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community health sciences Accomplishments

Feb 15, 2018
Qing Wu (Environmental and Occupational Health and Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine) was awarded a new NIH R15 grant for $450,000 titled “Developing Model-based Bone Density Reference Values for African-American Women.” This grant earned a perfect score of 10.

Feb 13, 2018
David Howard (Medicine and Community Health Sciences) in January had two papers published on outcomes following sling surgery for stress urinary incontinence among female military beneficiaries. This was the first study that looked at the issue of outcomes following surgical management of stress urinary incontinence among the very large population of female military beneficiaries. One paper was published in the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology and one in the Journal of Women's Health.      

Feb 6, 2018
Innovation (Research & Economic Development), the university's research magazine, recently received a Bronze Award of Excellence from District VII of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). CASE Awards of Excellence showcase best practices in alumni relations, fundraising, public/government relations, advancement services, special events, and outstanding communications from districts across North America. The team members who produced the award-winning 2017 issue of Innovation are editor-in-chief Raegen Pietrucha; consulting editor Cate Weeks; art director S. A. Lien; photographers Josh Hawkins, R. Marsh Starks, and Aaron Mayes; editorial interns Alexandra Karosas and Rachel Glaze; contributing writers Tony Allen, Marian Alper, Afsha Bawany, Shane Bevell, Vaneh Darakjian, Kevin Dunegan, Caroline Funk, Sara Gorgon, Matt Keleman, Sean Kennedy, Kelly McDonough, Kristen Peterson, Angela Ramsey, Jason Scavone, Chelsea Sendgraff, Stan Smith, and Pashtana Usufzy; and proofreaders Liam Frink, David Hatchett, Zach Miles, Lori Olafson, Robin Toles, and Jill Zimbelman. CASE District VII annually recognizes award winners online and at the annual District VII conference, which will take place in San Francisco in March. UNLV award winners are listed online.

Jan 30, 2018
Wenlian Zhou (Dental), Pearl Kim (Health Care Administration), Jay Shen (Community Health Sciences), Joseph Greenway (Center For Health Information Analysis), and Marcia Ditmyer (Dental) recently published an article, “Preventable Emergency Department Visits for Non-Traumatic Dental Conditions: Trends and Disparities in Nevada, 2009-2015," in the American Journal of Public Health, a top journal in the field of public health.    

Dec 7, 2017
Lung-Chang Chien (Environmental and Occupational Health) co-authored "Geospatial Associations Between Tobacco Retail Outlets and Current Use of Cigarettes and e-Cigarettes among Youths in Texas," which has been published in the Journal of Biometrics and Biostatistics. The study analyzed students in grades 6, 8 and 10 from selected schools in four Texas counties from 2014-15 and the presence of at least one tobacco retail outlets (TRO) within half a mile of the school. The study observed a geospatial association between the presence of TRO around the schools and current use of cigarettes in the eastern area of Dallas County and in the southeastern area of Harris County. Also, a geospatial association between the presence of TRO around the schools and current use of e-cigarettes was observed in the entire Tarrant County and in the northeastern area of Harris County. The result provides evidence of the influence of TRO on smoking prevalence among students, and reveals potential high-risk areas. The finding can help interventions carried out in schools located in potential high-risk areas.

Nov 14, 2017
Lung-Chang Chien (Environmental and Occupational Health) authored "Physical Inactivity Displays a Mediator Role in the Association of Diabetes and Poverty: a Spatiotemporal Analysis", which appeared in the November issue of Geospatial Health. This study examined the associations among physical inactivity prevalence, diabetes prevalence, and poverty percentage at the county level among 3109 U.S. counties in 48 contiguous states from 2004-11. The research team not only verified that physical inactivity should be regarded as a mediator when examining the relationship between diabetes and poverty, but also identified that 32.65 percent of counties having a significant positive association between diabetes prevalence and physical inactivity prevalence also had a significant positive association between physical inactivity prevalence and poverty percentage. Those counties were more likely located in the south and southeast. The research finding can help compose appropriate strategies to reduce the cost burden of physical activity programs when implementing diabetes preventions or interventions in communities located in those identified counties.  

Oct 31, 2017
Melva Thompson-Robinson (Community Health) received a Career Achievement Award from the University of Michigan. This is given to an alumnus who has shown outstanding professional and personal achievement throughout their career in their chosen field and/or public service in any field.

Oct 25, 2017
Qing Wu (Community Health Sciences and Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine) recently was awarded a $448,313 research grant from the National Institutes of Health. The funding will support a project titled "Developing Model-Based Bone Density Reference Values for African-American Women."

Oct 18, 2017
Yingke Xu and Xiangxue Xiao (both Community Health Sciences and Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine) recently received Top Young Investigators Awards from the American Society of Bone Mineral Research (ASBMR) for their work in Qing Wu’s lab within the UNLV Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine. Xu was awarded $1,000, while Xiao received a $500 travel grant. These first-year graduate students were recognized at the ASBMR annual meeting in Denver in September. They also made presentations at the conference. Their research with Wu focuses on the bone health of the U.S. population. The team examines mean bone mineral density trends among American adults as well as potential causes of the trends.  

Sep 19, 2017
Jay Shen (Department of Healthcare Administration and Policy/School of Community Health Science), Catherine Dingley (Nursing), Pearl Kim (Healthcare Administration and Policy), Ji Yoo (School of Medicine) have been awarded a grant for the Tier III project of the Engaging Patients with Life-Limiting Illnesses on Receiving Palliative Care, funded by the Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute. The project period is from August 2017 to July 2018. The community Co-Lead of the project is Nanette Hoole. Partners of the project include patients and caregivers, as well as palliative care providers such as the Dignity Health, Sunrise hospital, Elaine Wynn Palliative Care Program/Nathan Adleson Hospice, and Nevada Palliative Care/Infinity Hospice.