2009 Pandemic Flu Death Toll Much Higher Than Official Worldwide Estimates

A research team consisting of more than 60 collaborators in 26 countries has estimated the global death toll from the 2009 outbreak of the H1N1 virus to be 10 times higher than the World Health Organization’s count, which was based on laboratory-confirmed cases of this flu. The study, which appears online in PLOS Medicine, suggests that the pandemic virus caused up to 203,000 respiratory deaths around the world. The study was led by Lone Simonsen, Research Professor in the Department of Global Health. Read more.

Edward N. Brandt Lecture in Women’s Health

On Wednesday, December 11, SPHHS will welcome Dr. J. Nadine Gracia to campus to give the Edward N. Brandt, Jr. Memorial Lecture in Women’s Health. Dr. Gracia, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and the Director of the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), will speak on the “Moment of Opportunity: Advancing Women’s Health and Health Equity.” The Brandt Lecture is co-sponsored by SPHHS and the Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center College of Public Health. Lunch will be provided. Register to attend.

Annual Gibbs Oration and Coile Lectureship on the Future of Healthcare

On Friday, November 22, SPHHS presented the 23rd Annual Gibbs Oration and 7th Annual Coile Lectureship on the future of healthcare. Guest speakers Charles N. Kahn III, Chief Executive Officer, Federation of American Hospitals; Richard Kronick, Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and Gabriel Spencer, MHSA ’07, Project Manager, Corporate Quality and Safety, MedStar Health, presented to an audience of more than 100 alumni, students, faculty, and guests. The Gibbs Oration is presented in honor of Professor Frederick H. Gibbs, who was first appointed to chair the GW Health Administration program in 1958. The Coile Lectureship has been named in memory of Russ Coile, MBA 68, thanks to the support of generous donors. SPHHS continues to seek support for the Coile Lectureship. Gifts can be made online, with a note in the comments section indicating “Coile Lectureship.”

During the event, Jeffrey A. Flaks, MHSA ’96, president and CEO of Hartford Hospital and Wendy Elberth, vice president of administration at Hartford Hospital received Preceptor of the Year awards for their commitment to providing residencies for Health Services Management and Leadership students. Amy Levine, MHSA ’07, Erika Schouten, MHSA ’12, and SPHHS student Maria Baughman presented a thank you gift to Flaks and Elberth for their mentorship during their residencies. See photos from the event.

Manuel “Manny” Berman, MHSA ’75, has been named president and chief operating officer of Tuality Healthcare, a two-hospital healthcare organization serving Hillsboro, Forest Grove, and the western suburbs of the Portland, OR area. Manny was appointed to his new position by the Tuality Healthcare Board of Directors, effective November 15. He previously served as Tuality Healthcare’s chief operating officer and hospital administrator.

At the 2013 APHA Annual Meeting in November, Ghenet Besera, MPH ’13, presented her research on women’s autonomy and the influence on female genital cutting (FGC) in the African country Eritrea during the Delta Omega Student Poster Session. Ghenet first presented her research during GW’s Research Days in April 2013 and was awarded Best Poster by a Master’s-Level Student from SPHHS. Read more.

Megan Bronson, MPH ’13, was selected as one of 17 new fellows to receive the 2013-2014 ASPPH/CDC Allan Rosenfield Fellowship. Megan will serve as the Strategic Information Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-Nigeria office for an intensive one-year assignment.

A recent analysis led by SPHHS Health Policy researchers examines factors affecting the integration of mental health and substance abuse treatment services with medical care at community health centers. Emily Jones, PhD ’13, who began this work as a doctoral student at SPHHS and now works for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, served as lead author on the study along with Professor Leighton Ku. The paper is available in The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research. Read more.

Pankti Pathak, MPH ’11, recently joined Stonegate Advisors, a boutique consulting firm that provides market research and advisory services for clients in the health and wellness industry. Pankti will be based out of Chicago, IL working with management to advise clients on the post-health reform landscape.

Register as an Employer for the SPHHS Career Fair

Join us for the annual SPHHS Career Fair on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 from 1-4pm at the GW Marvin Center. Connect with graduate students enrolled in Master of Public Health, Master of Science, and Master of Health Services Administration degree programs. Public health undergraduate, doctoral students, and local alumni will be there, as well. The career fair is a unique opportunity to recruit for active openings and to introduce yourself to the GW SPHHS community. Registration is free for employers. Read more and register.

SPHHS to Offer New MPH in Public Health Nutrition

SPHHS will offer an MPH in Public Health Nutrition beginning in fall of 2014. Students in this program will become experts on how to best meet the nutritional health needs of populations (including sub-groups such as children or the elderly) through nutrition-related education, community interventions, policy, administration, and research efforts. The program emphasizes “policy, systems, and environmental change” (PSE) approaches towards improving nutrition-related health outcomes. Read more.

Students Win Prize in Inaugural DC Public Health Case Challenge

On Friday, November 15, six graduate students, from three GW schools, competed in the first D.C. Public Health Case Challenge. SPHHS students Hira Chowdhary, Rachel Glassford, and Trysha Daskam, were members of the GW team who participated in the competition. Teams were challenged to prepare a proposal in 14 days to outline interventions addressing violence affecting LGBT youth in the local D.C. community. Proposals were limited to a $200,000 budget. The GW team developed an intervention plan that addressed the basic needs of LGBT youth, such as safety and hunger, and was awarded the prize for “Best Interdisciplinary Approach.” The GW team was advised by Associate Dean for Public Health Practice Pierre Vigilance, ISCOPES Director Angie Hinzey, and Assistant Professor of Special Education and Disability Studies Elizabeth Tuckwiller. Read more.

Town Hall to Discuss Future of Public Health Education

Public Health Education Town HallOn December 4, 2013, SPHHS will host a town hall discussion about the future of public health education in training the next generation of public health leaders. At the event, moderated by SPHHS Dean Lynn R. Goldman, guests will hear from public health experts including:

– Donna J. Petersen, interim senior vice president of the University of South Florida (USF) Health and dean of the USF College of Public Health

– Dr. Howard Koh, the United States assistant secretary for health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

– Dr. Jon Andrus, MD, the deputy director of the Pan American Health Organization

– Dr. Sarah Linde, MD, RADM, USPHS, the chief public health officer at the Health Resources and Services Administration

Wed., Dec. 4 | 1 – 2:30pm
Jack Morton Auditorium, 805 21st St., NW
*Lunch will be served from 12-1pm on the second floor lobby

Register to attend. Students are encouraged to consult with their advisors before attending as this may count towards your professional enhancement hours.