Jessica Sales was featured in the fall 2020 edition of Rollins Emory News. The piece highlights Jessica's research, along with Anandi Sheth, which focuses on the misconception that PrEP is only for men. Most of the women interviewed for the study indicated they either did not know about PrEP, or they think it is only for men. Jessica is working with Sister Love, where they are developing a grassroots community awareness campaign. Read more here.
The National Institute for Health (NIH) highlighted Kelli Komro's new project with the Cherokee Nation. Kelli is collaborating with social worker Juli Skinner, senior director of behavioral health at Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health. Their research is one of nine NIH-funded studies, and that along with a coordinating center, form a consortium to develop and test nine different strategies to prevent opioid misuse and OUD among older adolescents and young adults in 10 states. Read more here.
Cam Escoffery has been named the University of Alabama's National Public Health Scholar Award, where she gave a lecture entitled: Perspectives on Chronic Diseases and Health Promotion. Cam has also been selected as a finalist for the WLA (Woodruff Leadership Academy) Class of 2021. Congratulations Cam! Read more here.
Yue Guan was awarded the Winship Invest$ Winter 2020 Pilot Award: "Examining multilevel barriers and facilitators to implementation of genomic risk-stratified breast cancer screening guidelines." Winship Invest$ is a peer-reviewed program designed to fund novel, innovative cancer research projects at Winship Cancer Institute.
Hannah Cooper and Lance Walker are leading a new NIDA T32 Pre-doctoral Training Grant called the "Training in Advanced Data Analytics to End Drug-Related Harms" (TADA) training program. BSHES doctoral student Carla Jones-Harrell will be the first training fellow enrolled in the program this fall. The goal of TADA is to prepare a diverse cadre of 21st century social and behavioral science (SBS) researchers to apply advanced data analytics and computational methods and to develop transformative approaches to end the substance use disorder (SUD) crisis. Methods include but are not limited to: geospatial methods, social network analyses, gene/environment interactions, machine learning, and tools to integrate and analyze multiple large administrative datasets.
In February, the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University announced the appointment of Colleen McBride as the new associate director for community outreach and engagement. McBride will provide vision and oversight for Winship’s community-facing activities. These include efforts in cancer health disparities, recruitment of underserved populations to clinical trials, cancer risk mitigation, cancer prevention, and cancer control interventions.
Michael Windle's study entitled: "Do Young Adults Really 'Age Out' of Heavy Drinking?" was recently featured in Health Day. Read the full study here.
Kimberly Jacob Arriola has been profiled in The Emory Report for her work chairing the Emory Impact Committee, which helps to foster collaboration across the university.
In January, a publication by BSHES investigators Kelli Komro, Melvin Livington and Leslie Salas- Hernández has generated media coverage in The Washington Post, NPR, US News & World Report, Newsweek, MSN, and more. Kaufman JA, Salas-Hernández LK, Komro KA, Livingston, MD. Effects of increased minimum wages by unemployment rate on suicide in the USA. Read the full article here.
BSHES faculty member Hannah Cooper collaborated with Mindy Fullilove on a new book entitled From Enforcers to Guardians: A Public Health Primer on Ending Police Violence. The book was released in January 2020. Aimed at public health students, researchers, health departments, and anyone seeking to understand the causes and distributions of excessive police violence, the book examines police violence and its disproportionate targeting of Black communities through a public health lens.
BSHES PhD student David Cloud served as editor of the January supplemental issue of the American Journal of Public Health entitled Documenting and and Addressing Health Impacts of Carceral Systems with Lauren Brinkley-Rubenstein from UNC.