Department News : 2016 :

Hansel Tookes, M.D., M.P.H.

Grant from M·A·C AIDS Fund Will Help Launch Needle Exchange Program

To help slow the spread of infectious diseases among intravenous drug users, the M·A·C AIDS Fund has awarded the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine a $100,000 grant to operate a needle exchange program that will be the first of its kind in Florida.

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Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., and Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Innovative Community-Based Health Screening Initiative Prepared for Launch

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and other units of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine are collaborating in the launch of an innovative health initiative to screen hard-to-reach populations in Miami-Dade County for multiple conditions and help them connect with appropriate care.

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Daniel J. Feaster, Ph.D.

UM Study in JAMA: Patient Navigation, Even with Financial Incentives, Does Not Improve HIV Outcomes

A large study by researchers from 14 institutions, including the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has found that a short-term structured patient-navigation intervention, even with financial incentives, shows no long-term improvement in HIV viral suppression when compared with conventional treatment for substance-abusing HIV patients who require hospitalization.

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Roderick K. King, M.D., M.P.H.

Group Led by Dr. Roderick K. King Releases Study Findings of Sea Level Rise and Public Health Risks

Communities from Palm Beach to Key West with the greatest risk for adverse health effects of sea level rise have been reported in a study by the Florida Institute for Health Innovation. Roderick K. King, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, is also the CEO of the Institute.

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J. Sunil Rao, Ph.D.

Dr. J. Sunil Rao Named Interim Chair of Public Health Sciences

J. Sunil Rao, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Division of Biostatistics, has been named Interim Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences. He is a member of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and his primary disease area of focus has been colorectal cancer — screening for early detection, unraveling the genomic determinants of progression and projected patient response to given treatments.

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From left, Lourdes Molleda, M.P.H., Daniela Castillo Onetto, San Carlos de Maipo Foundation in Chile, Danielle Sutton, Monica Bahamon, M.P.H., Marcelo Sanchez Ahumada, M.S., San Carlos de Maipo Foundation, Hilda Pantin, Ph.D., Maria Tapia, M.S.W., Yannine Estrada, Ph.D., Richard Catalano, Ph.D., President, Society for Prevention Research, Maria Rosa Velázquez, M.P.A., Krystal Sardinas, M.P.H., and Willy Prado, Ph.D.

Research Team Led by Dr. Willy Prado Receives Award for Hemispheric Public Health Work

A Miller School research team led by Guillermo “Willy” Prado, Ph.D., Miller Professor of Public Health Sciences, Director of the Division of Prevention Science and Community Health, and Dean of the Graduate School, has received the 2016 International Collaborative Preventive Research Award. The award was presented in San Francisco on June 2 at the annual meeting of the Society for Prevention Research.

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Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, D.O., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Walking Meetings Could Give Office Workers Longer, Healthier Lives, Study Shows

Changing just one seated meeting per week at work into a walking meeting increased the work-related physical activity levels of white-collar workers by 10 minutes, according to a new study published by public health researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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