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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.

On May 11, UAB will host the Poverty and Community Health Conference

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Academic and community leaders will share ideas and draft solutions for addressing poverty as a major determinant of community health during a conference May 11 at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

SOPH Students Inducted into the Honor Society for International Scholars

Phi Beta Delta inducteesThe School of Public Health would like to congratulate Dr. Faisal Shuaib and Dr. Kathryn Roa who were inducted into Phi Beta Delta (Honor Society for International Scholars). They were presented with their medallions at the induction ceremony at the Smolian International House by Pennington Whiteside, Director, Sponsored International Programs.

Faisal and Kathryn were among 9 other UAB students who were honored.

2009 Calls for Nominations for the ASPH/Pfizer Awards

ASPH Pfizer AwardsThe 2009 Calls for Nominations and nomination materials for the ASPH/Pfizer Awards are now available. These awards are intended to acknowledge and encourage excellence in teaching, research and practice, and the 40 full ASPH-member schools of public health are invited to submit nominees.