Dr. Michelle M. Burcin, program director for undergraduate programs in the School of Health Sciences, and Dr. Shelley Armstrong, program coordinator for undergraduate programs in the School of Health Sciences, recently presented "College Health Promotion in the Digital Age: Online Healthy Campus Strategies Used by U.S. Universities and Colleges," at the 2015 International Conference on Health Promoting Universities and Colleges in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.
Dr. Richard Jimenez, a core faculty member in the School of Health Sciences, has been appointed to a 3-year term as a reviewer for the Fulbright Scholar Program through the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. Dr. Jimenez will serve on a team to review applications for research in the areas of public and global health.
Dr. Melinda Wilkins, a contributing faculty member in the School of Health Sciences, was recently selected by the American Health Information Management Association as a recipient of the 2015 Leadership Award.
Dr. Sandra Rasmussen, a faculty member in the School of Psychology, recently published Ready, Set, Go! Addiction Management for People in Recovery. The book is grounded in current research, recognized theories, and the experiences of hundreds of people in recovery.
Dr. Michelle M. Burcin, program director for undergraduate programs and the MS in Health Education and Promotion in the School of Health Sciences, and Dr. Shelley Armstrong, program coordinator for undergraduate programs in the School of Health Sciences, recently published "An evaluation of a college exercise leader program: Using exercise science students as advocates for behavior modification," in the Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 11(8).
Dr. Godwin O. Odia, a contributing faculty member in the School of Health Sciences, has been accepted in the National Library of Medicine's Georgia Biomedical Informatics course at Georgia Regents University. The fellowship is limited to 30 fellows per session twice a year and is directed at medical educators, medical librarians, medical administrators, and clinical practitioners.
Dr. Richard Jimenez, a core faculty member in the School of Health Sciences, gave a presentation for staff members of the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires, the Argentine Ministry of Health, and AIDS organizations in Buenos Aires for World AIDS Day. The virtual presentation, "Lessons Learned in the Global Fight Against HIV/AIDS: Perspectives From an Early Responder," was given at the U.S. Embassy's World AIDS Day program, "Deepening the Cooperation in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS."
Dr. Timothy Radak, a faculty member in the School of Health Sciences and the academic coordinator for the PhD in Public Health and Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) programs, was invited to speak at the National Plant-Based Prevention Of Disease (P-POD) Conference in Asheville, North Carolina. The panel discussed “How Research Data About Disease Risk Reduction May Be Translated in Practical Ways Into Public Health Recommendations and Educational Strategies/Content.”
Dr. Gudeta Fuffa, a contributing faculty member in the School of Health Sciences, submitted an abstract to the American Society of Nephrology’s Kidney Week 2014 Annual Meeting. The abstract, “Circulating Tumor Necrosis Factor Receptors 1 and 2 Correlate With Glomerular Structure in Type 2 Diabetes,” was selected as one of the Top Oral Abstracts for Trainees and was highlighted in the Onsite Program.
Dr. Sandra Weinstein Bever, an assessment coordinator and a faculty member in the School of Health Sciences, presented the paper “Administrative Destination: Bringing Anthropology Into Academic Assessment” at the 74th annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She also co-presented “Competing Destinations in Public Health: Forging a Path Towards Culturally Relevant Public Health Nursing” with Dr. Karen Ouzts, the program director of Walden’s BSN Completion Program.
Dr. Tony Cappello ’12, a faculty member in the School of Health Sciences and a PhD in Public Health graduate, was appointed to the State Board of Health by the governor of Colorado. Dr. Cappello is the public health director for the Northeast Colorado Health Department in Sterling.
Dr. Cheryl B. Cullen, a faculty member in the School of Health Sciences, was recently named a Citizen of the Year by the Lakeland Hills YMCA in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey. She was recognized for her longtime service to the Girl Scouts and as the PTA/PTO treasurer at a local high school. In addition to her work as a faculty member, Dr. Cullen is a clinical program manager at Remedy Partners.
Dr. Godwin Odia, a faculty member in the School of Health Sciences, participated in a National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics committee meeting in February about HIPAA and ACA administrative simplification. An expert on the subject, Dr. Odia also recently co-published “The Privacy and Security of Non-Traditional Occupational Health Services” in the Journal of AHIMA (Vol. 84, No. 11).
Dr. German Gonzalez, a faculty member in the School of Health Sciences, recently presented "Building the Business Case for Local Health Department Use of Syndromic Surveillance Systems" at the Public Health Informatics Conference in Atlanta.
The late Dr. John Kowalczyk, a former faculty member in the School of Health Sciences, Dr. Peter Anderson, a faculty member in the School of Health Sciences, and Dr. Gayle Walter ’10, a Master of Public Health (MPH) and PhD in Public Health alumna, co-authored the open access article “Protective Factors and College Student Drinking Patterns in Pre- and Post-Katrina New Orleans” in Health (Vol. 5, No. 12). Focusing on students at a public commuter university in New Orleans, the authors examined how attitudes, personal characteristics, and behaviors could play a role in reducing alcohol and drug use among college students.
Dr. Timothy Radak, a faculty member in the School of Health Sciences, contributed to the article “Why School Lunches Could Be Adding to the Obesity Epidemic and What You Can Do to Help,” published on eNannySource in October. Dr. Radak noted healthier food choices that would improve lunchtime nutrition for schoolchildren.
Dr. Daniel Berman, a faculty member in the School of Health Sciences, was recently elected to a three-year term on the Florida Nurses Association Board of Directors.
Dr. Vasileios Margaritis, a faculty member in the School of Health Sciences, recently presented “Change of Optical Properties of Contemporary Polychromatic Resin Composites After Light Curing and Finishing,” a paper he coauthored, at the 27th annual meeting of the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry held in Crete, Greece.
Dr. Daniel Berman, a faculty member in the School of Health Sciences, founded the Center for Healthcare Thinking and Innovations, an international healthcare consulting firm, in July. Dr. Berman will also present at three conferences this fall: the National Nurses in Business Association annual conference in Florida, the National Commission on Correctional Health Care conference in Nashville, Tenn., and the American Association of Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems conference in Las Vegas. He’ll address topics that include small business opportunities for nurses, the economic benefits of providing mental healthcare to prisoners, and decision making while developing community health networks.
Dr. Timothy Radak, a faculty member in the School of Health Sciences, co-authored “Effects of a Nutritional Intervention With the Japanese Vegetarian Food Guide on the Nutritional Characteristics of Japanese Vegetarian” in the Journal of the Japan Dietetic Association (Vol. 56, Issue 4).
Dr. Ronald Hudak, a faculty member in the School of Health Sciences, co-authored “The Patient-Centered Medical Home: A Case Study in Transforming the Military Health System 146” in Military Medicine (Vol. 178, Issue 2). The case study describes how the military health system’s patient-centered medical home initiative is transforming primary care for the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force.
Dr. Timothy Radak, a faculty member in the School of Health Sciences, wrote “Vegetarianism” in Food Science: An Ecological Approach (Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2013). The chapter defines types of vegetarian diets, the history of vegetarianism, current trends, and the health effects of the diet.
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