Health Disparities

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    June 17, 2024 | Ask an Expert: HIV Testing with Travis Sanchez

    Travis Sanchez, DVM, discusses HIV testing access and importance ahead of National HIV Testing Day.

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    May 31, 2024 | Rollins Research Review: Youth Sexual Violence and Media in Vietnam, Novel Oral Rehydration Therapy, and Pharmacy Integration of PrEP Services

    This month, Rollins researchers authored papers on a wealth of public health topics. Here, find summaries of a few highlights.

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    May 22, 2024 | Gen Z, Social Media, and Mental Health

    Generation Z has almost always been exposed to mobile devices, high speed Wi-Fi, social media, and an internet landscape that allows for constant connectedness—for better or for worse. Rollins experts weigh in on social media's impacts on the youth mental health crisis.

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    May 7, 2024 | Emory Study Finds Scope of Maternal Substance Use Disorder Crisis Larger Than Expected

    Rollins study the first to examine prevalence of SUD diagnoses during all nine months of pregnancy, at the time of delivery, and one year postpartum.

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    May 2, 2024 | Rollins Research Review: WASH-Related Recommendations, Equity in PrEP Uptake, and the Effects of COVID-19 on Health Care Workers’ and Black Men’s Wellbeing

    Last month, Rollins researchers authored papers on a wealth of public health topics. Find summaries of a few highlights here.

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    April 25, 2024 | Rollins Health Education Institute Launching Summer 2024

    RHEDI will offer continuing education for anyone who is interested in expanding their public health knowledge and skills.

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    April 11, 2024 | Five Fast Facts About Black Maternal Health

    Black Maternal Health Week is celebrated from April 11-17 every year. In recognition, here are five facts that we think you should know.

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    April 10, 2024 | At-Home HIV Testing Program Surpasses Expected Reach

    Together TakeMe Home surpassed 444,000 tests ordered in less than a year.

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    April 8, 2024 | New Study Shows Air Pollution Increases Risk of Developing Alzheimer’s Disease

    Researchers found positive biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease in the cerebrospinal fluid of participants who were exposed to ambient and traffic-related air pollution at their homes.

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    April 4, 2024 | Syphilis in Newborns is a Growing Concern

    Syphilis cases have seen the most rapid rise of all STIs in recent years. Most concerning is the dramatic increase in cases of congenital syphilis (when a fetus is infected with syphilis during pregnancy), which has increased ten-fold over the past decade. Rollins experts weigh in on how we got here ad what we can do about it.

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    March 21, 2024 | Experts Offer Vital Insights on Mifepristone Safety, Efficacy, and Access

    On March 26, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case that could limit access to mifepristone, a drug primarily used in medication abortion. Researchers from the Center for Reproductive Health Research in the Southeast weigh in on the state of mifepristone access, the potential implications of this case, and what the public needs to know.

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    March 6, 2024 | Rollins Researcher to Examine Cancer Inequities with Cancer Grand Challenges Grant

    Lauren McCullough is part of an international team that has received a $25 million Cancer Grand Challenges grant.

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    February 13, 2024 | Cash Transfer Programs Could Prevent Low Birthweight Occurring During High Temperatures

    There is a link between high temperatures during pregnancy and low birthweight. This study finds cash transfers to be protective against the impacts of heat on low birthweight risk.

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    February 8, 2024 | Rollins Researcher Shares Insights with First Lady at White House Initiative on Women’s Health Research Roundtable

    Tené T. Lewis, professor of epidemiology, provided insights and expertise during roundtable discussion with first lady Jill Biden.

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    January 22, 2024 | Forecasting the Future

    Rollins leadership share insights on what public health issues may take center stage this year.

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    December 15, 2023 | Better Data Needed to Prevent Maternal and Infant Deaths

    Data gaps can help address the maternal mortality crisis and infant deaths in the U.S. Rollins researchers weigh in.

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    December 13, 2023 | Mifepristone: Questions and Answers With Rollins Researchers

    What is mifepristone? Is it safe? What could restrictions to this pill mean for reproductive health? Rollins researchers provide insight.

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    December 6, 2023 | Impact of Medicaid Expansion on People Below the Poverty Line Who Inject Drugs

    Study examines role of Medicaid expansion on people who inject drugs living below the federal poverty line.

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    November 30, 2023 | Addressing the “Tipping Point” of Maternal Health in Georgia at Inaugural Symposium

    The first annual Symposium to Address the Maternal Health Crisis in Georgia was held on November 29. It brought together stakeholders to discuss challenges and opportunities to improve maternal health outcomes in the state.

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    November 10, 2023 | Recent Rollins Publications

    Recent publications from Rollins faculty, staff, and students.

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    October 10, 2023 | Ask an Expert: Breast Cancer with Lauren McCullough

    Lauren McCullough discusses the factors influencing disparities in breast cancer outcomes, as well as current research projects.

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    September 19, 2023 | Majority-Black, Low-Income Neighborhoods in Atlanta Face Gap in Access to Fresh Produce, Report Shows

    In Atlanta's majority-Black and low-income neighborhoods, where small food stores are more common and accessible than grocery stores, residents face issues accessing fresh produce.

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    September 5, 2023 | Ask an Expert: Ovarian Cancer with Joellen M. Schildkraut

    Dr. Joellen M. Schildkraut discusses her work in ovarian cancer research and its health equity implications.

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    August 31, 2023 | Recent Rollins Publications

    Recent publications from Rollins faculty, staff, and students.

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    August 25, 2023 | Recent Rollins Publications

    Recent publications from Rollins faculty, staff, and students.

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    August 18, 2023 | Recent Rollins Publications

    Recent publications from Rollins faculty, staff, and students.

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    August 16, 2023 | Pollen-Related Asthma More Likely to Land Black Patients in the Hospital, Study Finds

    Researchers at the Rollins School of Public Health conducted a study to see how the relationship between pollen and asthma has changed over time, which documented disparities in the effect of pollen on asthma by race.

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    August 11, 2023 | Recent Rollins Publications

    Recent publications from Rollins faculty, staff, and students.

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    August 4, 2023 | Recent Rollins Publications

    Recent publications from Rollins faculty, staff, and students.

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    August 1, 2023 | Ask an Expert: Noah Scovronick on Climate Change, Extreme Heat, and Its Impact on Health

    Noah Scovronick, assistant professor in the Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health, discusses his research around heat and its impacts, and what policymakers and the public can do to protect the environment and human health.

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    July 17, 2023 | Researcher Profile: Michael Goodman

    A profile on Mike Goodman, whose research interests include trans health, children's health, global epidemiology of non-communicable diseases, and cancer epidemiology.

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    May 31, 2023 | Ask an Expert: Race, Trauma, and Mental Health With Briana Woods-Jaeger

    This interview with Dr. Briana Woods-Jaeger discusses the mental health effects of racial trauma and violence on youths, and what should be done to address it.

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    May 24, 2023 | Rollins Ask an Expert: Mental Health, Pregnancy, and the Postpartum Experience with Sarah Blake

    A Q&A with Dr. Sarah Blake about maternal mental health, current research, and opportunities for progress.

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    March 30, 2023 | A Message from Dean Fallin: Supporting our LGBTQIA+ Community

    Dean Fallin shares a message of support for the LGBTQIA+ community following passage of SB 140.

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    March 22, 2023 | Emory researchers shine light on how stress impacts women’s hearts

    Right in the middle of women’s history month, it’s staggering to think back on how recently women and their hearts began to be taken seriously by the scientific community.

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    March 20, 2023 | Recent Rollins Publications

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    February 3, 2023 | Honoring Black History Month

    A message from Dean Dani Fallin recognizing Black History Month

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    November 4, 2022 | Stephanie Eick is awarded the JPB Environmental Health Fellowship

    Stephanie Eick, PhD, MPH, assistant professor in the Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health at the Rollins School of Public Health, was selected for the prestigious JPB Environmental Health Fellowship Program, facilitated by Harvard University.

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    August 29, 2022 | Post-Doctoral Fellow Receives Grant from NASA to Improve Environmental Justice in Metro Atlanta

    Yun Hang was awarded a one-year grant by NASA’s Applied Sciences program to assess the feasibility of using NASA Earth Observations to support science education and decision-making in Metro Atlanta’s environmental justice communities.

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    May 26, 2022 | Rising Rates of People Experiencing Homelessness in Rural Areas Call for Increased WASH Access, Particularly Among Women

    New research led by Rollins investigators highlights the substantial barriers to accessing water, sanitation, and hygiene services among people experiencing homelessness in rural areas.

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    May 16, 2022 | Lauren E. McCullough Receives Provost’s Distinguished Teaching Award

    This annual teaching award is given to a single faculty member in each of the seven graduate and professional schools at the university who embody excellence in teaching and mentorship and elevate the reputation of the university.

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    May 6, 2022 | Emory University Researcher Leads Community Forum on Racial Differences in Georgia Breast Cancer Deaths

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    March 15, 2022 | Kathryn Yount Wins 2021-2022 Marion V. Creekmore Award for Internationalization

    Kathryn Yount is a leader in women's empowerment research and is the Asa Griggs Candler Chair of Global Health at Rollins and is professor of global health and sociology in Emory College.

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    February 23, 2022 | Student Organization: Association of Black Public Health Students

    Through community events, mentorship, and service, ABPHS aims to help Black students build community at Emory and within Atlanta, while raising consciousness of health issues concerning Black communities in the U.S and abroad.

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    February 10, 2022 | Recent Rollins Publications

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    November 22, 2021 | Emory Team Demonstrates Routine HIV Testing in Jails Saves Millions, Compared to Targeted Testing Program

    Emory University researchers have demonstrated that routine, point-of-care HIV screening in the Fulton County Jail was not just cost effective but cost saving.

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    November 19, 2021 | Rollins Recent Research Publications

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    November 12, 2021 | Study Investigates PFAS Exposures and Birth Outcomes in Pregnant African American Women

    Exposures to PFAS have been associated with numerous adverse pregnancy and birth outcomes, such as lower birth weight. This is the first study of its kind to focus explicitly on African American women.

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    November 11, 2021 | Clean Cooking Reduces Household Air Pollution- A Leading Cause of Pneumonia

    Early findings from the HAPIN trial suggest an LPG stove and fuel intervention can overcome barriers to exclusive clean fuel use and reduce exposure levels to household air pollution to within WHO air quality interim targets.

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    October 29, 2021 | Recent Rollins Research Publications

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    October 28, 2021 | COUNTDOWN TEDx: Climate Change and Environmental Justice in the Black Community Held at Rollins on October 30

    Free and open to the public, this event will bring together students, alumni and community members for a meaningful conversation about environmental health/justice, climate change, and social determinants of health.

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    July 20, 2021 | Professor Roger Rochat Receives Lifetime Achievement Award for Family Planning Leadership

    Roger Rochat, MD, is the recipient of the Society of Family Planning’s 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award for his impactful, 50-year career surrounding maternal mortality.

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    July 1, 2021 | Rollins Researcher Tops List of Influential Researchers in Women’s Empowerment Research Over 20-Year Period

    Kathryn M. Yount was recently recognized as an influential researcher in the field of women’s empowerment research in a report published by Women’s Studies International Forum.

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    May 12, 2021 | Recent Rollins Research Publications

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    May 6, 2021 | New Study Examines Abortion Access in the Southeast

    Researchers recently published a study examining abortion data in the Southeast in a recent issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

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    April 21, 2021 | Recent Rollins Research Publications

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    April 7, 2021 | Recent Rollins Research Publications

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    February 24, 2021 | Recent Rollins Research Publications

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    February 10, 2021 | Recent Rollins Research Publications

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    January 6, 2021 | Recent Rollins Research Publications

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    November 6, 2020 | Recent Rollins Research Publications

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    October 30, 2020 | Environmental Health Students Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Current students from the Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health work to fight the global pandemic.

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    October 30, 2020 | Recent Rollins Research Publications

    Read a few of the scholarly articles released by Rollins faculty this week.

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    October 1, 2020 | Rollins Takes Action Webinar: Impacts of COVD-19 on the LGBTQ Community and People Living with HIV

    Rollins researchers, Mahlon Randolph, Andres Camacho-Gonzalez, Travis Sanchez, and Colleen Kelley will join the discussion.

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    September 23, 2020 | Study Links Urban Air Pollution to COVID-19 Deaths

    This study is among the first published studies linking COVID-19 death outcomes to air pollution exposure in the United States.

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    September 22, 2020 | Rollins Takes Action Webinar on Environmental Disparities and COVID-19

    Rollins environmental health experts, Donghai Liang, Bethany Caruso, Alison Hoover, and April Ballard will join the discussion.

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    September 22, 2020 | Joanne McGriff Selected as Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    Dr. McGriff is the first person to hold this new position at Rollins.

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    September 2, 2020 | Rollins Takes Action Webinar on Race, Racism, and Health: September 11

    Rollins researchers Tené Lewis, Lauren McCullough, and Dayna Johnson will serve as panelists for the discussion.

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    August 10, 2020 | Rollins Takes Action Webinar: Tackling COVID-19 in Georgia's Underserved Communities

    Jodie Guest moderated a panel of Rollins students who are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in Georgia's rural communities.

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    July 2, 2020 | Rollins Takes Action Webinar on Health Equity Dashboard: July 16

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    June 16, 2020 | Rollins Takes Action Webinar on Police Violence: June 22

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    June 12, 2020 | Researchers call for the EPA to set stricter air quality standards to protect communities

    Authors write that current standards for fine particulate matter set by EPA are insufficient to protect public health.

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    June 6, 2020 | Public Health Reading List on Racial Violence and Racial Health Disparities

    View a selection of articles and publications authored by Rollins faculty about racial violence and public health disparities.

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    January 30, 2020 | Weekly Recap: Recent Publications

    Read about recent student and faculty publications.

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    December 19, 2019 | Weekly Recap: Recent Publications

    Read about recent student and faculty publications.

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    December 5, 2019 | Weekly Recap: Recent Publications

    Read about recent student and faculty publications.

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    November 21, 2019 | Weekly Recap: Recent Publications

    Read about recent student and faculty publications.

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    November 7, 2019 | Weekly Recap: Recent Publications

    Read about recent student and faculty publications.

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    October 7, 2019 | Study examines African American youths' perceptions of community violence and their recommendations for mitigating negative impacts

    Study looks at lived perspectives of African American youth and their recommendations for mitigating impacts of violence

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    August 17, 2019 | Rollins to Co-Host 1st Southern Symposium on Solutions to End Youth Homelessness

    The symposium is scheduled September 16-17, 2019, at Emory Conference Center.

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    June 7, 2019 | Corn masa flour manufacturers come up short in delivering critical folic acid

    The Food Fortification Initiative found that corn masa product manufacturers are not fortifying the flour with folic acid despite US FDA recommendations.

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    February 7, 2019 | Researchers launch partnership with CARE's Tipping Point Project for Child, Early and Forced Marriage Study

    Global Research for Women (GROW) is partnering with CARE to prevent child marriage in Bangladesh and Nepal

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    December 10, 2018 | Dean Curran receives lifetime achievement award

    The Fulton County Board of Health recognized James W. Curran with a lifetime achievement award for his work in HIV/AIDS.

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    July 22, 2018 | Emory hosts global conference on justice research

    "Interrogating Injustice" event highlights issues related to race, health care and where the two overlap.

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    May 8, 2018 | Public health graduate advocates for sex education as basic human right

    MPH student Sarah Ashley Jolly is working on an initiative to improve sexual education and outcomes for children in the foster care system.

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    April 11, 2018 | Black-white disparities in heart disease mortality have increased from 1968-2015 according to MMWR Surveillance Summary

    Black-white disparities in heart disease mortality have increased for people 35 and older over 47-year period

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    April 4, 2018 | National Academies consensus report on abortions includes Emory faculty

    Carol Hogue was on the committee of recent consensus report on U.S. abortions

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    December 18, 2017 | Rollins professor leads AHA scientific statement linking childhood adversity and heart disease

    Shakira F. Suglia, ScD, is lead author on a new scientific statement written on behalf of the American Heart Association.

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    December 12, 2017 | Study finds link between marriage age and long-term economic empowerment for women in Egypt

    Study in Egypt finds positive correlation between delaying marriage until adulthood and women's long-term economic empowerment

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    December 4, 2017 | From tiny seeds communities flourish

    The HERCULES Exposome Research Center is giving 13 $2,500 grants to community outreach efforts around Atlanta.

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    August 3, 2017 | Study: Rates of deadly heart disease show slowest decline in blacks and populations in former U.S. slave regions

    Rates of deadly heart disease show slowest decline in blacks and populations in former U.S. slave regions

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    June 22, 2017 | What it will take to defeat diabetes?

    This feature from Rollins magazine highlights some of the diabetes research Rollins researchers are conducting globally.

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    May 23, 2017 | Study finds minority children prescribed ADHD medication more likely to discontinue treatment

    Study finds higher rates of medication discontinuation and treatment disengagement among minority youth compared with white youth diagnosed with ADHD

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    December 20, 2016 | Rollins researchers convene for regional conference on opioid epidemic

    Rollins hosts opioid conference- Opioid Epidemic: Crafting an Effective Public Health Response

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    November 30, 2016 | Emory experts take on the HIV paradox

    HIV rates of infected men who have sex with men in some Southern cities twice as high as the national average.

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    November 23, 2016 | Emory/ACTG celebrate decades of game-changing HIV/AIDS clinical trials

    The AIDS Clinical Trials Group Network celebrates its 30th anniversary.

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    November 17, 2016 | Parents' perceptions of neighborhood safety have impact on kids' physical activity

    Kids from neighborhoods perceived as safe by parents are more active, according to study.

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    November 15, 2016 | Emory scientists rush to solve the mysteries of Zika

    Learn about the ways in which Rollins researchers responded to the Zika epidemic.

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    October 27, 2016 | Emory, local health clinic and corporate partner collaborate to combat diet-related disease

    Rollins is part of a team that won a $25,000 grant from GE.

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    October 18, 2016 | NIH awards $30M to Emory, Johns Hopkins, Colorado State for household air pollution study

    Rollins awarded $30 million to study impact of cleaner burning cooking stoves on household air pollution.

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    October 6, 2016 | The Task Force for Global Health receives world's largest humanitarian prize

    The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has awarded The Task Force for Global Health with the Hilton Humanitarian Prize.

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    July 12, 2016 | Quality improvement strategies improve achievement of diabetes care goals, study finds

    Low-cost care intervention model can help patients with diabetes double their likelihood of controlling the disease.

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    July 12, 2016 | For HIV patients with substance use, patient navigation, incentives don't improve outcomes

    Study finds patient navigation did not improve outcomes for patients hospitalized with HIV and substance use.

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    June 28, 2016 | Task Force on HIV/AIDS announces new recommendations to end AIDS in Fulton County

    New recommendations for Task Force on HIV/AIDS reflect broad-based community input.

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    June 22, 2016 | Faculty Spotlight: Dabney P. Evans

    Profile about faculty member Dabney P. Evans.

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    June 17, 2016 | Rollins researcher appointed to Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS

    Patrick Sullivan has been appointed to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.

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    June 6, 2016 | Decline of public substance use disorder treatment facilities has greater impact on counties with more black residents

    Study finds overall decline of drug treatment facilities has affected more counties with black residents than other races.

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    May 18, 2016 | At the front lines of the Syrian refugee crisis

    Ramadan Assi leads a key refugee program in Turkey.

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    May 18, 2016 | Vanquishing the dragon: Guinea worm eradication

    After afflicting the world's poorest for centuries, Guinea worm disease soon may be wiped out

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    May 3, 2016 | Already a physician, Malawi native studies public health for social justice

    Profile on student Davie Zolowere.

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    May 3, 2016 | Future pediatrician committed to reducing health care inequities

    Profile story on MPH/MD student Aya Fanny.

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    March 22, 2016 | Rollins professor collaborates on special journal issue on to address health effects of excessive police violence

    Hannah Cooper is editing a special issue of the Journal of Urban Health

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    January 8, 2016 | Study proves that context influences injection drug use among black individuals

    According to study, contextual factors affect drug use among black adolescents and adults