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PHAST administers community assessments in eastern Kentucky

PHAST administers community assessments in eastern Kentucky

Students gain valuable experience in region devastated by extreme flooding

The University of Michigan School of Public Health’s Public Health Action Support Team was deployed Sept. 6-9 to eastern Kentucky after the region endured devastating flooding in July. PHAST collaborated with the Kentucky Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in administering two Community Assessments for Public Health Emergency Response to gather household-based information on the needs of the community.

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Public health pipeline program highlights strategies for recruiting underrepresented students

Q&A with Dana Thomas

A recently published article in Pedagogy in Health Promotion analyzes the recruitment and outreach strategy for underrepresented populations of Michigan Public Health’s Future Public Health Leaders Program (FPHLP). Dana Thomas, the program’s director, details the program, its mission, and what strategies they found to improve students’ interests in public health careers.

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What are the Costs and Benefits of a Public Health Master's Degree?

Q&A with Angela Beck

In a recent essay published in the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH), Angela Beck, clinical assistant professor of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, discusses the costs and benefits of public health master’s degrees.

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Virtual Senior Center Helps Older Adults in Detroit Connect While Social Distancing

Low-income older adults and those with serious health problems are particularly vulnerable to negative health and social impacts caused by social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. Researchers from the University of Michigan and partner, Methodist Children’s Home Society, are piloting a virtual senior center that offers enrichment and educational programs via phone to help combat the isolation.

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How to Think about Coronavirus Like a Public Health Expert

Patricia Wren, MPH ’92

Public health leader, UM-Dearborn professor, and Michigan Public Health alum Patricia Wren weighs in on why the current disruptions to our daily lives are necessary—and why we should probably prepare for the long haul.