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Dr. Thomas Brewer published “Evaluating the Selection Process of Post-Acute Preferred Provider Relationships” in Care Management, Official Journal of the Academy of Certified Case Managers and Commission for Case Manager Certification. The article’s lead author is James Hegyl, (MPH, 2016). Laura Kukral (MBA, LHNA) contributed as well. The article helps hospital administrators better understand how choosing post-acute care providers impacts financial and regulatory risk under emerging Medicare reimbursement models. 

Laura Kukral (MBA, LHNA) Director of Strategy, Planning & Market Research, Cleveland Clinic Akron General, and Samantha Lingenfelter, (MPH, 2016), partnered with LeadingAge to conduct a series of nationwide surveys at continuing care retirement communities assessing wellness-based population health strategies. The study explores how a traditional health system population health strategy differs from a more comprehensive wellness-based strategy, assesses if wellness-based population health presents partnering opportunities with local hospitals and physicians networks, and explores ways to further leverage wellness services as a means to improve chronic conditions. Dr. Thomas Brewer also contributed to this project.

Laura and Samantha were featured speakers at the LeadingAge annual meeting this fall, along with Dr. David Peter, Chief Medical Director at Cleveland Clinic Akron General. The title of the presentation was “The New Frontier: Wellness-Based Population Health Strategies.”

Dr. Rebecca Fischbein, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management, recently published in The International Journal of Early Childhood Learning and BioMed Central Pregnancy and Childbirth. As lead author on “SPARK Ohio: An Early Childhood Intervention Program Description and Evaluation,” Dr. Fischbein collaborated with colleagues from Kent State University, the Cleveland Clinic, and University of Kansas in this study that described an early intervention experience aligned with kindergarten preparation standards that actively engaged parents in the learning experience and its subsequent positive impact on participant kindergarten readiness assessment scores compared to non-participant scores. Her article in BMC Central Pregnancy and Childbirth explores the potential emotional and psychosocial impacts on families of children with twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome based on a study analyzing the content of online accounts from parents of children impacted with the disease.

“Men’s preferences for physical activity interventions: An exploratory study using a factorial survey design created with R software” is currently available via advanced online publication in American Journal of Men’s Health and due to be published shortly. The article is authored by Social and Behavioral Sciences faculty Dr. Sheryl Chatfield and Dr. Jeffrey Hallam, and Dr. Abigail Gamble (assistant professor, University of Mississippi Medical Center).

Social and Behavioral Sciences faculty and students collaborated on “Hand Hygiene intervention design recommendations derived from a cross sectional factorial survey given to 460 acute care nurses,” an oral presentation made at the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Conference in Charlotte, NC on June 11, 2016. The abstract has received a blue ribbon award given to "a limited number of abstracts based on the scientific and/or educational quality of the abstract." Contributors to the project were Dr. Sheryl L. Chatfield, Rachael Nolan (Ph.D. student), Hannah Crawford (MPH student), Dr. Jeffrey S. Hallam.

Factors Associated with Parental Reasons for No-Intent for the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine among Female Adolescents with Physician Recommendation” conceptualized by Drs. Vinay Cheruvu & Madhav Bhatta, assisted on the project by Miraides (Mira) Brown (PhD student in Epidemiology), was presented by Mira at the 2016 Society of Epidemiologic Research in Miami, FL, in June. In addition to this presentation, Caroline Mangira, a recent graduate in MPH (Biostatistics), worked on the project “Prevalence of Depressive Disorder and its Association with HIV Risk Behavior and Testing in U.S. Adults” with Dr. Cheruvu, which also was accepted for presentation at the same conference ( Additionally, Dr. Cheruvu  published in the journals Supportive Care in Cancer, and Cancer Epidemiology. The American Association for Cancer Research reached out to Dr. Cheruvu to write a story for Cancer Today magazine, which will highlight the findings published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology. Dr. Cheruvu, along with Dr. Zullo (Associate Professor), graduate students (Odhiambo, L. A., Gudina, A. T.) and alumni (Mowls, D. S.) also published in the International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Dr. Deric Kenne, (Assistant Professor), associate director of drug research for the Center for Public Policy & Health, published an original paper in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (J Med Internet Res 2016;18(11):e295) this fall. He worked with colleagues from the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (Chicago, IL) and the Antidote Education Company (Dallas, TX) on “Assessing the Viability of Social Media for Disseminating Evidenced-Based Nutrition Practice Guideline Through Content Analysis of Twitter Messages and Health Professional Interviews: An Observational Study.”

Dr. Tara Smith (Associate Professor), molecular epidemiologist edited the new book, Ebola's Message: Public Health and Medicine in the Twenty-First Century. The book has a broad interdisciplinary focus on West Africa's outbreak and covers aspects from media response to bioethics.

POSTED: Monday, June 19, 2017 - 10:51am
UPDATED: Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 1:54pm