COPH faculty recognized at USF Women’s Health Collaborative Luncheon

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The University of South Florida Women’s Health Collaborative recognized four USF College of Public Health faculty at its fifth annual Leading the Way Awards Luncheon on May 8. More than 260 community leaders and health researchers attended the luncheon, making it the largest event since the program’s inception. The USF Women’s Health Collaborative program provides […]

COPH summer reading list

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On June 28, the University of South Florida was named “Preeminent State Research University” by the Florida Board of Governors. USF joins two other high-achieving Florida universities who have earned this designation. In keeping with theme, USF College of Public Health Dean Donna Petersen and team designated a few titles for the college’s preeminent summer […]

Dr. Karen Liller coauthors paper on lack of firearms safety and injury research

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June is Firearm Safety Month Firearms are a hot topic these days. Firearms injury and safety funding? Not so much—at least not yet. That’s because, say experts like Dr. Karen Liller, a USF College of Public Health professor of community and family health who specializes in injury prevention, there’s a lack of strong federal support for […]

Doctoral student Silvia Sommariva examines spread of ‘fake news’ on social media

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Can misinformation hinder disease prevention efforts? USF College of Public Health doctoral student Silvia Sommariva’s research findings suggest so. She examined the spread of health rumors on social networking sites, an issue she said is a major concern for those working on the front lines of health. “I think a lot of the work we […]

Dr. Alicia Best earns the COPH’s first ever K01 for cancer research

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“Cancer has always been at the forefront of my mind,” said USF College of Public Health’s Dr. Alicia Best. She lost her mother to breast cancer when she was just fifteen. Now, she’s taking a step toward fighting back with her National Cancer Institute Mentored Research Scientist Development Award to Promote Diversity (K01), a first […]

What’s behind the alarming spike in HIV infections in Panama?

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In May, USF College of  Public Health alumna and research professor Arlene Calvo participated in a National Public Radio interview about the rise in HIV infections in Panama. What follows is an excerpt of that story. A short man with a ponytail peeks through a crack in a sheet-metal fence, calling out to see if […]

After nearly 50 years of combined service, two longtime COPH professors retire

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May is a month of endings and beginnings on college campuses. This May, in addition to graduating 242 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students, the USF COPH said goodbye to two longtime, distinguished professors: Drs. Martha Coulter and Kathleen O’Rourke. Coulter, a professor of community and family health, has dedicated her career to improving the lives […]

COPH’s Dr. William Sappenfield co-authors study on infant mortality prevention effort

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Dr. William Sappenfield, director of the USF Chiles Center and a professor in community and family health at the USF College of Public Health, is a co-author of the peer-reviewed study “The Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) to Reduce Infant Mortality: An Outcome Evaluation From the US South, 2011 to 2014.” The study was […]