School of Public Health student news and stories from around campus.

Dr. Pramil Singh meets with World Health Organization in Mongolia

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Loma Linda Awarded Smoking Cessation Grant for a Cytisine Trial in Mongolia

*Pictured above - Dr. Pramil Singh (seated second from left) meets with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Mongolia.  Loma Linda University School of Public Health (LLUSPH) has been awarded a Global Research Award for Nicotine Dependence (GRAND).

MBA Students Place 4th in College Bowl

A team of LLU MBA students placed fourth in the Health Care Executives of Southern California Western Regional College Bowl held in Los Angeles on April 7, 2017. The four students were Olivia White, Michael Bennett, Nichole Patel, and Rose Kim. Dr. Ed McField was the faculty sponsor who helped coordinate the team. The College Bowl is a case based competition with graduate programs in health administration from California, Nevada, and Utah competing for a cash prize.

LLUSPH Students Train to Become TotalSDI Facilitators

By Peter C. Gleason, PhD Loma Linda University School of Public Health (LLUSPH) is among the first in the U.S. to prepare students for workplace communication and conflict management with TotalSDI. Developed in the 1950’s by psychologist Dr. Elias Porter, the TotalSDI program assesses personal motivations as a gateway for understanding communication style, preferred strengths, and responses to conflict.  As the workplace continues to evolve, the skills needed to compete in the future job market must adapt.

Air Quality in California & Steps to Help Reduce Air Pollution

By Mihray Sharip, Environmental Health Specialist, Environmental Health & Safety California is one of the most polluted states in the United States.  A study conducted in 2008 at California State University, Fullerton CA, found that air pollution in California is claiming more lives than car accidents. The shape of California’s land and its warm, sunny climate are perfect for forming and trapping air pollutants. Most cities in California are built on plains or in valleys surrounded by mountains.
Giuseppe Arcimboldo - Portrait with Vegetables (The Green Grocer)

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Polyphenol Research by Nutrition Doctoral Student

Polyphenols are a class of phytochemicals; it is the generic term for several thousand plant-based molecules that may have antioxidant properties as well as other bioactive physiological mechanisms. Polyphenols consist of different phenolic compound subclasses that include flavonoids, phenolic acids, stilbenes and lignans. Nasira Burkholder-Cooley, RD, DrPH, a recent alum from the doctoral nutrition program at Loma Linda University School of Public Health (LLUSPH), used the Adventist Health Study cohort to compare polyphenol intakes across dietary patterns and food sources.
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Tobacco-Free Pharmacies Initiative in San Bernardino County

The sale and use of tobacco products is a public health concern and is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States. Pharmacies are places where people go to purchase medicine and products that increase their well-being and health. However, most pharmacies in the United States also sell and market the use of cigarettes in their stores. Tobacco products are known to cause more than 480,000 deaths a year in the United States. The use of tobacco affects not only those who use these products but also the environment and the individuals that live in those communities.
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Dr. Beeson and Dr. Soret Honored for Work in Air Quality Improvement

On January 18, 2017, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) held a ceremony that honored two faculty from the Loma Linda University School of Public Health; Dr. Larry Beeson, DrPH, Epidemiologist and Dr. Sam Soret, PhD, Environmental Health Scientist. The SCAQMD is the air pollution control agency for all of Orange County and the urban portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Dr. Beeson attended the ceremony with his wife and said he felt honored to be receiving recognition for his work. Dr.
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SPH Nutrition Faculty Inform Position Paper on Vegetarian Diets

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) released their position paper on vegetarian diets December of 2016. The paper frequently references research conducted by nutrition faculty from the Loma Linda University School of Public Health (LLUSPH) and the Adventist Health Studies (AHS). The paper’s abstract begins with the following sentence.

Salamat Po: A Filipino Thank You

Written by Suhail Hashim, MPH Global Health student   “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” –St Augustine When I got my acceptance letter for admission in the Global health MPH program at Loma Linda University School of Public Health in 2015, the Integrated Community Development course, more popularly known as ICD, was something I was particularly excited about.

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.