What is public health?
Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of families and communities through promotion of healthy lifestyles, research for disease and injury prevention and detection and control of infectious diseases. Public health is concerned with protecting the health of entire populations. These populations can be as small as a local neighborhood, or as big as an entire country or region of the world.
Public health professionals work to prevent problems from happening or recurring through implementing educational programs, recommending policies, administering services and conducting research – in contrast to clinical professionals like doctors and nurses, who focus primarily on treating individuals after they become sick or injured. Public health also works to limit health disparities. A large part of public health is promoting healthcare equity, quality and accessibility. (CDC)
Project ETHICS filmed for upcoming documentary
In 2013, associate professor of public health, Dr. Katherine McDonald, received a grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health (NIH), to address the pressing need for scientific knowledge to improve the health of persons with intellectual disability. A survey was created by an expert panel, which included Micah Fialka-Feldman, a Syracuse University student, teaching assistant, and staff member. Feldman, who will graduate in May 2015 with a certificate in Disability Studies, helped design the survey and assisted with recruitment and sharing findings. During the project, McDonald was contacted by documentary filmmaker, Dan Habib, an Emmy-nominated creator of award-winning films on disability-related topics about his upcoming film, Intelligent Lives.
Trauma REU student Charles Preuss with dog Bear - photo credits
Research training program for veterans accepting applications
To improve access to undergraduate research experiences in the area of trauma for groups typically underrepresented in this research, including veterans, a collaborative venture between Syracuse University’s Falk College, SUNY Oswego, and SUNY Upstate Medical University is now recruiting students for its 2015 program June 1-26 on the Syracuse campus. The Undergraduate Trauma Research Training program is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Education for Undergraduates (REU) opportunity that brings together veterans and non-veterans in a safe environment to pursue trauma research activities.
Falk College Announces New Master of Arts in Addiction Studies
To address a growing need for more counselors, healthcare professionals and social services professionals with adequate training and credentialing in alcohol, other drugs and behavioral addictions, Falk College announced the creation of a 36-credit Master of Arts in Addiction Studies degree. The degree program provides students with opportunities to develop broad competencies in preparation for employment in a number of fields addressing alcohol, other drugs and behavioral (process) addictions.
Syracuse Lead Study continues recruitment
The Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition at Syracuse University’s Falk College continues to actively recruit for the Syracuse Lead Study. Eligible zip codes are 13202, 13203, 13204, 13205, 13206, 13207, 13208, 13210 and 13224. The study is examining environmental toxins (lead) that collect in our system and how that impacts stress response and cardiovascular health.
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Brooks Gump Presented “Low-Level Environmental Toxins and Children's Health” at Grand Rounds Feb. 19
Brooks Gump , P.hD., M.P.H., Falk Family Endowed Professor of Public Health, was the featured guest speaker for The Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine's Grand Rounds on February 19, 2015 on the Upstate Medical University campus. Low-Level Environmental Toxins and Children's Health was the title of Dr. Gump's talk.
Public health faculty lead GIS workshop for students, community members
On November 24, students, faculty and community members gathered for the first annual Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Workshop sponsored by Syracuse University’s Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. David Larsen, an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition, led the workshop as part of public health professor Sandra Lane’s research work in the area of neighborhood trauma and violence in Syracuse.
Falk College Faculty Awarded Komen Foundation Grant for Breast Cancer Awareness, Education Programming
Public Health professor of practice, Luvenia Cowart, working with Maria Brown, assistant research professor, School of Social Work, received a $47,293 grant from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure New York Foundation to support the project, “Breast Cancer Awareness and Education Program for African American Women in Underserved Communities.” The project’s aim is to reduce disparities in breast cancer and its associated health risks, and to promote participation in mammography and early detection services for African American women in the Syracuse community.
Study Identifies Key Components for Prevention, Intervention Programs for Adolescent Smoking in China
Falk College professors, Ambika Krishnakumar (Child and Family Studies) and Lutchmie Narine (Public Health) authored “Parenting practices and adolescent smoking in mainland China: The mediating effect of smoking-related cognitions,” which appeared in the August 2014 edition of the Journal of Adolescence. In collaboration with Dr. Yan Wang, Drs. Krishnakumar and Narine examined the direct and indirect associations of general and smoking-specific parenting practices with Chinese adolescents' smoking behaviors. Results suggest that parenting practices and smoking-related cognitions are critical components to be incorporated in prevention and intervention programs for adolescent smoking in China.
Gump to continue leading Undergraduate Program for Trauma Research with Veterans with newly awarded NSF grant
Falk Family Professor of Public Health, Brooks Gump, Ph.D., M.P.H., will continue leading a program this summer for undergraduate veterans and non-veterans (five openings for each) interested in becoming trauma researchers. Gump was one of six faculty from three upstate New York universities (Syracuse University, SUNY Upstate, and SUNY Oswego) who ran this Research Education for Undergraduates (REU) program in 2012 and 2013. As one of several on-going interdisciplinary collaborations in the Falk College, the REU program includes faculty members Keith A. Alford, Ph.D., ACSW, associate professor of social work and Dessa Bergen-Cico, Ph.D., CHES, CAS, assistant professor, public health. The $285,679 grant recently awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) will support the REU program for two more years, which is now recruiting undergraduate veterans and non-veterans to participate. Students can earn $3,000 for participating in an intensive four-week summer program from June 2-27, 2014 at Syracuse University.
Larsen Focuses Research on Malaria Elimination in Zambia
In the Amazon port city of Belem, Brazil, David Larsen came to understand the luxury of a few pennies. Larsen, an assistant professor of public health in the Falk College, worked among the people living in extreme poverty in the favelas, while a missionary from 2002-04. "We'd be knocking on doors and saw very close up the devastating effects of the lack of health care, clean water and sanitation," he says. "They literally had nothing." And the simplest of measures—such as an ordinary antibiotic worth a few cents—could have a profound impact.
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Understanding EMDR Therapy and Its Applications: Treatment for Trauma
Thursday, May 28th
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A Social Work Perspective: What's Correct in Corrections?
Thursday, June 18th
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BMW Child Development Lab School now accepting applications for 2015-16 academic year
Spaces are available in the toddler and preschool classrooms.