Department News : 2014 :

Graphic for use with stories about getting immunizations for kids. Kurt Strazdins / MCT

Vaccines Save Lives

As September approaches, parents are beginning to bring their children to the doctor’s office for back-to-school checkups. One of the most important components of the school physical is vaccination. In Florida, children in both public and private schools are required to be immunized against many illnesses, including chicken pox, measles and pertussis.

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Guillermo “Willy” Prado, Ph.D., M.S.

Faculty and Staff Support the U: Community Health Expert Strengthens Hispanic Families, and the Univ

Professor Guillermo “Willy” Prado is committed to making South Florida a better place to live. As director of the Division of Prevention Science and Community Health at the Miller School of Medicine, Prado has pioneered programs that reduce drug abuse and other health problems among Hispanic youths by strengthening their families.

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Residents of the 'Downtown' area have more opportunity to do errands on foot than those living in the suburbs. Roberto Koltun / El Nuevo Herald

Cubans Participate in Health Study in Miami

A group of 400 Cuban immigrant newcomers to Miami-Dade County participated in a study conducted by researchers from the schools of Medicine and Architecture at the University of Miami, which measured the frequency with which the participants were traveling on foot to perform daily tasks.

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Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H.

Miller Professor Contributes to Review of VA Patient-Centered Medical Homes

Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H., professor of medicine and public health sciences, Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Director of Community Engagement at the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), was one of five editors for a supplement on the VA Healthcare System’s patient-centered medical homes published in the July issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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Expanding Integrated Vector Management to promote healthy environments

Integrated Vector Management (IVM) strategies are intended to protect communities from pathogen transmission by arthropods. These strategies target multiple vectors and different ecological and socioeconomic settings, but the aggregate benefits of IVM are limited by the narrow focus of its approach; IVM strategies aim only to control arthropod vectors. We argue that IVM should encompass environmental modifications at early stages – for instance, infrastructural development and sanitation services – to regulate not only vectors but also nuisance biting arthropods. An additional focus on nuisance biting arthropods will improve public health and quality of life and minimize social-disparity issues fostered by pests. Optimally, IVM could incorporate environmental awareness and promotion of control methods proactively to reduce threats of serious pest situations.

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Fall 2014 International Scholars

The Department of Public health Sciences welcomes two International Scholars for Fall 2014. Dr. Biplab Biswas, Assistant Professor at the University of Burdwan Department of Geography, and Dr. Marine Gegelashvili, Associate Professor at Ilia State University in Tbilisi, Georgia. Dr. Biswas is a recipient of the Raman Fellowship, and Dr. Gegelashvili is a recipient of the Fulbright Award.

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From left, José Szapocznik, Ph.D., signs the partnership with Alexa Zambrano, M.D., Ms.C., Director of the National Public Health Research Institute; Mauro Toscanini Segale, President of the Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil; María Cecilia Loor de Tamariz, Provost of the Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil; Mario Jiménez, signing on behalf of Ecuador’s Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation; and Gustavo Ramírez, M.D., Dean of Medicine at the Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil.

Researchers Bring Public Health Initiatives to Ecuador

The Miller School’s Department of Public Health Sciences, led by José Szapocznik, Ph.D., and Ana Palacio, M.D., M.P.H., has partnered with the Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil and Ecuador’s National Public Health Research Institute to bring the latest evidence-based methods for dengue controls and adolescent drug abuse and sexual risk behavior prevention to the country.

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Scott C. Brown, Ph.D., left, and José Szapocznik, Ph.D.

New Study Reveals Health Hazards of Building Farther West in Miami-Dade County

A newly released study led by an interdisciplinary team of University of Miami researchers at the Miller School of Medicine and the School of Architecture shows that urban sprawl may be bad for the health of thousands of residents.

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