo College, have published their article, "How Is Colonialism a Sociostructural Determinant of Health in Puerto Rico?" in the AMA Journal of Ethics. To read the full article, click here.
Francisco Cartujano-Barrera wins best abstract award at 2022 SRNT conference
Friday, March 18, 2022
Congratulations to Francisco Cartujano-Barrera, MD, PhD(c), for winning best abstract at this year’s meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT)
Remembering and honoring Paul Farmer for his contributions to global public health
Thursday, February 24, 2022
The faculty, staff and students of Public Health Sciences honor the lifetime of contributions of Dr. Paul Farmer (1960- 2022) to global public health. His impact is immeasurable on the public, on trainees and on colleagues. He met with members of our department during his visit to the UR when he gave the 2004 Morgan Lecture sponsored by the Anthropology Department. The co-founder of Partners in Health, who died on Monday at age 62, simply did not accept the idea that inequality of health-care access is natural or inevitable.
Opinion | How Paul Farmer helped save the lives of millions of people - The Washington Post
University of Rochester launches new course on Coursera - Community Engagement for Research and Public Health
Friday, February 18, 2022
The University of Rochester has launched a new course on Coursera, titled: Community Engagement for Research and Public Health. Theresa Green, PhD, MBA, Assistant Professor of Public Health Sciences and the Director of Community Health Policy and Education at the Center for Community Health, has been at the lead of this effort, creating the course and coordinating the educational contributions of her UR colleagues. Nana Bennett, Kevin Fiscella, Michael Mendoza, Kathleen Holt, Ann Dozier, Rachel Allen, Alicia Bell, Karen Vitale, Indrani Singh, John Cullen, Amina Alio, Robert Moses, and Joyce Duckles have all contributed video presentations on specific topics for this course, which officially launched on February 14, 2022. To learn about course content and enrollment options, you can find more information here: https://www.coursera.org/rochester.
Special thanks to the Department of Public Health Sciences and the Clinical & Translational Science Institute for their support of this endeavor.
PHS welcomes three new Assistant Professors to the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division
Thursday, January 6, 2022
The department of Public Health Sciences is proud to announce the addition of three Assistant Professors. Francisco Cartujano-Barrera, MD, who joined us in September 2021, is a Latino researcher focusing on the development and implementation of mobile health interventions for smoking cessation among underserved populations (e.g., Latinos, people living with HIV, people living in low- and middle-income countries). In January 2022, we welcome José G. Pérez Ramos, PhD, MPH, and Wyatte Hall, PhD from the URMC Obstetrics and Gynecology department. Dr. Pérez Ramos is a Latino researcher focusing on designing and implementing technological, community-oriented research initiatives to reduce health inequities and address sociostructural determinants of health among minoritized groups globally. Dr. Hall is a Deaf researcher focusing on community engagement and overall reduction of health disparities in deaf populations, with a particular focus on the relationship between early childhood language experiences and subsequent health, cognitive, education, and overall quality of life outcomes across the lifespan – especially the phenomenon of language deprivation. All three Assistant Professors are joining the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division of PHS.