Student Profile: Kasey Smith
Student Profile: Kasey Smith

Kasey Smith, a doctoral student in the Department of Health Promotion & Behavior and Institute of Gerontology, is using research to design assistive technologies that foster social connection between older

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CPH In the Media: November 2022
CPH In the Media: November 2022

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of November 2022: Environmental health science professor Erin Lipp provided insights to Flagpole about the current viral load

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Student Spotlight – Always learning
Student Spotlight – Always learning

At 79 years old, Robert Hume has already lived a very full life. He served as a yeoman in the Navy, taught high school American government, owned a bus tour

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Explainer: Know the difference between a normal aging brain and early signs of dementia
Explainer: Know the difference between a normal aging brain and early signs of dementia

Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are a major public health problem. Many of these diseases can be prevented, and while there are promising treatments on the horizon, there is no

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CPH In the Media: October 2022
CPH In the Media: October 2022

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of October 2022: The College of Public Health’s contributions to the Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance (CTSA)

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Student Profile: Jasmine Udeshi
Student Profile: Jasmine Udeshi

As a health promotion major and gerontology minor, Jasmine Udeshi has gained new perspectives on improving health care access for vulnerable communities that she hopes to apply to a career

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New initiative aims to address CNA shortages
New initiative aims to address CNA shortages

A growing shortage of qualified health care workers in long-term care facilities has spurred a team of researchers at the University of Georgia College of Public Health to take action.

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Renzi-Hammond, Beer to lead UGA Institute of Gerontology
Renzi-Hammond, Beer to lead UGA Institute of Gerontology

The University of Georgia College of Public Health (CPH) is pleased to announce two new leaders at the helm of the College’s Institute of Gerontology (IOG). Lisa Renzi-Hammond has been

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CPH In the Media: July 2022 Roundup
CPH In the Media: July 2022 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of July 2022: Study Finds and Geo.tv featured research by Mark Ebell, professor of epidemiology & biostatistics, which

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Women can live better with an improved diet
Women can live better with an improved diet

Eating more bright-colored fruits and vegetables can help women’s health issues Women tend to live longer than men but typically have higher rates of illness. Now, new research from University

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CPH In the Media: June 2022 Roundup
CPH In the Media: June 2022 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of June 2022: Erin Lipp, professor of environmental health science, spoke to WUGA-FM and Flagpole about rising COVID-19

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CPH In the Media: May 2022 Roundup
CPH In the Media: May 2022 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of May 2022: Research from Mark Ebell, professor of epidemiology & biostatistics, and colleagues from from University of

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College recognizes achievements of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members
College recognizes achievements of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members

In celebration of UGA Honors Week and the end of the 2021-2022 academic year, the College of Public Health recognized more than 70 dedicated faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community

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Alzheimer’s center dedicated to researchers’ loved ones
Alzheimer’s center dedicated to researchers’ loved ones

The CARE Center, housed in UGA’s Institute of Gerontology, provides resources and telehealth options to improve quality of life. Lisa Renzi-Hammond remembers the last months of her grandmother Evelyn’s life

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Emerson named Director of Online Learning
Emerson named Director of Online Learning

Kerstin Emerson has been selected to lead the Office of Online Learning at the University of Georgia College of Public Health A clinical associate professor in the Institute of Gerontology

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Language isolation affects health of Mexican Americans
Language isolation affects health of Mexican Americans

New research from the University of Georgia finds that older Mexican Americans who live in low English-speaking neighborhoods are at greater risk for poor health and even an early death.

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UGA student partners with local Council on Aging
UGA student partners with local Council on Aging

In January 2020, Jessica Shotwell gave her first lesson at the Athens Community Council on Aging. Just two months later, the COVID-19 pandemic brought about disruption and uncertainty, and Shotwell’s

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Two CPH faculty members named 2020-21 Service-Learning Fellows
Two CPH faculty members named 2020-21 Service-Learning Fellows

College of Public Health faculty members Sarah Saint Hamilton and Rebecca Wells were among the eight UGA faculty members selected by the Office of Service-Learning for participation in its yearlong

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Older adults feel stressed, yet resilient in time of COVID-19
Older adults feel stressed, yet resilient in time of COVID-19

America’s oldest citizens say they’ve been through worse, but many older adults are feeling the stress of COVID-19 and prolonged social distancing measures, according to a new study from the

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Grad student ‘brings’ pets to group homes
Grad student ‘brings’ pets to group homes

Kim Wolf had plans to visit her grandma at a nursing home in Maryland. Then, the global pandemic hit. While COVID-19 has ground much of the world to a stop,

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UGA Institute of Gerontology launches center to bridge urban-rural gaps in Alzheimer’s care
UGA Institute of Gerontology launches center to bridge urban-rural gaps in Alzheimer’s care

Approximately 6 million people in the U.S. are living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias (ARD) or mild cognitive impairment, and that number is forecasted to reach 15 million by 2060.

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Older adults may suffer more from social distancing
Older adults may suffer more from social distancing

As COVID-19 continues to spread among communities throughout the U.S., public health and government officials are urging people to stay home and limit interactions with others, a practice known as

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Focus on Faculty: Lisa Renzi-Hammond
Focus on Faculty: Lisa Renzi-Hammond

Lisa Renzi-Hammond, an assistant professor in the College of Public Health, conducts research that seeks to change how our society understands and supports people living with age-related neurodegenerative diseases. Where

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Can a cat improve your grandma’s life?
Can a cat improve your grandma’s life?

A collaborative study out of Athens is trying to determine if having a pet can improve the mental state of older adults. Foster cats are being placed with people 60

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Beer chosen as one of UGA’s first Innovation Fellows
Beer chosen as one of UGA’s first Innovation Fellows

Jenay Beer and fellow UGA faculty member Hitesh Handa have been selected as UGA’s inaugural Innovation Fellows for fall 2019. Throughout the semester, the pair will receive a crash course

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Delta Omega selects doctoral student Jessica Shotwell to present at APHA 2019
Delta Omega selects doctoral student Jessica Shotwell to present at APHA 2019

University of Georgia College of Public Health doctoral student Jessica Shotwell will present her research as part of the Delta Omega poster session at the 2019 American Public Health Association

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Amazing Student: Jessica Shotwell
Amazing Student: Jessica Shotwell

Doctoral student Jessica Shotwell is passionate about public health and is researching ways to facilitate and improve health care systems and health communication platforms so people receive equitable and equal health

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Assistant professor studies the ways robots can help an aging population
Assistant professor studies the ways robots can help an aging population

Jenay Beer has been thinking about how people interact with robots since she was a kid. She grew up watching Star Wars, fascinated by the way R2D2 “beep-booped” his way

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Loneliness is a serious health issue
Loneliness is a serious health issue

During the holidays, people suffer more, especially older adults No one likes to be lonely, especially around the holidays. But for most of us, once the decorations are packed away and

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Focus on Faculty: Jenay Beer
Focus on Faculty: Jenay Beer

As an assistant professor in the Institute of Gerontology and director of the university’s Assistive Robotics and Technology Lab, Jenay Beer conducts research at the intersection of social science and

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UGA study finds people can see UV light, opens questions about consequences for eye health
UGA study finds people can see UV light, opens questions about consequences for eye health

According to almost any source about the light spectrum, visible light, the portion of the electromagnetic spectrum that is visible to the human eye, is the range of wavelengths between

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Team of UGA researchers exploring older adult health benefits of animal fostering
Team of UGA researchers exploring older adult health benefits of animal fostering

Housing and health are essential to overall well-being, a fact as true for animals as it is for people. Now, a team of researchers at the University of Georgia is

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Renzi-Hammond to develop new eye care tech as part of UGA’s first I-Corps Cohort
Renzi-Hammond to develop new eye care tech as part of UGA’s first I-Corps Cohort

Lisa Renzi-Hammond, an assistant professor of health promotion and behavior in the College of Public Health, has been selected to join the first group of faculty developing entrepreneurial projects with

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Plant compounds found to boost brain function in older adults
Plant compounds found to boost brain function in older adults

The typical diet in the United States is sorely lacking in fruits and vegetables, but a new study from the University of Georgia a compelling reason why more of us should

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Pain can predict the onset of loneliness in older adults
Pain can predict the onset of loneliness in older adults

Chronic pain affects an estimated 100 million Americans, and that number is expected to grow as the U.S. population continues to age. Today, between 60 percent and 75 percent of

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Aging in place could save money, benefit health outcomes in public housing for the elderly
Aging in place could save money, benefit health outcomes in public housing for the elderly

Training service coordinators in low-income public housing to better assist aging residents could not only improve community members’ health outcomes but also save the government money in hospital visits, nursing

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Reducing frustration with health care is key for those with chronic medical conditions
Reducing frustration with health care is key for those with chronic medical conditions

Navigating the U.S. health care system can be frustrating for anyone, but for adults with chronic medical conditions, the frustration can become overwhelming as they juggle multiple providers, medications and

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Professor’s interdisciplinary research strives to answer age-old questions
Professor’s interdisciplinary research strives to answer age-old questions

The middle of an Illinois cornfield, it turns out, can prove fertile ground for a career in academic research. Heidi Harriman Ewen spent her formative years there in the Midwestern

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Chronic loneliness in older adults leads to more doctors’ office visits, UGA study finds
Chronic loneliness in older adults leads to more doctors’ office visits, UGA study finds

Experiences of loneliness and social isolation can lead to increased health care use among older adults, according to new research from the University of Georgia College of Public Health. The

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Study finds that rate of disability in elders is lower in Mexico than in the U.S

A recent study published in the Journals of Gerontology Series B contrasts disability transitions among elders in Mexico and in the United States. Lead author and Institute of Gerontology faculty Dr.

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