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community health sciences Accomplishments

Jul 11, 2018
The Department of Health Care Administration's master of health care administration program (Community Health Sciences) recently received accreditation from the Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), the only accrediting body for graduate health care administration programs in both the United States and Canada. UNLV's program is now the only CAHME-accredited program in Nevada. Congratulations to department chair Chris Cochran and the department's faculty, students, and staff, as well as everyone in the School of Community Health Sciences. 

Jul 6, 2018
Lung-Chang Chien (Environmental and Occupational Health) co-authored a research paper, "Nonlinear Associations Between Working Hours and Overwork-Related Cerebrovascular and Cardiovascular Diseases (CCVD)" in Scientific Reports. This paper investigated the relationship between working hours and different cerebrovascular and cardiovascular diseases (CCVD) severity outcomes, including death, disability, and illness. The study population was selected across industries in Taiwan from 2006 to 2016. The statistical analysis resulted in a significantly nonlinear association between industry-average working hours and CCVD, especially when monthly working hours increased from 169 to 187. Each one-hour increase in working hours had a stronger effect on the relative risk increase in death and disability than on illness. Variations in CCVD risks existed across industries, with the highest risk in transportation and information. When most countries have no solid definition of how many working hours are related to overwork, this study provided scientific evidence for further reference to related agencies. 

Jul 5, 2018
Jay Shen (Community Health Sciences), Catherine Dingley (Nursing), and Dr. Ji Yoo (Medicine) received a $250,000 grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) for their study “Engaging Asian Communities in Palliative Care in Nevada,” which includes the Asian Community Development Center as a collaborating community partner. The team led by Shen has been funded four times by PCORI since 2015 and remains the only research team in the state to have received financial support from the organization.

Jun 29, 2018
Lung-Chang Chien (Environmental and Occupational Health) published a research brief, "PTSD Among Working Women in a Developing Country," in Women's Research Institute of Nevada. This research brief is comprehending Chien's publication "Traumatic Life Events and Development of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder among Female Factory Workers in a Developing Country" in two pages to show key implications and findings of the study.

Jun 25, 2018
Jay Shen, Jennifer Rice (both Healthcare Administration), Guogen Shan (Environmental and Occupational Health), and Joseph Greenway (Center for Health Information Analysis and Community Health Sciences), along with Olena Mazurenko from Indiana University, recently published a paper, “Nevada’s Medicaid Expansion and Admissions for Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions" in the American Journal of Managed Care. Rice is a student pursing a master of healthcare administration degree.

Jun 22, 2018
Jennifer Bonilla (Registrar and Health Care Administration) has been appointed by Gov. Brian Sandoval to the Board of Directors of the Public Employees' Benefits Program. Her appointment to serve NSHE employees and other Nevadans will run from July 1, 2018, to June 20, 2022.

Jun 14, 2018
Szu-Ping Lee, Ya-Ting Hsu (both Physical Therapy), and Lung-Chang Chien (Environmental and Occupational Health), along with two alums, Marissa Toberman, '12 BS Kinesiology and '15 Doctor of Physical Therapy, and Betina Bair, '03 BA Communication Studies and '15 Doctor of Physical Therapy, co-authored “Gender and Posture are Significant Risk Factors to Musculoskeletal Symptoms during Touchscreen Tablet Computer Use.” The study, which noted that among all postural factors, sitting without back support was the most important risk factor for having musculoskeletal symptoms, appeared in a recent issue of the Journal of Physical Therapy Science.  

May 2, 2018
Philip Danquah (Environmental and Occupational Health) is this year's recipient of the prestigious Michelle Chino Dissertation Scholarship awarded by the School of Community Health Sciences. The award was presented at the school's honors recognition reception in April. He also works as a graduate assistant in the registrar's office.      

May 1, 2018
Xiangxue Xiao and Yingke Xu (both Environmental and Occupational Health and Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine), and Bowen Liu (Math and NIPM) recently published findings in Osteoporosis International, a high-impact peer-reviewed medical journal published by Springer that is an official journal of the International Osteoporosis Foundation and the National Osteoporosis Foundation. The graduate students’ findings resulted from projects they worked on while enrolled in EAB 788 in spring 2017, a course taught by professor Qing Wu (Environmental and Occupational Health and NIPM) that focuses on logic and application of meta-analysis in public health. Xiao and Xu published “Thiazide Diuretic Usage and Risk of Fracture: A Meta-Analysis of Cohort Studies” on March 25. Liu published “Depression and Risk of Fracture and Bone Loss: An Updated Meta-Analysis of Prospective Cohort Studies” on March 12.

Apr 24, 2018
Lung-Chang Chien (Environmental and Occupational Health) authored "Lagged Influence of Fine Particulate Matter and Geographic Disparities on Clinic Visits for Children’s Asthma in Taiwan" in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health to investigate the documented diagnosis of children’s asthma in clinic visits for children aged less than 15 years old that were associated with PM2.5 in two counties located in west-central Taiwan with a high density of industries during 2005–2010.  A significantly lagged effect up to 6 days was observed when PM2.5 increased from 36.17 cubic micrograms to 81.26 cubic micrograms. In addition, 47.83 percent of areas were identified to have children vulnerable to asthma. The findings in this research can be useful for forecasting children’s asthma clinic visits in the coming days, and can serve as a valuable reference for the implementation of an early warning to governmental agencies about susceptible populations.