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HPEB News and Kudos

Welcome to new and returning students, faculty, and staff of the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior (HPEB)! We are looking forward to an exciting and productive year for everyone. The News and Kudos e-newsletter promotes the excellent work of HPEB students and faculty members. We want to feature your partnerships, successes, and important health promotion initiatives you are bringing to communities. Here’s to a great year of working together to improve the public’s health!

Message from the Chair

Our HPEB family experienced a devastating loss this week. Our dear Ann Cassady, department business manager, passed away. Ann was such a warm and caring person. She was a true professional - dedicated to her work and supportive of all those she met. Although she was in HPEB, she was known and respected throughout the Arnold School and University. Ann was the go-to person for so many.

Ann was one of the first people I met when I came to USC 11 years ago. She took me under her wing, introduced me to people across the university, and ensured that my husband and I experienced everything South Carolina, including Gamecocks sports. Walking into the department this week without Ann here and without her door open is simply heartbreaking. Today in the mail I received a note from Ann. I was caught off guard. She had sent me a thank you note on her last day in the office. I should have been sending our thanks to Ann.

For those of you who are here over the summer months, please stop by and stay engaged with the department. Let’s lean on each other during this difficult time. I know that Ann would want us to celebrate her life and adventures and continue on with the work that is important to us. Let’s share our beautiful memories of Ann and root for the Gamecocks together. 

We’ve included our May Spotlight within the newsletter because it is an anniversary spotlight. Ann was very excited about this spotlight because our own Dr. Casey Giraudy is celebrating her 20th year at USC! Thank you all for all that you do.
- Daniela Friedman

Congratulations Are In Order!

Aditi Srivastav, HPEB doctoral student, is the recipient of the Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being—seeking innovations to prevent child abuse and neglect. Story Link
Faith Fletcher, an HPEB Alumna, was selected as one of the National Minority Quality Forum's 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health.
Dr. Mindi Spencer is a 2017 recipient of the Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award.
Dr. Brie Turner-McGrievy was selected as the recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Weight Management Outcomes Research Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group.
Morgan Hughey was named the 2017 HPEB and Arnold School doctoral student of the year.
Cleoflins Mulligan was named the 2017 HPEB masters student of the year.
Molly Beman and Grace Whitbeck, undergraduate research assistants of Dr. Sayward Harrison were recently awarded the top Student Poster Award at USC's 7th Annual Nutrition Symposium. Their poster, titled "Examining the Role of Primary Care Providers in the Prevention of Childhood Obesity," presented findings from a study investigating how pediatricians in South Carolina are integrating childhood obesity prevention into their practice.
Caroline Dunn, HPEB doctoral student of Dr. Brie Turner-McGrievy, was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award at the 2017 Discover USC celebration. Ms. Dunn has served as a coinstructor for HPEB 502, Applied Aspects of Human Nutrition, and worked with Dr. Turner-McGrievy and the Center for Teaching Excellence to develop and implement HPEB 502 as an online course during summer 2016 for students on all USC campuses.
Dr. Edena Meetze has become a member of the USC Hispanic/Latino Faculty Caucus.
Dr. Edena Meetze has also been named the Faculty Advisor for the USC-Clemson Blood Drive Student Organization.
Dr. Ed Frongillo and Dr. Jessica Escobar-Alegria began the External Evaluation of Alive & Thrive’s India Program. This program contributes to strengthening systems and provides high quality technical support for accelerating scaleup and coverage of maternal and child nutrition interventions in the high burden states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
Kaleea Lewis was granted a 2017-2018 Research Fellowship from the Institute for African American Research.
Dr. Ed Frongillo and Dr. Jessica Escobar-Alegria also began the external process evaluation of the Feeding America Senior Hunger Program. The Feeding America network of food banks directly and indirectly serves food-insecure seniors through several delivery models and through partnerships with national and local community organizations. Alumna Dr. Caroline Bergeron is contributing with her expertise.
Dr. Courtney Monroe was selected to attend the 2017 NIH mHealth Summer Training Institute and the 2017 NIH Summer Institute on Randomized Behavioral Clinical Trials.
Dr. Courtney Monroe also successfully completed the 2016-2017 New Faculty Academy (NFA) program.
Dr. Christine Blake has been inducted into the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health.
Sarah King, HPEB masters student, was selected to be a USC Graduate Civic Scholar.
Dawit Alemu, Venice Haynes, and Yao Zhang from HPEB successfully completed the Carolina Intercultural Training in March 2017.
Maggie Carson, HPEB MPH student and DSAC representative, was accepted into the PhD program in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at USC.
The following three undergraduate students were awarded Magellan grants:
Caroline Pascal “Knowledge and Awareness of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) among HIV-Positive Adults in South Carolina” (Mentor: Dr. Sayward Harrison)
Brianna Childs “Returning Home Healthy: A Qualitative Analysis of the Health-Related Experiences of Formerly Incarcerated Men and Women” (Mentor: Dr. Alyssa Robillard)
Jaleel Jefferson “Enhancing Communication to Support Dissemination and Implementation of the Healthy Eating and Active Living in the Spirit (HEALS) Program” (Mentor: Dr. Heather Brandt)
HPEB received a number of awards at Discover USC:
Postdoctoral Scholars Poster Session C
Dr. Sayward Harrison, First Place, “First Line of Defense: An Evaluation of the Role of Primary Care in the Prevention of Childhood Obesity in South Carolina”
Dr. Courtney Monroe, Second Place, “Harnessing Social Networks via Technology for Weight Loss in Adults: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial”
Morning Poster Presentation: U/P: Social Sciences F
Lauren Boeckermann, First Place, “Dreaming Big and Living Small: Examining Motivations for Tiny House Living”
Afternoon Oral Presentation: U/P: Public Health E
Destiny Byrd, First Place, “A comparison of dietary assessment from two electronic records during behavioral weight-loss interventions”
Trey Wright, Honorable Mention, “Feedback of three different mobile diet
tracking methods during a behavioral weight loss intervention”
Poster Presentations
Julianna Jayne, Dr. Christine Blake, and Basia Bujak, Session I Winner, “Role of Drill Sergeants in Basic Training Soldiers Nutrition Behaviors”
Three Minute Thesis Award
Caroline Dunn, Heat C Winner, “Reliability assessment of a novel tool to evaluate physical activity and healthy eating opportunities in faith-based settings: The Church Environment Audit Tool”
*The full list of awardees at Discover USC can be found here

Dissertation and Practicum Presentations

We congratulate the following students who completed milestones in their academic programs :

Dissertation Proposal Defense
Nazratun Monalisa: Influence of Children on Parent’s Food Shopping for the Children’s Consumption in South Carolina {May}
Hoa Nguyen: Maternal Parenting and Child Self-regulation as Mechanisms for the Relationship of Household Food Insecurity and Child Dietary Behavior {May}
Julianna Jayne: Body Mass Index Trajectories and the Relationship Between Stressful Life Events and Nutrition-Related Health Outcomes Among United States Army Soldiers {March}
Practicum Presentations
Kathryn Albano: Breastfeeding Support in the Workplace {April}
Allison Allred: STD Testing Site Statewide Community Assessment {April}
Olivia Bogner: Food Access Assistant {April}
Michael Brode: ONIE Project Practicum {April}
Quinyana Brown: “More Than Just the Talk”: Setting the Stage for Effective Messaging Surrounding Love, Sex, and Relationships {May}
Kearston Bryan: DHEC Lowcountry Reaching the Underserved Areas within DHEC Lowcountry Region of South Carolina {April}
Maggie Carson: Affect of Relocating Storm Water Outfalls, in Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach, on Improvements in Recreational Health {May}
Emmily Coleman: Creating a Referral Guide for Teen Services in Orangeburg, SC {May}
Dianna Colvin: Achieving Optimal Health Through Life Skills {May}
Krista Dickerson: SC Department of Health and Human Services Practicum Experience {April}
Adam Gause: Reducing and Preventing Chronic Diseases with Health Education Consultants, Inc. {April}
Taylor Harding: Palmetto P.A.N.D.A. Preventing Abuse and Neglect through Dental Awareness {May}
Kristina Holubar: Mountain Home Air Force Base Health and Wellness Center {April}
Kaitlin Kennedy: An Evaluation of PALSS’s Services {April}
Lesley Leake: Health Communications Intern: SC Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative {April}
Nadia Majlessi: Black/African-American Health Status Report: A Collective Report on B/AA Health Status, Current Projects, Initiatives, and Resources to Address Health Inequities to Guide Current
and Future Projects in San Francisco, California {May}
Nicole McNeal: Integrating Group Health Education Sessions into a Primary Care Model to Improve Patient Outcomes {May}
Jennifer Meunier: Mobile WIC Clinic Implementation Tool Kit {May}
Cleoflins Mulligan: Exploring a Wellness Program to Increase Quality of Life of Older Adults {April}
My Nguyen: Buncombe’s State of the County Health Report: An Overview of Selected Health Priorities {May}
Ekundayo Nylander-Thompson: Addressing Inflammation and Chronic Disease Through Healthy Eating and Active Living in African American Communities of Faith {May}
Jessica Waxer: Cooking with Columbia’s Cooking {May}
Lauren Weathers: Preparing to Launch the CDC’s Prevent T2 in Tri-County Communities {April}
Lisa Zeitlin: Lexington County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Revitalization Proposal {April}

Funding News

Dr. Jim Thrasher has received funding from the Greenville Health System for his project entitled, "Patient Decision Aid about Electronic Cigarettes: A Feasibility Study".
Dr. Ed Frongillo’s project entitled "Design of the External Evaluation of Alive & Thrive’s India Program" will be led by FHI360 and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Alycia Boutté, HPEB doctoral student, was awarded a diversity supplement funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development as a complement to the Health in Pregnancy and Postpartum (HIPP) Study, investigating the influence of mental health and neighborhood food environments
on diet quality in pregnancy. Article Link
Dr. Xiaoming Li (PI) and Dr. Shan Qiao (Co-Investigator) were awarded a five-year R01 grant entitled,
“HIV-related Stigma and HIV Clinical Outcomes: Linkage and Mechanisms”. This project, as part of the US-China biomedical collaboration program, is jointly funded by NIH and National Science Foundation of China (NSFC). Chinese collaborators received additional funds over the 5 years from NSFC to conduct the same project in China. Article Link
Dr. Emily Mann received a Social Sciences grant from the Office of the Provost for a project entitled,
“Contraceptive counseling in South Carolina: An exploratory study with healthcare providers.”
Dr. Andrew Kaczynski has received a Social Sciences grant from the Office of the Provost for his projected entitled, “Examining the efficacy of theory-based persuasive communications for promoting physical activity in public parks: A pilot study.“
The following students were awarded conference travel grants from The Graduate School:
Sulochana Basnet, Morgan Hughey, Shibani Kulkarni, Hoa Nguyen, and Ligia Reyes.
The following individuals received ASPIRE awards from the Office of the Vice President for Research:
ASPIRE-I: Innovation recipients Sub-track I, junior faculty development
Dr. Courtney Monroe, “Evaluating Columbia Moves: A Social Network Approach Using a Team Competition and Technology to Increase Physical Activity”
Sub-track IIB, postdoctoral scholar development
Dr. Seul Ki Choi, “Health information seeking behaviors among caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias: Are caregivers taking care of their own health?”
Dr. Yao Zhang, “An Evaluation of Health Literacy in Mental Health Among Youth Involved in the South Carolina Juvenile Justice System”
ASPIRE-II: Integration recipients
Dr. Ed Frongillo, {HPEB Co-PIs: Dr. Blake, Dr. Brandt, Dr. Monroe, Dr. Thrasher, Dr. Turner-McGrievy, Dr. Simmons, Dr. Conserve} “Positioning USC for Global Prominence in Research on Prevention and Management of Chronic Disease”
Dr. Spencer Moore, “Chronic social stress and accelerated aging among South Carolina women:  Investigating the social, behavioral, and biological influences on aging processes”
*The full list of ASPIRE receipts including Co-PI’s can be found here

HPEB in the News

Dr. Katrina’s Walsemann’s blog on parent debt was published by the Oxford University
Press. Story Link

Publications and Presentations

Basnet, S., Frongillo, E.A, & Girma M. Association of antenatal care visit with breastfeeding practices depends on maternal education in Ethiopia. Experimental Biology. Chicago, IL. (April 2017)
Beman, M., Whitbeck, C.,& Harrison, S. Examining the Role of Primary Care Providers in the Prevention of Childhood Obesity. Poster Presentation, University of South Carolina, 7th Annual Nutrition Symposium. Columbia, SC. (March 2017)
Beman, M., Whitbeck, C., & Harrison, S. Examining the Role of Primary Care Providers in the Prevention of Childhood Obesity. Poster Presentation, Discover USC. Columbia, SC. (April 2017)
Best, A.L., Vamos, C., Choi, S.K., Thompson, E.L., Daley, E., & Friedman, D.B. Increasing routine cancer screening among underserved populations through effective communication strategies: Application of a health literacy framework. Journal of Cancer Education. Epub March 8, 2017. doi: 10.1007/s13187-017-1194-7
Burke, M.P., & Frongillo, E.A. Association of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Participation with social cohesion and financial worry based on race and ethnicity among U.S. adults. Experimental Biology. Chicago, IL. (April 2017)
Choi, S.K., Seel, J.S., Steck, S.E., Payne, J., McCormick, D., Schrock, C.S., & Friedman, D.B. Talking about your prostate: Perspectives from providers and community members. Journal of Cancer Education. Epub March 7, 2017. doi: 10.1007/s13187-017-1205-8
Choi, S.K., Frongillo, E.A., Blake, C.E., & Thrasher, J.F. Food availability in school stores in Seoul, South Korea after implementation of food- and nutrient-based policies. Journal of School Health 87:498-505, 2017.
Fair, M.L., Reed, J.A., Hughey, M.S., Powers, A.R., & King, S. The association between aerobic fitness and academic achievement among elementary school youth. Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine. May 1, 2017 doi: 10.1249/TJX.0000000000000033 {manuscript developed in HPEB 815 taught by Dr. Katrina Walsemann}.
Frith, A., Ziaei, S., Frongillo, E.A., Khan, A., Ekstrom, E., & Naved, R. Breastfeeding counseling improves maternal-infant feeding interaction in those exposed to controlling behavior or emotional violence: MINIMat Study in Bangladesh. Experimental Biology. Chicago, IL. (April 2017)
Frongillo, E.A. Evaluation of programs to improve complementary feeding in infants and young children. Maternal & Child Nutrition e12436. (April 2017)
Frongillo, E.A., Nguyen, H.T., Smith, M.D., & Coleman-Jensen, A. Food insecurity is associated with subjective well-being among individuals from 138 countries in the 2014 Gallup World Poll. Journal of Nutrition 147: 680-687 (April 2017)
Golfin, F., Murillo, C., Jensen, M.L., & Frongillo, E.A. Adaptation and validation of the Nutrition Environment Measures Survey in Stores (NEMS-S) in Costa Rica. Experimental Biology. Chicago, IL. (April 2017)
Harrison, S.E., Li, X., Zhang, J., Chi, P., Zhao, J., & Zhao, G. (In press). Improving school outcomes for children affected by HIV/AIDS: Evaluation of the ChildCARE intervention at 6-, 12-, and 18-months. School Psychology International. doi: 10.1177/0143034316689589
Harrison, S. First Line of Defense: An Evaluation of the Role of Primary Care in the Prevention of Childhood Obesity in South Carolina. Poster presented at Discover USC. Columbia, SC. (April 2017)
Harrison, S. Implementation of an Evidence-based School Mental Health Program to Prevent and Treat Post-Traumatic Stress in Chinese Adolescents. Talk presented at colloquium at Henan University. Kaifeng, China. (March 2017)
Harrison, S., Brame, B., & Li, X. Children affected by Parental HIV: Recognizing Risk, Building Resilience. Paper presented at the National Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention, San Antonio, TX. (February 2017)
Jiang, Y. Impact of Caregiver-Child Relationship Quality on Social Competence and Diurnal Cortisol Rhythm Among Children Affected by Parental HIV/AIDS. APS Annual Convention. Boston, MA. (May 2017)
Kaczynski, A. How do parks and public open spaces contribute to population health: Lessons from Western countries. International Symposium on Healthy Built Environments. Japan, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan. (April 2017)
Krasevec, J., An, X., Kumapley, R., Begin, F., & Frongillo, E.A. Diet quality and risk of stunting among infants and young children in low- and middle-income countries. Maternal & Child Nutrition; e12430. doi: 10.1111/mcn.12430, 2017.
Kulkarni, S., Frongillo, E.A., & Girma, M. Understanding the effect of community-based health and nutrition program on uptake of iron and folic acid supplementation and breastfeeding practices in a pastoralist  community in rural Ethiopia. Experimental Biology. Chicago, IL. (April 2017)
Li, X., Harrison, S.E., Fairchild, A.J., Chi, P., Zhao, J., & Zhao, G. (In Press). A randomized controlled trial of a resilience-based intervention on psychosocial well-being of children affected by HIV/AIDS: Effects at 6- and 12-month follow-up. Social Science & Medicine.
Mann, E.S. The Contraceptive Paradox: Young Mothers’ Experiences with the Promotion of Long- Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARC) in South Carolina. New Directions in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies. University of Tennessee-Knoxville. (April 2017)
Mann, E.S., Patrick R. Grzanka, & Travis Wagner. LARC or Bust? A Critical Discourse Analysis of Public Education Campaigns Promoting the Use of Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARC). Southern Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Greenville, SC. (March 2017)
Meetze, E., Torres, M., & Messias, D.K.H. Prenatal care providers’ perspectives and practices: Informed
consent for HIV screening among Latinas with limited English proficiency in South Carolina. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice. 10(1);
Menon, P., Nguyen, P., Kim, S., Tran, L., Frongillo, E.A., Ruel, M., & Rawat, R. Context Matters: Insights from two randomized evaluations of behavior change interventions on factors influencing infant and young child feeding practices in Bangladesh and Vietnam. Experimental Biology. Chicago, IL. (April 2017)
Monroe, C.M., Larsen, C.A., & West, D.S. Use of a novel technology-based approach to harness social networks for weight loss in adults: Pilot randomized controlled trial. Poster Presentation at Society of Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA. (April 2017 )
Nguyen, P., Sanghvi, T., Mahmud, Z., Tran, L., Shabnam, S., Aktar, B., Afsana, K., Frongillo, E.A., Ruel, M., & Menon, P. Integrating nutrition-focused behavior change communication and community mobilization into existing maternal, neonatal and child health platform improved consumption of diversified foods and micronutrients and exclusive breastfeeding practices in Bangladesh: Results of a cluster-randomized program evaluation. Experimental Biology. Chicago, IL. (April 2017)
Nguyen, H.T., Frongillo, E.A., Fram, M.S., & Bernal, J. Prevalence of food insecurity of adolescent students from 83 countries. Experimental Biology. Chicago, IL. (April 2017)
Reyes, L.I., Frongillo, E.A., Blake, C.E., Moore, S., Gonzalez, W., & Bonvecchio, A. The local food system that mothers of children aged 1 to 5 years access in rural Mexico. Experimental Biology. Chicago, IL. (April 2017)
Soltani, S.N., Kannaley, K., Tang, W., Gibson, A., Olscamp, K., Friedman, D.B., Khan, S., Houston, J., Wilcox, S., Levkoff, S.E., & Hunter, R.H. (Evaluating community-academic partnerships of the South Carolina Healthy Brain Research Network. Health Promotion Practice. Epub March 1 2017. doi: 10.1177/1524839917700086.
Tang, W., Kannaley, K., Friedman, D.B., Edwards, V.J., Wilcox, S., Levkoff, S.E., Hunter, R.H., Irmiter, C., & Belza, B. Concern about developing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and intention to be screened: An analysis of national survey data. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 71: 43-49, 2017.
Tinago, C.B., Annang-Ingram, L., Frongillo, E.A., Blake, C.E., Engelsmann, B., & Simmons, D. Conceptualizations of nutrition and food choice behaviors among adolescent girls and young women in Harare, Zimbabwe. Experimental Biology. Chicago, IL. (April 2017)
Turner-McGrievy, B. Motivate, Monitor, and Measure: Using mHealth Approaches to Personalize Behavior Change. American Academy of Health Behavior Scientific Meeting. Tucson, AZ. (March 2017)
Turner-McGrievy, B. Plant Based Possibilities: Use of Plant Based Diets for Weight Loss. Webinar
for Villanova University’s Center for Obesity Prevention and Education. (March 2017)
Turner-McGrievy, G., Dunn, C., Boutte, A., & Blake, C. The thousand year flood: University students’ reflections on service learning experiences before and after a natural disaster. Pedagogy in Health Promotion, doi: 10.1177/2373379916687588.
Walsemann, K.M. Educational pathways and the smoking of US young adults: A cohort comparison. Network on Life Course Health Dynamics and Disparities in 21st Century America. Chicago, IL. (April 2017)
Walsemann, K.M. Sick of our loans: The health implications of student debt for student and parent borrowers. Mini-Conference on Health Disparities, The Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Association. Greenville, SC. (March 2017)
Walsemann, K.M. & Ailshire, J.A. Student debt spans generations: Characteristics of parents who borrow to pay for their children’s college education. Population Association of America, Paper Session Families and Economic Circumstances. Chicago, IL. (April 2017)
Walsemann, K.M., Ailshire, J.A., Fisk, C.E & Brown, L.L. (In Press). Do gender and racial/ethnic disparities in sleep duration emerge in early adulthood? Evidence from a longitudinal study of U.S. adults. Sleep Medicine.
Walsemann, K.M., Hummer, R.A & Hayward, M.D. Educational pathways and the smoking and binge drinking behavior of U.S. young adults. Population Association of America, Paper Session Socioeconomic Determinants of Health Behaviors. Chicago, IL. (April 2017)
Walsemann, K.M., Ro, A., & Gee, G. Trends in food insecurity among California residents from 2001 to 2011: Inequities at the intersection of immigration status and ethnicity. Women’s and Gender Studies Faculty Affiliate Reception, University of South Carolina. Columbia, SC. (March 2017)

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Please send submissions for News and Kudos to Avery Causebrook so that we can share and celebrate your work!
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