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  MAY 11, 2012

ASPH News of Note
Public Health Reports Webinar on Oral Health Care for those with HIV/AIDS: May 22

On May 22, Public Health Reports will host a webinar on its supplement, Innovations in Oral Health Care for People Living with HIV/AIDS. Lead author of the supplement Dr. Sara Bachman and guest editors Ms. Jane Fox, Dr. David Reznik, and Ms. Carol Tobias will lead the webinar on the increased recognition of the association between oral health and systemic health, which has led to meaningful enhancements in clinical knowledge and support for public health policies that advance overall health.

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Public Health Research and Reports
UAB Explores the Relationship between Undernutrition and the Use of Health Care

A study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health explored the relationship between malnutrition and the use of health care in older adults. Researchers found that, in a group of older adults receiving Medicare home health services, those who were malnourished or at risk for malnourishment at baseline were subsequently more likely to be hospitalized, to have an emergency room visit, to use home health aides, or to die, than the participants who were not malnourished. Further, overweight and obese patients who were malnourished or at risk for malnourishment at baseline were subsequently also more likely to enter a nursing home.

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Harvard Finds Some
A new study by Harvard School of Public Health researchers has found that a subclass of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, the so-called “good” cholesterol, may not protect against coronary heart disease (CHD) and in fact may be harmful. This is the first study to show that a small protein, apolipoprotein C-III (apoC-III), which sometimes resides on the surface of HDL cholesterol, may increase the risk of heart disease and that HDL cholesterol without this protein may be especially heart protective.
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LSU Cites Myriad Factors for Juvenile Offender Recidivism

Dr. Stephen Phillippi, assistant professor in behavioral and community health sciences at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Public Health and staff of the Institute for Public Health and Justice, published an extensive analysis of the many factors involved in juvenile offender risk for recidivism in the May issue of the Journal of Forensic Social Work.  “Socio-Demographic Variables Predicting Formal vs. Informal Juvenile Justice System (JJS) Handling and Associated Outcomes” examines contributors to both levels of process and re-offending, while examining how family characteristics are associated specifically with the level of juvenile justice system processing.

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UNC Nutrition Research Institute Study Identifies Gene Associated with Male Infertility

According to new research from the Nutrition Research Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, 15 of every 100 couples in the world who want to have children find it difficult or impossible to conceive. In about half those couples, the male partner is infertile.

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Drexel Finds Greater Outreach on Fish Consumption Needed

Researchers of a new study at the Drexel University School of Public Health have found that the Asian community in Philadelphia has a high level of fish consumption despite the presence of fish consumption advisories informing that overconsumption can lead to mercury poisoning. 

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Johns Hopkins Finds Nearly 15 Million Babies Are Born Prematurely

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health recently contributed to a report that found that each year, nearly 15 million babies worldwide are born prematurely. The report, which is based on data provided by the Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group, also shows that preterm birth is on the rise in most countries, and is now the second leading cause of death globally for children under five, after pneumonia.

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Washington Links Low Vitamin D Levels to Major Medical Risks
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According to a new study from the University of Washington School of Public Health, the risk of a heart attack, hip fracture, or other major medical event increases in older adults whose vitamin D levels fall below a certain threshold.

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Washington Links Chromosomal Abnormalities and Cancer

University of Washington School of Public Health has been involved in a set of studies that have found that alterations in chromosomes in white blood cells appear to increase with age and may be associated with a greater risk for cancer. The researchers discovered that those with the abnormalities had a 10 times greater chance of getting a hematological cancer such as leukemia or lymphoma.

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Columbia Finds Blacks and Hispanics at Higher Risk for Precancerous Colorectal Polyps

Blacks and Hispanics have a significantly higher risk of developing precancerous colorectal polyps compared with whites, according to a new study by Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

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Columbia Shows Aspirin and Warfarin Equally Effective for Heart Failure Patients

A new study from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health has found that neither aspirin nor warfarin is superior for preventing a combined risk of death, stroke, and cerebral hemorrhage in heart failure patients with normal heart rhythm, according to a landmark clinical trial.

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UNC’s Silberman and Holmes Find One in Five North Carolinians Lack Health Insurance

One in five people in North Carolina under age 65 lacked health insurance in 2010, according to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Dr. Pam Silberman and Dr. Mark Holmes. The study was conducted at the North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM). The analysis, which compared 2004-2005 data with 2009-2010 data, showed that 291,000 non-elderly North Carolina residents were added to the ranks of the uninsured, an increase of 2.4 percent of the population. Overall, the state had 1.6 million uninsured residents.

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Funding and Award Opportunities
New Funding Opportunities for SPH Faculty

As a service to its members, ASPH’s dedicated grants staff regularly provide timely information about grant opportunities for faculty. This week’s additions include announcements from the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Readers can access a full listing of grant notices by visiting the “Funding for Faculty” section of the ASPH website. 

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Fellowship and Training Opportunities
ASTMH Seeking Applications for Travel Awards: Deadline June 27

The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene seeks applications from physicians and scientists for an international career opportunity focused on benefiting underserved populations in locations in the world where the burden of disease is high. This $25,000 award provides physicians or scientists the opportunity for field experience in combination with laboratory studies of parasitic, bacterial or viral infectious diseases in endemic developing countries. 

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Harvard Offers New Training Program for Humanitarian Workers

A new comprehensive training program for humanitarian workers at Harvard School of Public Health will aim to help thousands around the world who work in war zones, help in the wake of natural disasters, or serve in other relief settings. The Humanitarian Academy at Harvard will be offered through the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, a University-wide center that uses research to improve aid response. The Academy will include the Lavine Family Humanitarian Studies Initiative, an existing training program for humanitarian professionals that was recently expanded through a gift from Harvard alumni. There also will be a new, interdisciplinary concentration in humanitarian studies, ethics, and human rights, offered at Harvard beginning in 2013, and hands-on training through internships with relief agencies.

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Latest from Schools of Public Health
Johns Hopkins Establishes New Center for AIDS Research

Johns Hopkins University has been awarded $15 million over the next five years from the National Institutes of Health to establish the new Center for AIDS Research (CFAR). CFAR will support more than 180 HIV investigators from the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, and other schools. A major priority for CFAR will be to address Baltimore’s HIV epidemic in addition to training new investigators and conducting international research.

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Maryland Partners with USDA for Priester National Extension Health Conference

The University of Maryland School of Public Health, in collaboration with the University of Maryland Extension, hosted this year’s USDA Priester National Extension Health Conference, held in Washington, DC, April 10-12. This partnership was a first for the university and USDA and the theme of the conference was, “Leveraging Partnerships to Improve the Health of the Nation.”

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Nebraska Opens New Center for Health Policy

In March, the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health established a new Center for Health Policy. The center will focus on policy solutions that improve the health of Nebraskans, and it will analyze policies ranging from healthcare reform to distracted and impaired driving laws. The center will serve as a bridge between academic health researchers, state and local government, health care organizations, and community leaders to help shape health policy decisions, and it will conduct policy analysis, issue briefs, organize forums, and serve an educational function through training grants and policy fellowships.

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Georgia Southern Establishes Karl Peace Award

The Gamma Theta Chapter of Delta Omega at the Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health has established a leadership award in honor of Dr. Karl Peace. Every year, the chapter will select a Georgia Southern current student, alumni, faculty member, or community member who has exhibited leadership in expanding the impact of public health among their peers and/or in the state of Georgia.  The selection process will be based on a recommendation, GPA (student candidates), an interview process, and a narrative that summarizes their leadership qualities in the field of public health.

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Colorado’s McKenzie Testifies on Health and Natural Gas Development

Dr. Lisa McKenzie, a research associate with the Colorado School of Public, testified before a congressional panel last week urging stronger regulations to protect against possibly hazardous air emissions near hydraulic fracturing or fracking sites. Dr. McKenzie was one of a dozen witnesses to appear at a field hearing of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources. The panel traveled to Denver to investigate the possible impact of proposed new regulations on oil and gas exploration on public lands.

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Georgia to Offer Environmental Health PhD

The University of Georgia College of Public Health will soon offer the University System of Georgia’s first PhD in environmental health. The College of Public Health’s department of environmental health science is currently accepting applications and anticipates launching the program for the fall 2012 semester. The department of environmental health already supports an undergraduate program and two masters programs, as well as pre-doctoral research opportunities.

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Actor Sam Waterston Wins Johns Hopkins Goodermote Humanitarian Award
Emmy award-winning actor Mr. Sam Waterston is the recipient of the Goodermote Humanitarian Award from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health for his longtime support of refugees around the world. Mr. Waterston will be presented with the award at a ceremony at the School of Public Health this week.
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CDC Recognizes UTexas’s CATCH Obesity Program

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognized the University of Texas School of Public Health’s Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH) program, which was developed by researchers at the University of Texas School of Public Health. The program was honored at the CDC’s annual Weight of the Nation Conference in Washington, D.C.

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Drexel Partners with Universities in India to Asses Microbial Contamination

A team of researchers from Drexel University School of Public Health and College of Engineering will collaborate with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, the Indian Institute of Public Health (IIPH), and the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) to build resources in both countries to better assess environmental microbial contamination. Drexel recently received a federal grant to support the work. The Drexel project directors are Dr. Patrick Gurian and Dr. Chuck Haas from the College of Engineering. Co-investigators include Dr. Hernando Perez, Dr. Arthur Frank, and Dr. Shannon Marquez from the School of Public Health.

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Maryland Faculty Share Research Methods at Children's National Medical Center

University of Maryland School of Public Health faculty members were invited to present their expertise to the Children's National Medical Center board, leadership, faculty, nurses, and staff for the Center's fourth annual Advocacy Day Grand Rounds session on April 25.

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Georgia Southern Signs on to Collaboration in India

Opportunities to improve rural public health are expanding for Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health. On April 26, following four days of meetings attended by Georgia Southern’s Dr. Lynn Woodhouse and Dr. William Livingood, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Georgia Southern and the Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences in India (DMIMS, Deemed University) was signed. This MOU creates a platform to pursue opportunities for faculty and student exchange, faculty and student research, and proposal development for external funding to support additional initiatives.

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Faculty & Staff Honors
UNC’s Stürmer Elected President of International Pharmacoepidemiology Society

Dr. Til Stürmer, professor of epidemiology at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been chosen as president-elect of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology (ISPE). His three-year term will begin at ISPE’s 2012 annual meeting August 23-26 in Barcelona.

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Maryland’s Sapkota Receives the Yale New Professional Award

Dr. Amy Sapkota, assistant professor at the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, was selected by the Yale School of Public Health as the recipient of the 2012 Eric Mood New Professional Award. This award recognizes the career of a Yale alumnus/a who is a promising new professional in the field of public health, and who demonstrates outstanding leadership potential and creativity in the practice of public health. Dr. Sapkota earned her MPH from the Yale School of Public Health, and her PhD from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, both in environmental health sciences.

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Michigan’s Monto Receives Charles Merieux Award

montoDr. Arnold Monto is the recipient of the 2012 Dr. Charles Merieux Award for Science-Based Medicine and Research in Infectious Diseases, Excellence in Clinical and Research Activities, and Dedication to Improving Public Health.  The award was presented May 8 at the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases annual conference on vaccine research.  Dr. Monto is the Thomas Francis, Jr. Collegiate Professor of Public Health at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. 


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Texas A&M’s Benden Receives Two Patents for Desk Design

Dr. Mark Benden, assistant professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health, received two patent awards by the Texas A&M University System Office of Technology Commercialization. Awards were given to individuals and teams currently employed by the A&M System and whose inventions were granted patent protection from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office in 2011.

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Georgia’s Glass to Serve on Georgia Council on Aging

The Commissioner for the Georgia Department of Human Services has appointed Dr. Anne Glass, an associate professor at the University of Georgia College of Public Health, to a two-year term as a member of the Georgia Council on Aging. Dr. Glass is the associate director and graduate coordinator of Georgia’s Institute of Gerontology and an associate professor in department of health policy and management.

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UNC’s Ibrahim Receives Dual ASA Appointments

Dr. Joseph Ibrahim, alumni distinguished professor of biostatistics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, was appointed recently as coordinating editor of the Journal of the American Statistical Association (JASA) and editor of JASA's section on Applications and Case Studies. As coordinating editor, Dr. Ibrahim will work with the editors of the journal's other two sections - Theory and Methods, and Reviews.

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Student & Alumni Achievements
Five UMass Kinesiology Students Receive American Kinesiology Association Awards

Five students from the department of kinesiology in the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences received awards from the American Kinesiology Association (AKA).

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East Tennessee Student Wins Environmental Health Award

Mr. Lok Pokhrel, an environmental health doctoral student in East Tennessee State University College of Public Health, is the winner of the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs Student Research Competition 2012 Award. Mr. Pokhrel is one of the two graduate students selected nationally for this award. In addition to a cash prize, Mr. Pokhrel has been invited to give a platform presentation on his paper, “Developmental phytoxicity of silver and zinc oxide nanoparticles to the crop plants,” at the National Environmental Health Association’s annual educational conference and exhibition in San Diego, CA.


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UTexas’s Le and Pettitt announced as Schweitzer Fellows

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) announced that Mr. Ed Pettitt II and Ms. Thuan Le, students at the University of Texas School of Public Health, have been selected as part of the 2012-13 class of Houston-Galveston Schweitzer Fellows. They will be two of 12 graduate students who will spend the next year addressing health disparities throughout Houston-Galveston while developing leadership skills.

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Columbia Student Selected as Winner of Kaiser Foundation Essay Contest

_blankThe Kaiser Family Foundation announced that Ms. Ashley Schuyler, first year MPH student at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, is the winner of this year’s essay contest in the graduate student division. Ms. Schuyler is studying in the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, where she is focusing on sexuality and health. As a 2008 graduate of NYU with a BA in Chemistry, she has been working in the field of HIV/AIDS research for the past six years.  Ms. Schuyler has a particular interest in the dynamics of sexual relationships and how they influence HIV risk. She is hoping to continue in the field of HIV prevention. 

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Michigan Students Win Toxicology Research Awards

University of Michigan School of Public Health environmental health sciences and toxicology doctoral student, Ms. Cassandra Korte, won the first place award for best presentation from the Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology Section at this spring’s national 2012 Annual Meeting of the Society of Toxicology. She also won a $500 prize for top poster at the Michigan State University Graduate Academic Conference in April. The title of her presentation was: "Oxidative insult activates parturition-associated pathways in a human placental cell line."

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Public Health Resources
Columbia’s Rowe Suggests Nurses Can Increase Healthcare Coverage and Lower Costs

The U.S. is facing a severe shortage of primary care physicians, and one of the best ways to alleviate this shortage is to expand the scope of practice for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), according to Dr. John (Jack) Rowe of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. The Association of American Medical Colleges predicts a shortfall of 65,800 primary care doctors by 2025 and another 29,800 by 2015, mainly because of the anticipated increase in demand for services from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and growth in the general population and particularly among the elderly. If the ACA is implemented, an additional 30 to 33 million Americans could be covered and as many as 17 million people could be added to the ranks of the insured by 2020 with just the expansion of Medicaid.

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E-Newsletter Resource

ASPH regularly provides members and Friday Letter readers with links to other electronic newsletters that may be of interest to the public health community. Links to e-newsletters will be added to a web page found at

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Publishing and Presenting Opportunities
AcademyHealth Public Health Research Meeting Seeking Speaker Applications: May 23
The 2012 Public Health Systems Research (PHSR) Interest Group Meeting will be in Orlando, FL, June 26-27 immediately following AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting (ARM). This 11th annual meeting is designed to both support the generation of new knowledge and to move that knowledge into action. The agenda is designed for researchers and research users—including public health practitioners and key decision makers—and includes a unique “Critical Opportunities” speaking opportunity sponsored in part by Public Health Law Research.
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Call for Abstracts Dynamics of Preparedness Conference Deadline: June 1

The University of Pittsburgh Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study National Center of Excellence, in cooperation with the Journal of Public Health Management & Practice and the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at the Harvard School of Public Health, invites researchers, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows to present their work at the Dynamics of Preparedness Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, October 22–24, 2012.

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Upcoming Events
SUNY Albany’s Webinar on Posttraumatic Growth: May 16

On May 16, the New York-New Jersey Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (NY-NJ PERLC), based at the University at Albany SUNY School of Public Health and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Public Health, will present a webcast on “Posttraumatic Growth: Psychological Reconstruction in the Aftermath of Disaster.” The webinar will explore the fact that despite the negative effects of traumatic events, there is developing evidence that survivors of these traumas often report positive consequences as well. During this webcast, Dr. Richard Tedeschi of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte will describe how the process of posttraumatic growth occurs and how it might be encouraged by those who seek to help trauma survivors. 


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Health Care Management Professional Development Workshop: August 3

The Health Care Management Emerging Scholars Professional Development Workshop will be held at the Academy of Management annual meeting in Boston, MA, on August 3. This day-long program for doctoral students and recent graduates features interactive sessions with established scholars on teaching essentials, moving from data to publication, post-doctoral scholarships versus other routes to launch research careers, and federal funding.  Participants may also stay Saturday for individual mentoring and additional programs on quantitative and qualitative methods and how to write a strong paper, among other topics. 

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People in Public Health
In Memoriam: Dr. Marie Fallon

Dr. Marie Fallon succumbed to pancreatic cancer on May 5, 2012. For the past 15 years, she served as the executive director and CEO of the National Association of Local Boards of Health.

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"Public Health Reports"
Volume 127, Issue No. 3 May/June

Volume 127
Issue 3
May/June 2012

Public Health Reports (PHR) is an informative and accessible resource for practitioners, teachers and students of public health. The journal provides important research and key discussions on the major issues confronting the public health community. Subscribe Today! Click here to advertise in the journal.

In Volume 127, Issue 3…



  • Raising Awareness of Viral Hepatitis
  • Setting an Agenda for Advancing Young Worker Safety in the U.S. and Canada
  • Protecting Adolescents’ Rights to Seek Treatment for Sexually Transmitted Diseases without Parental Consent
  • Return of the Epidemic Dengue in the U.S.
  • From SARS to 2009 H1N1 Influenza
  • An Explanation for the Recent increase in the Fall Death Rate Among Older Americans
  • A Tale of Two Gonorrhea Epidemics
  • Using Disability-Adjusted Life Years to Assess the Burden of Disease and Injury in Rhode Island
  • The Colorado Violent Death Reporting System
  • Integration of Syndromic Surveillance Data into Public Health Practice at State and Local Levels in North Carolina
  • Patient and Clinician Ethical Perspectives in the 2005 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention HIV Testing Methods
  • Experience of a Public Health Colorectal Cancer Testing Program in Maryland
  • The ACA: Implications for the Accessibility and Quality of Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Services
  • NCHS Dataline
  • On Linkages: Using GIS for Administrative Decision- Making in a Local Public Health Setting
Volume 127, Supplement 2: Innovations in Oral Health Care for People Living with HIV/AIDS

Volume 127
Supplement 2

This supplement of Public Health Reports (PHR) presents findings from the Special Projects of National Significance Innovations in Oral Health Care Initiative, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s HIV/AIDS Bureau. The research presented in this supplement shows that innovative program models can engage and retain people who are living with HIV/AIDS into oral health-care services. Subscribe! Click here to advertise in the journal.

In Volume 127, Supplement 2 …


  • Innovations in Oral Health Care for People Living with HIV/AIDS


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