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The current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has put public health squarely in the spotlight. As public health professionals, we are always on the frontline of emerging health issues. Whether the public health concern of the day is related to infectious diseases, e-cigarettes and vaping, environmental health, or vaccine hesitancy, there will continue to be a need for trained public health practitioners and for professionals who have an understanding of the science and evidence behind public health. [By Aaron Borrelli]
“While we all dream of skipping the daily commute, being thrust into a work or study from home lifestyle is a huge shift for many of us and it’s all too easy to take comfort in snacking or making unhealthy meal choices,” said Catherine Coccia, associate professor in the department of Dietetics and Nutrition. “With more and more people working from home and practicing self-distancing one issue I hear from my friends and colleagues is that they will gain weight. Between ‘isolation snacking’ and gyms closing this can be a legitimate concern.”
While the exact cause of schizophrenia is unknown and much research has focused on genetics, researchers at the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work are one step closer to understanding one pathway which may result in this long-term mental disorder.
“Environmental factors have been associated with psychiatric disorders and recent studies suggest lead exposure disrupts common pathways in schizophrenia and drug addiction” said Damaris Albores-Garcia, a postdoctoral associate in Dr. Tomás R. Guilarte’s Lab, who recently received third place in the 2020 Metal Specialty Section Post-Doctoral Research Award presented by the Society of Toxicology (SOT).
Stempel College dean honored with the 2020 Metal Specialty Section Career Achievement Award by the Society of Toxicology
Tomás R. Guilarte, dean of FIU’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work and professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, is the recipient of the 2020 Metal Specialty Section Career Achievement Award by the Society of Toxicology (SOT). The Society of Toxicology is the largest professional organization of toxicologists in the world with members from over 60 countries.
“It is an honor and privilege to be recognized for my work by my friends and colleagues,” Guilarte said. “The Society of Toxicology has played an essential role in my career, giving me the opportunity to develop key relationships that have led to collaborations while providing a platform to showcase our research over the years.”
School of Social Work partners with Southeast Florida Library Information Network and the Miami-Dade Public Library System to provide help to those in our community who need it most
The School of Social Work at FIU’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work has partnered with the Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN) to provide patrons in the Miami-Dade Public County Library System (MDPLS) a program that will bring much needed social services to the libraries.
“Libraries are really seen as a safe place during the day for a lot of populations to have access to computers, air conditioning, and bathrooms. Social workers can help provide case management, develop relationships with community stakeholders, and train librarians on how to work with vulnerable populations, who may be in crisis or dealing with trauma,” said Jennifer Abeloff, associate director and clinical assistant professor in the School of Social Work.
In clinical settings and hospitals, handwashing is all the more vital to ensure both patients and staff reduce the spread of healthcare-associated infections, which affect one out of every 25 hospitalized patients.
“Hand hygiene is such an important aspect of controlling the spread of infections in healthcare settings, yet compliance has been found to be below 50 percent among hospital staff,” said Adriana Jimenez, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Epidemiology at Stempel College, who co-authored the paper with Yanet Manresa, Master of Public Health, ‘19 from Stempel College. “We also noticed that few studies addressed the role of patient hand hygiene and hypothesized that improving the availability and access to hand sanitizing wipes by the patients’ bedside would increase compliance with patient hand hygiene.”