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School of Public Health News

Students Celebrate World Toilet Day

World Toilet Day was celebrated on Twitter by the Loma Linda University School of Public Health. The Public Health Core (PCOR) class used a Team Based Learning (TBL) strategy to learn about global health issues while simultaneously identifying publicly available toilets that could be accessed by the large homeless population in San Bernardino. Students tweeted their pictures of toilets and descriptions using the #LLUtoilet and #worldtoiletday hashtags.

Professor Visits Senators in DC

Professor Ronald Mataya traveled to Washington DC recently to work with Christian Connections for International Health (CCIH). CCIH is a consortium of organizations and individuals interested in how transformational Christian faith has a positive impact on international health. Dr. Mataya is one of 10 CCIH board members and an active participant in the organization’s activities. His recent trip was to lobby with senators about federal funding for global health programs.

Holiday Decor Safety

BiteSizePublicHealth is a short video series that shows the little things we can do in our day-to-day lives to help improve our own health and the health of others.

Student Publishes Lit Review on Sleep Deprivation and Hormones

[Photo: Ms. Katie Viehmann-Wical]

Non-communicable chronic diseases are on the rise globally: Diabetes affects 9 percent of all adults; heart disease affects 17.5 million people; obesity affects 642 million people; and depression affects 350 million people. All of these diseases are negatively impacted by a lack of sleep.

Loma Linda University School of Public Health DrPH Health Education student Ms. Katie Viehmann-Wical, MPH recently published a literature review regarding sleep hormones in the Journal of Family Medicine.

 Dr. Edward McField, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at Loma Linda University School of Public Health

New Grant for Mental Health Programs

The Loma Linda University School of Public Health is actively engaged in addressing regional health disparities. A grant has recently been awarded to the Center for Leadership in Health Systems in the school of public health for a program designed to support community resilience and improve population health. Dr. Edward McField, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management, will work with the African American Mental Health Coalition and will serve as the Principal Investigator for representing Loma Linda University.

Jim Banta, Program Director for Master of Public health in Health Policy and Leadership at Loma Linda University School of Public health

Dementia, Morbidity and Meds.

Dementia affects 47 million people worldwide, and this number is expected to exceed 150 million by the year 2050. Dr. Jim E. Banta, associate professor and program director for the master of public health in health policy and leadership at Loma Linda University School of Public Health, recently published an editorial regarding dementia, morbidity, and medications in the journal of Age and Ageing.

In Memoriam: Dr. Samuel Soret

In Memoriam: Dr. Samuel Soret

It is with deep sorrow that the Loma Linda University School of Public Health informs you of the passing of Dr. Samuel Soret, PhD, a beloved colleague, professor and friend. He passed away from a heart attack while on a trip to Spain on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. Dr. Soret faithfully served the School of Public Health for 21 years, most recently as Associate Dean for Research and Executive Director of the Center for Community Resilience. The funeral services for Dr. Sam Soret will be on Friday, August 26, at 1 p.m.

Los Angeles Megaclinic April 27-29

Los Angeles Megaclinic April 27-29

Eleven students and several faculty from the School of Public Health joined over 4,000 volunteers for the three-day Pathway to Health clinic in Los Angeles on April 27-29, 2016. The lines for the clinic would start the night before, as people would bring their sleeping bags and blankets prepared to spend the night. By the time of opening at 7 a.m. each morning, thousands of patients would line up along the walls of the LA convention center waiting to receive care.

Alumni Updates

Ellen Smit, MS Nutrition, class of 1990, was a lead researcher on a healthy lifestyle behavior study. Read the findings here.

Denise Hinds, DrPH Preventive Care, class of 2011, and MPH Maternal and Child Health, class of 1999, was featured in a podcast and discusses healthy moms and healthy babies. To listen, click here.