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School of Community Health Sciences

Check back regularly for department updates and events. Any questions, comments, or submissions may be directed to MPH graduate student Emily Kouzes at ekouzes@nevada.unr.edu.

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MPH Graduate Student Spotlight: Robert Forrest

April 24, 2017

MPH Graduate Spotlight: Each week through the end of the semester we will be featuring one of the 13 graduates in this year's MPH cohort. Get to know a little bit about Health Administration and Policy student Robert Forrest below. Congrats, Robert! (And yes, this is the picture he asked us to use :D )

Where was your internship and what kind of work were you doing?
My internship was completed with Washoe County Health District, as a member of the Chronic Disease Prevention Program. I helped to plan and implement a best-practice program in our community that served to educate elementary school children on the importance of nutritious eating and physical activity.

What is the topic of your Professional Paper?
For my capstone project, I was fortunate enough to participate in the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Provider's Interprofessional Student Hotspotting Collaborative. This was a six-month program in which I participated in the coordination of care for some of the most complex and costly patients in our community.

What are your plans after graduating?
After graduation, I am looking forward to pursing non-academic interests (fitness and the great outdoors), and catching up on my ever-growing reading list!

What has been the best part about the MPH program?
The best part of the MPH program here at the University of Nevada has been the tremendous exposure to wonderful learning and growing opportunities. I have been provided opportunities to grow professionally and personally, while being challenged academically. I could not have asked for anything better.

Robert photo lifting weights



Antimicrobial Stewardship Summit

April 19, 2017

The School of Community Health Sciences is hosting its second Antimicrobial Stewardship Summit (AMS - II) at the Pennington Medical Education Building on the UNR campus Thursday April 20, from 9am-5pm. The program includes speakers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CMS Region IX, and the Division of Public and Behavioral Health. The AMS group, composed of diverse professionals from across the state, is collaborating on a common goal to operationalize antimicrobial stewardship in the state of Nevada.

If interested in receiving more information, please contact Tia Rudd, arudd@unr.edu. 


MPH Graduate Spotlight: Gabby Vieyra

April 18, 2017

MPH Graduate Spotlight: Each week through the end of the semester we will be featuring one of the 13 graduates in this year's MPH cohort. Get to know a little bit about Epidemiology student Gabriela Vieyra below. Congrats, Gabby!

Where was your internship and what kind of work were you doing?
For my internship I worked with public health graduate students of Nanchang University in Jiangxi Province China. Collectively we modified and administered the 2016 China Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System survey to high school students of a rural province in Eastern China. The survey contained questions pertaining to the most pressing issues faced by Chinese students, taking into consideration social and cultural norms of the country.

What is the topic of your Professional Paper?
My capstone project is a continuation of the work I did during my internship. I will be analyzing the data that was collected from the survey and focusing on the correlates associated with current and binge drinking patterns among the students. Uniquely, my project focuses on a rural sample of adolescent high school students. Current literature has shown an increase in alcohol consumption among adolescents from a rural setting. However, most studies are typically conducted on urban populations of China, focusing on the major metropolitan cities. I am hopeful that my study will provide information to help bridge that gap that currently exists among the rural population and bring awareness to the pressing issue.

What are your plans after graduating?
After graduating I am going to continue my education and get a Ph.D. in epidemiology.

What has been the best part about the MPH program?
I have really enjoyed my experienced as a whole. All of the curriculum has been very interesting and has provided me with skills that I can apply to a work environment. The faculty is great and helpful and truly care about the students and our success. The cohort I was fortunate enough to be a part of are some of the best people I've had the privilege of knowing and calling friends. My cohort was a great support system that I could have not done without.

Vieyra headshot



MPH Student Spotlight: Lisa Lottritz

April 10, 2017

MPH Graduate Spotlight: Each week through the end of the semester we will be featuring one of the 13 graduates in this year's MPH cohort. Get to know a little bit about Health Administration and Policy student Lisa Lottritz below. Congrats, Lisa!

Where was your internship and what kind of work were you doing?
My internship was at Renown Health. My project focused on the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit. This is a preventive health visit which was established in 2011 and aims to improve the health status of seniors. I analyzed procedures and data, shadowed key stakeholders, and conducted patient and provider surveys. The goal of the project was to identify waste and improve efficiencies for Renown Health's Annual Wellness Visit.

What is the topic of your Professional Paper?
The goal of my capstone project was to improve the Annual Wellness Visit process for Senior Care Plus members to more efficiently manage their health care needs. The improved process aims to increase patient access to Annual Wellness Visits, improve education regarding the visit, and increase revenue for Renown Health. The improved process will support providers in addressing health issues related to chronic conditions and assist with providing education on the importance of positive health behaviors. My recommendations included a hybrid system which reaches patients who may not otherwise complete the Annual Wellness Visit.

What are your plans after graduating?
Professionally, I plan to continue in my current position as a Public Health Nurse Supervisor at the Washoe County Health District. Personally, I hope to spend more time with my family and my three dogs.

What has been the best part about the MPH program?
The best part of the MPH program was definitely the faculty and the members of my cohort.

Lottritz headshot



MPH Student Spotlight: Liliana Davalos

April 4, 2017

MPH Graduate Spotlight: Each week through the end of the semester we will be featuring one of the 13 graduates in this year's MPH cohort. Get to know a little bit about Social and Behavioral Health student Liliana Davalos below. Congrats, Lily!

Where was your internship and what kind of work were you doing?
My internship experience was with Immunize Nevada. Immunize Nevada was involved with implementing a CDC funded grant intended to increase adult vaccination rates. I assisted with grant implementation, and in this capacity, I analyzed their pre-intervention survey and identified areas for improvement in vaccination uptake among adult populations. These results were shared with stakeholders and guided the development of a toolkit. Additionally, I assisted in developing the adult immunization task force.

What is the topic of your Professional Paper?
During the grant implementation at Immunize Nevada, I identified a knowledge gap specific to increasing vaccination rates in adult LGBT populations. Around this time, there were outbreaks of meningococcal disease cases primarily among gay and bisexual men living in major cities. Unfortunately, we did not have materials or information culturally tailored to promote vaccination behavior among this population. This inspired me to identify best practices for vaccine communication specific to LGBT populations.

What are your plans after graduating?
I am excited to continue working with Immunize Nevada as a Project Coordinator!

What has been the best part about the MPH program?
I enjoyed the courses! The course content was interesting and class discussions were very engaging. I learned skills that are applicable in public health practice, and which have prepared me for the "real world". Additionally, I appreciate all the support that I received from the CHS faculty, staff, and my classmates. The students in my cohort are wonderful, and I have received endless motivation from my peers. I am so lucky to have gone through this experience with them!

Davalos headshot