Southern Nevada Health District Intern Success Newsletter

highlights MPH / DO students!!





Professor Sarah Sullivan awarded Fulbright Grant Award!!

Professor Sarah Sullivan, Associate Professor, has been awarded  a Fulbright grant award to support her research ethics work in three universities in Bolivia.  She will be collaborating with the Universidad San Francisco Xavier de Chuquisaca (USFX), Universidad Mayor de San Simón (UMSS) and Universidad Autónoma Gabriel René Moreno (UAGRM) for several months each year over a period of three years. 

The Fulbright Program, which aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Funding for this award will support Professor Sullivan’s efforts in teaching research and research ethics classes related to the Responsible Conduct of Research, including topics on authorship, conflicts of interest, data management, plagiarism and research misconduct.



PH Program's dual degree students Justin Nguyen & Melissa Belec's letter to the editor of San Francisco Bay Crossings about the Environmental Health Impacts of the proposed Orcem Cement Plant in Vallejo by gets published!!

PH Program's dual degree student Justin Nguyen (COM/MPH) choose to review the environmental health impacts of the proposed Orcem Cement Plant in Vallejo for their final research paper during Environmental Health class this past summer (2016). This was one of the topics Dr. Trina Mackie had listed for the class for the final research paper. After completion of his paper he teamed up with another dual degree student, Melissa Belec (COM/MPH), bringing together the Pediatrics Club and the Public Health Club in efforts to communicate their concerns about this project with the community. Their letter to the editor of San Francisco Bay Crossings appeared in the latest issue. Link to the article - (Please scroll down …theirs is the second letter).


PH Program's Global Health student - Jennifer Dionisio's article gets published in American Journal of Epidemiology and Infectious Disease!

PH Program's Global Health student -Jennifer Dionisio's manuscript on " Men Who Have Sex with Men in Cambodia: Population Size, HIV Risky Behaviors, and HIV Prevalence" - one of the projects she worked on while she was in Cambodia, gets published! Link to the article:





Dr. Brody & TUC Dual Degree student's article gets published in JMIR!

Dr. Carinne Brody’s paper on " Are Text Messages a Feasible and Acceptable Way to Reach Female Entertainment Workers in Cambodia with Health Messages? A Cross-Sectional Phone Survey" gets published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR). Two of the authors are TUC Dual Degree students: Sukhmani Dhaliwal - MPH (current), DO (current) and Michael Johnson- MPH (current), DO (current). Please find attached photos of the TUC authors. Full Article


Dr. Armando Basagoitia visits Califonia!

Dr. Armando Basagoitia, MD, MPH, PhD - is one of the PH Program's partner from the field study site - Bolivia. Dr. Basagoitia worked for several years in the Quality Department of the Sucre, Chuquisaca regional Health Department in Bolivia. During his visit he participated in events hosted on the TUC campus with the Global Health track faculty. He also presented his experiences to the Essentials of Global Health MPH class.


Dr. Carinne Brody's visit to Cambodia this Summer!

Dr. Carinne Brody visit to PH Program's Field Study site - Cambodia this May.


MPH Field Study Preceptor Dinner & Training

PH Program hosted a fun and interactive evening for field study preceptors on June 7th. Attendees enjoyed wine and hors-doeuvres, musical entertainment provided by favorite local jazz trio, MIDTOWN JAZZ. This was followed by a special dinner and preceptor training. Complimentary gas gift cards were available for attendees who traveled 25 miles or greater for the event.



Public Health Club Hosts Energizer Station on Bike to Work Day - May 12th!

The Public Health Club will be hosting an energizer station in front of Lander Hall on Thursday, May 12th for Bike to Work Day from 7:30am - 9:00am. Please stop by for refreshments, gifts, and to tune-up your bicycle.






Publication: Journal of the National Medical Association - Dr. Jaesin Sa

Dr. Jaesin Sa's paper on "Overweight and Physical Inactivity Among African Students at a Historically Black University" gets published in the Journal of the National Medical Association. For full article click:…/S0027-9684%2815%290001…/fulltext


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MPH Global Health Student presents paper on ZIKA at conference in Bolivia

MPH Global Health Track Student Christopher Koerber presents his paper written for the PROCOSI organization on ZIKA at the conference on Climate Change and Emerging Health Threats currently being held in Bolivia.




National Public Health Week starts today!

President Barak Obama issued a proclamation recognizing the value public health workers deliver to our country every day as a kickoff.

NPHW Presidential Proclamation 2016:




Dr. Sahai Burrowes awarded a two-year, $280,000 research grant!!

Dr. Sahai Burrowes, Assistant Professor of Public Health, and her team were awarded a two-year, $280,000 research grant – a partnership between the Ethiopian Midwives Association (EMwA), Touro University California, and UC Berkeley’s Bixby Center, which was approved by the AmplifyChange donor consortium. The project, which will be led by EMwA, will build a national evidence base on the prevalence and determinants of healthcare provider abortion stigma in Ethiopia by conducting joint research projects, creating research fellowships for Ethiopian university students, and providing research methods training and technical assistance.


ASPPH Friday Newsletter



SCBH/TU at American Medical Women's Association 101st Annual Meeting

Ms. Kristine Lalic, Project Assistant, Solano Coalition for Better Health
presenting - Public Health Program's community partner presenting her poster on results from the Vallejo Oral Health Services Project at the American Medical Women's Association 101st Annual Meeting.



MPH Students receive Scholarship

MPH students receive scholarships at the the ninth annual Solano County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Awards and Recognition Gala !!

Congratulations to Madelyn Garcia, MPH and Diana DeVore, PharmD/MPH for each receiving a $1500 scholarship from the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.


Daily Republic



MPH Alumna & Dual degree students selected for Gold Humanism Honor Society!

The Touro University California COM Gold Humanism Honor Society is very proud to announce its seventh cohort. It was an extremely difficult decision due to the large number of highly qualified and worthy nominees.These student physicians were initially nominated by their peers, then narrowed down and further selected by the TUCOM-GHHS Selection Committee based upon their embodiment of the ideals of humanism in medicine: Compassion, Professionalism, Commitment to the highest standard of patient care, Ethics, and Volunteering in the community.

Please join us as we congratulate and welcome our new members:

Hassie Cooper - MPH alumna
Hattie Pearson - DO / MPH
Odrin Castillo - DO/MPH
Selene Wheless - DO/MPH
Tracy Krinard - DO/MPH



Congratulations to our DO/MPHers named PCA Fellows!

DO/ MPH students Tracy Krinard and Katherine Yu have been named the Primary Care Academic (PCA) Fellows by Primary Care Department.
The selection process was extremely difficult as applications from many amazing students were received.The Fellows will add to the PCD in wonderful ways and they will do so much to enhance the student experience. They’ll each introduce themselves as they begin their time on campus in the Fall Semester!




Publication: BMC Public Health - Dr. Carinne Brody

This study aimed to identify factors associated with psychological distress among female entertainment workers (FEWs) in Cambodia. The findings suggest FEWs in Cambodia experience high levels of psychological distress, which likely stems from both past negative experiences and current working conditions. For women that are experiencing psychological distress, intervention programs aimed at improving mental health should specifically address substance use, condom availability and negotiation skills, and suicide risk. For full article:


ASPPH Friday Newsletter

Diversity & Social Justice Training hosted by PH Progam - A Success!!

The Public Health Program opened a unique social justice experience opportunity to the TUC campus on February 3-4, 2016. The experience was be led by Adrienne Dessel, PhD, LMSW, is co-associate director of the Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR), School of Social Work and Susan King, Student Life – The Program on Intergroup Relations from the University of Michigan.



Publication: Obesity Medicine - Dr. Miranda Weintraub

Research article on "Cardiovascular Disease and Access to Nutritious Food for Safety Net Patients" first -authored by Dr. Miranda Weintraub and co-authored by MPH alum Mathew Bozdech gets accepted in Obesity Medicine!!


ASPPH Friday Newsletter


Dr. Deirdra Wilson's research work receives media attention!!

Dr. Deirdra Wilson & dual student Michaeal Rudderman's research work and capstone project on Prison Overcrowding receives media attention!


The Crime Report: