PUBLIC HEALTH SEMINAR SERIES: Engaging Communities in Epidemiological Research: Cervical Cancer & HIV Prevention

February 26, 2018, 3:00PM | Featuring Dr. Purnima Madhivanan, Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Florida International University, Robert Stempel College of Public Health 

Dr. Madhivanan's research has focused on disadvantaged populations, elucidating the dynamics of poverty, gender, and the environmental determinants of health. To situate her research close to the communities she serves, Dr. Madhivanan established a clinical research site in Mysore, India in 2005 while completing her Ph.D. dissertation. For over a decade, the Prerana Women’s Health Initiative has delivered low-cost, high-quality reproductive health services to 12,000 low-income women.

Dr. Madhivanan’s current research focuses on addressing the systemic inequities that put India’s tribal women at-risk for sexually transmitted infections, HIV, and poor birth outcomes.


PUBLIC HEALTH SEMINAR SERIES: "Biological Mechanisms by which Callous-Unemotional traits and early adversity embed themselves in the physiology of youth"

February 12, 2018, 3:00PM | Featuring Dr. Megan Johnson, Research Scientist at University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health


A Conversation with Rebecca Skloot and Henrietta Lacks's Family

February 07, 2018, 7:00PM | COLUMBIA COUNTY LIBRARY
February 08, 2018, 7:00PM | IMPERIAL THEATRE

Featuring Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, along with two members of the Lacks family, will participate in a moderated conversation and a Q&A session, followed by a reception and book signing.


PUBLIC HEALTH SEMINAR SERIES: "Exploring the promise of mindfulness-based practices to reduce substance use related risk factors"

February 1, 2018, 3:00PM | Featuring Dr. Dessa Bergen-Cico, Associate Professor at Syracuse University - Department of Public Health

Dessa Bergen-Cico, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health, and Coordinator of the Addiction Studies program and faculty in the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program at Syracuse University. She holds a Research Appointment at the Syracuse Veterans Administration Medical Center and Fellow of the American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders. 



January 25, 2018 | Featuring  Dr. Monirul Islam, Associate Professor of Epidemiology at University of Nebraska Medical Center- College of Public Health

Dr. Islam's research interest lies in early detection and diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes of disease, especially infectious diseases and cancers. The overarching objective of his research is to target that which ultimately will help to prevent further transmission of disease and lead to better treatment outcomes, particularly among resource-limited populations and sub-population groups.


Ethics, Transparency and Trust in Pharma, and the Role of the Good Pharma Scorecard

December 06, 2017 | Featuring  Dr. Jennifer E Miller Founder and President of Bioethics International and Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics and Population Health at NYU School of Medicine

"Miller, an assistant professor of medical ethics at New York University and president of Bioethics International, created the Good Pharma Scorecard to grade those companies initially on how transparent they are in making clinical trial data public. ... 'This distrust has been getting steadily worse,' she said. About 9 out of 10 people believe the industry puts its profits ahead of its concerns for people, Miller said. By making the scorecard, she not only gives the industry a chance to show off its efforts at transparency but puts a public spotlight on them." Read More


Introduction to Big Health Data: SEER Cancer Data

November 27, 2017 | Featuring Dr. Wonsuk Yoo, Assistant Division Chief of the Data Coordinating Center, Institute of Public and Preventive Health, Augusta University

In this workshop, Augusta University professor Wonsuk Yoo provided a general overview of big data in health research and provided an introduction to Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) data & software. 



October 13, 2017 | Featuring Dr. Kathleen Benton, Director of Clinical and Palliative Care, St. Joseph's/Candler Health System, Savannah, Georgia

Dr. Kathleen Benton is heavily involved in the region through volunteer advisory board roles and professorships at Armstrong State University and the Mercer University Medical School. Dr. Benton has a master’s degree in medical ethics and a doctorate in public health. She has authored and reviewed many publications relevant to the topics of palliative care, ethics, hospice, and communication.


Why is Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) Important for Understanding Burden of Disease for Hepatitis

September 7, 2017 | Featuring Dr. William Thompson, Senior Scientist at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia

"The problem with hepatitis C infections in the U.S. has several fronts: new patients from injection drug users caught up in the opioid crisis, a large population in prison that may not be getting tested and treated and a large number of Baby Boomers, many of whom don’t know they are infected, said a senior scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Early intervention and timely testing and treatment could be key to addressing the problem, Dr. William Thompson said." Read More


The Prescription OpioId and Heroin Epidemic: A Public Health Response 

July 5, 2017 | Featuring Dr. Aaron Johnson, Associate Professor and Interim Director of Institute of Public and Preventive Health, Augusta University

This presentation took an in-depth look at the epidemiology of the opioid epidemic both nationally and in Georgia, discussed some of the evidence-based practices available for opioid prevention and treatment, and outlined a comprehensive public health approach for addressing the current crisis.