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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

For this issue of the HPEB News and Kudos newsletter I did some investigative reporting. I interviewed my 4.5-year-old son, Dylan, to find out his perspectives on academia. Here is the verbatim transcript from the interview recording:
DBF: I’m going to ask you a few questions. Are you ready?
Dylan: Yes.
DBF: First question is - what is a professor?
Dylan: It’s somebody who works in public health.
DBF: What is public health?
Dylan: A place where a lot of students work.
DBF: What do professors do during the day?
Dylan: They work with students using proper language and good science techniques.
[At this point DBF tears up out of pride but composes herself for the last interview question.]
DBF: Why is it important for us to study the health of people in our communities?
Dylan: Because it’s nice for people and all the people even if someone is sick they’ll like it. Because we want to make people better and happy so they feel great and excited and healthy.

With so much noise around us these days it can be difficult to concentrate. I am comforted knowing that this 4.5-year-old recognizes the importance of good science. Congratulations on all of your accomplishments presented in this newsletter and let’s continue to focus on the science!
Best wishes for the rest of the semester! – Daniela Friedman

Congratulations Are In Order!

Dr. Christine Blake was named the 2017 Janet Clay White lecturer in Community Nutrition (Cornell University).
Dr. Daniela Friedman was nominated and selected to serve as Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Women & Aging.
Morgan Hughey received the 2017 Breakthrough Graduate Scholar award from the USC Office of the Vice President for Research. Story Link
Dr. Edena Meetze is serving as Secretary of the Universit y of South Carolina’s Hispanic/Latino Faculty Caucus.
The Office for the Study of Aging has launched a new website and welcomed new leadership. Dr. Mindi Spencer is Associate Director of Research for the office.  Dr. Lee Pearson and Dr. Daniela Friedman are codirectors. Story Link
Two HPEB students, Alycia Boutte and Yoojin Cho were awarded SPARC grants. Full Recipient List
Esther Ruder and Joni Zwemer graduated from the USC GRANT Certificate program.
Pam Metz celebrated her fourth year wit h HPEB this past Dece mber.  Joni Zwemer celebrated one full year with HPEB in January.
The following students received Dean’s conference travel awards for 2017:  Sulochana Basnet, Yoojin Cho, Alicia Dahl, Salima Kasymova, and Shibani Kulkani.

Dissertation and Practicum Presentations

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

Dissertation Defense
Morgan Hughey: Exploring Spatial Patterning and the Impact of Obesogenic Built Env ironments
for Youth Obesity. {February}
Dien Anshari: Effectiveness of Pictorial Health Warning Labels for Indonesia’ s Cigarette
Packages. {February}

Funding News

Dr. Heather Brandt’s project entitled "Evaluation of Training and Technical Assistance Activities to Increase Implementation of Evidence-Based Cancer Pre-vention and Control (NCI Supplement/USC Subcontract)" has been funded by Washington University/National Cancer Institute.
Dr. Daniela Friedman was awarded a two-year grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to study strategies for communicating the environmental risks of breast cancer. Investigators are Dr. Heather Brandt (HPEB), Dr. Swann Arp Adams (EPID/BIOS), and Dr. Jamie Lead (ENHS).
Dr. Edward Frongillo’s project entitled, "Multi-Sectoral Agricultural Intervention to Improve Nutri-tion, Health, and Developmental Outcomes of HIV-infected and Affected Children in Western Kenya" will be funded by University of Connecticut/National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Mark Macauda is serving as Co-Investigator on a project entitled, “Integrating a Personalized Patient-Specific Preference Tool to Enhance Shared Decision Making for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients” that was funded by the Pfizer Foundation.

HPEB in the News

Dr. Deborah Billings was featured on the Arnold School of Public Health website for her leadership and initiative toward advancing reproductive health rights. Story Link
Melissa Fair (doctoral student) was recently named the Community Action Director for the Institute for the Advancement of Community Health (IACH) at Furman University. In this role, Melissa will develop and support faculty and student research partnerships with community organizations directed at improving population level health initiatives in the Upstate of SC.  Story Link
Dr. Katrina Walsemann’s work on student debt is featured on the Arnold school website Story Link.  Her Student Debt paper was recognized by CNBC, Forbes, and the Post and Courier. CNBC Story Link Forbes Story Link Courier Link

Publications and Presentations

Students in the HPEB course, Mass Incarceration and Public Health: Structural, Community, and Indi-vidual Impacts, held a public forum on November 30 for their culminating assignment. With guidance from the instructor, Dr. Robillard, students hosted a screening of the PBS Frontline documentary, Pris-on State, followed by a 4-person panel to speak to issues around prisoner reentry. Panelists included individuals who were formerly incarcerated and who worked directly with incarcerated populations spe-cific to reentry. The forum was well-received with high attendance. The film and panelists generated significant discussion around the topic.

Bergeron, C.D., Messias, D.K.H., Friedman, D.B., Spencer, S.M., & Miller, S.C. (2016 Dec 29 Epub). Involvement of family members and professionals in older women's post-fall decision making. Health Communication. DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2016.1255844.

Blake, C. Construction of Children’s Snacks and Meals in Food Insecure Households: Purpose, Con-text, and Chaos. Cornell Nutrition: The Janet Clay White MS ‘61 Lecture in Community Nutrition, Cor-nell University, February 2017.

Blake, C
. Understanding Drivers of Food Choice in Diverse and Dynamic Settings: Conceptual and Methodological Innovations. ILSI Research Foundation session, Hungry Cities: The Global Revo-lution in Food Systems, California, January 2017.

Burke, M.P
., Jones, S.J., Frongillo, E.A., Fram, M.S., Blake, C.E. & Freedman, D.A (2016): Severi-ty of household food insecurity and lifetime racial discrimination among African-American households in South Carolina. Ethnicity & Health. DOI: 10.1080/13557858.2016.1263286.

Frongillo E.A.
, Nguyen P.H., Saha K.K., Sanghvi T., Afsana K., Haque R., Baker J., Ruel M.T., Rawat R., & Menon P. (2017). Large-scale behavior-change initiative for infant and young child feed-ing advanced language and motor development in a cluster-randomized program evaluation in Bangla-desh. Journal of Nutrition, 147, 256-263.

Gallerani, D
., Besenyi, G.M., Wilhelm Stanis, S.A., & Kaczynski, A.T. (2017). “We actually care and want to make the parks better”: A qualitative study of youth experiences and perceptions after con-ducting park audits. Preventive Medicine, 95, S109-114.

Hartnett, C.S., Lindley, L.L., & Walsemann, K.M. (in press). “Congruence across sexual orientation di-mensions and risk for unintended pregnancy among adult U.S. women.” Women’s Health Issues.

Huang, L.L
., Thrasher, J.F., Lin, F.C., & Friedman, D.B. (2016 Dec 8 Epub). Which types of anti-smoking television advertisements work better in Taiwan? Health Promotion International. DOI: 10.1093/heapro/daw085.

Hughey, S.M
., Kaczynski, A.T., Child, S., Moore, J.B., Porter, D., & Hibbert, J. (2017). Green and lean: Is neighborhood park and playground availability associated with youth obesity? Variations by gender, socioeconomic status, and race/ethnicity. Preventive Medicine, 95, S101-108.

Li, X
., Harrison, S.E., Fairhild, A.J., Chi, P., Zhao, J., & Zhao, G. (2017). A randomized controlled trial of a resilience-based intervention on psychosocial well-being of children affected by HIV/AIDS: Ef-fects at 6- and 12-month follow-up. Social Science & Medicine. DOI: 10.1016j.socscimed.2017.02.007.

Nguyen T.T., Alayón S., Jimerson A., Naugle D., Nguyen P.H., Hajeebhoy N., Baker J., Baume C., & Frongillo E.A. (2017). The association of a large-scale television campaign with exclusive breast-feeding prevalence in Vietnam. American Journal of Public Health, 107, 312-318.

Owens, O.L
., Friedman, D.B., & Hebert, J.R. (2017). Building an evidence base for promoting informed prostate cancer screening decisions: An overview of a cancer prevention and control pro-gram. Ethnicity & Disease, 27(1), 55-62.

Palar K., Napoles T.M., Hufstedler L.L., Seligman H., Hecht F.M., Madsen K., Ryle M., Pitchford S., Frongillo E.A., & Weiser S.D. (2017). Comprehensive and medically appropriate food support is associated with improved HIV and diabetes health. Journal of Urban Health. DOI: 10.1007/s11524-016-0129-7.

Rawat R., Nguyen P.H., Tran L.M., Hajeebhoy N., Nguyen H.V., Baker J., Frongillo E.A., Ruel M.T., & Menon P. (2017). Social franchising and a nationwide mass media campaign increased the prev-alence of adequate complementary feeding in Vietnam: A cluster-randomized program evaluation. Journal of Nutrition. DOI: 10.3945/jn.116.243907.

Ribsl, K.M., Fernandez, M., Friedman, D.B., Hannon, P., Leeman, J., Moore, A., Olson, L., Ory, M., Risendal, B., Sheble, L., Taylor, V., Williams, R., & Weiner, B. (2017). Impact of the Cancer Pre-vention and Control Research Network: Accelerating the translation of research into practice. Amer-ican Journal of Preventive Medicine, 52(3S3), S233-S240.

Rohweder, C., Friedman, D.B., Askelson, N., Flocke, S., Glanz, K., Ko, L., Leeman, J., Parker, E., Vanderpool, R., Choi, S.K., Hebert, J., Taplin, S., & White, A. What are the best intervention and implementation strategies for colorectal cancer screening at federally qualified health centers: A re-view of reviews. 9th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health. Washington, DC, December 14-15, 2016 (Poster Presentation).

Walsemann, K.M
., Child S., Heck K., Margerison-Zilko C., Braveman P., Marchi K., & Cubbin C. (2017 Epub). Are the poverty histories of neighbourhoods associated with psychosocial well-being among a representative sample of California mothers? An observational study. Journal of Epidemi-ology and Community Health. DOI: 10.1136/jech-2016-207866.

Walsemann, K. M
. & Ailshire J.A. (2016 Epub). Student debt spans generations: Characteris-tics of parents who borrow to pay for their children’s college education. Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Social Sciences. DOI: 10.1093/geronb/gbw150.

Warren A.M
., & Frongillo E.A. Mid-level actors and their operating environments for implementing nutrition-sensitive programming in Ethiopia. Global Food Security. DOI: 10.1016/j.gfs.2017.01.010

Save the Date

Carolina Intercultural Training / Workshop for HPEB Students
Presented By: Julie Medlin, Internationalization Programming Coordinator, International Student Services
March 17, 2017, 10 - 11:30 am
Discovery Rm 259
RSVP needed by March 11:

Research Speed Dating: Get to know HPEB Faculty
April 14th, 2017, 10 - 11am
Discovery Rm 259
Additional details are forthcoming


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