Monday Morning News(letter)

November 30, 2015

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Community Conversation: Vaccinations

With flu season underway and outbreaks of measles and whooping cough often making the news, misconceptions regarding recommended vaccinations have the potential to put the nation’s health at risk. On Wednesday Dec. 2, the UGA College of Public Health and Athens Regional Health System invite the entire university community to attend a public forum aimed at addressing questions and concerns surrounding recommended vaccinations. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 5:30 p.m. in George Hall on the UGA Health Sciences Campus.

Experts from UGA and Athens Regional will explain the reasons and science behind vaccine use, address vaccination safety, and discuss the role vaccines have played in protecting the health of both individuals and communities from infectious disease outbreaks. Panelists include Dr. José Cordero, Patel Professor of Public Health, and Karen Hilyard, assistant professor of health communications, from the UGA College of Public Health; Glen Nowak, director of the Center for Health and Risk Communication at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication; and local pediatrician Dr. Alan Glassman.

Get updates via our Facebook Event Page.

Scholarships for Study Abroad in Germany Now Available

UGA Graduate Students have the opportunity to study at several German universities.
At Erlangen, Bamberg and Rostock, the scholarships (some are work-study) cover most living expenses. German universities charge no tuition, and low activity fees. However, there are some UGA fees. The academic year runs from October to late July.

Students should be in good standing in their departments and possess sufficient German language skills to undertake course work in German. For further information, go to Please contact Dr. DiBella, or 706-542-0814, if you have further questions and to request an application. The application is due January 20, 2016.
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Share your ideas with industry leaders in public health

Do you have innovative ideas on how to improve public health? Are you interested in connecting with public health professionals? Check out The Lab, an interactive Public Health experience connecting students with industry thought leaders to transform ideas and innovations into public health solutions. The Lab is powered by Public Health Innovations LLC (PHI), a company started by UGA Triple Dawg Dr. Hal King. Learn more at While you are there, check out this blog post by HPB postdoc Dr. Carolyn Lauckner on how social media platforms like The Lab impact public health.

Course Information

UGA at Oxford Assistantship Opportunity

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Meetings & Events

Future Health Promoters 5K

Sunday, December 6, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Come out to support The Future Health Promoter's Club's 5k to support Oasis tutoring. We will be using the funds to buy the kids in the Oasis community toys and winter essentials for the holidays. It is HIGHLY encouraged to wear tacky holiday attire to run on the offical UGA 5k course. The start time will begin prompty at 8:30 and will be lead by a UGA police officer. There are long sleeve t-shirts avialble but it is not required to purchase one to participate in the race. The price without a t-shirt is $10 and the price including the shirt is $25. You can buy tickets and shirts through the following link:

Public Policy Challenge

For the past three years the University of Georgia has been invited to send a team of students to the University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute of Government National Policy Competition. Our teams have been finalist prize winners every year, and this past year the team from University of Georgia won the National Challenge with their solution, (fem)me. This is a unique opportunity for a team of graduate students to identify a significant social problem and then devise a policy solution to that problem. Teams travel (all expenses paid) to Philadelphia in March to present the proposals to a team of nationally prominent judges for three finalist prizes of $5,000 and one grand prize of $10,000.

Example of last year's proposals can be found at:

This year the Department of Health Policy and Management and the Department of Public Administration and Policy will be collaborating again in this initiative, and fielding a joint team of 3 to 4 members. In order to select the team, we would like to have a mini-challenge here among all interested students. This mini-challenge will be held on Thursday, December 3 from noon-1:30PM in Room 202, Baldwin Hall.

Students from both programs who wish to be considered should prepare a 5 minute presentation using the attached PowerPoint template. For the presentation, please think of a problem that you see (locally, regionally or nationally) that could be addressed, at least in part, using modest seed moneys and labor. Outline the problem, the significance and your proposed solution. Be succinct and engaging! The faculty advisors, Drs. Grace Adams and David Bradford, along with members from last year's team, will select the this year's team. The team will then select a problem and start working on a solution (it need not be one that is presented during the mini-competition) in collaboration with Drs. Adams and Bradford, and prepare to travel to Philadelphia next Spring to compete.

If you are interested in participating in the mini-competition, and being considered for the national team, please respond by email to Grace Adams ( or David Bradford ( so that we can make sure there is room and time enough for everyone.

Public Health Association

(FEM)ME Supply Drive

  • PHA has teamed up with (FEM)ME for a supply drive to support homeless women!
  • We are collecting the following items;
    • Tampons (Any size; plastic applicators only)
    • Pads (any size; unscented)
    • Panty liners
    • Hand sanitizer (travel size)
    • Sanitary wipes (travel size or individually wrapped)
    • Midol® (individually wrapped)
  • Please donate supplies to the boxes located in Russell, Rhodes, Miller & Wright

Career Announcements

Health Manager: Head Start (Clarke County School District)

Clarke County School District seeks qualified applicants for the position of Early Head Start/Head Start Health Manager.

The Health Manager manages the health services for Early Head Start (EHS) / Head Start (HS) children birth through age four and pregnant women in the areas of medical, dental, mental, physical health, and nutrition services.

Job description, salary range, and qualifications are at

CDC Partnership Coordinator for Dialysis/ Health Communications Specialist

Position Description:

The CDC Foundation is seeking candidates for a three-year CDC Foundation Fellowship serving as the partnership coordinator and health communications specialist for the Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Initiative ( The Fellow will work alongside communications and scientific experts in CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion. The individual will develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to engage key partners in an effort to expand implementation of CDC’s dialysis infection prevention recommendations. The Fellow will coordinate education and campaign materials for the initiative and be responsible for dialysis safety communications. This work will include expanding upon CDC’s existing dialysis educational resources for healthcare providers and patients by creating a set of interrelated materials such as print materials, videos, podcasts, pocket guides, and questions/talking points for healthcare providers and patients that can facilitate discussions on infection prevention. The Fellow will conduct promotional outreach to dialysis facilities and staff, including conducting targeted media outreach and online advertising. The Fellow will develop a dissemination plan and will evaluate the reach and impact of the communications efforts. The Fellow will provide monthly and yearly metrics reports to the CDC Foundation for the funders.

The major duties of this position include:

· Engage a technical consulting board to provide input and feedback on CDC’s communication materials and partnership strategy.

· Develop and implement a strategy to engage key dialysis partners to enhance CDC’s dialysis infection prevention impact.

· Develop a communications plan and manage communications activities associated with dialysis safety (

· Expand upon CDC’s existing communications and education materials for dialysis safety.

· Coordinate CDC clearance on all communications and educational materials.

· Conduct promotional outreach to dialysis facilities and staff on infection prevention.

· Coordinate with CDC media and public affairs experts to conduct targeted media outreach and online advertising.

· Leverage a variety of CDC communication channels to increase dissemination of the educational and communications materials.

· Evaluate the reach and impact of the dissemination efforts; provide a monthly and yearly metrics report to CDC Foundation for the funders.


3-4 years of health communications and partnership experience. Strong writing and presentation abilities. Experience with partnership management. Previous experience in campaign development and coordination preferred. Background in infection prevention preferred. Graduate degree preferred..

Contact Name:

Katherine Bruss, Psy.D., Senior Program Officer II

Contact Location:

55 Park Place, Suite 400, Atlanta, GA 30303

Contact Email:

Web Address:

How to Apply:

Submit a resume and cover letter to Katherine Bruss ( with the subject line “Dialysis Partnership Coordinator Position”


CDC Summer 2016 internship

The Graduate Environmental Health program (GEH) is a paid ten week summer internship available for graduate students with majors or interests deemed to be in support of environmental health missions at NCEH/ATSDR. During the program interns will be assigned to projects that utilize the skills they’ve acquired through graduate studies and personal experiences. Interns will also be able to take advantage of lecture series and other opportunities offered at the CDC.

Graduates in Environmental Health: . Application deadline February 10, 2016

CSTE Fellowships

The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologist offers multiple fellowship opportunities. Please view link below to find out more information about the requirements for the fellowships and how to apply.

2016 ASPPH Fellowship Webinar

ASPPH will a live webinar on Thursday, December 10, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Eastern, entitled “ASPPH Fellowships: Opportunities for Recent Graduates of ASPPH Member Institutions”, which will provide information about upcoming fellowship opportunities available through ASPPH in 2016. The webinar will review the opportunities available this year and the steps involved in submitting an application, including a review of the various components of the application package. In addition, ASPPH will offer insight on what fellowship programs can offer early career public health professionals.

Pre-registration for the webinar is necessary. To register please click here.

2016 Graduate Environmental Health (GEH) Internship

2016 Summer Internship Opportunity Announcement

CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR) are offering a paid 10-week summer internship program for graduate students. The Graduate Environmental Health program (GEH) is available for graduate students with majors or interests deemed to be in support of environmental health missions at NCEH/ATSDR. During the program, interns will be assigned to projects that utilize the skills they’ve acquired through graduate studies and personal experiences. Interns will also be able to take advantage of lecture series and other opportunities offered at CDC/ATSDR. The number of intern positions is dependent on funds available. Interns will receive a stipend of approximately $780 while participating in this program. Applicants should have a passion for the environment and an eagerness to learn about the environment’s link to human health.

Important Dates:

· Program notifies applicants of acceptance: Friday, March 18, 2016

· Acceptance of internship offer by student and initiation of paperwork: Friday, March 25, 2016

· Internship dates: Monday, June 13, 2016 – Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Note: CDC/ATSDR will review applications and make final award selections.

Eligibility Requirements

1. US Citizen or Permanent Resident with green card

  1. Currently enrolled full-time as a graduate student in a degree granting program (Applicants must be returning to school following completion of the internship)

3. Interests and/or studies that are applicable to the field of Environmental Health

4. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0

5. Proof of health insurance

Please visit our website for more information and application instructions:

Questions? Please email Maria Jolly or LT James Gooch

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GEMA/HS Exercise Program Intern

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) is the lead state agency for coordination of emergency and disaster response activities. The Exercise Unit within the Programs, Preparedness and Recovery Directorate within GEMA is charged with providing resources, guidance and monitoring of exercises for Local and State Emergency Services and Public Safety organizations to ensure that their personnel are better prepared to respond to and recover from an emergency or disaster.

This intern will have the opportunity to learn about the mission and scope of our state’s emergency management agency, explore career options in the public sector, apply knowledge and skills gained in the classroom in a work environment, and begin to build a network of professional contacts in Emergency Management.

To apply, submit resume and cover letter to Gary Hoy via email at:

Spring Internship - American Red Cross

The American Red Cross offers exceptional undergraduate and graduate students internship opportunities at our Red Cross national headquarters in Washington, D.C. and in chapters across the country through our Internship Program. Interns are matched with a specific department where they work on advancing critical projects.

The overall aim of the program is to attract a pool of diverse, skilled, enthusiastic young professionals and provide them with an opportunity to build a long-term, substantive life-long relationship with the Red Cross.

The Intern, Client Casework is an unpaid internship where candidates must be enrolled in a degree program at the time of the internship. The opportunity is based in Athens, GA at our local Chapter office. We are seeking two interns for the Spring semester.

More information HERE.


In the News

A study published by Nature is among the first to globally analyze "nitrogen use efficiency" - a measure of the amount of nitrogen a plant takes in to grow versus what is left behind as pollution. Looking at fertilizer and crop harvest data in regions like the United States, Western Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa, the researchers examined how policies and market conditions have influenced farmers' use of nitrogen fertilizers over the past five decades.

The research team included co-lead author Eric Davidson of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Timothy Searchinger of Princeton, Patrice Dumas of the Centre de Cooperation Internationale and Ye Shen of the University of Georgia.

Alumni Update

Kenya Murray, former MPH student and CDC/CSTE Fellow recently moved to Lusaka, Zambia where she works as an Infectious Disease Epidemiologist. She has been in Zambia for more than 100 days, and at the urgency of the current President of APHA has been chronicling her experience as an Epidemiologist via a blog, officially launched last week, Tribes of Kenya: A Memoir From Zambia. She urges the CPH community to visit the site, comment on posts and sign up for the newsletter to receive updates. The blog will mainly reflect on her experience as an Epidemiologist who left the U.S. to assist with building Zambia’s health system. She will highlight ways that they have employed shoe-leather epidemiology to navigate a number of pressing global health issues.

Congratulations Supriya!

Representing India, Supriya Venigalla won Miss Congeniality, People's Choice, and Runner Up at the UGA Miss International pageant on November 14.

Pictured with Frans Samosir.

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