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 […]

Dr. Claudia Parvanta releases health communication book

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USF College of Public Health’s Dr. Claudia Parvanta, professor of community and family, says her newest book on health communication is filled with real-world examples. Parvanta and her colleagues, Drs. David Nelson and Richard Harner, wrote the book “Public Health Communication Critical Tools and Strategies,” for doctoral and master’s students to complement the Essential Public […]

Dr. Mahmooda Khaliq Pasha and team use social marketing to reduce salt intake in Latin America

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February is Heart Health Month  A New England Journal of Medicine article indicates that 1.7 million deaths globally can be blamed on consuming too much salt. Many of those deaths can be attributed to the hypertension—and the subsequent stroke and heart disease—excess salt causes. “Too much dietary salt is a major cause of high blood […]

Policy change+ healthier food options = Fun

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Using policy change to offer healthier food options is ‘Fun’ The Florida Prevention Research Center (FPRC) at USF College of Public Health has used social marketing to improve health and prevent disease for more than 20 years. Under the guidance of Dr. Carol Bryant, professor emeritus, the FPRC worked with the Lexington, Ky. Tween and […]

Dr. Carol Bryant’s career of improving lives through social marketing

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From founding social marketing as a focus area at USF to spearheading a seminal program promoting breastfeeding among the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) clients, Dr. Carol Bryant has dedicated more than 30 years to a career focused on improving lives. Bryant, Distinguished University Health Professor in the USF College […]

FPRC’s push for increased colorectal cancer screenings

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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The Florida Prevention Research Center (FPRC) at the USF College of Public Health is focusing on a core research project to understand the factors impacting colorectal cancer screenings (CRCS) and to identify effective strategies to increase screening rates. FPRC, a member of the CDC’s Centers for Excellence in Prevention […]