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November Updates

Sappho Gilbert, MPH'14

Sappho Gilbert presented an environmental health policy paper at the 13th Annual International Conference on Health Economics, Management & Policy, at the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), Athens, Greece. The conference, held June 23 – 26, 2014, aims to bring researchers, academics, and students together to share their work and findings in the fields of health economics, management, and policy.

Sappho’s presentation, “Athens’ ‘Nephos’: A Heating Oil Tax Hike, Particulate Matter, & Public Health”, challenged a 2012 change in Greece’s tax law, which increased the tax levied on home heating oil. As a result of the tax, an increasing number of home owners were burning biomass, and consequently releasing particulate matter into the already smoggy Athenian airspace. Sappho commented, “Given the paper’s reliance on an epidemiologic synthesis rather than a primary analysis or observational study in Greece, a fruitful discussion arose regarding the relative importance of certain confounders and limitations to my conclusions.  This collaborative, constructive nature within the scientific research community continues to inspire my passion for tackling real-world public health problems with sound evidence.”

Sappho’s travel and presentation were supported by funding from The Dartmouth Institute Fund for Student Travel, and the Graduate Student Fund for Travel, and her work was supervised and guided by Robert McLellan, MD, MPH, FACOEM, FAAFP, Carolyn Murray, MD, MPH, and Natalie Riblet, MD, MPH ‘2012.

Class Archives

Class of 2014

Laura Beidler, MPH

Laura recently joined The Dartmouth Institute as a Curriculum and Teaching Assistant.  She enjoys being able to apply the analytical skills that she learned as a TDI student to her everyday work. Laura is interested in refugee and immigrant health and health literacy and would like to study how well health literacy and health education interventions work in vulnerable populations. The education that she received at TDI has enabled her to apply an evidence-based lens on this field.

Laural Ruggles, MPH

Laural's paper on "Using social marketing to reduce consumption of sugar sweetened beverages in a rural population" has been selected and confirmed for oral presentation during the 142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014) in New Orleans.

Sappho Gilbert, MPH

Nov. 2014 - Sappho Gilbert presented an environmental health policy paper at the 13th Annual International Conference on Health Economics, Management & Policy, at the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), Athens, Greece. The conference, held June 23 – 26, 2014, aims to bring researchers, academics, and students together to share their work and findings in the fields of health economics, management, and policy.

Sappho’s presentation, “Athens’ ‘Nephos’: A Heating Oil Tax Hike, Particulate Matter, & Public Health”, challenged a 2012 change in Greece’s tax law, which increased the tax levied on home heating oil. As a result of the tax, an increasing number of home owners were burning biomass, and consequently releasing particulate matter into the already smoggy Athenian airspace. Sappho commented, “Given the paper’s reliance on an epidemiologic synthesis rather than a primary analysis or observational study in Greece, a fruitful discussion arose regarding the relative importance of certain confounders and limitations to my conclusions.  This collaborative, constructive nature within the scientific research community continues to inspire my passion for tackling real-world public health problems with sound evidence.”

Sappho’s travel and presentation were supported by funding from The Dartmouth Institute Fund for Student Travel, and the Graduate Student Fund for Travel, and her work was supervised and guided by Robert McLellan, MD, MPH, FACOEM, FAAFP, Carolyn Murray, MD, MPH, and Natalie Riblet, MD, MPH ‘2012.

Class of 2013

Kyla Donnelly, MPH

Oct. 2014 - Kyla began her PhD program at TDI through the Patient Engagement track. She plans to continue working on applied research that evaluates interventions to improve women's informed decision making in reproductive health.

Kyla was contacted by the Senior Policy Advisor for Senator Jeanne Shaheen to provide policy recommendations for a new bill, Access to Contraception for Women Service members and Dependents Act. The bill would require that all women who receive health care through the military are treated the same as civilian women and provided FDA-approved contraception and counseling without co-pay.

Timothy Gardner, MS

Was published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology this month. 
 

Daniel Pearlman, MPH

New publication:
Pearlman DM, Najjar S. Neuroinflammation versus decreased Zif268 mRNA expression as causal mediators of decreased GAD67 mRNA expression within dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in schizophrenia. Am J Psychiatry. 2014. Epub ahead of print.

Melanie Kam, MPH

Reported the following: "I am working for Tan Tock Seng Hospital, a general hospital. Over the last three years, I have been involved the hospital operations, and recently completed a major milestone completing the design and building of a patient-centered outpatient specialist care facility for the elderly. We officially opened it on 25 July.

I have now been promoted to Assistant Director, Operations, and will be overseeing the outpatient operations for the hospital's Medical Division, comprising 7 outpatient clinics."

Regina-Anne Cooper, MPH

Is now Quality Improvement Program Manager at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont.

Class of 2010

Bianca Belcher, MPH

Recently promoted from a PA1 to a PA2 at Brigham and Women's Hospital in the Dept of Neurosurgery.  Also shifted practices within the department to work for the Chief of the Divisions of Cerebrovascular/Endovascular in order to help optimize the surgical practice.

Recently elected to the Association of Neurosurgical Physician Assistant (ANSPA) national board as the Director at Large and Chair of the Corporate Relations Committee.

Vanessa Hurley, MPH

Will be attending UC Berkeley for the PhD program in health services and policy analysis this fall.

Mike Rezaee MPH

Elected Medical Student Government President of Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.

Charlotte Ward MPH

Accepted to Northwestern University's Health Policy Doctoral Program.

Class 2009

Catherine Machalaba, MPH

Catherine Machalaba will be initiating studies in the City University of New York's Doctor of Public Health program this fall. During her studies she will continue as Program Coordinator for Health and Policy at EcoHealth Alliance. She was recently appointed as Science Officer for the Future Earth "ecoHEALTH" project (http://www.futureearth.info/projects/ecohealth), a scientific research initiative that explores the links between global environmental change and health with a goal of finding sustainable solutions.

Samuel Wertheimer, MPH

Had preliminary report from the MA Health Policy Commission examining the proposed Partners-Hallmark hospital acquisition published. Here is the link to the press release.

Class of 2008

Zubin Agarwal, MPH

Is now a senior resident at University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Health Care.

Meghan McCarthy, MPH

Will be starting the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program at Yale School of Nursing in August 2014. During the program, Meghan will continue to work at the Yale Center for Analytical Sciences in a consulting capacity.

Brant Oliver, MPH

Oct. 2014 - Brant recently updated his profile here.

Lindsey Vacek, MPH

Oct. 2014 - Lindsey recently started in a new position at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health as an Academic Affairs Associate, working in the Dean's Office.

Class of 2007

Annie L. Nguyen, PhD, MPH

Recently started a new position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.

Recent Publications:
Nguyen, A.L. & Seal, D.W. (2014). Cross-cultural comparison of successful aging definitions between Chinese and Hmong elders in the United States.  Journal of Cross Cultural Gerontology, 29(2): 153-171.

Lee, J-A., Nguyen A.L., Berg, J., Amin, A.N., Bachman, M., Guo, Y., Evangelista, L.S. (2014). Attitudes and Preferences of the Use of Mobile Health Technology and Health Games for Self-Management in Older Adults on Anticoagulation Therapy. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 2(3): e32.

Paul Woods, MS

Just began new position as Senior VP Physician Networks for CHE Trinity in Livonia, MI.  Paul also recently published the following article:

de Koning L, Henne D, Woods P, Hemmelgarn RB, Naugler C. Sociodemographic correlates of 25-hydroxyvitamin D test utilization in Calgary, Alberta. BMC Health Services Research 2014; 14:339

Sarah Schuster Moyer MD, MPH

Is now an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, and Director of Quality Improvement in the Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Louisville.

Class of 2006

Class of 2005

Robert Groom, MS

Robert Groom was awarded the John H. Gibbon Award at the American Society of ExtraCorporeal Technology's  52nd International Convention in San Diego California.  The Gibbon Award, the Societies highest award, is given to honor an individual who has made a significant contribution to the cardiopulmonary discipline interrelating with the field of extracorporeal circulation. Honoree is invited to lecture at the Societies International Conference and the lecture is published in the Journal of ExtraCorporeal Technology.

Jocelyn D. Chertoff, MD, MS

Has been appointed Interim Chair of the Department of Radiology at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.  Dr. Chertoff is a Professor of Radiology and of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Geisel School of Medicine.

Aricca Van Citters, MS

Published the following article in Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. Of the co-authors, Beth O'Donnell, MPH'11, and Karl Koenig, MS'07 are also graduates of TDI (and Gene Nelson is a professor at TDI).

Van Citters AD, Fahlman C, Goldmann DA, Lieberman, JR, Koenig, KM, DiGiona, AM, O’Donnell B, Martin J, Federico FA, Bankowitz RA, Nelson EC, Bozic KJ. (2014). Developing a pathway for high-value, patient-centered total joint arthroplasty. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, 472(5): 1619-1635.
 

Class of 2003

Jeremiah Brown, MS

Jeremiah received a four year R01 award totaling $3,217,084 from the National Institute of Health and National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NIH/NHLBI) for his project, “Novel Biomarkers to Predict Readmission in Pediatric and Adult Heart Surgery.”  

The goals of this research are to develop a risk calculator that will help clinicians better predict patients that are at high risk of being readmitted or dying within 30-days after discharge from pediatric or adult open heart surgery and to determine if biological signals in the blood could help in predicting readmission or death.

Whitney (Waldroup) Hovenic, MPH

Completed a fellowship in Procedural Dermatology at the University of California, Irvine. She and her family (husband Tom Hovenic, an infectious disease physician, and daughter Giuliana, age 3) relocated to Reno, NV where she joined the Skin Cancer and Dermatology Institute. She is expecting a second daughter in late September. Whitney is involved in clinical research in dermatology and recently presented on the use of photodynamic therapy for the treatment of severe acne at the American Society for Lasers Medicine and Surgery in Phoenix in April.

Class of 2002

Anna M. Adachi-Mejia, MS'96, PhD'02

Anna, with co-author, Glen Greenough, MD published the following article in a local magazine: http://www.parentingnh.com/July-2014/Turn-off-lights-and-screens-for-better-sleep-and-happier-parents/

Class of 2001

Class of 2000

William DiStanislao, MS

Is now the Vice President of Operations for Raritan Bay Medical Center in NJ (Perth Amboy & Old Bridge Campuses).

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