On September 25-27, epidemiologists Hamisu Salihu, MD, PhD, and Jason L. Salemi, MPH, participated in the “Paternal Involvement in Pregnancy: Outcomes from Preconception to First Year of Life” Workshop in Potomac, Maryland.
Hosted by multiple federal entities, the workshop aimed to bring together expert researchers and experienced community representatives to address the impact of fathers’ involvement on pregnancy, birth outcomes, and the health and development of children during the first year of life.
To ensure participation from both seasoned and junior investigators, the sponsoring agencies offered travel scholarships for individuals to attend the workshop, give a presentation on their research, and contribute to the ongoing dialogue on paternal involvement in pregnancy.
Doctoral candidate Jason Salemi, MPH, was selected as one of only 10 young investigators from around the country to receive the scholarship. As a session moderator, Dr. Salihu worked with attendees to develop a research agenda and propose innovative advancements in methods designed to investigate the role of men’s health and involvement on birth outcomes. On the final day of the workshop, Salihu synthesized information from hours of creative thinking and deliberation from basic biologists, clinicians, epidemiologists, and community partners in the form of a 30-minute presentation to the entire group of attendees.
Workshop hosts included: the Office of Health Equity, Office of the Director, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; Administration for Children and Families; Maternal and Child Health Bureau of Health Resources and Services Administration; and, the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. The organizers were extremely confident that the outcomes of this meeting will include a transformative research agenda, an increase in transdisciplinary collaboration, and a focus on translational research.
Mr. Salemi and Dr. Salihu are researchers in the USF College of Public Health. The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics is their academic home. Mr. Salemi is earning a doctorate degree in epidemiology and Dr. Salihu is a professor in the department. Salihu also directs the college’s Occupational Medicine Residency Program and the Center for Research and Evaluation for the Lawton & Rhea Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies.
The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics offers concentrations in epidemiology that lead to MPH, MSPH, and PhD degrees, as well several dual degrees, graduate certificates, and special programs. Most recently, the department added an online master of public health degree in epidemiology to its academic offerings.