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Kent State Alumna Provides COVID-19 Vaccine Tips to Pittsburgh

COVID-19 vaccines are becoming more available across the country, but many are still struggling to obtain a vaccine or are unsure about getting the vaccine. One Golden Flash has made it her mission to get Pittsburgh vaccinated. And with more than 40,000 members of her Facebook group, she’s on her way. Kent State alumna Leighann Bacher created a Facebook group to share COVID-19 vaccine information and tips with Pittsburgh citizens after attempting to secure vaccines for her family members.

Andrew Snyder, research program coordinator for Kent State University’s College of Public Health, is leading the first comprehensive Greater Akron LGBTQ+ specific Community Needs Assessment.
Kent State Leads First Comprehensive Greater Akron LGBTQ+ Specific Community Needs Assessment

Kent State University has partnered with Greater Akron community organizations to conduct the first comprehensive and specific LGBTQ+ Community Needs Assessment (CNA). Efforts of this assessment focus on producing a better-informed public health system and improving the health and well-being of the LGBTQ+ community members.

Medical professionals assist with vaccinations at the Kent State Field House
Shot in the Arm: Community, University Members Receive Vaccine at Field House Event

More than 2,000 area residents, including some Kent State University employees, received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine March 23, during a mass vaccination event at the Kent State Field House. 

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A True Test: Training Future Nurses During a Pandemic

You may have heard it said, “when hard times come, notice those who remain, and the ones who disappear.” Nursing instructors are in a position to see this scenario playing out in the lives of their students at Kent State University at Geauga and the Twinsburg Academic Center.

Kent State University’s College of Podiatric Medicine is one of nine accredited podiatry colleges in the United States, and is a four-year, graduate-level medical college, granting the degree of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine.
College of Podiatric Medicine Instructor Analyzes Remote Monitoring for Diabetic Patients

Windy Cole, adjunct instructor for the College of Podiatric Medicine at Kent State, penned an article for Podiatry Today called “Can Remote Patient Monitoring Have An Impact For Patients With Diabetes?” which covers the phenomenon of remote patient monitoring during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Kent State College of Nursing, Cleveland Clinic Akron General Team Up to Offer Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Certificate Program

Kent State University’s College of Nursing and Cleveland Clinic Akron General are joining forces to offer an adult/adolescent Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) certificate program beginning this fall. This collaborative one-year program was created to address the regional and national shortage of SANE-certified registered nurses, especially in rural areas. 

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Auxiliary at Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital gifts $25,000 to Nursing Program

The Auxiliary at Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital recently donated $25,000 to Kent State University at Trumbull’s Nursing program. The gift will establish a new scholarship endowment that will provide support to nursing students from Trumbull and Mahoning Counties. The volunteer organization was established in 2017. It supports health and wellness initiatives within the local community. Proceeds from The Gift Shop at Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital made the donation possible.

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Public Health Students Continue COVID-19 Contact Tracing Efforts

As part of the university’s strategy to stop the spread of COVID-19, the College of Public Health at Kent State University partnered with the Kent City and Portage County Health Departments to conduct contact tracing for students and faculty on Kent Campus. Melissa Zullo, Ph.D., an associate professor of epidemiology in the College of Public Health, reached out to students within the college to ask for volunteers for the testing events. The health departments then ask the students to assist with contact tracing across the university.

ADN student Addison Guildoo checks the temperature of an East Liverpool City School employee waiting to receive the COVID vaccine.
Students Participate in COVID Vaccine Clinics throughout Columbiana County

While the much-anticipated COVID-19 vaccine is finally being administered around the world, folks in Columbiana County are also receiving their immunizations at the local level with the help of nursing students from the Kent State East Liverpool and Salem campuses.

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Nursing Students Gain Experience Through COVID-19 Testing

In the course Community Health Nursing, Taryn Burhanna’s students are required to complete 60 clinical hours and eight laboratory simulation hours. Burhanna, community health nursing coordinator, wanted to ensure students in this course could get their hours and gain real-life experience by tapping into coronavirus relief efforts on campus.

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COVID-19 Study Urges Precaution in College Students

As the COVID-19 pandemic approaches a one-year mile marker, the temptation and opportunity to socialize, party, and indulge in public events grows increasingly stronger. Associate Professor Clarissa Thompson received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences to reinforce the dangers of the virus to the public.

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Prestigious Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation President’s Grant to Expand End-of-Life Simulation for Nursing and Medical Students

Faculty researchers from Kent State University’s College of Nursing were recently funded by the prestigious Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation with a yearlong President’s Grant award totaling $35,000. The goal of their study is to help ensure the competencies of new healthcare providers to facilitate vital family communication at the end of life.

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Kent State University Professor Receives NIH Grant to Automate Biomedical Data Processing

In the medical field, demand for technological advances that can speed data analysis and be less prone to human error continues to increase. Robert Clements recently received a federal grant to continue his work creating a more efficient and improved system to analyze medical data that will benefit not only the biomedical industry but also students at Kent State.

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The Autism Society of Greater Akron Teams Up With Kent State for Adult Social Club

Individuals with autism spectrum disorder sometimes have a difficult time with social interaction and building relationships. The Autism Society of Greater Akron wanted to help those on the spectrum socialize with others freely and make friends by creating an adult social club. The club was then made possible with two Kent State affiliates and Wendy Cline, a support specialist and licensed social worker at the Autism Society of Greater Akron.

Two female nursing students listen intently to their instructor in a laboratory classroom
Nursing Program Casts Virtual ‘Net’ To Stay Connected 

When the order came in the spring of 2020 to go remote, faculty and students in Kent State Ashtabula’s nursing program were concerned. How would they stay connected in a remote environment? How would the students stay engaged? Enter “The Net,” a virtual community for nursing students, faculty and nursing support staff at Kent State Ashtabula. 

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Researching Wastewater as Part of Ohio’s COVID-19 Response

Since March, COVID-19 has become a widespread topic of conversation. Finding ways to explain what this virus is, how one can treat it and how to slow the spread of the virus are just a few commonly asked questions with few clear answers. Xiaozhen Mou, associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and her research team recently received funding for their hard work as part of Ohio’s statewide collective effort to discover traces of COVID-19 virus particles in wastewater.

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Alcohol Consumption Increases During Pandemic

While it's no secret that many college students drink alcohol, how COVID-19 affected these behaviors and patterns is the focus of recent research published in the journal Addictive Behaviors by the collaboration of William Lechner from the Department of Psychological Sciences and Deric Kenne from the College of Public Health. The pair sought to study the effects that a major stressor such as the pandemic could have on addictive behaviors and how vulnerabilities such as anxiety and depression played a part in the coping process of college students. 

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Kent State’s Contributive Legacy to the Assessment of Psychopathology

The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, MMPI, is a standardized psychometric test that was first published by the University of Minnesota Press in 1943 and quickly became the gold standard for assessing psychopathology. Kent State University has played a key role throughout the history of this test and a Kent State faculty member led the revision for the recently published and updated 2020 MMPI-3. 

A Kent State University faculty member conducts a meeting online during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Has COVID-19 Knocked Us Onto Our Backsides? Kent State Researchers Study Pandemic’s Effects on Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, most universities across the United States transitioned from face-to-face classes to remote learning, closed campuses and sent students home this past spring. Recently, a group of Kent State University researchers sought to examine the impact of these pandemic-related changes upon physical activity and sedentary behavior, specifically sitting, across the university population. 

Tanya Falcone, Coordinator for the Center of Nutrition Outreach in Nutrition and Dietetics at Kent State
10 Questions With Tanya Falcone, Coordinator, Center of Nutrition Outreach in Nutrition and Dietetics

Tanya Falcone is a trilingual professor who educates the Kent State community about eating behaviors, inspires her students inside the classroom and helps others in need around the world. Learn more about Falcone as she answers these 10 questions.