Faculty and Student Research Update

The college takes enormous pride in the pioneering work of our faculty and students who are constantly creating, discovering, and leading the discourse in their disciplines.  Recent work includes representation at the Annual American Public Health Association (APHA) meeting and exposition in Chicago and involves fostering patient care, protection from infectious agents including Staphylococcus aureus in livestock workers, and other topics.  The following are some highlights in the continued scholarly achievements of our faculty, staff, and students:

Dr. VanGeest is invited to present at an APHA special session “Health Services Research Update: Health Literacy: Implications for Health Services and Public Health” (Session ID: 46202). Dr. VanGeest will lead an additional presentation within the same session:  Identifying and Improving Care for Patients with Limited Health Literacy.

Suparna Navale (pictured middle), PhD Candidate and Chair-Elect of the APHA Student Assembly serving as the Student Representative on the Intersectional Council (ISC) Steering Committee. At the meeting this year, Navale will also be moderating a session  entitled “Epidemiology of Obesity” for the Epidemiology Section and help coordinate the American Public Health Association-Student Assembly's National Student Meeting on October 31st from 8:30 a.m.-5:00p.m. along with Ryan Tingler (pictured right), MPH '16 serving as the Student Meeting Co-Chair.  Included in this meeting is a morning guest panel, lunch with public health professionals and leaders, and an afternoon skill building session focused on ways students can promote themselves professionally using social media, ways to utilize social media for a public health campaign, how to obtain leadership roles, and how to obtain CHES certification. To register, click here. For more information about the National Student Meeting please view the flyer or contact Ryan at rtingle4@kent.edu.  

Students Diana Kingsbury, PhD Candidate, Carissa Smock, PhD Student, and Marissa Bland, MPH '16, and Assistant Dean Ken Slenkovich will present a group poster: "Mobile Technologies for Public Health: Online Learning for High School and Undergraduate Students."

Health Policy and Management Assistant Professors Deric R. Kenne and Rebecca L. Fischbein were awarded a 3-year Department of Health and Human Services grant to provide the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) program to more than 700 KSU students, faculty and staff. Through Project AWARE Kent, Kenne and his team will be able to provide timely training to the KSU community in an effort to educate students, faculty and staff to identify and assist students in need of mental health or substance abuse issues to access services. The project is a collaborative effort between the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County and University and Kent community behavioral health agencies to reduce the negative impact of mental health and substance use disorder among students.

Associate Professor, Dr. Tara Smith and her Research Assistant, Dipendra Thapaliya published Epidemiology of necrotizing infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes at an Iowa hospital  in the Journal of Infection and Public Health on July 7th Smith was also in the Washington Post about the threat of ancient viruses September 11th.

Assistant Professor, Mary Step’s artcle User and Content Characteristics of Public Tweets Referencing Little Cigars in the American was accepted into the Journal of Health Behavior on September 14th.

Dr. Madhav Bhatta, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and his colleagues at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and NFCC International, presented the following three papers on their HPV and Cervical Cancer Study in Nepal at the 30th International Papillomavirus Conference and Clinical and Public Health Workshops in Lisbon, Portugal, September 17-21, 2015: High-risk human papillomavirus Infection and abnormal cervical cytology among Nepali and Nepali-Bhutanese refugee women in eastern Nepal; Adherence challenges associated with recommended follow-up testing and care after a positive high risk human papillomavirus screening test in Nepal; and Genomic diversity and phylogenetic relationships of human papillomavirus 16 (HPV16) in Nepal.

Visiting Student, Katie Milliken, presented her summer work at the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) symposium on August 6th. Katie was part of Biology’s Research Experience for Undergraduates working with Public Health professor Dr. Tara Smith on bacteriophage project, examining the presence of phage in various local environments.

Four College of Public Health students present at the Fall Northeast Ohio Environmental Health Association  Annual Education  Conference October 13-14 including: Mary Gates, MPH ’15, "Analyzing and Evaluating Bike Infrastructure throughout Priority Cleveland Neighborhoods to Develop Recommendations for the City of Cleveland: A CDC REACH Funded Project;" Jhalka Kadariya,  MPH ’15, “Prevalence and molecular epidemiology of Staphylococcus Aureus in sand and fresh water in beaches;” Sunita Shakya, PhD Candidate, “Elevated Blood Levels Among Refugee Children Resettled in Akron, OH 2006-2012;” and Jacob Peterson, MPH ’15, “Spring & Summer Occupational Noise Monitoring Program at Kent State University.”

Doctoral student Hilla Sang researched electronic-cigarette advertising at Stanford University Medical Center this summer, and is currently collaborating on a study with researchers from Harvard University School of Public Health.  She recently presented her research about neoliberalism’s effects on medical education and health policy at Harvard University’s Inaugural Forum on Population Health Equity.

(Melissa Mirka is also in photo on left)

POSTED: Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 3:44pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 1:54pm