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Dr. Alicia Best serves on cancer health disparities leadership council

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“Cancer disparities is my life’s work; it’s my passion,” said USF College of Public Health assistant professor Dr. Alicia Best. She’s been selected to serve on the leadership council of the American Society of Preventative Oncology (ASPO) Cancer Health Disparities special interest group. ASPO is a national multi-disciplinary professional organization […]

A pipeline to public health: COPH program cultivates future maternal & child health professionals

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If you explore the field of public health, you’ll notice that many of the statistics used to represent the health of nations involve mothers and children. And for good reason. The health of individuals and families is vital to the health of the larger communities in which they live. In […]

Safety Topic: National Radon Action Month – A Look at Risk Factors for Lung Cancer

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Written by: Margaret Hennis, CIH, ASP, Health Consultant The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated January as National Radon Action Month. A significant risk factor for lung cancer is exposure to the colorless, odorless, tasteless, radioactive gas called radon. According to the EPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the second leading cause of lung cancer, and the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers in the U.S., is radon gas. According to the Florida Department of Health, radon is responsible for more than 21,000 lung […]

Federal data undercounts fatal overdose deaths caused by specific drugs

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Fatal misuse of specific drugs is a bigger problem than federal statistics make them appear, especially in Florida. According to data collected by a researcher at the University of South Florida (USF), between 2008 and 2017, roughly one-in-three overdose deaths in Florida caused by opioids were not reported by the […]

Respiratory Selection: The Right Way

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Written by: William Tomlin, Health Supervisor When employees express concern or show symptoms of discomfort when working with chemicals, management’s first impulse is to purchase and supply respirators to the affected employees. However, handing out respirators to employees is the very last step when using respirators to address a hazard.   The correct sequence for respirator selection is to conduct research into the substance of concern, determine permissible exposure limits for that substance, and then determine the airborne concentration of the substance. With that information, you may then select the […]

Dean Donna Petersen receives USF World’s Lifetime Achievement Award

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In November, USF World—a group that works to promote a global culture at the university—announced its 2019 Global Achievement Award winners at a celebration held during International Education Week. Dr. Donna Petersen, dean of the USF College of Public Health (COPH), received a Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the group’s […]