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Back for good: how the COVID-19 pandemic brought one graduate back to public health

Back for good: how the COVID-19 pandemic brought one graduate back to public health



When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, FIU alumna Lillie Garvin ’18 responded to the State of Florida’s call for epidemiologists, and it has changed her life.

“This virus is like nothing we have ever seen before and the unknown can be scary – especially when we see the unfortunate end result in some cases,” Garvin said. “Being part of the emergency response team for COVID-19 has given me the privilege to fight against the virus and work around the clock to protect our community.”


Study finds young people who smoke e-cigarettes more likely to transition to regular cigarettes

Study finds young people who smoke e-cigarettes more likely to transition to regular cigarettes




Researchers at the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work have found that young people who smoke e-cigarettes are more likely to become regular cigarette smokers.
The study, published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, appears to confirm concerns that e-cigarettes can be a gateway to traditional cigarette smoking. The study found that young people who were using e-cigarettes were five times more likely to be regular cigarette smokers a year later.

WIN family balance and parenting during the pandemic

WIN family balance and parenting during the pandemic




During the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents have had to balance the stresses of working from home or losing their jobs with becoming full-time caretakers and teachers to their children. Now, as the academic school year comes to an end and summer camps remain mostly closed, parents are wondering how they can continue to support their children’s development while keeping them safe and happy.

“Resetting the ‘new normal’ has become a moving target as things continue to shift from day to day. We are all having to pivot and make adjustments on the regular, especially parents,” said Victoria Gray, clinical Instructor in the School of Social Work. “In working with parents over the years, one thing I have found to be true for most parents is that they are only one or two tweaks away from a better situation with their kids, no matter the age. This is also true during this time of COVID-19.”


Many female college students unaware of risk factors for cervical cancer, skip Pap tests, Stempel researchers find

Many female college students unaware of risk factors for cervical cancer, skip Pap tests, Stempel researchers find




Most female undergraduate college students surveyed by FIU Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social researchers were not familiar with risk factors for cervical cancer and had not had a Pap smear – the screening procedure for the disease.
Nasar U. Ahmed, associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Patria Rojas, assistant professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and Abraham Degarege Mengist, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Epidemiology, carried out the study of FIU 141 students to examine the correlation between what the students knew about cervical cancer and their adherence to Pap smear guidelines.