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Public Health receives One Million Dollar grant award: Congratulations Dr. Brody!!

The TUC Center for Global Health Research is proud to announce the launch of its flagship project.Funded by the French Government's 5% Initiative program (http://www.initiative5pour100.fr/en/), TUC jointly with the KHANA Research Center in Cambodia is embarking on a $1 million, 3-year randomized control trial to test the effectiveness of mobile health interventions to engage and link high risk populations to HIV prevention and other high quality, tailored health services.  This grant will also fund the first Center for Global Health Research Innovation Fellowship which is a 1-2 year research fellowship for recent MPH graduates which will be announced in January 2016. Drs. Carinne Brody, Siyan Yi and Alexandra Hernandez are key investigators on this project.For more information about the TUC Center for Global Health Research please click here: http://cehs.tu.edu/publichealth/research/CenterforGlobalHealthResearch.html


Innovative Social Justice in PH Seminar Series a Success!!

Final in the Social Justice in Public Health Seminar Series - Mr. Michael Stacey, Director of Medical Services (CMO/Deputy Health Officer), Solano Public Health gave a talk on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 about Poverty, Joblessness & Health. The innovative speaker series designed as an elective course for students in public health, medicine, pharmacy and education was a huge success!! The course provided an introduction to topics of public health and social justice through a speaker series, viewing segments of relevant documentaries and discussions of social determinants of health.


 Dr. Sahai Burrowes receives Ipas seed grant

Dr. Sahai Burrowes in collaboration with UC Berkeley Bixby Center for Population Health and Sustainability received a seed grant from the Inroads project at Ipas (http://www.ipas.org/) to test an abortion stigma tool among health care providers in Debre Markos, Ethiopia in Spring 2016. Dual degree DO/ MPH student Lauren Eby, will manage the project as her field study activity with guidance from the public health faculty at Debre Markos University.


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Dr. Alexandra Hernandez's article gets published in JAIDS

Dr. Alexandra Hernandez's article on "Prevalence of anal HPV infection among HIV-positive men who have sex with men in India" gets published in the "Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes" (JAIDS)
India has a large population of HIV-positive individuals, including men who have sex with men (MSM) and the incidence of human papillomavirus (HPV)-related cancers is high. In developed countries, HIV-positive MSM exhibit the highest prevalence of anal HPV infection and incidence of anal cancer. Little is known about anal HPV infection in HIV-positive Indian MSM. The study showed almost all Indian HIV-positive MSM had anal HPV infection. The prevalence of HPV 16 was lower and the prevalence of other oncogenic HPV types was higher than in similar populations in North America and Europe. Vaccine based prevention strategies for HPV infection in India should consider potential differences in HPV type distribution among HIV-infected MSM when designing interventions. For full article: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26379067

MPH student Adiam Mengis awarded the “Student Rising Star” recognition at APHA 2015



MPH student Adiam Mengis awarded the “Student Rising Star” recognition (https://apha.confex.com/…/143am/webprogram/Session45886.html) at the 143rd APHA meeting in Chicago for her presentation entitled: Oral Health behaviors and access to care of students participating in a School-based Oral Health Project!!

Dr. Miranda Weintraub's manuscript gets accepted for publication in JOIH


Dr. Miranda Weintraub's manuscript on "Weight loss success among overweight and obese women of Mexican-origin living in Mexico and the United States: a comparison of two national surveys”, gets accepted for publication in the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health (JOIH). 


2015 APHA Student Award
MPH Program Alumna, Chandra Char won the 2015 Student Award of Excellence in Disabilities and Public Health Research!!

Chandra Char's abstract received the top score of all student abstracts submitted in the Disabilities section at APHA 2015 based on her approach to addressing the health care challenges faced by the Deaf/Hard of Hearing community, the topic of her 2015 capstone thesis.



Dr. Weintraub’s publication received First place in a research competition in Mexico!!

Dr. Miranda Weintraub’s published manuscript on  “Weight status of Mexican immigrant women: a comparison with women in Mexico with US-born Mexican American Women” (http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2012.301171?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori%3Arid%3Acrossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub%3Dpubmed&) bags first place in a research competition related to nutrition in Mexico. The results are published in El Universal (a Mexican newspaper) : http://www.fondonestlenutricion.org/eventos/trabajos-ganadores.html


Congratulations Public Health Club Election Winners!


President: Madelyn Garcia; Vice President: Steven Sha; Campus Outreach Chair: Jojo Ho

 DO/MPH students named Schweitzer Fellows!!


DO/ MPH students Martha Benitez & Tyler Fleming named Schweizer Fellows. Read More.

 PH Faculty bags IRAP research funds

Intramural Research Award Program (IRAP), Touro University California- College of Education and Health Sciences funds research proposals submitted by Public Health Program Faculty – Dr. Annette Aalborg & Dr. Carinne Brody. E.n.e.r.g.y Family Empowerment Program from Drs. Annette Aalborg, Tami Hendriksz and Ann Stoltz;  What are the challenges to providing mHealth services to female entertainment workers in Cambodia?  from Drs. Carinne Brody and Siyann Yi.

New Seminar course announced for Fall 2015

In collaboration with the College of Medicine, the Public Health Program is offering an exciting new 1- unit seminar course - PH 631 Social Justice in Public Health, starting Fall 2015. The speaker series is an innovative elective course designed for students in public health, medicine, pharmacy and education. This course provides an introduction to topics of public health and social justice through a speaker series and viewing segments of relevant documentaries and discussions of social determinants of health.The seminar course will be offered on Wednesday, 3:00-5:00 pm in Lecture Hall A beginning September 2, 2015. For more details click here.

Ethiopian Midwives Association agrees to host Touro MPH Students


Prof. Sahai Burrowes in Ethiopia had a long and fruitful meeting with the Director of the Ethiopian Midwives Association today. The association has agreed to host a Touro MPH field study for students this Fall.

Publication: Health Education Journal - Dr. Jaesin Sa 


Prof, Jaesin Sa's article on Binge drinking and drinking and driving among South Korean international college students in USA: Hierarchical linear model gets published in the Health Education Journal. His study shows that a very high proportion of South Korean international students attending colleges in USA are engaged in binge drinking and drinking and driving. Development of intervention programs designed specifically for South Korean international students is necessary. 1201 South Korean students recruited from 52 different four year universities in USA in 2009 constituted the sample of his study. For full article click here.

 Aldrige Awuku's at Maamobi General Hospital in Accra, Ghana


MPH student Aldrige Awuku's field study at Maamobi General Hospital in Accra, Ghana, where he assists the hospital's public health unit to collect, analyze, and report maternal and child health data from field clinics. 

 Dr. Sahai Burrowes at field study site in Ethiopia


Prof. Sahai Burrowes, Assistant Professor, is currently visiting university-based field study sites in Ethiopia. There are banners up all over Addis Ababa for President Obama's visit. The US government is a major supporter of Ethiopia's ambitious health initiatives which have contributed to dramatic recent decreases in child mortality and substantial progress on HIV/AIDS treatment access and reducing maternal mortality. TUC's planned projects in Ethiopia aim at assisting our partners in the evaluation of these initiatives particularly as they relate to midwifery training. 

 NACCHO 2015 Annual in Kansas City, MO


 Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act in major victory for PH


 Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act in major victory for public health

 TUC - PHP receives 7 year term accreditation from CePH


On June 22, 2015, the TUC Public Health Program received notice of accreditation from the Council regarding the decision of its Board of Councilors to re accredit the MPH Program at TUC for a 7-year term, the maximum period of accreditation for a graduate public health program. Previously, in October 2009, the TUC MPH Program received accreditation from the Council for a 5-year term, the maximum period of accreditation for a new graduate public health program.

 Publication: Journal of BMC Infectious Diseases - Dr. Brody


Prof.Carinne Brody's article on the Impact of a community-based HIV and sexual reproductive health program on sexual and healthcare seeking behaviors of female entertainment workers in Cambodia get published in the journal of BMC Infectious Diseases

 Dr. Elena Lingas at the 14th Annual Research Day at TUC


Prof. Elena Lingas talks about the characters and bright colors on cereal boxes on Wednesday during her lecture ‘Corporate Influences on What We Eat: The Sugar Industrial Complex’ during the 14th Annual Research Day at Touro University.


PHP Nominated for 2015 Champions for Children Award


The Public Health Program is nominated for the "2015 Champions for Children Award" to honor organizations and individuals who champion the well - being of Solano County's children.