76 scholars from COPH present at USF Health Research Day 2018

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Covering everything from alcohol use and risky sexual behavior to infection with Zika, 76 undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students from the USF College of Public Health presented posters summarizing their scholarly work at this year’s USF Health Research Day, held in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom on February 23. Overall 391 posters—a record number—were exhibited […]

Dr. Stephanie Marhefka and students curb smoking in people living with HIV through video groups

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Tobacco use among people living with HIV (PLWH) is a public health problem, according to USF College of Public Health’s Dr. Stephanie Marhefka, an associate professor of community and family health. “People living with HIV are more likely to die due to non-HIV causes than due to HIV-related complications,” she said. Her research, “Meeting Our […]

Doctoral student Stacey Griner awarded Doug Kirby Adolescent Sexual Health Grant

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USF College of Public Health doctoral student Stacey Griner has received a $1,000 grant to support her dissertation research efforts. The endowed Doug Kirby Adolescent Sexual Health Research Grant from the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention (RCAP), Indiana University School of Public Health – Bloomington is provided to support doctoral student research. Griner, who is […]

Alumna Laura Hamilton is driving force against child sex trafficking

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Even as a kid standing up to bullies, Laura Hamilton knew she wanted to be a voice for those who felt they didn’t have one. Hamilton is the founder and president of the nonprofit Bridging Freedom, an organization that is opening a therapeutic safe home and campus located in Pasco County for young victims of […]

Dr. James Van Elswyk publishes book on characteristics of major diseases

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The USF College of Public Health undergraduate studies instructor Dr. James Van Elswyk, recently published his book, “Survey of Human Disease,” with Caduceus International Publishing. Caduceus International Publishing provides top-quality interactive health science curriculum to colleges, universities and institutions wherever they are needed. Van Elswyk’s book is set up as an online course where web-based […]

Alumnus Dr. Jarrett Brunny makes life better for Virginia children

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USF College of Public Health graduate Dr. Jarrett Brunny is changing the game for children in coastal Virginia where he is director of United for Children, part of the nonprofit United Way of South Hampton Roads. “There are 22,000 children living in extreme poverty in the Tidewater region near Norfolk, which fits into a national […]

Seven COPH students receive proclamation from the Board of County Commissioners

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Seven USF College of Public Health students received a proclamation from the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). They were recognized in January for their work with Hillsborough County Health Care Services’ Healthy Living Program during the 2017 State of the Opioid Crisis in Hillsborough County Summit on September 26.  The daylong summit addressed this rising public health issue by featuring medical, mental health and law enforcement officials.  Somer Burke, COPH’s […]

COPH welcomes two MCH postdoctoral scholars

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The USF College of Public Health’s postdoctoral enhancement component of the five-year Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Training Grant welcomes two new postdoctoral scholars in 2018, Dr. Taylor Livingston from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Dr. Nicholas Thomas from Tulane University. Their COPH appointments began in January and continues through 2020. […]