PHS News Archive

Wages Awarded RO1 To Develop Novel Early-Phase Clinical Trial Designs That Adaptively Use Late-Onset Toxicities

Dr. Nolan Wages is the Principal Investigator of a recently awarded NIH/NCI R01 entitled “Dose-finding designs for late-onset toxicities.” This project aims to develop novel early-phase clinical trial designs that…

UVA Master of Public Health Students Present at Virginia Public Health Association 2021 Annual Conference

UVA Master of Public Health students presented at the Virginia Public Health Association’s 2021 Annual Conference & Student Research Day.  The theme of this year’s conference was “Virginia’s Public Health…

MPH Student Caroline Conrad Helps Lead Interdisciplinary UVA Team to Top Three Finish in National Competition

MPH Student Caroline Conrad helped lead UVA’s interdisciplinary "Team Spindalis," which won third place last weekend in the University of Minnesota's 2021 Clarion Case Competition for their program “Per Pares…

Balkrishnan research group finds significant disparities in pediatric vaccinations in the United States

New research led by Rajesh Balkrishnan, PhD, Professor of Public Health Sciences at UVA School of Medicine, finds that significant disparities still exist in protecting infants from preventable chronic diseases…

Your Life Matters Vaccine Clinics: A Community Approach to Vaccine Equity

Dr. Jeanita Richardson and Jackie Martin (Director of Community Outreach, Sentara & Candidate MPH, UVA ) collaborated with local pastors and volunteers to host Your Life Matters COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics…

Valdez Leading Efforts to Organize Vaccine Events for Disability Community

Dr. Rupa Valdez has been leading efforts to create vaccination events focused on the disability community -- in partnership with many members of the UVA Health System, Virginia Department of…

Webb Named White House Senior Policy Adviser for COVID-19 Equity

The Office of President-Elect Biden has appointed Cameron Webb, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Public Health Science, as a Senior Policy Advisor for COVID-19 Equity on the White House COVID-19…

Ratcliffe Joins Executive Board of International Biometric Society

Professor Sarah J. Ratcliffe has been elected to the Executive Board of the International Biometric Society (https://members.biometricsociety.org/). She will serve a four year term starting in January 2021. The International…

Ratcliffe Elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association

Professor Sarah J. Ratcliffe has been elected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. She was honored “For the development and application of statistical methodology in women’s health, HIV,…

Valdez Awarded COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant from the UVA Global Infectious Diseases Institute

Rupa S. Valdez, PhD, assistant professor of Public Health Sciences and Engineering Systems and Environment received a research grant from the UVA Global Infectious Diseases Institute for a study that…

Valdez Receives Collaborative Excellence in Public Service Award

Rupa S. Valdez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Public Health Sciences, has been named co-recipient of the Provost’s Office Award for Collaborative Excellence in Public Service. Valdez is recognized alongside colleagues…

Dean Wilkes Addresses Co-Sponsored Class on Responsible Conduct of Research

UVA School of Medicine Dean David Wilkes, M.D., was a recent guest lecturer during a session of the Methodology, Ethics, and Regulations of Research Involving Human Subjects course co-sponsored by…

McMurry, UVA Colleagues Recognized by Royal Statistical Society For Research Findings

Associate Professor Tim McMurry and colleagues from UVA's Center for Applied Biomechanics have been recognized by the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) of the United Kingdom's 3rd annual Statistic of the…

MPH Alumna Selected as Speaker for TEDx Charlottesville

Shantell Bingham (UVA MPH '14) was recently selected as a speaker for TEDx Charlottesville 2019. See the full story here.

Kelly Participates In COMRADE Research Training Program Funded By NIH-NINDS

Dr. Kelsie Kelly is participating in COMRADE (COngruent Mentorship to Reach Academic Diversity in neurosciencE research), a year long program that begins with a two-week mentored research institute at NYU…

Balkrishnan: Life-Saving Breast Cancer Drugs Going Untaken in Appalachia

Nearly a third of breast cancer survivors in Appalachia are not taking the life-saving follow-up treatment, despite have insurance to pay for it, a troubling new study has found.  …

Quissell Presents Research at International Public Policy Association’s International Conference in Montreal

Dr. Kathryn Quissell is presenting two of her latest research projects at the International Public Policy Association’s International Conference, taking place in Montreal, Canada from June 26th-28th. Her first project,…

Engelhard Cited In Numerous News Sources

The department's resident health policy guru hasn't let her impending retirement slow her down. See a sampling of her recent mentions in various news outlets through the links below. Healio…

Engelhard to Take Part in Medical Center Hour Discussion on Medicaid Expansion in Virginia

Our very own Health Policy guru will be taking the stage with the Honorable David Toscano, 57th District Delegate to the Virginia General Assembly, and UVA Health System's Chief Medical…

Man on a Mission: MPH Student Emmanuel Agymang-Dua Pursues Career in Global Public Health With Determination

Scheduled to graduate in December 2017 with his MPH, Emmanuel Agyemang-Dua was awarded a coveted internship at the World Health Organization, a dream he had held for several years. Working…

Engelhard Addresses Work Requirements in Medicaid, PEIA in West Virginia, and Rising Insurance Premiums in Virginia

Our resident health policy guru, Carolyn Englehard, has been much in demand of late to explain some the puzzling aspects and changes in the health care landscape. WVTF: Comsumers Complain…

Rogawski Awarded K01 for Study of Methods Bridging Gap Between Epidemiologic Studies and Public Health Practice

Dr. Elizabeth T. Rogawski is PI on a recently funded career development award (K01) from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. She is mentored by Dr. Richard Guerrant…

Schildkraut Awarded Two R01s from NCI to Study Genetic Similarities Between Breast & Ovarian Cancers and Racial Disparities in Ovarian Cancer Incidence and Survival

Dr. Joellen Schildkraut is a recent recipient of two R01 grants from the National Cancer Institute, one in 2017 and one in 2018. Title: Genomic and Transcriptomic Analysis of Breast…

Yan receives R01 from NIDDK to study higher incidence of end-stage renal disease in minorities

Dr. Guofen Yan recently received new R01 funding from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. The project will use a rigorous statistical modeling approach to address…

Sohn and Lobo awarded R01 from National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Dr. Min-Woong Sohn and Dr. Jennifer M. Lobo are PIs on a recently funded R01 from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. They are joined on…

Public Health Sciences Mourns the Loss of Our Dear Colleague George Stukenborg

George Joseph Stukenborg, age 55, of Earlysville, VA, passed away on July 21st, 2017. George was born on October 11th, 1961 in Louisville, Kentucky. George graduated from St. Xavier High…

Engelhard interviewed on soaring premiums, presidential influence on health care spending

Our resident health policy expert stays in demand, weighing in with information about  the health insurance coverage gap, presidential actions that could worsen wasteful tests and treaments, and the soaring…

Balkrishnan Delivers Grand Rounds at University of São Paulo Cancer Center

Dr. Rajesh Balkrishnan, Professor of Public Health Sciences and Director of the Cancer Population Health Core was recently invited by the University of São Paulo Cancer Center, São Paulo, Brazil…

Engelhard Weighs in on Direct Primary Care & Potential Loss of Insurance for Thousands in Virginia

Our resident health policy expert stays in demand, weighing in with information about the direct care movement and the potential loss of insurance for tens of thousands of Virginians in…

Breast Cancer Patients on Opioids Less Likely to Stick to Vital Treatment

Read the full article in the UVA Health System Newsroom here. Since the article was published, it has been picked up by news outlets nationwide, underscoring the wide interest in…

Kelly Returns as Postdoctoral Researcher

The phrase “reach one teach one” came full circle this year for the MPH Program as Dr. Kelsie Kelly (UVA-MPH '12) returned to UVA's MPH program to do research, teach,…

Balkrishnan Delivers Annual School of Pharmacy Address in Trinidad and Tobago

                              Dr. Rajesh Balkrishnan, Professor of Public Health Sciences, (second from right) recently visited the University…

MPH Students Attend VPHA Research Day; Rogers’ Poster Takes 2nd Place

MPH Students recently participated in the 2017 Virginia Public Health Association Research Day.  Pictured are (L to R): Katie Labgold, Tim Folsom, and Courtney Rogers.  Courtney won 2nd place for…

MPH Students, Faculty Help Launch Community Mental Health Intiative

The Help Happens Here Campaign is a public awareness and stigma reduction campaign spearheaded by the Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition.  UVA MPH Program students and faculty helped inform…

Zoellner Paper Awarded AJHP’s Paper of the Year

Jamie Zoellner, PhD, RD, Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences and Associate Director, Cancer Center without Walls at the UVA Cancer Center, has been recognized by the American Journal of…

Engelhard Writes: When it comes to ObamaCare, fear is the great equalizer

Our resident health care policy expert, Carolyn L. Engelhard, writes regularly for The Hill. Read her latest exploration of the intricacies of American health care policy here.

Engelhard Reviews ACA, AHCA, ON Sunday Morning Wake Up Call

The Charlottesville Podcasting Network has just posted "Wake-Up Call: The Affordable Care Act: Repeal & Replace or Remain" featuring Carolyn Engelhard's interview on 94.7 FM WPVC at: http://www.cvillepodcast.com/2017/04/09/wake-up-call-the-affordable-care-act-repeal-replace-or-remain

Engelhard cited in State-Wide Coverage of AHCA Financial Impact on Virginians

In a story from the Richmond Times Dispatch picked up state-wide, Carolyn Engelhard and others describe the shifting of health care costs to consumers and dramatic cuts in Medicaid that…

Engelhard Writes: The new healthcare crisis? Doctor burnout, thanks to paperwork.

Our resident health care policy expert, Carolyn L. Engelhard, writes regularly for The Hill. Read her latest exploration of the intricacies of American health care policy here.

Engelhard takes Part in Expert Panel on National Financial Management Website

Our resident health policy expert is once again on the national stage, this time fielding questions about the Affordable Care Act as part of a panel of experts weighing in…

Engelhard Writes: Are ‘right-to-try’ laws good medicine or partisan politics?

Our resident health care policy expert, Carolyn L. Engelhard, writes regularly for The Hill. Read her latest exploration of the intricacies of American health care policy here.

Balkrishnan Conducts Public Health Education in India

Rajesh Balkrishnan, PhD, Professor of Public Health Sciences, recently toured the state of Karnataka, India where he trained several groups of pharmacy and medical students in public health research by…

Pannone presents to MAPP Council for TJHD

Assistant Professor of Public Health Sciences Aaron Pannone represented the department in presentations to the MAPP 2 Health Leadership Council on Wednesday, August 17th at City Space in downtown Charlottesville. …

Engelhard Podcast: The 2016 Presidential Election and the Future of the Affordable Care Act

GME Institutional Lecture-August 10th (Wed), 7a.m. The 2016 Presidential Election and the Future of the Affordable Care Act Speakers: Carolyn Engelhard and Marty Reiser Location: Jordan Hall Conference Center Auditorium…

Alcalá Receives Dean’s Award from UCLA’s Fielding School

Héctor E. Alcalá, PhD, MPH, CPH, post doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Public Health Sciences was recently named the recipient of a Dean's Outstanding Student Award by the…

Balkrishnan Leads Workshop at ISPOR Annual Meeting

  Rajesh Balkrishnan, PhD, Professor of Public Health Sciences, Director of the Cancer Control Core, and UVA Cancer Center Co-Director, Population Health and Prevention Research recently led a workshop at…

Engelhard writes: Why Ryan’s high-risk insurance pools are a risky business

Our resident health care policy expert, Carolyn L. Engelhard, writes regularly for The Hill. Read her latest explanation of the intricacies of American health care policy here.

Valdez and UVA Co-PIs awarded RO1 from National Library of Medicine

Dr. Rupa Valdez (Public Health Sciences), Dr. Steve Patek (Systems and Information Engineering), Dr. Mark Deboer (Pediatric Endocrinology), and Dr. Daniel Chernavvsky (Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences) are PIs on a…

Balkrishnan: Report on U.S. Kidney Disease Care shows major cost, garners major press

A recent report using data from the the U.S. Renal Data System of the care and cost of renal disease shows an enormous and growing health care issue. PHS's Rajesh…

Engelhard writes: Tithing for Healthcare

Our resident health care policy expert, Carolyn L. Engelhard, writes regularly for The Hill. Read her latest explanation of the intricacies of American health care policy here.

Targonski named Director of Research for Division of GGPC&HM

Dr. Paul Targonski has accepted the new role of Director of Research for the Division of General, Geriatrics, Palliative Care and Hospital Medicine of the University of Virginia Health System. "Paul…

Meyer elected to Reagan-Udall Foundation Board

Robert J. Meyer, Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences and founding and current Director of the Virginia Center for Translational and Regulatory Sciences (VCTRS), has been elected to the Board…

Balkrishnan, Cancer Center colleagues featured in Cavalier Daily, UVAToday

Research by the Department's Rajesh Balkrishnan and colleagues in the Cancer Center has been featured in The Cavalier Daily and UVAToday.

Yan and Colleagues Present at Nephrology Society Annual Meeting

Professor of Public Health Sciences Guofen Yan and colleagues recently presented study findings to further the understanding of minorities’ survival advantage on dialysis at the 2015 American Society of Nephrology…

Balkrishnan guests on WINA morning show

Professor of Public Health Sciences Rajesh Balkrishnan spoke on WINA's morning show about breast cancer care issues highlighted by recent research. Listen to the podcast here.

Engelhard writes: We are all on the government dole

Our resident health care policy expert, Carolyn L. Engelhard, writes regularly for The Hill. Read her latest explanation of the intricacies of American health care policy here.

Center for Health Policy airs presentations from 2015 Fall Conference

The Center for Health Policy has made available online the presentations from its 2015 Fall Conference: "Tailoring Treatments to Individual Patients: the Promise and Policy Challenges of Precision Medicine." Panel…

Yan, et al. publish findings shedding light on state-level variations in treatment of kidney disease

More than 600,000 Americans in 2012 were treated for kidney failure (end-stage renal disease or ESRD). A growing body of evidence indicates that many of these patients could have experienced…

Research Team Applies 2SFCA to Cancer Diagnosis, Treatment in Appalachia

A research team including Public Health Sciences' Rajesh Balkrishnan, Roger Anderson, and Fabian Camacho recently turned up more detailed evidence of barriers to cancer diagnosis and treatment with the novel…

Richardson Promotes Public Health in Schools

Jeanita W. Richardson, Ph.D., has distinguished herself nationally as an expert in facilitating the education and health collaborations needed to create and sustain school-based health care centers (SBHCs), a healthcare…

Maya Wright Receives Global Health Grant

Maya Wright is a rarity:­ a woman in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) field. Rarer still, she is an African-American woman in the STEM field. In 2014, the…

Engelhard writes: The retailing of American medicine

Our resident health care policy expert, Carolyn L. Engelhard, writes regularly for The Hill. Read her latest explanation of the intricacies of American health care policy here.

Balkrishnan Speaks at Malaysian Workshop

Professor Rajesh Balkrishnan recently presented a workshop entitled "Disease Registry Data to Improve Healthcare and Clinical Effectiveness' in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The workshop was funded by the World Health Organization (WHO) and…

Life-Saving Drugs Untaken in Appalachia

Nearly a third of breast cancer survivors in Appalachia are not taking the critical, potentially life-saving follow-up treatment – despite having insurance that would pay for it, a troubling new…

Time for an all-payer health system?

Economists tell us that setting the price of a good or service depends on market forces that balance supply and demand in order to optimize output with minimal waste. This…

Stephen Rich, PhD, Wins JDRF’s Rumbough Award

Renowned genetic epidemiologist Stephen Rich, PhD, director of the University of Virginia Center for Public Health Genomics, has been honored with one of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's (JDRF) most…

TV: Obesity in an Hour

Watching television as little as an hour a day are significantly more likely to be overweight or obese and gain more unhealthy weight over time, according to a new study from the…