Accomplishments: School of Public Health

April 15, 2019
Jennifer R. Pharr (Environmental and Occupational Health) recently co-authored an article titled "Accessibility and Accommodations for Patients with Mobility Disabilities in a Large Healthcare System: How are we doing?"  The purpose of this study was to evaluate the accessibility of and accommodations for patients with mobility disabilities in clinics of a large health care system in the South Atlantic division of the U.S. to determine if accessibility was different based on clinic type, and to...
April 2, 2019
Tanviben Patel (Environmental and Occupational Health) recently was awarded the City of Las Vegas Cardiac Arrest Survivors Award on behalf of Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, honoring her tireless commitment to the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES) Registry and for saving lives in the community. She was recognized during the city's cardiac arrest survivors luncheon last month. The event celebrated those who survived a cardiac arrest and the groups that helped save them, including...
March 12, 2019
Courtney Coughenour, Jennifer Pharr, Maxim Gakh, Sheila Clark, and Prescott Cheong (all Environmental and Occupational Health) recently published "A Qualitative Study on Parental and Community Stakeholder Views of the Link between Full-Day Kindergarten and Health in Southern Nevada" in the journal Children. Cheong is an '18 alumnus of the Master of Public Health program.  The purpose of this study was to understand perceptions of parental and other stakeholders in Southern Nevada about the...
March 12, 2019
Asma Tahir (Environmental and Occupational Health) and Joseph Jean (Master of Public Health student) recently presented their work, "Annual Variation Among Tree Pollen in Las Vegas from 2015-2018" during the 2019 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology conference Feb. 22-24 in San Fancisco.  The study was published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in February and was also co-authored by Tanviben Patel, Mark Buttner (Environmental and Occupational Health), Dennis...
March 11, 2019
Jennifer R. Pharr, Axenya Kachen and Chad Cross (all Environmental and Occupational Health) published an article in the Journal of Community Health on "Health Disparities Among Sexual Gender Minority Women in the United States: A Population-Based Study." The purpose of the study was to understand disparities in access to healthcare, preventive care and health risk behaviors of lesbian and bisexual women compared to their straight counterparts and to each other. Kachen is a graduate student. 
March 4, 2019
John O. Olawepo and L.-W. Antony Chen (both Environmental and Occupational Health) recently published an article on the "Health Benefits from Upgrading Public Buses for Cleaner Air: A Case Study of Clark County, Nevada and the United States." As the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) has been transitioning from diesel to compressed natural gas (CNG) transit buses since 1999, this study assesses its health benefits using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA)...
March 1, 2019
Amanda Haboush-Deloye (Nevada Institute for Children's Research and Policy) recently co-authored an article, "Hidden Protections: Identifying Social Norms Associated with Child Abuse, Sexual Abuse, and Neglect," that was published in Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal. The article aimed to increase understanding of cultural norms and potential intervention opportunities associated with the prevention of child abuse, child sexual abuse, and neglect.  The Nevada Institute for Children's...
February 28, 2019
Lung-Chang Chien (Environmental and Occupational Health) co-authored and published a paper, "Association of Organic Solvents and Occupational Noise on Hearing Loss and Tinnitus among Adults in the U.S., 1999–2004" in the International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health. This study examined the association of organic solvents with hearing loss and tinnitus, and assessed the interaction of organic solvent and occupational noise exposure on hearing loss and tinnitus. The organic...
February 26, 2019
Micajah Daniels (Public Health) is the first recipient of the Audre Lorde Student Leadership Award, which was given out at the first Inaugural Black Carpet, the main event for Black History Month. This event was hosted by student diversity and social justice to celebrate Black Excellence, Black Love, and Black Joy. Audre Lorde was a black writer, intersectional feminist, womxnist, librarian, and civil rights activist. The award named in Lorde's honor is meant to recognize a student leader at...
February 19, 2019
Courtney Coughenour (Environmental and Occupational Health) co-authored an "Analysis of Self-Reported Walking for Transit in a Sprawling Urban Metropolitan Area in the Western U.S." that was published in a special issue of Sustainability, focused on urban sprawl and sustainability. The design of the Las Vegas community is so sprawling, which is likely to impact many factors related to decisions to walk. The researched looked at perceptions of neighborhood walkability as a predictor for walking...
January 8, 2019
Lung-Chang Chien (Environmental and Occupational Health) co-authored "Geospatial Analysis of Refugee Access to Primary Care Physicians in San Antonio, Texas," which appeared in the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. This study investigated refugee access to primary care physicians (PCP) in San Antonio and used geographic information systems to analyze the ratio of health care providers relative to refugees within varying walking distances. The study findings suggested to build new and...
January 2, 2019
Joshua Jensen (Environmental and Occupational Health) recently presented his thesis, "Delayed Lag Relationship Between Asthma Related In Patient Hospitalization and Air Pollution in the Las Vegas Valley," at the 2018 American Public Health Association annual meeting in San Diego under the supervision of Lung-Chang Chien (Environmental and Occupational Health). Jensen is a masters of public health student. Funding for the trip was provided by the Division of Student Affairs.