UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of August 2019:
A study recently published by alumnae Ayanna Robinson (PhD ’18) found that mom-to-mom breastfeeding support groups on Facebook were a valued source of support specifically for African American mothers. The research received additional coverage through various media outlets, including ASPPH Friday Letter, Medicine News Line, and Health News Digest. Robinson led the study as a doctoral student in College’s Department of Health Promotion and Behavior.
Kerstin Emerson, a clinical associate professor in the Institute of Gerontology, spoke to the CT Examiner about her research studying how loneliness and social isolation impacts public health for a feature examining the healthcare of loneliness in southeastern Connecticut.
Toni Miles, a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, co-authored a op-ed in The Statesman this week examining how inadequate or unaffordable employer-based health insurance for chronic illness is a barrier to care.
Also, Dr. Miles was recently invited to join the Georgia Lieutenant Gov.’s special Task Force on Healthcare Access and Cost. Coverage of this announcement can be found at AJC, Georgia Health News, North Fulton News, KPVI News 6, and Athens CEO.
Carolyn Lauckner’s Presidential Interdisciplinary Seed Grant work with Bernadette Heckman, faculty member in the College of Education, was highlighted in an audio feature on WUGA’s Athens News Matters. Listen here. Lauckner is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Behavior.
Dr. Christopher Whalen, Holbrook Distinguished Professor of Global Health, is co-investigator on a NIH grant aimed at studying patterns of tuberculosis (TB) transmission in Kampala, Uganda. The five-year grant is led by Dr. Charlie Bark, an assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Noah Kiwanuka, associate professor and chair of epidemiology and biostatistics at the Makerere University School of Public Health, is also a co-investigator on the grant. The award announcement received media coverage from Craine’s Cleveland Business.
Xiaozhong “John” Yu, a professor in the Department of Environmental Health Science, was quoted in a recent Reading Eagle article about holistic alternatives to amalgam dental fillings. A past study by Yu found that dental fillings significantly contribute to prolonged mercury levels in the body.
Posted August 31, 2019.