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Returning to work amidst COVID-19

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As we move closer to the reopening of our economy, it is important that employers consider implementing processes to mitigate the effects of potential future health hazards in their workplaces in addition to CDC guidelines such as social distancing, updated PPE requirements, temperature checking and COVID-19 testing. Maintaining a safe work environment for employees to return to not only is good for business, but also an obligation. The OSHA general duty clause, Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, requires that each employer furnish a workplace that is […]

Drugs are leading cause of maternal deaths in Florida, report finds


In 2017, drug-related deaths were the leading cause of death to mothers during pregnancy or within one year afterward, which accounts for one in four of these deaths in Florida, according to a new urgent pregnancy-associated mortality review (PAMR) message to providers and hospitals. Most (75%) of these drug-related deaths […]

Dr. Abraham Salinas-Miranda named director of the COPH’s Harrell Center

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Calling it “a dream come true,” Dr. Abraham Salinas-Miranda has been appointed director of the USF College of Public Health’s (COPH) Harrell Center, whose mission is to develop and integrate knowledge with best practices to strengthen community responses to family violence. Salinas-Miranda, a medical doctor trained in Nicaragua who came […]

35th Anniversary Spotlight: Sunshine ERC provides students cross-discipline collaboration

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The Sunshine Education and Research Center (Sunshine ERC) located in the USF College of Public Health is one of 18 National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) education and research centers across the nation that provides interdisciplinary training of occupational safety and health professionals. The Sunshine ERC, which was […]

2019 USF Outstanding Staff Award recipients honored

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Several USF College of Public Health staff members were awarded the 2019 Outstanding Staff Awards. Each year, the University of South Florida seeks to recognize employees who exemplify “above and beyond” performance excellence through their daily commitment to the University. This year, the COPH recognized individual award winner Paige Hunt, […]

COVID-19 and Its impact on your workplace

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Research suggest almost 50% of small businesses do not have an emergency preparedness plan in place. Failure to have a plan can lead to chaos, confusion and failure. Moreover, it lends itself to insufficient resources and inadequate training for workers. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a major toll on businesses, workers, customers, and the public. Planning in advance for a pandemic or any unexpected disaster is critical to the sustainability of your business. Plans should be up-to-date, address specific risk exposure, sources of exposure, routes of transmission, and any other […]

Large birth weight and increased risk of stillbirth

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Public health researchers have found that a large fetal birth weight is a significant risk factor for stillbirth. USF College of Public Health alumnae Drs. Lindsey King, a clinical assistant professor in the College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida, and Korede Yusuf, assistant professor […]