What's Happening in Public Health?
May 3, 2013: Alan Alda visits with public health students. Alan Alda, renowned actor, writer, and director held a workshop with public health students in a course taught by Dr. Evonne Kaplan-Liss. Seen at left are our students with Senior Academic Coordinator Joanmarie Maniaci, GPPH Director Dr. Lisa Benz Scott, Dr. Kaplan-Liss, Dr. Al Jordan, and Alan Alda. Clips from the workshop were featured on CBS News Sunday Morning, which can be viewed here. Alda was also recently honored at the "Stars of Stony Brook" gala, where the new name "Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science" was announced. The Center's goal is to teach scientists how to effectively communicate with the general population about their work. Details on the gala and Center can be found here.
April 26, 2013: GPPH participates in Dental Health Screening. Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) and SBU Dental School co-hosted a Dental Screening Event on April 22, 2013. The event was a tremendous success with over 100 students screened for dental health and 14 groups participating. Represented organizations included GPPH, CHILL and CHOICE Peer Educators, Stony Brook LGBTA, Seawolves Against Cancer, Pre-Dental Society, and SB Heals. Long Island Association for AIDS Care (LIAAC) also was in attendance giving free HIV and Hepatitis C testing. The event was also supported by Student Health Services and Commuter Student Services. Seen left is GPPH Senior Academic Coordinator Joanie Maniaci with Hugh Finch, DDS, Director of Admissions and Student Affairs for SBU Dental School, SHAC Chair and MPH student Krishna Satish, and Kathleen Valerio from CPO's Health Education Office. Congratulations to all involved on such a successful event! To read more about this event, please visit Stony Brook's Happenings page here.
April 26, 2013: Information fair on sexual assault awareness. Stony Brook University's Center for Prevention and Outreach will hold an information fair on Sexual Assault Awareness Month on April 29th from 11:30am-3:00pm in the HSC Galleria. Information will be provided on sexual assault resources, Stony Brook's SANE center, and opportunities for professional development in working with survivors of sexual assault. To see the event flyer click here.
April 26, 2013: Campaign to End Obesity reports new findings. The current methods used to estimate the costs and savings of federal legislation do not account for billions of dollars in potential long-term savings from policies that would prevent or reduce obesity, according to a new report. Changing the way estimates are conducted would provide a clearer picture that preventing obesity can help save money in the long run. The Congressional Budget Office currently estimates the costs of proposed federal policies over a 10-year time frame. Widening that lens to 75 years would account for the fact that a person at a healthy weight would see reduced health care costs and higher wages throughout their lifetime. This report was funded by RWJF and more information can be found here.
April 19, 2013: County executive approves legislation. On March 26, 2013, health advocates and lobbyists from the beverage industry met with aides of Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone to state their cases in regard to the recent legislation that was passed. For more on what each side said, please read the Newsday article here. To view a News 12 story that aired on April 2, please click here. On April 18, County Executive Bellone signed both pieces of legislation that limit minors' access to energy drinks. This is the first of such legislation in the nation and has come after two and a half years of dedication and support. Congratulations to Tracy Trypuc and everyone who worked so hard to see this through.
April 5, 2013: Update on legislation initiative. On Tuesday March 19, 2013, Suffolk County lawmakers passed three bills that will lead to oversight of energy drink sales in the area. One bill bans the sale of energy drinks at county parks and beaches and another bans marketing to minors by stopping coupons and free samples. A measure was also passed that will encouraged local youth to get involved and submit media about why the drinks are dangerous. For more information about this advance in public policy, please read the Newsday article here.
December 17, 2012: GPPH student plays crucial role in changing legislation. Tracy Trypuc, BSN, RN, a student of the combined MPH/MBA program, has played a major role in the public health policy topic of banning energy drink marketing/sales to youth in Suffolk County. The effects of energy drinks on children and adolescents have been thoroughly researched for the past two years. The county board of health has been urged to seek changes in legislation after research findings show that energy drinks “can cause heart problems, lead to increased visits to the emergency rooms and even deaths,” states Trypuc, also a board member. At the Suffolk’s Board of Health meeting on November 28, the board voted unanimously to send recommendations to the County legislature and to the FDA on the issue. Health Commissioner Dr. James Tomarken, also an affiliated faculty member for the GPPH, sent the board’s letter that called for labeling of all drink ingredients and components in a noticeable way and also asked that potential regulations ban the distribution of these drinks to child and adolescents under the age of 19. It may be some time before we see if the board’s recommendations are acted upon, but we commend everyone’s hard work toward the cause.
April 5, 2013: GPPH alumni present at annual meeting. Congratulations to Aleef Rahman and Ahmed Belazi, along with their mentor Dr. Amy Hammock, on their technology demonstration table presentation at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Health Behavior. The meeting was held March 17-20, 2013 at the El Dorado Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The technology demonstration was titled "Using Google Analytics and Quick Response Codes in the Real-Time Tracking of a Public Health Social Norms Marketing Campaign;" an abstract can be found here. Aleef and Ahmed are seen left with GPPH Director Dr. Lisa Benz Scott. A terrific job done by two amazing alumni!
March 15, 2013 : GPPH students help at the SB HOME Health Fair. Current MPH and advanced certificate students tabled at the SB HOME Health Fair in Central Islip on March 2, 2013 and it was a tremendous success! Students David Ali and Ahmed Rab ran a table on exercise and fitness where they distributed CDC-based information to parents and had children engage in jump-rope exercises. They also collaborated with Stony Brook’s dental students by providing the incentive of a jump rope to those children willing to get their teeth checked. Additionally, they watched over the children as parents went for blood glucose screenings by the medical students. GPPH efforts truly helped to unify many departments’ initiatives. Students Rubiya Haque and Qudsia Hussain greatly contributed to the profitable bake sale that was held to fund this table. Pamela Icochea also deserves recognition for her extensive work in organizing the SB HOME Health Fair from the ground-up. Overall, GPPH efforts made it a fun, educational, and successful day. Great job to everyone involved!
March 1, 2013: Stony Brook launches Hazing Prevention Video Contest. The Office of Student Activities is hosting a Hazing Prevention Video Contest open to all students. All videos must be 30-60 seconds in length and designed as a commercial or public service announcement. The following information should be included: (1) what does hazing mean to you? (2) what do you believe Stony Brook students can do to prevent hazing? (3) how to report hazing behavior if you experience it or witness is occurring.
All videos that meet the above qualifications will be screened at the Hazing Prevention Video Contest Screening on Wednesday, March 6th at 1PM in the UNITI Cultural Center Lounge in the Student Union. The winning video will receive $250 programming money to go towards the student organization of their choice. Videos must be posted on YouTube and submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11PM on Tuesday, March 5th. For more events from Community Pledge and Community Week, please click here.
March 1, 2013: Core faculty member invited to The Missing Peace Symposium. GPPH core faculty member Tia Palermo attended the Missing Peace Symposium – “Sexual Violence in Conflict and Post-Conflict Settings” as part of the invited Young Scholars program. The Missing Peace was a global symposium held by The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) which brought together scholars, policymakers, and practitioners to “examine the issue of sexual violence, identify gaps in knowledge and report, and explore how to increase the effectiveness of current responses to such violence.” Young Scholars, or recently granted PhD’s, were given the opportunity to disseminate their research results through poster sessions and presentations, meet one-on-one with senior academics and policymakers, and sit at dedicated roundtables to discuss research and foster cross-disciplinary pollination. The symposium was held at the USIP headquarters in Washington, DC from February 14-16, 2013. For more information on symposium agenda and bios of attendees, please click here. Tia was also invited as a panelist at the Columbia University Epidemiology Scientific Symposium (CUESS) – “The Epidemiology of Sexualized Violence. Global sexualized violence: From epidemiology to action” on January 25, 2013. For agenda details on that symposium, please click here. Fantastic job, Dr. Palermo!
February 28, 2013: GPPH students receive grant from the Allstate Foundation. GPPH students Michael Yen, Kyle Urbanczyk, and Jorge Sanchez, have received a $10,000 grant from the Allstate Foundation. The grant application was written during the Capstone Seminar course, supervised by GPPH core faculty member Dr. Lauren Hale and primary investigator Dr. Lucy Weinstein. The grant will be used for organizing a video competition open to high school students in the Long Island area who will create clips on the topic of safe driving; the winner will be featured on the web. The funds will also be used for lobbying state legislators and care insurance companies to introduce safer driving legislation, policies, and incentives. This funding will be a huge help for promoting advocacy and awareness for safe driving in the Queens, Brooklyn, Nassau, and Suffolk County areas. This is one great example of how GPPH integrates compentencies and connects to practical needs and opportunities in public health.
January 31, 2013: Provost's Lecture in Health Policy to be held in March. Dr. Daniel Fox, a historian and political scientist who is a distinguished scholar in health policy, is coming to campus to lecture this coming March. Dr. Fox has a long connection to Stony Brook, where he taught for nearly 20 years, serving for most of that time as EVP for Academic Affairs for the Health Science schools. Since 1990 he has been Executive Director and then Emeritus Director of the Milbank Memorial Foundation, with a hand in policy formation and advocacy in a number of areas. He will be giving his Provost's Lecture on March 25th at 4PM in the Wang Center Theater. The title of his talk is "Patients' Rights and the Governance of the Health Sector: Two Stories to Inform Policy." Please click here for further event details!
|January 2, 2013: Stony Brook's Center for Prevention and Outreach sponsors V-Day 2013. The Center for Prevention and Outreach is once again sponsoring V-Day by holding performances of the Vagina Monologues on February 21, 22, and 23. V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls worldwide, hoping to one day see a world where women live safely and freely. For more information about the movement, please visit www.vday.org. By attending a performance, you can help raise funds and awareness for this great cause. For more information of SBU's month of V-Day events, visit the CPO website at www.stonybrook.edu/cpo or contact counselor Christine Szaraz.|
|December 17, 2012: Affiliate faculty member presented at the Royal Society of Medicine. Dr. Steven Jonas, GPPH Affiliated Faculty Member and Professor of Preventive Medicine, recently visited London, England. While there he gave three presentations on the “prescription for exercise” and what he calls “The Ordinary Mortals® Pathway to Mobilizing Motivation for Health.” On November 29 he participated in an all-day symposium at the Royal Society of Medicine entitled “Beyond 2012: How sport and exercise medicine can improve the health of your patients” organized by the Section of General Practice with Primary Health Care and the Sport & Exercise Medicine Section. Dr. Jonas has been working with several members of the Royal Society of Medicine on these subjects since 2008 and has given several presentations there. There were around 70 attendees at the symposium, which featured several clinical presentations. He also presented on the same subject at the Royal National Orthopedic Hospital for medical and physical therapy staff, as well as for senior staff of the Queen Mary University of London, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, William Harvey Research Institute, Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine, Mile End Hospital. He looks forward to an ongoing relationship with his friends and colleagues in the recognized medical specialty of Sport and Exercise Medicine.|
|December 5, 2012: Affiliate Faculty Member featured in "Public Health Live!" Jane Corrarino, PhD, RN, an affiliate faculty member and adjunt in the community health concentration, was featured on "Public Health Live!," a monthly webcast series designed to provide continuing education opportunities on public health issues. The November 15th webinar was titled "Breaking the Fall: Community Injury Prevention Strategies for Older Adults." The speakers discussed the importance of falls as it relates to overall health of older adults and a history of the work that has been done toward prevention in the last decade. Jane highlighted the great work that has been done in Suffolk County in order to move this issue forward and address it in an effective way. An archive of the webinar can be found here by clicking on "Archive Webcast on Vimeo."|