CPH In the Media: June 2020 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of June 2020:

Related to the COVID-19 –

Grace Bagwell Adams, assistant dean of outreach, engagement and equity, provided recommendations for how protesters gain lower their risk of spreading or contracting coronavirus, and urged testing for GPB News and for the Red & Black.

Bagwell Adams also provided insights for WUGA on the possible COVID-19 spike the Athens area could see following Memorial Day vacationing and protests.

Justin Bahl, associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, also lent his expertise to a story on nationwide COVID-19 case spikes following the reopening of most states for The Telegraph UK.

José Cordero, Patel Distinguished Professor of Public Health, commented on why viruses exist and why pandemics happen for 11 Alive.

Speaking to Flagpole Magazine, Cordero also helped provide clarity on the types of tests available, local testing options, and how to interpret and respond to test results.

Mark Ebell, professor of epidemiology & biostatistics, spoke to the Georgia Health News about why the number of young adults testing positive for COVID-19 has increased dramatically in recent weeks across many states. Additional coverage the the Gwinnett Daily Post, Rome News-Tribune, WebMD, Medscape, WABE, and Northwest Georgia News.

Environmental health science professor Travis Glenn’s expert insights on how heat kills coronavirus continue to make news – The News Gazette (Illinois), Stylus, EDM Identity.

Glenn and health promotion clinical assistant professor Chrissy Proctor also spoke with The Athletic (paywall), offering the public health perspective on how UGA football could safely happen this fall.

Andreas Handel, professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, commented on the safety of patio dining for Atlanta Magazine and The Rock Hill Herald.

Justin Ingels, research director for the College’s Economic Evaluation Research Group, spoke to The Finch Podcast about bereavement during the pandemic, social distancing, preventative medicine and equity in healthcare.

Research by student Rachel McCardel and assistant professor Heather Padilla in the Department of Health Promotion and Behavior was referenced in an article in Motherly about the COVID-19 pandemic’s influence on breastfeeding.

Other mentions 

A recent study led by doctoral student Ruiyuan Zhang and associate professor Changwei Li in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics found light drinking may protect cognitive function in older adults. The findings were reported by WGAU, MerckManuals, Science Daily, MedicalXpress, Medical Research, MD Linx, MedicineNet, WSAV, The Irish Post, and HealthDay.

CPH’s longstanding relationship with the Archway Partnership was mentioned in a Georgia Magazine story on the Partnership’s impact on the state. Read the story on UGA Today.

Lisa Renzi-Hammond, a researcher in the College’s Institute of Gerontology, contributed her expertise to an Alzheimer’s Association panel discussing how nutrition affects our brains. The webinar received some local buzz on WALB and The Daily Citizen.

Alumna Alejandra Calva’s (MSW-MPH ’19) study on how promotoras can support healthcare access for Latinx communities was referenced in a story for Generocity Philly.

Katherine Greeson, an environmental health doctoral student, recently published a study in Scientific Reports describing how a now-banned flame retardant altered genes in sperm, leading to birth defects in the children of exposed fathers. The study received additional coverage at The Salon, Consumer Affairs, Neuroscience News, EurekAlertInternational Business TimesHealth News DigestScience DailyTechnology NetworksNews Medical, and Newswise.

Posted June 30, 2020.