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National Public Health Organizations Brief Capitol Hill on H1N1

The recent H1N1 flu outbreak served to be a genuine test of our national public health system’s ability to respond to an emerging public health threat and experts are cautioning that a more severe outbreak could occur in the fall of 2009. Leaders from some of the Nation’s foremost public health and medical associations will conduct a briefing for staff members from House and Senate offices on Thursday, May 21, 2009. Speakers will focus on the status of the current public health workforce and efforts needed to sustain workforce capacity to respond to emerging infectious diseases.

2009 Outstanding Masters Student Award

John P. BentleyDr. John P. Bentley (Department of Biostatistics) is the Recipient of the 2009 Outstanding Masters Student Award

Each year, The University of Alabama at Birmingham formally recognizes students for outstanding scholastic achievement, leadership, and service to the school and community. This year, John Bentley, was chosen to receive the award during the UAB Honors Convocation for the School of Public Health.

SOPH Convocation Photo Album

2009 SOPH Convocation

The School of Public Health held its 2009 Covocation on May 7th at the Alys Stephens Center. Some of the award recipients were: Dr. Gerald McGwin, Distinguished Faculty Investigator; Dr. Andy Rucks, Outstanding Public Health Service Award; Dr. David Redden, President's Award for Teaching Excellence; Ms. Cheryl Johnson, Outstanding Staff Public Health Service Award; Dr.

Poverty conference notes that poor economy can harm health

Want to stay healthy? Don't be poor.

That was the message Monday at a conference held by the school of public health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The event, called "The Impact of Poverty on our Community," focused on how economic hardship can harm people's physical and mental health.

It's an impact that may be felt more widely as Birmingham residents lose their jobs in a stagnating economy, participants said.

New Departmental Concentration

The Department of Health Care Organization and Policy is pleased to announce a new departmental concentration: Maternal and Child Health Policy and Leadership. This concentration will utilize the strengths of the MCH and HCOP programs by providing strong MCH content and essential underpinnings in health policy and leadership. The MCH Policy and Leadership concentration will offer the following degrees: the MPH, dual degrees with the MPH/MSW and the MPH/MSN and a DrPH degree.

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Call for nominations: Outstanding achievement by a woman in statistical sciences

The Section on Statistical Genetics and the Department of Biostatistics in the School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) are pleased to request nominations for the Eighth Annual Janet L. Norwood Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Statistical Sciences. The award will be conferred on Wed 9/16/2009. The award recipient will be invited to deliver a lecture at the UAB award ceremony, and will receive all expenses paid to deliver this lecture, a plaque, and a $5,000 prize.

What President Obama Should Know About Public Health

Dr. George Benjamin
Sickness and health—you can’t have one without the absence of the other. But the components of each are complex, varied, and interrelated. That’s why the American Public Health Association (APHA) would like for President Obama to take a holistic approach to strengthening the nation’s health system in addition to improving health delivery, says Georges Benjamin, APHA executive director.

Swine Flu: Timeliness Is Key to Public Health Response

Swin FluThe U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and others have named it a public health emergency as more cases of swine flu are confirmed. Alabamians should rest easier knowing that a massive public health response is already under way, said John Gnann Jr., M.D., a professor of infectious diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).


ADPH Guidelines for Persons with an Influenza-like Illness

Swine FluCDC has identified persons in California and Texas with swine influenza A (H1N1) virus. There are no cases in Alabama. As with any upper respiratory tract infection, it is important to protect yourself and others if you are ill.

Influenza-like illness can be easily transmitted from person to person. To prevent the spread of influenza CDC recommends:

Swine flu information available on UAB's OHS Web site

UAB’s Emergency Management Team is closely monitoring developments in the international outbreak of swine influenza. While no cases have been reported in Alabama, the group is staying in close communication with the county public health department and federal health officials as the situation develops. No faculty, staff or students have reported symptoms of concern at this time, but as a precautionary measure, UAB advises students, faculty and staff to avoid travel to Mexico.