Accomplishments: School of Public Health

May 5, 2021
Gabriela Buccini (Environmental and Occupational Health) is the first author of a newly published article, "Nurturing Care Indicators for the Brazilian Early Childhood Friendly Municipal Index (IMAPI)" in the Maternal and Child Nutrition journal. The Nurturing Care Framework calls for establishing a global monitoring and accountability system for early childhood development. Major gaps to build low‐cost and large‐scale early childhood development monitoring systems at the local level remain. In...
May 4, 2021
Arpita Basu (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) and Lung-Chang Chien (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) in collaboration with researchers at the University of Colorado and the University of South Florida published a report on the dietary associations of food and nutrient intake with the development of coronary artery calcification and pericardial adiposity in a six-year follow up period. These data are derived from the National Institutes of Health-funded prospective cohort study (Coronary...
May 4, 2021
Drs. Sandhya Wahi-Gururaj, Aditi Singh (both Medicine) and Chad Cross (Environmental and Occupational Health), along with Drs. Bhavana Bhaya, Dimal Patel, Justin Jeffries, and Edward Co, all former chief internal medicine residents (Medicine), presented their research poster at the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine Online 2021 meeting in April.  The poster, "Demystifying Chief Resident Salary: An Exploratory Study," surveyed a convenience sample of chief residents nationally to summarize...
April 30, 2021
John Olawepo and Babayemi Olakunde (both 2020 UNLV School Public Health PhD graduates) along with Jennifer Pharr and Chad Cross (both Environmental and Occupational Health) and their Nigerian colleagues recently published the article "Changes in Body Mass Index Among Antiretroviral Therapy Naïve People Living with HIV in Southeastern Nigeria." This research examined changes in Body Mass Index among people living with HIV who were new to antiretroviral therapy. The results of the study showed...
April 27, 2021
Manoj Sharma (Environmental & Occupational Health) published an article, "COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance among College Students: A Theory-Based Analysis" in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health in collaboration with coauthors from University of Arkansas and University of Alabama.  The article is very timely as it lends credence to Sharma's multi-theory model (MTM) of health behavior change in promoting COVID-19 vaccine uptake in college students.
April 26, 2021
Jennifer R. Pharr (Environmental & Occupational Health), Lung-Chang Chien (Epidemiology & Biostatistics), Jason D. Flatt, and Axenya Kachen (both Environmental & Occupational Health), along with Babayemi Olakunde, '20 PhD Public Health, recently published an article, "Exercise as a Mitigator of Poor Mental Health Among Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Adults," in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health. There is a positive association between exercise and improved mental health in the...
April 26, 2021
Arpita Basu (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences); Kenneth Izuora (Medicine); Jefferson Kinney, Arnold Salazar (both Brain Health); and Jeffrey Ebersole (Dental) published a randomized double-blind controlled trial in Nutrients on the effects of strawberry antioxidant supplementation in adults with the metabolic syndrome. The results revealed improvements in diabetes risks with intake of two-and-a-half servings of strawberries daily, which conforms to the USDA guidelines for fruit consumption...
April 23, 2021
Karen E. Callahan (Environmental & Occupational Health) recently published an article on "Kidney Cancer Mortality Disparities among Hispanics in the US" in the journal Cancer Epidemiology.  Kidney cancer incidence is increasing among Hispanics but rate differences by distinct group, such as Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Mexican have not been studied. To fill this knowledge gap, the authors use mortality data, reflecting fatal kidney cancers, to examine patterns by race-ethnicity, including...
April 22, 2021
Gabriela Buccini (Environmental and Occupational Health) is a co-author of a newly published article, "Maternal Mental Health Mediates the Relationship Between Household Food Insecurity and Early Child Development in Brazil" in the Food and Nutrition Bulletin journal. Household food insecurity (HFI) is a well-known risk factor for suboptimal early child development (ECD), but there is still a need to better understand the pathways that explain this relationship. This study aimed to evaluate...
April 19, 2021
Soumya Upadhyay (Healthcare Administration & Policy) recently published an article on "Improving Healthcare Quality in the United States Healthcare System: A Scientific Management Approach" in the Journal of Hospital Administration. The U.S. healthcare system has been facing pressures from stakeholders to reduce costs and improve quality. The purpose of this paper is to develop a conceptual model to illustrate the approaches used in health care quality management (Continuous Quality...
April 12, 2021
Drs. Ji Won Yoo and David Byun (Medicine), Jay Shen (Public Health), Dr. Georgia Dounis (Dental), and Seong-min Park (Criminal Justice), along with Dr. Se Won Lee of Mountain View Hospital and past visiting scholars Sung-Youn Chun, Hee-Taik Kang, Jinwook Hwang, Young-Jae Lee, and Dong-Hun Han published a paper "Regional Variation in States' Naloxone Accessibility Laws in Association with Opioid Overdose Death Rates - Observational Study (STROBE compliant)" in the journal Medicine (Baltimore)....
April 9, 2021
Neeraj Bhandari, Soumya Upadhyay, Christopher Cochran (all Healthcare Administration, and Policy), and Dr. Kavita Batra (Medicine) published an article, "Impact of COVID-19 on Healthcare Labor Market in the United States: Lower Paid Workers Experienced Higher Vulnerability and Slower Recovery" in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. This study assessed early COVID-19 effects on the dynamics of decline and recovery in health care labor markets in the United...