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The 2020 Global Health Conference of the Americas will take place from Oct. 6 – 9, 2020, presented by the Global Health Consortium (GHC) at Florida International University’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work (Stempel College). In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s conference has gone completely virtual – offering attendees the opportunity to learn about global health research and trends from the safety and comfort of home.
Researchers at the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work have found that exposure to social media discrimination is associated with higher symptoms of depression and anxiety, particularly among male Hispanic young adults. The study, which was recently published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, found that upon exposure to social media posts such as photos, memes, or videos that include ethnic discrimination users felt higher levels of depression and anxiety, even after controlling for overall self-esteem.
Fatima Arif ’20 is among the first girls in her family to attend school and the first to have gone abroad to study for her master’s degree.
While she attended local universities for her bachelor’s degree, Arifi chose to travel more than 7,000 miles to earn her Master of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology at the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, where she could learn the skills she knew she needed to make a difference in her country, such as data analysis, critical thinking and report writing.
The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the way we manage our professional, academic, and social obligations. For families with a child with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), the pandemic has added an additional layer of challenge: ensuring that the child’s unique learning needs are met by caregivers who are not necessarily trained or prepared to provide academic support.
Alexis Jones always says yes to an opportunity, even if she isn’t entirely sure what she is getting herself into. Saying yes led her to Flint, Michigan in the midst of the water crisis, to hiring cadaver dogs and to her Master of Public Health (MPH) with a concentration on Environmental Health Sciences.
Jones was in the right place at the right time when she met her current boss. She had recently graduated with her bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry and was happy to take a job, even though she wasn’t fully aware of what the job entailed.
In a study led by Vargas-Rivera and Wasim Maziak, director of the Clinical Research Lab for Tobacco Smoking and professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, investigators completed one of the first controlled studies to examine the effects of restricting flavor of e-cigarettes on the user experience. This clinical trial evaluates the impact of e-cigarette flavor manipulation on the user’s puffing behavior, subjective experience, harm perception, and nicotine exposure among college-aged users. The results were recently published in the journal Tobacco Control.