Accomplishments: School of Public Health

October 21, 2019
Tiffiany Howard (Political Science), Marya Shegog (Environmetal and Occupational Helath and Lincy Institute), and co-authors Mikayle Lowery and Dea'Jiane' McNair, former Congressional Black Caucus Foundation interns and graduates of UC San Diego and UC Berkley, respectively, have published a health policy report on the connection between health outcomes, income measures, and wealth indicators. Black Health and Black Wealth: Understanding the Intricate Linkages between Income, Health and Wealth...
October 11, 2019
Pearl C. Kim, Betty Burston, and Jay J. Shen (all Health Care Administration and Policy) published an article on "Factors Associated with Preventable Emergency Department Visits for Nontraumatic Dental Conditions in the U.S." in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. This study was designed to examine national trends and evaluate social determinants of health that were associated with the provision of dental services in emergency rooms in the United States...
October 9, 2019
Soumya Upadhyay (Health Care Administration & Policy) and Max Gakh (Environmental & Occupational Health) recently published an article, "Health-Information Seeking and Intention to Quit Smoking: Do Health Beliefs Have a Mediating Role?" in the journal Tobacco Use Insights. This study aimed to examine the relationship between seeking health information and intending to quit smoking and to determine whether this relationship is mediated by health beliefs.
October 2, 2019
Philip Danquah (Environmental and Occupational Health) and Amanda Annan (Health Care Administration and Policy) presented a scientific poster at the 2019 Nevada Public Health Annual Conference last month at Whitney Peak Hotel in Reno. The poster was titled "Dapivirine Vaginal Ring Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Awareness, Perceptions, and Uptake among College Women: A Systematic Review." Danquah also moderated the scientific presentation session at the conference.
September 27, 2019
Jay Shen (Health Care Administration and Policy) and Sfurti Maheshwari (Public Health) recently did a podium presentation at the 2019 International Health Economics Association World Congress. Their presentation was "Healthcare Savings Forecast after Potential Implementation of a Comprehensive Smoke-Free in Mesquite, Nevada." The project was supported by the Centers for Disease Control's Partnerships to Improve Community Health Program through the Southern Nevada Health District - office of...
September 20, 2019
Carolee Dodge-Francis and Noehealani Bareng-Antolin (both Environmental and Occupational Health), along with Nicole Bowman from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, gave a presentation on “Indigenous Evaluation: Foundations, Building Relations & Educational Applications” at the Hawaii Pacific Evaluation Conference in Honolulu this month. 
September 19, 2019
Pearl Kim, Jay Shen, Hee-Taik Kang, Dong-Hun Han (all Health Care Administration and Policy), Seong-Min Park (Criminal Justice), Georgia Dounis (Dental), Tsigab Bahta, and Ji Won Yoo (both Medicine), along with Sung-Youn Chun, Jinwook Hwang, and Yong-Jae Lee, published an article, "Dissociation Between the Growing Opioid Demands and Drug Policy Directions among the U.S. Older Adults with Degenerative Joint Diseases," in the journal Medicine.  This study examined temporal trends of orthopedic...
September 18, 2019
Soumya Upadhyay (Health Care Administration and Policy) published an article on "Readmission Rates and Their Impact on Hospital Financial Performance: A Study of Washington Hospitals" in INQUIRY: The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision, and Financing. This longitudinal study examines whether readmission rates, made transparent through Hospital Compare, affect hospital financial performance by examining 98 hospitals in the state of Washington from 2012 to 2014.
September 16, 2019
Ann Vuong (Environmental and Occupational Health) co-authored an article on "Concentrations and Loadings of Organophosphate and Replacement Brominated Flame Retardants in House Dust from the Home Study During the PBDE Phase-Out" in the journal Chemosphere. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers, a class of flame retardants and endocrine disruptors, have been substituted in new products by organophosphate (OPFR) and replacement brominated flame retardants (RBFR). OPFRs and RBFRs readily migrate from...
September 11, 2019
Soumya Upadhyay (Healthcare Administration and Policy) recently presented a research paper, "Hospital Cultural Competency and Financial Performance," at the European Academy of Management, non-profit division. An organization’s cultural competency is an ongoing capacity to provide high-quality, equitable, safe, and patient-centered care for diverse patients. By developing cultural competency, hospitals can have a larger market share, and avoid unnecessary costs that occur due to absenteeism as...
September 6, 2019
Saruna Ghimire and Francisco S. Sy (both Environmental and Occupational Health) published an article on the "Decline in Telomere Length by Age and Effect Modification by Gender, Allostatic Load and Comorbidities in National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (1999-2002)" in the journal PLOS ONE. This study aimed to assess the decline in telomere length with age and evaluate effect modification by gender, chronic stress, and comorbidity in a representative sample of the United States...
August 30, 2019
Mark Buttner and Patricia Cruz (both Environmental and Occupational Health) received a 10-month, $1 million award through the Nevada department of health and human services to conduct molecular microbiological environmental monitoring.