Department News : 2016 :

Michael Weinstein, left, and Steven M. Altschuler, M.D.

UM Public Health Sciences and AIDS Healthcare Foundation to Launch Policy Research Initiative

To fulfill a critical need in global health policy research and advocacy, the University of Miami and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation have signed a memorandum of understanding to take the first steps toward establishing a policy research initiative.

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From left, Ana M. Palacio, M.D., M.P., and Leonardo J. Tamariz, M.D., M.P.H.

Study: Physician-Led Point of Care Medication Delivery Significantly Improves Medication Adherence

Medication adherence is a significant barrier to the delivery of quality health services, particularly among minority populations and the elderly. But a new study led by clinical researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine found that adherence increased 17 to 29 percent when physicians delivered glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol-lowering medications to diabetic patients at the point of care.

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Christine L. Curry, M.D., Ph.D., speaking to Miami Beach City Commissioners about the Zika virus threat.

Miller School Clinicians and Researchers Urge Proactive Approach to Controlling Zika Virus

Controlling the mosquito-borne Zika virus must continue to be a public health priority for South Florida, according to several University of Miami Miller School of Medicine clinicians and researchers who spoke on September 14 at a public hearing held by the Miami Beach City Commission.

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From left, John C. Beier, Sc.D., David Watkins, Ph.D., Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., President Julio Frenk, Christine L. Curry, M.D., Ph.D., Ivan A. Gonzalez, M.D., and Paola N. Lichtenberger, M.D.

Expert Panel Discusses Variety of Responses by UM to Zika Virus Challenge

At a Zika symposium hosted by the University of Miami, the Miller School of Medicine, and UHealth – the University of Miami Health System today, UM President Julio Frenk called on Congress to approve emergency federal funding for Zika research, treatment and monitoring.

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

Dr. Roderick K. King Named M.D./M.P.H. Director and Assistant Dean for Public Health Education

An experienced physician and public health leader, Roderick K. King, M.D., M.P.H., has been appointed Director of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s M.D./M.P.H. Program and Assistant Dean for Public Health Education.

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From left, Alexandre Chieppe, M.D., Director, State of Rio de Janeiro Health Surveillance, Aileen Marty, M.D., Florida International University, Ximena Marincic Sanchez, M.P.H., and Silvia Carvalho, Coordinator, State of Rio de Janeiro Health Surveillance.

Miller School Researcher Helped Monitor for Zika During Rio Olympic Games

Public health officials reported no cases of Zika virus infection in Rio de Janeiro during the 2016 Summer Olympics, according to a University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researcher who participated in the on-site observation and analysis process.

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Roderick K. King, M.D., M.P.H., far right, with other committee members.

Dr. Roderick K. King Chairs Health and Human Services Committee Meeting

Roderick K. King, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of public health sciences, Director of the M.D./M.P.H. Program and Assistant Dean of Public Health Education, chaired a recent meeting of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Minority Health.

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Symposium on Service Disparities for Latinas in Recovery on September 14

Gender has been identified as a determinant of health. For Latinas, minority status may further contribute to experiences regarding diagnosis, access, and use of behavioral health services. Understanding the evidence on these disparities is an important step in improving access and care for this population.

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Women’s Cancers in the Americas: Strategies for Synergy, October 5-6

On October 5 (full day) and October 6 (half day), Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Miami Institute for the Americas will hold a conference, “Women’s Cancers in the Americas: Strategies for Synergy,” at the University of Miami’s Braman Miller Center for Jewish Student Life.

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José Szapocznik, Ph.D.

Dr. José Szapocznik to Join Panel Discussion on Human Trafficking

José Szapocznik, Ph.D., professor and Chair emeritus of public health sciences, will join Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Miami-Dade County’s State Attorney, along with a human trafficking survivor/leader and other participants on September 6 at a panel discussion on human trafficking organized by Hadassah Greater Miami and the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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