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community health sciences Accomplishments

Jun 20, 2017
Forty undergraduates recently were awarded scholarships through the office of undergraduate research's summer undergraduate research funding (OUR SURF) program. These scholarships support undergraduate research, scholarship, entrepreneurial, performance, or visual art projects in the summer months. A total of $39,000 in funding was contributed by the following 11 colleges/programs: Allied Health Sciences Community Health Sciences CSUN Engineering Fine Arts Honors Liberal Arts Nursing OUR-UNLV Provost's office Sciences A full list of recipients is available online. To learn more about their projects, attend the Summer Undergraduate Research Forum on Aug. 9.  

May 15, 2017
Philip Danquah (Public Health) received the Professor Roosevelt Fitzgerald Outstanding Scholarship and Leadership Award in the graduate student category from the UNLV Alliance of Professionals of African Heritage earlier this month. In addition to working toward a doctoral degree in public health, he is a graduate assistant in the registrar's office.    

Apr 28, 2017
Carolee Dodge Francis (Environmental and Occupational Health) and M. Crystal Lee (Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies) made a presentation at the 16th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the United Nations this month. The presentation, “The Impact of National and International Policies on Indigenous Health and Well-Being” addressed national policies in relation to the DRIP, United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. They incorporated tribal, national, and international perspectives in order to convey diverse aspects of health, such as the quality of health care services, health disparity, and best practices of prevention, diagnosis, and continuum of treatment.The best practice of research in the scope of indigenizing academia, environmental health and the link to land and water rights, sexual and reproductive health, infectious and chronic diseases, and the integration of culture to improve health and well-being will be discussed. Addressing these issues, the pair highlighted important topics, such as the difference of health perspectives across different global indigenous groups, how these populations view well-being, and the varying health ideals among youth and aging adults.The presentation attempted to highlight these different angles to give a pluralized idea of what can be viewed as indigenous health and well-being in the context of modern states and health policies. Lee, '08 Master of Public Health and '15 PhD Public Health, also is a UNLV alum.

Mar 22, 2017
Maki Muroi (Health Care Administration), working with her adviser, Jay Shen (Community Health Sciences), as well as with Alona Angosta (Nursing), published a paper, “Medication Errors, Drug Classifications, and Consequence of Errors: Are They Related?” in the January issue of Applied Nursing Research. The online version of the paper has been the most-read article since its publication on the journal's website. The paper was based on a study funded by the National Council of State Board of Nursing.

Mar 16, 2017
Saruna Ghimire and Karen Callahan (Environmental and Occupational Health) recently publushed an article, "Nutritional Assessment of Community-Dwelling Older Adults in Rural Nepal," in the Public Library of Science with Binaya Kumar Baral from the Department of Biochemistry in the Nepal Medical College and Teaching Hospital.

Mar 15, 2017
Amanda Sokolowsky, Erika Marquez, Erin Sheehy, Casey Barber, and Shawn Gerstenberger (Environmental and Occupational Health) recently authored "Health Hazards in the Home: An Assessment of a Southern Nevada Community," which appeared in the February issue of Journal of Community Health. The study focused on health outcomes in households with hazards including lead, domestic hygiene, carbon monoxide, damp and mold, excess cold and heat, and structural collapse in Henderson.

Feb 21, 2017
Qing Wu (Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine and Environmental and Occupational Health) received a UNLV IDeA Pilot Grant in the amount of $70,389 for his pilot study to develop personalized bone mineral density reference values. The study seeks to determine how genetic factors contribute to normal bone mineral density variation in Caucasian women and identify the best genetics-enhanced statistical model for normal bone mineral density variation.  

Jan 26, 2017
Danny Young (Physical Therapy), Sheniz Moonie, and Tim Bungham (both Community Health Sciences) co-authored “Cross-Sectional Examination of Patient and Therapist Factors Affecting Participation in Physical Therapy in Acute Care Hospital Settings,” which appeared in the January issue of Physical Therapy Journal and again in the PT in Motion industry newsletter. The study examined the reasons for missed physical therapy treatment sessions among patients within acute care facilities.  

Dec 13, 2016
Takashi Yamashita (Sociology) and Jay Shen (Health Care Administration and Policy) recently published an article, "Neighborhood Effects on the Nursing Home Admissions among Older Patients in the State of Nevada, USA: Multilevel Analysis of Administrative and Census Data," in the Nevada Journal of Public Health.   

Nov 17, 2016
Jay Shen (Community Health Sciences) and professor Qing Wang at the School of Business, Dalian University of Technology in China, recently published a paper, "Childhood Health Status and Adulthood Cardiovascular Disease Morbidity in Rural China: Are They Related?" in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.