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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

Welcome back to new and returning students, faculty, and staff of the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior (HPEB)! This News and Kudos quarterly e-newsletter promotes the excellent work of HPEB students and faculty members.

A couple of weeks ago someone told my 5-year-old son that everything he needs to know he’ll learn in kindergarten this year. I thought to myself – ‘My goodness, I must have missed a few things when I was in kindergarten because I’m still learning something new each and every day!’ I look forward to our continued learning togeth-er this year. We started the semester the same week as the Total Solar Eclipse. What an incredible experience that was for Columbia, SC -- definitely not our typical Monday! I’m challenging myself to try at least one new strategy at work this year – after all, who needs typical, right?! I challenge you to do the same. Whether it’s set-ting up some walking meetings or scoping out a new location for quiet writing time, let’s all consider changing things up a bit. Wishing you all a healthy and productive semester and year! - Daniela Friedman

Congratulations Are In Order!

Dr. Lucy Ingram was selected as a 2017-2018 Pipeline for Academic Leaders Fellow. Story Link

Jennifer Mandelbaum, HPEB doctoral student, won the best student poster at Session 2 of the 2017 Society for Epidemiologic Research Annual Meeting held in Seattle for her poster entitled, “Social Capital and Women’s Comorbidities: A Longitudinal Study of Gender Differences in Social Capital and the Risk of Comorbidities.”

Dr. Shan Qiao has been selected to receive an award through the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Inbound Research Mobility Scheme 2017-18 as a short-term visiting scholar to the School of Public Health and Primary Care.

Dr. Megan Weis, HPEB Alum, received the Michael D. Jarrett Excellence in Customer Service Award from the South Carolina Public Health Association. Story Link

Dr. Heather Brandt has been appointed to the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Public Health. Her three-year term will begin in November.

Dr. Heather Brandt was also nominated for the CDC Unsung Hero Award for outstanding service in support of cancer prevention and control.

Alicia Dahl, HPEB doctoral student, won the student award for best poster from the American Public Health Association’s Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section. HPEB co-authors include Dr. Brie Turner-McGrievy and Dr. Rachel Davis.

Melissa Fair, HPEB doctoral student, was named in the Greenville Business Magazine’s Best and Brightest (35 and Under) for the class of 2017.

Dr. Emily Mann was named as a member of the Nomina-tions Committee for the Medical Sociology section and the Pro-gram Committee of the Sex and Gender section of the Ameri-can Sociological Association. At this year’s annual ASA meet-ing she was the session organizer for Sociology of Sex and Gender/Feminist Perspectives on Science and Technologies. She also had an individual submission entitled, Sexual Citizen-ship and the Affective Politics of Latina Youth.

Dissertation and Practicum Presentations

Practicum Presentations

Sydney Doomey: Health Promotion and Education in the Workplace. {August}
Ashlei Jackson: Integrating Sexual Health Curriculum for At-Risk Youth. {August}
Samira Khan: Church Health Reports-Giving Date Back to the Community. {August}
Micah Norman: SC Overdoes Prevention Project: Law Enforcement Officer Narcan. {August}
Brittany Starks: Healthy Columbia: Building Individual and Community Capacity. {August}
Cheri B. Watson: The State of Adolescent Family Planning in the Pee Dee {August}

Dissertation Proposal Defense

Alycia Boutté: Exploring the Impact of Stress, Depression, and the Nutritional Built Environment on Diet Quality among Overweight and Obese Pregnant Women. {August}

Final Dissertation Defenses

Salima Kasymova: Involvement of Men in Responsible Parenthood in Croatia, India, and Mexica: Major Factors, Correlates, and National Policy. {September}
Andrea M. Warren: Multilevel and Multispectral Process of Implementing Nutrition-Sensitive Ideology and Programming in Ethiopia’s Development Landscape. {July}


Funding News

Sulochana Basnet, HPEB doctoral student, is one of four students to receive the 2017 Patrice L. Engle Dissertation Grant in Global Early Child Development.
Alicia Dahl, HPEB doctoral student, is a 2017 awardee of the Norman and Gerry Sue Arnold Emerging Scholar in Childhood Obesity.
Dr. Xiaoming Li received an NIH grant for his project entitled, “Big data analytics of HIV treatment gaps in South Carolina: Identification and prediction.”
Dr. Brie Turner-McGrievy received an NIH grant for her project entitled, “A nutrition-based approach to reduce heart disease risk among overweight African Americans: Use of soul food plant-based or omnivorous diets to address cardiovascular disease”
Dr. Katrina Walsemann’s new grant “Creating a School Quality Indicators Database to Enhance the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation County Health Rankings” is one of only three proposals funded through a competitive program focused on "Accelerating improvements in health and equity in communities though County Health Rankings & Roadmaps and the Culture of Health Prize".
Kaleea Lewis, HPEB doctoral student, was selected to receive a $20,000 Dissertation Award from the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). She was also awarded the Congressional Black Caucus Foun-dation's Spouses Education Scholarship.


HPEB in the News

Sarah King, HPEB masters student, was featured on the Arnold School of Public Health website for being selected as a Graduate Civic Scholar. Story Link
Joshua Peake, an online MPH student, was featured in the Arnold School spotlight series. Story Link
Dr. Lucy Ingram wrote an Op-Ed piece for the Post and Courier entitled, “Contraception shouldn't be Controver-sial.”. Story Link
Dr. Mindi Spencer was featured on the Arnold School website for her work on eliminating health dis-parities for LGBT communities. Story Link
Dr. Mark Macauda was featured on the South Carolina Radio Network for his work on ticks and Lyme Disease. Story Link


Publications and Presentations

Chayama LK, Hufstedler LL, Napoles TM, Madsen K, Ryle M, Frongillo EA, Weiser SD, Palar K. Improved Mental Health Outcomes Among People Living with HIV in a Comprehensive Food Support Program: A Qualitative Study. 12th International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence, Mi-ami, FL, June 4-6, 2017.

Choi SK
, Frongillo EA, Blake CE, Thrasher JF. Korean ado-lescents’ energy intake of selected foods by eating place from 1998 to 2012 during implementation of two national school nu-trition policies. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, DOI: 10.1080/19320248.2017.1337534, 2017.

De Castro F, Place JM, Villalobos A, Rojas R, Barrientos T, Frongillo EA. Poor early childhood outcomes at-tributable to maternal depression in Mexican women. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, DOI: 10.1007/s00737-017-0736-7, 2017.

Frongillo EA, Fawcett SB, Ritchie LD, Arteaga S, Loria CM, Pate RR, John LV, Strauss WJ, Gregoriou M, Collie-Akers VL, Schultz JA, Landgraf AJ, Nagaraja J. Community policies and programs to prevent obesi-ty and child adiposity. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, DOI: 10.1016/j.amepre.2017.05.006, 2017.

Frongillo EA, Kulkarni S, Basnet S, de Castro F. Family care behaviors and early childhood development in low- and middle-income countries. Journal of Child and Family Studies, DOI: 10.1007/s10826-017-0816-3, 2017.

Gomez AM, Mann ES, Torres V. “It would have control over me instead of me having control”: Intrauterine devices and the meaning of reproductive freedom. Critical Public Health, DOI:10.1080/09581596.2017.1343935, 2017.

Grzanka P, Mann ES, Elliott S. The Neoliberalism Wars, or notes on the persistence of Neoliberalism. Journal of Sexuality Research & Social Policy. 13(4):297-307; 2016.

Haider MR, Qureshi Z, Horner R, Friedman DB, Bennett C. What have patients been hearing from providers since the 2012 USPSTF recommendation against routine prostate cancer screening? Clinical Genitourinary Cancer, DOI: 10.1016/j.clgc.2017.05.002, 2017.

Harris J, Frongillo EA, Nguyen PH, Kim SS, Menon P. Changes in the policy environment for infant and young child feeding in Vietnam, Bangladesh, and Ethiopia, and the role of targeted ad-vocacy. BMC Public Health, 17(Suppl 2):492; 2017.

Kollath-Cattano CL, Mann ES, Zegbe EM, Thrasher JF. Sexual scripts in contemporary Mexican cinema: A quantitative content analysis. Journal of Sexuality and Culture, DOI: 10.1007/s12119-017-9454-6, 2017.

Macauda MM
, Thrasher JF, Saul JE, Celestino P, Cummings KM, Strayer SM. A good idea may not be good enough: Stakeholder buy In to QuitConnect, a national smokers’ registry. American Journal of Health Promotion, DOI:10.1177/089011 7117708841, 2017 Jan Epub.

Palar K, Sheira LA, Wilson TE, Kushel M, Conroy A, Adedimeji A, Merenstein D, Cohen MH, Wentz EL,. Adimora AA, Ofotokun I, Metsch L, Turan JM, Tien PC, Frongillo EA, Weiser SD. Temporal Relationship be-tween Food Insecurity and HIV Treatment Adherence among U.S. Women with HIV. 12th International Con-ference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence, Miami, FL, June 4-6, 2017.

Palar K, Sheira LA, Wolfe W, Tuthill E, Wilson TE, Adedimeji A, Merenstein D, Weber KM, Wentz EL, Adimora AA, Ofotokun I, Metsch L, Turan JM, Frongillo EA, Weiser SD. Food Insecurity is Associated with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Generalized Anxiety and Perceived Stress among Women Living with HIV in the U.S. 12th International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence, Miami, FL, June 4-6, 2017.

White AL, Mann ES, Larkan F. “You just have to learn to keep moving on”: Young women’s experiences with unplanned pregnancy in the Cook Islands. Journal of Culture, Health, & Sexuality, DOI:10.1080/13691058. 2017.137133 6, 2017.


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