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 […]

USF program gets Floridians to kick the smoking habit

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World No Tobacco Day is May 31 Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States. This year, the World Health Organization is focusing on tobacco and heart disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in three deaths from cardiovascular disease is smoking-related. Even those […]

Annual Chiles Symposium showcases efforts to improve community health

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For the second year now, the Annual Chiles Lecture and Symposium put a spotlight on how the USF College of Public Health is promoting the health and well-being of women, children, families and communities. The COPH’s Chiles Center aims to promote the optimal health using a multi-pronged approach: research, applying evidence-based practices, delivering education and guiding change […]

Behavioral health students share 10 tips for stressing less

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month Final exams. The fight you had with a friend. The overdue electric bill. Stress—that physical, emotional and mental tension you feel—is everywhere. And the USF COPH is no exception. According to the American Institute of Stress, roughly three-quarters of Americans feel the physical and mental effects of stress on […]