Vital Record » Public Health https://news.tamhsc.edu Your source for health news from the Texas A&M Health Science Center Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:19:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sharma developing portable water purifying device for military https://news.tamhsc.edu/?post=sharma-developing-portable-water-purifying-device-for-military https://news.tamhsc.edu/?post=sharma-developing-portable-water-purifying-device-for-military#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:56:53 +0000 https://news.tamhsc.edu/?post_type=post&p=21155 Sharma leads research group that is conducting laboratory studies to demonstrate the efficacy of ferrate to remove a wide range of contaminants, which will contribute to the development of a purifying device for the military]]>
As our troops serve our nation all around the world, it is important to provide a way for them to obtain pure drinking water.

As our troops serve our nation all around the world, it is important to provide a way for them to obtain pure drinking water.

Providing a reliable source of purified drinking water for our U.S. military as they serve our nation in the field is the focus of a research grant awarded to Virender K. Sharma, Ph.D., M.Tech, M.Sc., professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health.

The Battelle Memorial Institute has awarded a subcontract to the Texas A&M School of Public Health to develop a portable water treatment device using naturally occurring iron in the environment. According to Sharma, this iron is easily converted to an environmentally friendly chemical compound called ferrate that can be used as a water treatment disinfectant to purify water.

“In a matter of minutes polluted water contaminated with pesticides and other toxins can be purified using ferrate without possibly leaving harmful by-products currently left behind with traditional water treatment chemicals, such as free chlorine, choramines and ozone,” says Sharma.

Virender K. Sharma, Ph.D.

Virender K. Sharma, Ph.D.

A research group led by Sharma is conducting laboratory studies to demonstrate the efficacy of ferrate to remove a wide range of contaminants. Results of the research will contribute to the development of the device. Additional Texas A&M School of Public Health researchers working on the project are Natalie Johnson, Ph.D., Thomas McDonald, Ph.D., and Ranjana Mehta, Ph.D.

Sharma, an environmental chemist, was recently named interim department head of the Environmental and Occupational Health Department at the Texas A&M School of Public Health.

(The project is sponsored by the Defense Technical Information Center, IAC Program Office (DTIC-I), 8725 John J. Kingman Road, Suite 0944, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-6218.  Approved for Public Release, Distribution Unlimited.)

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McLeroy to present at Health Education & Behavior Editorial Board meeting https://news.tamhsc.edu/?post=mcleroy-to-present-at-health-education-behavior-editorial-board-meeting https://news.tamhsc.edu/?post=mcleroy-to-present-at-health-education-behavior-editorial-board-meeting#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:32:09 +0000 https://news.tamhsc.edu/?post_type=post&p=21152 Regents and Distinguished Professor Kenneth McLeroy, Ph.D., will deliver the keynote address at the Health Education & Behavior (HE&B) Editorial Board meeting and luncheon in New Orleans on November 17. ]]>

Regents and Distinguished Professor Kenneth McLeroy, Ph.D., will deliver the keynote address at the Health Education & Behavior (HE&B) Editorial Board meeting and luncheon in New Orleans on November 17.

Health Education & Behavior is a peer-reviewed bi-monthly journal that provides empirical research, case studies, program evaluations, literature reviews, and discussions on theories of health behavior and health status, as well as strategies to improve social and behavioral health. It also examines the processes of planning, implementing, managing, and assessing health education and social-behavioral interventions.

McLeroy will speak on his previously published work, “Creating Capacity: Establishing a Health Education Research Agenda,” published originally in 1995 that led to the establishment of a research agenda for health education. He will recount the history of that effort and address the issue of new journal reporting standards that go beyond the current standards for public health journals.

Kenneth McLeroy, Ph.D.

Kenneth McLeroy, Ph.D.

McLeroy currently serves as the department editor of Framing Health Matters for the American Journal of Public Health and is an international leader in the use of social ecology as a framework for public health research and practice. His research interests include community capacity, community-based approaches to health promotion and disease prevention, program evaluation of individual and community assets and resources, the relationship between theory and practice, social ecology, and history of public health.

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Wells to present research at AcademyHealth Public Health Systems Research Close-Up Briefing https://news.tamhsc.edu/?post=wells-to-present-research-at-academyhealth-public-health-systems-research-close-up-briefing https://news.tamhsc.edu/?post=wells-to-present-research-at-academyhealth-public-health-systems-research-close-up-briefing#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:56:51 +0000 https://news.tamhsc.edu/?post_type=post&p=21122 Rebecca Wells, Ph.D. was invited to present and discuss her research at a Public Health Systems Research Close-Up Briefing conducted by AcademyHealth in Washington ]]>
Rebecca Wells, Ph.D.

Rebecca Wells, Ph.D.

Rebecca Wells, Ph.D., professor of Health Policy Management at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health, was recently invited to present and discuss her research, Effects of Reduced Medicaid Funding for Maternity Outreach and Postpartum Services, at a Public Health Systems Research Close-Up Briefing conducted by AcademyHealth in Washington, D.C. in October.

Public health systems research examines the financing, organization, and delivery of public health services within communities and how these services impact health outcomes, with the goal of informing public health policy decision-makers about the evolving public health system.

The briefing will bring together experts from public health research, practice, and policy, and will be an interactive exchange of ideas, questions, and evidence. This particular session focuses on research of maternal and child health, including the impact of recent funding reductions and policy changes on maternal and child health outcomes. The goal of this meeting is to share the latest research on maternal and child health policy, and improve the effectiveness, relevance, and accessibility of public health systems research to make it more useful for public health policy-makers.

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Bustillos secures national public health research poster presentation https://news.tamhsc.edu/?post=bustillos-secures-national-public-health-research-poster-presentation https://news.tamhsc.edu/?post=bustillos-secures-national-public-health-research-poster-presentation#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:42:33 +0000 https://news.tamhsc.edu/?post_type=post&p=21119 Brenda Bustillos, M.S., RD, LD was selected as one of 19 people nationwide for the Delta Omega National Honorary Society in Public Health research poster presentations at the American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting]]>
Brenda Bustillos, M.S., RD, LD

Brenda Bustillos, M.S., RD, LD

Brenda Bustillos, M.S., RD, LD, a doctoral student at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health, was selected as one of 19 people nationwide for the Delta Omega National Honorary Society in Public Health research poster presentations at the American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting November 17 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Six out of the past seven consecutive years one or more Texas A&M School of Public Health Students have had research posters selected for this prestigious honor.

A captain in the U.S. Army Medical Specialist Corps, Bustillos is completing her Dr.P.H. in Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences. Her winning research poster is titled, “Development and implementation of a culturally and linguistically-centered nutrition education program for promotora researchers to foster community health education and outreach in Texas border colonias.”

Earlier this spring, Bustillos won first place with her poster in the Texas A&M School of Public Health 9th Annual Research Poster Symposium and Student Poster Contest.

“We are very pleased that Brenda’s outstanding work can be showcased on the national scale at the APHA meeting,” remarked Jean Brender, RN, Ph.D., associate dean for research.

This opportunity was created by Delta Omega to encourage and recognize the public health leaders of tomorrow.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Managing the next public health outbreak https://news.tamhsc.edu/?post=infographic-managing-the-next-public-health-outbreak https://news.tamhsc.edu/?post=infographic-managing-the-next-public-health-outbreak#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:18:45 +0000 https://news.tamhsc.edu/?post_type=post&p=21091 Ebola virus disease is a stark reminder that an outbreak anywhere can be a risk everywhere. This is both the harsh reality and the shining truth, but more than just managing this outbreak, we must learn from it and vow to prevent the next one by overcoming social, scientific and economic barriers that inhibit effective public health preparedness and response. ]]>

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Ory to receive Lifetime Achievement Award https://news.tamhsc.edu/?post=ory-to-receive-lifetime-achievement-award https://news.tamhsc.edu/?post=ory-to-receive-lifetime-achievement-award#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:31:49 +0000 https://news.tamhsc.edu/?post_type=post&p=21080 Regents and Distinguished Professor Marcia Ory, Ph.D., M.P.H, has been selected to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Aging and Public Health Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA)]]>
Marcia Ory, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Marcia Ory, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Regents and Distinguished Professor Marcia Ory, Ph.D., M.P.H, has been selected to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Aging and Public Health Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA).

“Her record speaks for itself, and we feel that her amazing accomplishments exemplify what this award represents,” states Lene Levy-Storms, Ph.D., M.P.H, past-chair of the Aging and Public Health Section.

Ory is an international leader in healthy aging, community-based prevention and wellness research. She has made substantial contributions to identifying factors associated with healthy aging as well as implementing and disseminating evidence-based programs for improving the health and functioning of older adults. Working collaboratively with a variety of community, state and national partners she has advanced the science of public health translational research. She is also known for her excellence in mentoring the next generation of scholars and practitioners. She has authored or co-authored 10 edited books, 35 book chapters, served as guest editor for 20 journal issues, and published over 300 articles.  Additionally, she has generated more than $1 million annually in expenditures for research and service. She was previously awarded at the Phillip G. Weiler Award for Leadership in Aging and Public Health. She has also received the Texas A&M Health Science Center’s Presidential Award in Research selected for this honor from nominees from the colleges of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and nursing.

She will be honored at the APHA 2014 Annual Meeting in New Orleans on November 17.

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Hong researches care arrangements of children orphaned by AIDS https://news.tamhsc.edu/?post=hong-researches-care-arrangements-of-children-orphaned-by-aids-2 https://news.tamhsc.edu/?post=hong-researches-care-arrangements-of-children-orphaned-by-aids-2#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:39:16 +0000 https://news.tamhsc.edu/?post_type=post&p=21067 Over 17 million children worldwide have been orphaned from AIDS, and most of these orphans live in poor resource settings. Yan Hong, Ph.D., associate professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health, has just published her recent findings on care arrangement of AIDS orphans in rural central China. ]]>
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There is an increasing number of AIDS orphans in rural central China due to unhygienic commercial blood collection.

Over 17 million children worldwide have been orphaned from AIDS, and most of these orphans live in poor resource settings. How to care for these vulnerable children remains an urgent public health issue.

Yan Hong, Ph.D., associate professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health, has been doing research on care arrangement of AIDS orphans for years and just published her recent findings from rural central China. Many children have been orphaned in this area of the world because of unhygienic commercial blood collection since 1990.

“Many orphans experience rejection, increased bullying, social ostracism and numerous health concerns, both mental and physical, as a result of the stigma surrounding the disease,” state Hong. “This makes how this at-risk population is cared for all the more important.”

The study titled, “Community-based family-style group homes for children orphaned by AIDS in rural China: An ethnographic investigation,” published in Health Policy and Planning, provides a detailed description of community-based family-style group homes. Hong and others conducted a series of investigations to better understand the characteristics and function of this relatively new model of care and the potential health outcomes for the orphans. Detailed information on these group homes was documented as well as why children in them had better outcomes than their counterparts in orphanages and kinship care.

Based on years of ethnographic research, Hong and colleagues proposed an ecological framework on the best care model for AIDS orphans in resource poor settings. The framework models a stable home environment composed of dedicated caregivers, positive communication, and a supportive, nurturing neighborhood community that would help shield children from stigma and isolation.

“What we learned from our research will help us design effective care arrangement options not only for AIDS orphans, but other vulnerable children in resource poor settings,” said Hong. The study received funding from National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Nursing Research, and the Texas A&M Health Science Center. Additional researchers include Dr. Peilian Chi, Macau University, China; Drs. Junfeng Zhao and Guoxiang Zhao, Henan University, China; Drs. Xiaoming Li and Bonita Stanton, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan; and Dr. Li Li, UCLA, Los Angeles, California.

Yan Hong, Ph.D.

Yan Hong, Ph.D.

 

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Garney awarded best research abstract by APHA https://news.tamhsc.edu/?post=garney-awarded-best-research-abstract-by-apha https://news.tamhsc.edu/?post=garney-awarded-best-research-abstract-by-apha#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:00:06 +0000 https://news.tamhsc.edu/?post_type=post&p=21035 Whitney Garney, M.P.H., research and evaluation associate of the Center for Community Health Development (CCHD) at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health, has been awarded the best doctoral student research abstract by the Community Health Planning and Policy Development section of the American Public Health Association (APHA). ]]>
Whitney Garney, M.P.H.

Whitney Garney, M.P.H.

Whitney Garney, M.P.H., research and evaluation associate of the Center for Community Health Development (CCHD) at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health, has been awarded the best doctoral student research abstract by the Community Health Planning and Policy Development section of the American Public Health Association (APHA).

Garney is receiving this award for her research on “Using Community Health Workers to Increase Awareness about the Affordable Care Act in a Rural Community.” She will be honored at the APHA 2014 Annual Meeting in New Orleans on November 15.

Garney served as principal investigator on the recently completed Geocaching for Exercise and Activity Research (GEAR) study that examined physical activity levels during non-traditional exercise and activities.

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Wells chairs health care division of international management association https://news.tamhsc.edu/?post=wells-chairs-health-care-division-of-international-management-association https://news.tamhsc.edu/?post=wells-chairs-health-care-division-of-international-management-association#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:06:15 +0000 https://news.tamhsc.edu/?post_type=post&p=21028 Rebecca Wells, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health, has just begun her elected role as chair of the Academy of Management's Health Care Management Division. ]]>
Rebecca Wells, Ph.D.

Rebecca Wells, Ph.D.

Rebecca Wells, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health, has just begun her elected role as chair of the Academy of Management’s Health Care Management Division.

The Academy of Management is the leading global association of management researchers. The Health Care Management Division has 900 members who focus on the health care sector, including faculty and graduate students in schools of business and public health, as well as health care practitioners.

 

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