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 School, Louisville, KY and went on to receive his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from the University of Louisville and his PhD from the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA.  George enjoyed a 20-year career as a Professor at the University of Virginia, School of Medicine, Public Health Sciences. His greatest joys were being with family, going on camping trips, spending time outdoors, swimming, and following/attending U of L and UVA basketball games.

George was preceded in death by his father, Carl J. Stukenborg, and uncle, George H. Stukenborg.

George is survived by his wife, Sheila Stukenborg; son, Carl Stukenborg; daughters, Taylor Stukenborg and Rachel Stukenborg; mother, Erna Krone; brothers, Andrew Stukenborg (Bridget) and Matthew Stukenborg; nieces, Sarah Stukenborg, Anna Kate Stukenborg, and Mary Claire Stukenborg; nephew, John Stukenborg; and aunt, Martha Stukenborg.

A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, July 27th, 2017, at 10:00 am, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Charlottesville, VA.  The family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 26th, 2017, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, at Teague Funeral Service in Charlottesville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the George Stukenborg Memorial Fund, c/o UVA Medical School Foundation, PO Box 800776, Charlottesville, VA 22908-0776.

Yao Delivers Talk on Cancer Disparities in Appalachia to Federal Reserve

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, and help lead the Pathways program.

As a Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dr. Kelly is reaching out to recruit new students through the Pathways Scholar program, which first introduced her to UVa’s MPH program when she was an undergraduate student at Virginia State University. The program reaches out to historically black colleges and universities and post-secondary institutions that do not have MPH programs. Pathways participants take part in workshops, seminars, and honing analytical research skills on Grounds as well as in their university community throughout the academic year. The program launched in 2009 and now has graduates that are board certified physicians, nurses, lab researchers, HIV/AIDS health educators, grant coordinators, and allied health professionals.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to pay it forward and open doors for young scholars seeking to expand their knowledge, skills and capabilities,” Dr. Kelly said, adding that her efforts stem from her passion to act as a catalyst for change through advocacy, education and empowerment. She has had many mentors to assist her on her journey and credits them with helping her excel this far. The Pathways Scholar program was integral in preparing her for the MPH and completion of her PhD in Community Health at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Coming back to UVA, “its like returning home to a family of support, encouragement and a place of continued personal and professional growth”, she states.

Dr. Kelly’s individual research areas include health disparities in neighborhoods and communities, transnational immigrant health, infant mortality, the perceived impact of fathers on healthy birth outcomes and improving the health of African American families. Dr. Kelly additionally mentors students using qualitative research methods for their master’s thesis projects, facilitates the student advocacy committee, volunteers in the community and co-teaches health behavior and health promotion with Dr. J.W Richardson.

In her spare time, she is a group fitness instructor, enjoys hiking, wine tasting and travels to maintain her work-life balance and assist others on their health journey.

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 of West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago where he delivered the School of Pharmacy Annual Symposium. His talk entitled “Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety: An overview and recent research” was attended by over 100 students and faculty. In addition, Dr. Balkrishnan conducted oral examinations of the graduating pharmacy class and discussed research collaborations with faculty members at 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 her poster, ” I Love Fruit But I Can’t Afford It: Developing Community-Based Solutions to Mitigate Barriers to Chronic Disease Management.”

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 the design of the campaign by conducting literature reviews and conducting a focus group.

Engelhard Describes Near Future Changes to Health Care Laws

MPH Student Sasheenie Moodley Receives Global Rotary Grant to Study at Oxford

Zoellner, Co-Investigators Receive $1.9M PCORI Grant to Study Childhood Obesity In Southwest Virginia

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 Health Promotion with the journal’s prestigious annual Paper of the Year Award for her publication entitled “The Influence of Health Literacy on Reach, Retention, and Success in a Worksite Weight Loss Program.” Jamie recently came to the Department of Public Health Sciences from the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise at Virginia Tech.

Jamie’s award-winning publication arose from research conducted at Virginia Tech, research which she and her team will continue in southwest and southside Virginia. To read more about the award, click on the link above.

Congratulations, Jamie!