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community health sciences Accomplishments

Nov 14, 2018
Graduate student Maham Bhatti (School of Community Health Sciences) has been accepted into the University of Missouri Health Care Administrative Fellowship, a unique two-year program dedicated to fostering the next generation of health care leaders.  As a MU Health Care fellow, Bhatti will be working side-by-side with executive leadership and will gain valuable hands-on experience from customized rotations throughout various departments including ambulatory care, inpatient care, finance, quality, human resources, marketing, patient care and community affiliations. The goal of the program is to retain their fellows and hire them in a leadership role upon completion.  For the second year in a row, MU Health Care has been named one of the “150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare” by Becker’s Hospital Review.  Bhatti is a graduate student in the health care administration master's program and will begin her fellowship in June 2019.  

Nov 14, 2018
Jay Shen (Health Care Administration), Guogen Shan (Health Care Administration), Carolee Dodge-Francis (Environmental and Occupational Health), Pearl C. Kim (Health Care Administration doctoral student), Ji Won Yoo (School of Medicine), and Yong-Jae Lee (Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea) recently publisched a paper,"Trends and Related Factors of Cannabis-Associated Emergency Department Visits in the United States: 2006–2014", on Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official journal of American Society of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Yong-Jae Lee was a visiting scholar at Department of Health Care Administration and Policy when the study was conducted. 

Nov 14, 2018
Donica’ Beckett (Public Health), Philip Danquah (Social Work), Johanna Andrews (Public Health), Melva Thompson-Robinson (Public Health), Carolee Dodge Francis (Education). Presented a research poster, "Perspectives of Vulnerability to Sexual Risk Behaviors among Self-Identified Heterosexual African American College Students Enrolled In Jefferson County, Texas Colleges" at Society for the Analysis of African-American Public Health Issues 2018 pre-conference meeting for the 146th American Public Health Association Annual Meeting Nov. 10 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in San Diego.      

Nov 6, 2018
Chris Cochran (Community Health Sciences) received the Service Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and the Nevada chapter of ACHE.  ACHE is an international professional society made up of health care executives who lead hospitals, health care systems and other health care organizations. The ACHE recognition program celebrates members' commitment to the health care management profession as well as their leadership and contributions to furthering professional excellence.  Cochran is a professor and chair in the department of health care administration and policy. He has authored and co-authored numerous articles on access to care for underserved populations and safety net resources, including management issues and quality improvement of public and private health care organizations. He is past president of the Nevada Public Health Association and teaches U.S. health care systems, health care policy, epidemiology, and strategic management.

Oct 18, 2018
The Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West served as co-sponsors of the American Planning Association Nevada Chapter Annual State Conference earlier this month. As such, many UNLV faculty members presented their research on critical policy areas for our state through various conference sessions.  Robert Lang and William Brown (The Lincy Institute & Brookings Mountain West) moderated two keynote sessions on the conference theme "Vegas Growing Up — Welcome to the Big Leagues," featuring Jeremy Aguerro, and on "Growth Management in the Intermountain West," featuring Chris Nelson of the University of Arizona. Karen Danielsen (Public Policy & Leadership) was joined by community leaders, Chad Williams of the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority and Mike Shohet of Nevada HAND, to offer a session on "Housing and Community Development in Nevada. David Damore (Political Science), Caitlin Saladino (The Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West), and Robert Lang (The Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West) presented a session on "Planning and State Politics." Marya Shegog (Community Health Science and The Lincy Institute) and Sara Hunt (UNLV School of Medicine) were joined by Natasha Mosby (Social Work) to present on "Health Equity in Nevada."  Jaewon Lim (Public Policy & Leadership), along with Zachary Miles (Research & Economic Development), offered a session on "Economic Development in Nevada"  Magdalena Martinez (Public Policy & Leadership and The Lincy Institute) was joined by Maria Marinch of the College of Southern Nevada to present on "Latino Education: The Key to Metropolitan Vitality."  Two visiting scholars from the Brookings Institution to Brookings Mountain West also offered sessions: John Hudak, senior fellow in governance studies, presented on "Marijuana Regulation & Neighborhood Impact" and Michael Hansen, Senior Fellow in Governance Studies, presented on "Teacher Diversity & Achievement Gaps.  */

Oct 10, 2018
Kimberly Tomas and Soumya Upadhyay (both Healthcare Administration) presented a paper titled "Does Cultural Competency Influence Patient Safety Culture?" at the 2018 Nevada Public Health Association Conference held last month in Las Vegas. Tomas is pursuing a master of public health degree.

Oct 1, 2018
Philip Danquah (Environmental and Occupational Health) presented a poster, "Perceptions, Barriers, Attitudes, and Enablers of HIV Prevention Market Strategies among Young College Women: A Systematic Gap Analysis Using Diffusion of Innovation Theory," at the 2018 Nevada Public Health Annual Conference in Las Vegas last month. Danquah is pursuing a doctoral degree in public health. Professor Melva Thompson-Robinson serves as his faculty advisor.     

Sep 11, 2018
Jay Shen, Sungyoun Chun (both Community Health Sciences); Pearl Kim (Healthcare Administration), Seong-min Park (Criminal Justice), Haneul Choi (Honors), and Ji Won Yoo (Medicine) recently published an article, “Relationship Between Acute Hepatitis C and the Opioid Epidemic” in the American Journal of Medicine. This paper was a collaboration between UNLV and the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson. In response to the opioid epidemic across the country, this article suggests the screening of hepatitis C must expand to the all American adults from the currently existing baby-boomer cohort born between 1945 and 1965. 

Sep 11, 2018
Soumya Upadhyay (Healthcare Administration) presented a professional development workshop (PDW) session on the topic "Everything You Wanted to Know about Reviewing but Were Afraid to Ask" at the 78th Academy of Management annual conference in Chicago. This PDW discussed best practices in reviewing journal articles and recommendations for reviewers on how to perform a good review.

Aug 29, 2018
Soumya Upadhyay (Healthcare Administration and Policy) presented three papers at the recent 2018 Annual Academy Health meeting. Her poster presentations covered the following broad topics: Improving Safety, Quality, and Value in Healthcare Measuring Safety, Quality, and Value in Healthcare  Diversity and Cultural Competence