Students making presentations at the 1997 Annual American Public Health Association Meeting in Indianapolis in November included:

Veronica Aranda, an MPH student, Community Health Sciences Division, on "Incorporating Community Talent into Public Health Research."

Nancy Bates, a DrPH student, Community Health Sciences Division, on "Measuring Dietary Fat and Fiber: Stages of Change and Food Intake Behavior - Design and Testing of Two Instruments for Latino Families."

Maria Cervania, an MPH student, Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division, on "The Community Voice: Communicating Public Health."

Lin Kaatz Chary, MPH, a PhD student, Health Policy and Administration Division, on "Does Superfund Meet the Public Health Needs of the Affected Community? A Case Study of the Waste, Inc. Site in Michigan City, Indiana."

Rita L. Fernandez-Sturm, an MPH/MBA student, Community Health Sciences Division, presented for the Latino Caucus.

Franklin Gay, an MPH student, Community Health Sciences Division, on "African-American and Latino Teens Speak Out on the Violence in Their Lives."

Jeanette M. Lim, an MPH student, Community Health Sciences Division, on "Smoking Cessation among Older Adults in a Managed Care Setting."

Paula Luszcz, MPH, a PhD student, Health Policy and Administration Division, on "Interagency Collaboration: Head Start and a University School of Nursing."

Isabel M. Martinez, an MPH student, Community Health Sciences Division, on "Reinforcers of Adolescent Pregnancy."

Kelly Ann Quinn, an MPH student, Community Health Sciences Division, on "The Impact of an Informational Video and Worksheet on the Communication between Low-Income Caregivers of Children and Pediatric Health Care Providers."

Deborah L. Rosenberg, a PhD student, Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division, on "A New Method for Describing Patterns of Prenatal Care Utilization Using Cluster Analysis."

Xochitl S. Salvador, a PhD student, Community Health Sciences Division, on "Faculty Experiences, Expectations, and Recommendations for Community-based Collaborative Research and the Community’s Response."

Nita J. Shinn, an MS student, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Division, on "Assessing Soil Lead Levels in a Neighborhood."

Herminia Taveras, MPH, a PhD student, Community Health Sciences Division, on "Help-Seeking Behaviors of African-American Parents with Children Diagnosed with Psychological Problems."

Maribel Valle, a PhD student, Community Health Sciences Division, on "Don’t Kill the Messenger: Safety Strategies for HIV Partner Notification."

Sharla K. Willis, a DrPH student, Community Health Sciences Division, on "African-American and Latino Adolescents’ Perception of Breastfeeding" and "African-American and Latino Teens Speak Out on the Violence in Their Lives."

Joe Wislar, an MS student, Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division, on "Can Self-Reported Drug Use Data Be Used to Assess Sex Risk Behavior?"

At its annual meeting in March, the Alumni Association of the School of Public Health awarded Paul Q. Peterson Public Health Scholarships to: Chukwuemeka F. Ezike, MD, an MPH student, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Division, conducting research on "Screening Education and Treatment of Hyperlipidermia in a Low-Income Minority Population"; Michael Fagen, MPH, a PhD student, Community Health Sciences Division, conducting research on "Institutionalizing a Successful Preventive Intervention - What Works?"; Brittany Nguyen, an MPH student, Health Policy and Administration Division, conducting research on "Managed Care and the Elderly"; Theresa Louise-Bender Pape, MA, a DrPH student, Health Policy and Administration Division, conducting research on "Assessment Following a Severe Traumatic Brain Injury among Veterans and Non-Veterans"; and Saila Pillai, an MPH student, Community Health Sciences Division, conducting research on "The Effects of CLIA 1988 on Pediatric Providers with Regard to Strep Pharyngitis in the Chicagoland Area."

The Public Health Student Association elected the following officers for 1998-99: co-presidents - Ximena Chavez and Melissa Rader, MPH students, Community Health Sciences Division; vice president - Kristine Stolte, an MS student, Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division; secretary - Michelle Liszka, an MPH student, Health Policy and Administration Division; treasurer - Andrew Krainik, an MPH student, Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division; and Health Professions Student Council representative - Aimee Dingwell, an MPH student, Community Health Sciences Division.

Jerrilyn Backman, DC, an MPH student, Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division, works at the National College of Chiropractic as project manager on a Health Resources and Services Administration-funded study on "Flexion Distraction versus Medical Care for Low Back Pain." Dr. Backman is also the recipient of a followship from the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research.

Martha Barbiaux, MS, a PhD student, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Division, and a Fullbright-International Institute of Education fellow from Mexico, presented a poster session entitled "Assessment of the Importance of Vehicular Sources to Mexico City’s Air Pollution Using a CMB and Tunnel Study Approach" at the Air and Waste Management Association’s Ninety-first Annual Meeting and Exhibition held in San Diego in June.

Allison A. Brown, a PhD student, Community Health Sciences Division, co-authored a fact sheet on women’s health and aging with a developmental disability and has developed an international electronic discussion group (listserve) and website devoted to research on this topic. In addition, she is currently a member of the international WHO work group on women’s health and aging with intellectual disabilities, which will convene and report on this topic at the WHO conference in Geneva in 1999.

Gayle R. Byck, MPH, a PhD student, Health Policy and Administration Division, received a traineeship under the Economic Analysis Supplement to the Maternal and Child Health Bureau-funded Maternal and Child Health Training Grant. Ms. Byck was the lead author for a poster presentation on "Planning for Community Child Health Projects: The American Academy of Pediatrics Community Access to Child Health Planning Funds Program" at the 1997 Annual American Public Health Association Meeting.

Maria Cervania, an MPH student, Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division, is president of the Public Health Student Caucus of the American Public Health Association, a member of the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Public Health, and a member-at-large of APHA’s Program Committee. Ms. Cervania gave a presentation on "Public Health Student Leadership at the National Level" at the 1998 Annual Meeting of the New England Public Health Association in June.

Earle C. Chambers, an MPH student, Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division, received the 1998-99 Abraham Lincoln Graduate Fellowship provided by UIC to expand the overall breadth of the UIC graduate student body by providing support to individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups.

Susan Colilla, MPH, a PhD student, Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division, gave a presentation on "The Genetic Inheritance of Body Mass Index and Waist-to-Hip Ratio in African-American Families" at the International Genetic Epidemiology Society meeting held in Baltimore in October.

D. Seth Dibblee, an MS student, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Division, led a team of SPH students and investigators from the Illinois Department of Public Health at a Chicago public school for four days in February to assess the school’s indoor air quality. In response to a high incidence of asthma among the school’s students, the team, directed by faculty members Victoria Persky, MD, and Peter A. Scheff, PhD, was surveying for airborne particulates and allergens associated with asthma among school children. Participating students included Mike Brown, an MPH student, Lucy Elam, a PhD student, and Dale Krupinksi, an MS student, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Division, and Brian Fisher, an MPH student, Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division.

Laurence R. Dry, III, a PhD student, Health Policy and Administration Division, accepted a position as an evening administrator at the University of Chicago Hospitals in October. He and faculty member Judith A. Cooksey, MD, MPH, published an article on "Primary Care Residency Selection and Completion - The Illinois Experience, 1988 to 1992" in the October 1997 Research in Medical Education issue of Academic Medicine.

Michael Fagen, MPH, a PhD student, Community Health Sciences Division, was awarded a predoctoral fellowship in prevention research training funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. His poster on "Understanding New Media Coverage of Managed Care Ethics" was submitted by the SPH’s Lamba Chapter of Delta Omega, the honorary public health society, to a contest sponsored by the society’s national office. The poster was one of ten selected among submissions from all the society’s chapters to be presented at both the American Public Health Association and the Delta Omega meetings in Washington, DC in fall 1998.

Ernestine Hopkins, MPH, a PhD student, Community Health Sciences Division, was the 1998 recipient of the Loretta Pratt Lacey Scholarship Award. Ms. Hopkins is conducting research on the psychosocial and cultural factors influencing a women’s decision to undergo mammography screening.

Kelly Hsieh, a PhD student, Community Health Sciences Division, received a student presentation award for a paper she gave on "Risk Factors for Injuries and Falls among Adults with Developmental Disabilities" at the Twentieth UIC College of Associated Health Professions Research Forum in March.

Lisa M. Moore, an MPH student, Community Health Sciences Division, was named to the Chicago Schweitzer Urban Fellows Program of the Health and Medicine Policy Research Group. Fellows participate in a clinical project developed with a community-based organization and provide a minimum of 200 hours of community service.

Mike O’Toole, a PhD student, Health Policy and Administration Division, accepted a full-time tenure track position as assistant professor at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, Indiana, where he teaches industrial hygiene, organizational leadership, and supervision courses in the Department of Organizational Leadership and Supervision in the School of Technology.

Theresa Louise-Bender Pape, MA, a DrPH student, Health Policy and Administration Division, was awarded a predoctoral training stipend from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Midwest Center for Health Services and Policy Research, in support of her research on the assessment of consciousness following a traumatic brain injury among veterans and nonveterans. Ms. Pape has presented her research and trained staff therapists on the behavioral evaluation methodology to be used with patients in an altered state of consciousness at the numerous facilities participating in her study, including the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Cook County Hospital, Loyola University Medical Center, and the Minneapolis VA Center.

Deborah Rosenberg, a PhD Student, Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division, was named the 1998 recipient of the Haenszel Research Award. Ms. Rosenberg was selected for her work focusing on the development of a new method for categorizing patterns of prenatal care utilization.

Terri Schmidt, a PhD student, Community Health Sciences Division, was appointed to the Managed Care Subcommittee of the Illinois Department of Public Aid’s Medicaid Advisory Committee, where her goal will be to function as a consumer advocate in the area of behavioral health care for Medicaid recipients.

Michelle Halle Stern, an MS student, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Division, won first place in the graduate level of the regionwide Student Poster Competition held in March by the Chicago Chapter of the American Industrial Hygiene Association for her presentation on "Assessing Contaminant Distribution in a Hospital Waiting Room: Field Testing and Computer Modeling." Vidas K. Paulius, also an MS student in the division, won second place for "Evaluation of Indoor Air in a Middle School."

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