Accomplishments: School of Public Health

November 24, 2020
Lung-Chang Chien (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) and Maxim Gakh (Environmental and Occupational Health) published a research paper, "The Lagged Effect of State Gun Laws on the Reduction of State-level Firearm Homicide Mortality in the United States from 1999 to 2017," in a peer-reviewed journal, Public Health. The study found that, on average, states with the most gun law provisions had to wait at least seven years for firearm homicide mortality risk to decline. Thus, the centrality of gun law...
November 19, 2020
Sanae El Ibrahimi (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) was invited to speak at the Utah Health Information Network Health Information Technology 2020 conference. The presentation discussed Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) Sources and Applications in Administrative Data Sets. Specifically, the presentation addressed the importance of tracking SDoH for individual and population health, workflow and documentation in electronic health records, SDoH integration optimal for interoperability, sources...
November 18, 2020
Alona D. Angosta (Nursing), Andrew Thomas Reyes (Nursing), Chad Cross (Public Health), Komal Sood (Medicine) and Trevor Pollom (Anthropology) recently published an article, Cardiovascular Disease Knowledge, Risk Factors, and Resilience Level among U.S. Veterans with and without Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, in The Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.         
November 17, 2020
Sanae El Ibrahimi (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) and colleagues from Comagine Health, Brigham and Women's, and Massachusetts General Hospital published a manuscript "Ambulance Calls for Substance-Related Issues Before and After COVID-19" in the journal of Prehospital Emergency Care. They found that there was an initial decline in substance-related ambulance calls following a statewide declaration of emergency, however, calls for substance use increased to pre-COVID-19 levels while those for...
November 17, 2020
Ann M. Vuong (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) recently published a paper on "Flame Retardants and Neurodevelopment: an Updated Review of Epidemiological Literature" that was published in Current Epidemiology Reports. Flame retardant (FR) compounds can adversely impact neurodevelopment. This updated literature review summarizes epidemiological studies of FRs and neurotoxicity published since 2015, covering historical (polybrominated biphenyls [PBBs], polychlorinated biphenyls [PCBs]),...
November 16, 2020
Kavita Batra, Jennifer Pharr, John O. Olawepo, and Patricia Cruz (all Public Health) published an article on "Understanding the Multidimensional Trajectory of Psychosocial Maternal Risk Factors Causing Preterm Birth: A Systematic Review" in the Asian Journal of Psychiatry.  Among all known risk factors of preterm birth, psychosocial factors form an intricate collection, which includes a multidimensional spectrum of interrelated mediating mechanisms. The understanding of these interconnected...
November 16, 2020
Manoj Sharma (Environmental & Occupational Health) has co-authored an article, "Physical Activity Among School-aged Children and Intervention Programs Using Self-determination theory (SDT): A Scoping Review" with his former doctoral student Tameka Stewart (Jackson State University School of Public Health) that has been published in the Journal of Health and Social Sciences, an Italian journal for interdisciplinary health and social development.
November 13, 2020
Chad L. Cross (Environmental & Occupational Health) and Brianna Rivera (Epidemiology & Biostatistics) presented their research "Using hospital discharge records for characterizing patients and analyzing trends in West Nile virus cases in Nevada for 2013-2017" at the 2020 Annual Conference of the Entomological Society of America held virtually this week.  This analysis of West Nile Virus serves as a case study for using patient record databases as a means of indirect vector-borne disease...
November 12, 2020
Ann M. Vuong (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) recently published an article on the "Effects of β-Carotene Intake on the Risk of Fracture: a Bayesian Meta-Analysis" in the journal BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. The authors conducted a meta-analysis to investigate the association between β-carotene intake and risk of fracture. They systematically searched PubMed, EMBASE and Cochrane library databases for relevant articles that were published until December 2019. They also identified studies from...
November 10, 2020
Aurora Holloway (Public Health) presented the poster "Temporal Analysis of Firearm Homicide Mortality by Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in Nevada, 1999-2017" at the (virtual) American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. This work was co-authored by Lung-Chang Chien (Environmental and Occupational Health). Holloway is a master's student.
November 9, 2020
Erick López (Sociology and School of Public Health) presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting on the topic "The Association Between Sociocultural Measures of Acculturation and Vigorous Leisure Time Physical Activity in Latinxs."    
November 6, 2020
Melva Thompson-Robinson, Jennifer Pharr, Marya Shegog (all Public Health) and Sandra Owens, along with Philip Danquah (Public Health alumni) presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo on the topic: HIV risk behaviors associated with the willingness to take PrEP among young university students in the United States