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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

This is the time of year when we start talking about New Year’s resolutions and what we plan to do differently in the coming year. That always makes me wonder – Weren’t we doing something right this year? Well … you all definitely were as you will see from the incredible work that is featured in this issue of HPEB News and Kudos. Coming into the department suite each day to learn from you and work with you is an amazing opportunity. I thank you for this. And promoting your important work is one of my most favorite activities. This will definitely continue in 2018. Congratulations on your achievements and enjoy the upcoming holiday season. - Daniela Friedman [see PDF version with photos]


Congratulations Are In Order! 

Dr. Jessica Escobar (HPEB alum) started a new position as the Monitoring, Learning, and Evaluation Advisor with Alive and Thrive in Washington, DC.

Dr. Katrina Walsemann was an invited participant for Achieving Health Equity: The Impact of the Social Determinants of Housing, Education, and Employment on Health Inequities, sponsored by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Duke University, and the Behavioral Science & Policy Association, Durham, NC. Only 50 scientists, policymakers, and foundation program officers were invited to participate in this workshop.

Dr. Katrina Walsemann was also invited to serve as a member of the program committee for IAPHS, Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Sciences Conference, in Washington, DC, this past October.

Aditi Srivastav (HPEB doctoral student) served as a guest editor and author on a special publication on Adverse Childhood Experiences in Academic Pediatrics.

Dr. Mindi Spencer was selected to join the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance, Board of Directors for a two-year term starting in 2018.

Jamie Troutman (HPEB doctoral student) received the Murray Vincent Award for her dissertation research entitled Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV Prevention: A Mixed-Methods Study of Sexual Risks and Knowledge, Attitudes, and Acceptability of PrEP among Black Women.

Sarah King (HPEB MPH student) received the Ann Cassady Endowed Fellowship award that will be used to support her practicum work and travel to present at a conference.

Sarah King and Ellen Stowe (HPEB graduate students) and Dr. Kaczynski were runners up for the APHA Physical Activity Section best student poster presentation award for their project entitled, Walkability 101: Using multiple methods to assess the walkability of a large university campus in the southeastern United States.

Dr. Andrew Kaczynski, Dr. Morgan Hughey (HPEB Alum), and Ellen Stowe (HPEB doctoral student) received the APHA Physical Activity Section best student poster presentation award for their project entitled, ParkIndex: Key informant perspectives on the development of a standardized national park access tool.

Dr. Andrew Kaczynski, Dr. Morgan Hughey (HPEB Alum), and Sarah King (HPEB MPH student) received the APHA Physical Activity Section best student oral presentation award for their project entitled, Park Hop: Barriers and facilitators to children
and families’ participation in a park-based physical activity intervention in Greenville County, SC.

Dr. Andrew Kaczynski, Dr. Katrina Walsemann, Dr. Spencer Moore, and Dr. Stephanie Child (HPEB Alum) received Honorable Mention for the Betty J. Cleckley Minority Research Award from the APHA Aging and Public Health Section for their project entitled, Personal network characteristics of Black Americans: Association with body mass index and role education.


Dissertation and Practicum Presentations

We congratulate the following students who completed milestones in their academic programs during
the past three months:

Dissertation Proposals

Caroline Dunn: Examining Faith-Based Communities as Leverage Points for the Prevention of Childhood
and Adolescent Obesity. {October 2017}

Jamie Troutman: Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention: A Mixed-Methods Study of Sexual
Risks and Knowledge, Attitudes, and Acceptability of PrEP among Black Women. {October 2017}

Dissertation Defense

Ebru Cayir: “An Uphill Battle”: Psychosocial Health & Self care among Advocates who Work against GenderBased
Violence in South Carolina. {November 2017}

Practicum Presentations

Joshua Peake: Implementation of a Hypertension Management Program in the 29203 Community.
{November 2017}

Alexandra Burley: Effects of Intergenerational Relationships and Volunteering on the Elderly in the
Foster Grandparent Program. {December 2017}

Rebekah Jackowski: Development of Patient Education Materials for the top Five Causes of Preventable
Death as Related to Medicare Annual Wellness Visits. {December 2017}

Thomas Orton: MoveWell {December 2017}

Margaret Peck: National Diabetes Prevention Program Expansion Plan for Berkeley, Charleston and
Dorchester Counties of SC. {December 2017}


Funding News

Dawit Alemu, Kaleea Lewis, and Jennifer Mandelbaum (HPEB doctoral students) received travel grants from The Graduate school.

Dr. Brie Turner-McGrievy received the Research Dietetic Practice Group Faculty Research Award, which provides funding for the study entitled, The Plant-based and Soul-full Study (PASS): Partnerships with local vegetarian soul food restaurants in the community to increase dietary acceptability of a plant-based diet. This study is co-led by Anthony Crimarco, HPEB doctoral student.

 

HPEB in the News

Dr. Tracey Thomas (HPEB Alum) wrote a blog for graduate student professional development discussing her search for a career. Story Link

Jennifer Mandelbaum (HPEB doctoral student) wrote a blog that provides insight about the StrengthsFinder assessment for graduate student professional development. Story Link

Dr. Katrina Walsemann was featured on the Arnold School website for funding received for the enhancement of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation county health rankings. Story Link

Dr. Brie Turner-McGrievy was featured in The State newspaper for her article discussing healthy tips for eating at the State Fair. Story Link

Dr. Heather Brandt was featured on the Arnold School website for her appointment to the editorial board of the American Journal of Public Health. Story Link

Alicia Dahl (HPEB doctoral student) was featured on the Arnold School website for receiving the 2017 Emerging Scholar in Childhood Obesity Graduate Research Award. Story Link

Publications and Presentations

Belza B, Choi SK, Croff R, Friedman DB, Wilcox S.  Disseminating and translating research to faith-based communities to improve cognitive health. Presented at the 4th Annual Healthy Churches 2020 National Con- ference, Hilton Head, SC. November 14-17, 2017.

Boeckermann LM, Kaczynski AT, Child ST. Association of perceived physical and social attributes with neighborhood satisfaction among men and women in disadvantaged communities. Public Health 146: 148-151. 2017.

Child S, Kaczynski AT, Walsemann KM, Fleischer N, Moore S, & McLain A. (2017). Personal netw ork characteristics of Black Americans: Association with body mass index and role education. Presented at the American Public Health Association 145th Annual Meeting and Exposition, Atlanta, GA. November 4-8, 2017.

Child ST, Kaczynski AT, Fair ML, Stowe EW, Hughey MS, Boeckerman L,  Wills S, Reeder Y. ‘We need a safe, walkable way to connect our sisters and brothers’: a qualitative study of opportunities and challenges for neighborhood based physical activity among residents of low-income African-American communities. Eth- nicity & Health. July 2017. doi: 10.1080/13557858.2017.1351923

Choi SK, Fram MS, Frongillo EA. Very low food security in US households Is predicted by complex patterns  of  health,  economics,  and  service  participation.  Journal  of  Nutrition.  2017  doi:  10.3945/ jn.117.253179.

Choi SK, Kannaley K, Olscamp K, Tang W, Friedman DB. Research on Alzheimer’s disease messaging in social media by South Carolina Healthy Brain Research Scholars. Presented at the 145th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Atlanta GA. November 4-8, 2017.

Choi SK, Rose ID, Chiarelli M, Friedman DB.  Understanding types of literacy in the context of Alzheimer’s disease research: A scoping review. Poster presented at the 145th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Atlanta GA. November 4-8, 2017.

*Cho YJ, Thrasher JF, Yong HH, Szkloc AS, O’Connor RJ, Bansal-Traverse M, Hammond D, Fong GT, Hardin J, Borland R. Path analysis of warning label effects on negative emotions and quit attempts: A longitu- dinal study of smokers in Australia, Canada, Mexico, and the US. Social Science & Medicine. 2017. https:// doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.10.003

*This publication is a result of the HPEB 815 course taught by Dr. Katrina Walsemann. The course titled The- ory-Driven Analysis, helps provide practical guidance for organizing, writing about, and presenting results from basic and multivariate statistical analyses.

Dahl AA, Cooper CB, Wilcox S, Liu J, Davis RE, Turner-McGrievy G. Tailoring the Development of an e-Health Intervention for Pregnant Women: Results from a Web-based Needs Assessment of Intervention Components. Poster presented at the 145th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, At- lanta, GA. November 2017.

Fair ML, Kaczynski AT, Hughey SM, Besenyi GM, Pow ers AR. An Initiative to Facilitate Park Usage, Discovery, and Physical Activity Among Children and Adolescents in Greenville County, South Carolina, 2014 Preventing  Chronic  Disease.  2017  doi: https://doi.org/10.5888/pcd14.160043.

Friedman DB, Croff R, Miyaw aki CE, Logsdon R.  Who are the scholars of the Healthy Brain Research Network? Presented at 145th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Atlanta GA. November 4-8, 2017.

Groshong L, Wilhelm SAS, Kaczynski AT, Hipp JA, Besenyi GM. Exploring attitudes, perceived norms, and personal agency: In- sights into theory-based messages to encourage park-based physical activity in low-income urban neighborhoods. Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 14(2): 108-116. 2017.

Hebert JR,  Adams AS, Ureda JR, Young VM, Brandt HM, Heiney SP, Seel JS, & Friedman DB.   Accelerating research collabora- tions between academia and federally qualified community health centers: Suggestions shaped by history. Public Health Reports. November 2017. doi:10.1177/003335 4917742127.

Hughey SM, Kaczynski AT, King SB, Fair M, Wills S, & LiveWell Greenville Park Hop Team. Park Hop: Barriers and facilitators to children and families’ participation in a park-based physical activity interven- tion in Greenville County, SC. Presented at the American Public Health Association 145th Annual Meeting and Exposition, Atlanta, GA. November 4-8, 2017.

Khan AI, Kabir I, Eneroth H, El Arifeen S, Ekström EC, Frongillo EA, Persson LA. Effect of a randomised exclusive breastfeeding counselling intervention nested into the MINIMat prenatal nutrition trial in Bangla- desh. Acta Paediatrica 106:49-54. 2017.

Kim SS, Rawat R, Mwangi EM, Tesfaye R, Abebe Y, Baker J, Frongillo EA, Ruel MT, Menon P.  Exposure to large-scale social and behavior change communication interventions is associated with improvements in infant and young child feeding practices in Ethiopia.  PLOS ONE 11:e0164800, 2016.

King SB, Kaczynski AT, Knight J, Stowe EW. Walkability 101: Using multiple methods to assess the walkability of a large university campus in the southeastern United States. Presented at the American Public Health Association 145th Annual Meeting and Exposition, Atlanta, GA. November 4-8, 2017.

Liu JX, Liu JH, Frongillo EA, Boghossian N, Cai B, Hazlett LJ. Body mass index trajectories during infancy and pediatric obesity at 6 years. Annals of Epidemiology 27:708-715, 2017.

Martinez SM, Webb K, Frongillo EA, Ritchie LD.  Food insecurity in California’s public university system: What are the risk factors? Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition doi.org/10.1080/19320248.2017.13

74901, 2017.

McCarthy SM, Hughey MS, and Kaczynski AT. Examining sociodemographic differences in playground availability and quality and associations with childhood obesity. Childhood Obesity doi: 10.1089/ chi.2016.0239, 2017.

Menon P, Nguyen PH, Saha KK, Khaled A, Kennedy A, Tran LM, Sanghvi T, Hajeebhoy N, Baker J, Alayon S, Afsana K, Haque R, Frongillo EA, Ruel MT, Rahul Rawat.  Impacts on breastfeeding practices of at-scale strategies that combine intensive interpersonal counseling, mass media, and community mobilization: Re- sults of cluster-randomized program evaluations in Bangladesh and Vietnam.  PLOS Medicine doi: 10.1371/ journal.pmed.1002159, 2016.

Nguyen PH, Kim SS, Sanghvi T, Mahmud Z, Tran LM, Shabnam S, Aktar B, Haque R, Afsana K,. Frongillo EA, Ruel MT, Menon P. Integrating nutrition interventions into an existing maternal, neonatal, and child health program increased maternal dietary diversity, micronutrient intake, and exclusive breastfeeding practices in Bangladesh: Results of a cluster-randomized program evaluation. Journal of Nutrition doi: 10.3945/jn.117.257303, 2017.

Osman A, Daoud N, Thrasher JF, Bell BA, Walsemann KM. Ethnic discrimination and smoking-related out- comes among former and current Arab male smokers in Israel: The buffering effects of social support. Jour- nal of Immigrant and Minority Health doi: 10.1007/s10903-017-0638-9, 2017.

Reid MJ, Baxi S, Sheira LA, Landay A, Frongillo EA, Adedimeji A, Cohen M, Waddell E, Gustafson D, Me- renstein D, Hunt P, Tien PC, Weiser SD. Higher body mass index is associated with greater proportions of effector CD8+ T cells expressing CD57 in women living with HIV. Journal of AIDS 75:e132-e141, 2017.

Spinelli MA, Frongillo EA, Sheira LA, Palar K, Tien PC, Wilson T, Merenstein D, Cohen M, Adedimeji A, Wentz E, Adimora AA, Ofotokun I, Metsch L, Turan JM, Kushel MB, Weiser SD. Food insecurity is associat- ed with worse HIV clinical outcomes among women in the United States. AIDS and Behavior doi 10.1007/ s10461-017-1968-2, 2017.

Stowe EW, Hughey SM, Oliphant E, Kaczynski AT, Hipp JA, Schipperijn J. ParkIndex: Key informant perspectives on the development of a standardized national park access tool. Presented at the American Public Health Association 145th Annual Meeting and Exposition, November 4-8, 2017, Atlanta, GA.

Torres ME, Murray A, Meetze EG, Gaul Z, Sutton MY. HIV Knowledge Among Pregnant Latinas in Rural South Carolina. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health doi:10.1007/s10903-016-0455-6, 2017.

Walsemann KM, Ro A, Gee GC. Trends in food insecurity among California residents from 2001 to 2011: Inequities at the intersection of immigration status and ethnicity.” Preventive Medicine, 105: 142-148. 2017.

Walsemann KM. Student debt, parents, and population health: Possible implications of student debt for population health: What do parents have to do with it? Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Sciences Blog. August 14, 2017. https://iaphs.org/student-debt-parents-population-health/

Walsemann KM. Student debt: Not just a millennial problem. Oxford University Press Blog. May 16, 2017. https://blog.oup.com/2017/05/student-debt-parents-college-tuition/

Whittle HJ, Palar K, Seligman HK, Hufstedler LL, Napoles T, Frongillo EA, Weiser SD. How food insecurity contributes to poor clinical outcomes among people living with HIV/AIDS: Qualitative evidence from the San Francisco Bay Area. Social Science & Medicine 170:228-236, 2016.

Winningham, AL. Extra Credit: Enticing students to learn and keeping faculty connected. Presented at the Center for Teaching Excellence 8th Annual Oktoberbest: A Symposium on Teaching. October 2018. 

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