Monday Morning News(letter)

January 25, 2021

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Global Health Seminar: COVID-19 and Global Food Security

Date: Thursday, January 28

Time: 4PM

Chase Sova, Ph.D., Senior Director of Public Policy and Thought Leadership, World Food Program USA

Speaker Bio: Dr. Chase Sova is senior director of Public Policy and Thought Leadership at World Food Program USA (WFP USA) and Senior Associate (non-resident) with the Center for Strategic and International Studies Global Food Security Program. Previously, Chase worked with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). He has consulted with the World Bank, Johns Hopkins, and Tufts University. Interested in the intersection of food insecurity and conflict, humanitarian assistance, climate change, and sustainable agriculture, Chase has worked on food systems in 15 developing countries across Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. He has led several major research initiatives including WFP USA’s Winning the Peace: Hunger and Instability flagship report. Chase has served as an expert witness at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, his writing has been featured extensively in peer-reviewed journals, and he regularly lectures on food insecurity at Universities in Washington, D.C. He delivered a TEDx talk on “Winning the Long Game in the Fight to End Hunger” in 2018. Chase earned his Ph.D. from Oxford University.

Environmental Health Seminar: Epidemiologic Investigations of COVID-19 Transmission and Indirect Impacts

Date: Friday, January 29

Time: 11:30AM

Zoom Meeting ID: 941 5555 0151 Passcode: EHSC8030

Ye Shen, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, College of Public Health, University of Georgia

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Ye Shen obtained his BS and MS from Fudan University and a Ph.D. in Biostatistics from Yale School of Public Health. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Biostatistics in the College of Public Health at the University of Georgia. Dr. Ye’s research interests in methodological development include joint modeling of longitudinal and event data, spatial statistics, missing data analysis, machine learning, study design and robust methods in clinical trials. He also has a broad interest in disease epidemiology and modeling. His recent work covers major infectious diseases such as Human Influenza A/B (universal vaccine), Avian Influenza A/H7N9, COVID-19, HIV, TB, and Neglected Tropical Diseases (Schistosomiasis), as well as a range of chronic diseases including Famine-related CVD, Metabolic Syndrome, Neurological Disorders in Children, and Cognitive Disorders with Aging. Dr. Ye is active in the scientific community and currently serves as an Associate Editor for Frontiers in Pharmacology.

Infectious Disease Research Interest Group

Dear student,

We are forming an “Infectious Disease Research Interest Group” that will include faculty, students, and staff interested in this area of inquiry. It will span a broad range from folks who do clinical research to secondary data analysis to laboratory based work to modeling to infectious disease genetics and environmental sampling. And lots else. The idea is to share ideas for obtaining funding, build bridges and collaborations, and hopefully get to know each other better and build a greater sense of collegiality. Participation will always be voluntary, we will probably begin with a “get to know each other” meeting and then decide how often we want to meet and what our goals are.

If you are interested, please contact Mark Ebell and Justin Bahl at and


Mark Ebell and Justin Bahl, co-convenors

Need ROOST for 2021-22?

The Call for Nominations for the Regents’ Out-of-State Tuition (ROOST) waivers for the 2021-2022 academic year is open. If you wish to be nominated for ROOST, be sure to send your information to me ASAP (copy/paste the content below, with your responses). The nomination deadline is March 15, 2020, but I encourage you to send your information early. The list will be populated on a first come first serve basis. Students who are currently on a waiver must also reapply.

Include the subject line, ROOST 2021 in an email to

Last, First Middle Name:


UGA ID (810 or 811):

Year in program:

MPH Concentration:

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US Citizen (Yes or No):

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Volunteer for COVID-19 Vaccination Response

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is receiving offers from medical professionals and other individuals looking for ways to help with the COVID-19 vaccination response. An effective response relies on volunteers who are pre-credentialed and organized. Georgia Responds is Georgia’s health and medical volunteer program which matches the skills and credentials of medical and non-medical volunteers to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in Georgia.

Licensed medical volunteers including doctors, nurses, pharmacists and advanced EMS personnel (EMT Intermediate and above) may be used to administer vaccination. Nonmedical volunteers may be used in administrative roles such as registering individuals for vaccination, data input, language interpretation, other administrative areas as needed, and providing guidance and assistance at vaccination administration sites.

To volunteer, log on to and click on the “Register Now” box. Registering only takes a few minutes. Prospective volunteers will be asked for their name, address, contact information and occupation type. In order to be eligible for some assignments, responders are encouraged to complete a profile summary, which includes skills and certifications, training, medical history, emergency contact and deployment preferences.

Once your skills and credentials are reviewed, you will be notified by a DPH representative.

The Future of Global Healthcare Governance

This conference will address three crucial questions of global health governance. It will consider, first, whether and how the ailing global public health infrastructure might be reinvigorated; second, how the pandemic has threatened and exposed limitations of the social safety net in the United States and other economies around the world; and, finally, the phenomenon of vaccine refusal and what national and international legal institutions might do to curb it. The conference will feature a keynote speech by Ms. Marice Ashe, Founder and former CEO of ChangeLab Solutions, and Ms. Elsie E. Hayford, Founder and Director of Lamèsè. Experts from academia and the practice will present on panels.

This annual conference will take place via Zoom on Monday, January 25, 2021.

The full conference program is attached to this email.

All interested students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend this free event. To register, please use the following link:

This event is co-sponsored by:

· Dean Rusk International Law Center, University of Georgia School of Law

· Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law

· Health Law Society, University of Georgia School of Law

· International Law Society, University of Georgia School of Law

· University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine

· University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs

· University of Georgia School of Social Work

All questions may be directed to Sarah Quinn (

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SOPH Conference

Join us for our next SOPH conference on October 21, 2021.

Thank you for attending the 2021 Virtual State of the Public's Health Conference on Tuesday, January 12. We hope you felt as energized as we did from the insights shared.

For those who missed out, you can find links to video recordings of all keynote and breakout sessions below. Download the agenda for the full program or read our conference wrap-up here.

Conference Videos


Thank you again and remember to save the date for our 10th annual conference on Thursday, October 21, 2021


Paid Spring-Summer Research Assistant Position


Dr. Danielle Lambert, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department in the College of Public Health at the University of Georgia (UGA), is looking to hire a reliable, detail-oriented student to serve as a Research Assistant. The research study focuses on technology-facilitated teen dating violence among sexual and gender minority youth in the South.

Position Description

The Research Assistant (RA) must be available to work ~5-10 hours per week helping with an adolescent health study. The hourly salary is $12/hour. The position is expected to start in March 2021 and last through the summer, with the possibility of continuing during the 2021-2022 academic year. A flexible schedule is needed as workflow is dependent on study recruitment and may require some early morning or late evening hours. The RA will gain valuable public health research experience, including qualitative interview experience. Application below.

Job Opportunities

Public Health Associate Program (PHAP)

The Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) is a competitive two-year, paid training program for recent college graduates who are interested in a career in public health. PHAP gives recent graduates the opportunity to gain hands-on, real-life experience in the day-to-day operations of public health programs. Explore these pages to learn how to apply, discover the benefits of joining PHAP, and find answers to frequently asked questions in the link below!

Instructor, Public Health

Western Kentucky University

Job Description:

Responsibilities include teaching diverse undergraduate public health courses and serving on program committees. We seek candidates qualified and versatile enough to teach a variety of required and elective undergraduate courses in the BSPH curriculum:;jsessionid=BDC11DE0B036F17007DD8BE14BA90484?JOBID=126042

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