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Estelle Richman: Keep the Client Front and Center

For Estelle Richman, health policy is personal.  Throughout her career she has earned a reputation as someone who advocates for individual well-being and dignity—as Philadelphia’s Commissioner of Public Health and Managing Director, Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Public Welfare, and Chief Operating Officer for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  The College of Public Health is excited to welcome Richman as its 2016 commencement speaker, and we spoke with her about her beginnings, her career, and the issues she sees as most vital to the future of public health.  

Posted:  April 25, 2016

Taking control of postpartum weight gain

CORE program helps new mothers lose weight
A lot changed for Teeah Mccall after she gave birth to her daughter Kristina. Not only did she find herself with a new set of responsibilities as a parent, but she also had to adjust to her post-pregnancy body, which included a few extra pounds.
 
According to a research study by the Center for Obesity Research (CORE) in the College of Public Health, Mccall is not alone.
 
The childbearing period is a critical life stage for weight gain and the development of cardiometabolic disease, especially for the nearly three-quarters of African American women who enter pregnancy already overweight or obese.
 
Posted:  April 5, 2016

Pokhrel receives Outstanding Reviewer Award

Lok R. Pokhrel, a researcher and assistant professor of instruction in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics has received an Outstanding Reviewer Award for 2015 from the international journal Science of the Total Environment (Elsevier). The award recognizes Pokhrel’s work as a peer reviewer for the publication and for his positive contribution to the journal’s quality.

Posted:  March 4, 2016

New study looks at contamination of private well water

A study out in the journal Epidemiology and Infection reports that Canadians who receive water from household or private wells may be at a greater risk of contracting waterborne illnesses than those served by municipal systems. Private household wells are not regulated in Canada or the United States.  

Each year, more than 20 million people in Canada report some level of acute gastrointestinal illness (AGI). Though much is known about AGI in relation to food, little is known about the connection between AGI and drinking water. 

Posted:  December 1, 2015

New Faculty: Heather Murphy on her work and travels around the globe

Heather Murphy
The College of Public Health has hired 31 new talented faculty members since the beginning of the year. We sat down with Heather Murphy, a new assistant professor of environmental health in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics to learn more about her and why she came to CPH.
 
You’ve done a lot of work in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector in developing countries. In that work, what would you say was the biggest challenge you faced?
Posted:  October 15, 2015

In research study Roundup found to increase weed production

In a recent study in Science of the Total Environment, researchers found that the use of the weed killer Roundup had the opposite effect in plants. Instead of killing them it contributed to their growth when applied at much lower concentrations not tested before.
 
The study, which will be published in print in the December issue of the journal, shows that even at low levels in soil, Roundup is responsible for hormesis – a phenomenon where plants actually benefit from lethal or toxic substances.  
 
Posted:  October 7, 2015

Whitaker comments on reported decline in obesity

Robert Whitaker, a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, was recently quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer story on a reported decline in childhood obesity in Philadelphia. Of the reported (modest) decline, Whitaker was quoted as saying:
 
"I'm not certain that things have gotten better, but I think it says a lot that things have not gotten worse," said Whitaker, a Temple University professor of public health and pediatrics, who was not involved with the study.
 
Posted:  August 24, 2015

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