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)
Dr. Yue Li's recently published paper was featured in the White House briefing on nursing home quality
Monday, February 28, 2022
Establish a Minimum Nursing Home Staffing Requirement. The adequacy of a nursing home’s staffing is the measure most closely linked to the quality of care residents receive. For example, a recent study of one state’s nursing facilities found that increasing registered nurse staffing by just 20 minutes per resident day was associated with 22% fewer confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 26% fewer COVID-19 deaths.
To read the full statement, click here: FACT SHEET: Protecting Seniors and People with Disabilities by Improving Safety and Quality of Care in the Nation’s Nursing Homes
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.