March 25, 2015

Events and Reminders

COPH Public Health Seminar March 31
12-1 pm, COPH 3202
Speaker: Song Ounpraseuth, Ph.D., Associate Professor, COPH Department of Biostatistics
Topic: “Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Observational Studies: Handling Selection Bias and Incomplete Cost Data”

ADH Grand Rounds April 2
8-9 am, ADH Auditorium
Speaker: Emily English, MPS, MPH, Department of Pediatrics, ACH
Topic: “Addressing Childhood Obesity Prevention in Schools: Farm to School”

Biostatistics Journal Club April 7
12-1 pm, COPH 2280
Special Guest Speaker:
Katherine Bennett Ensor, Ph.D.
Professor of Statistics, George R. Brown School of Engineering
Director, CoFES (Center for Computational Finance and Economic Systems)
Rice University, Houston, TX
Topic: “Understanding the Link between Ambient Air Quality and Public Health”

Dr. Ensor served as chair of the Department of Statistics at Rice from 1999 through 2013. Her expertise includes development of statistical techniques to answer questions in science, engineering and business with specific focus on the environment, energy and finance. She is an expert in multivariate time series, categorical data, spatial-temporal and general stochastic processes. She is an elected fellow of the American Statistical Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has been recognized for her leadership, scholarship, service, and mentoring. She holds a BSE and MS in Mathematics from Arkansas State University and a Ph.D. in Statistics from Texas A&M University.

Reception Honoring Dr. Joycelyn Elders April 7
4-6 pm, UAMS Medical Center Lobby Gallery

UAMS Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series April 8
12-1 pm, COPH 8th Floor Auditorium
Speaker: Mike Stobbe, DrPH
Topic: “Surgeon General’s Warning: How Politics Crippled the Nation’s Doctor”

ADH Grand Rounds April 9
8-9 am, ADH Auditorium
Speaker: Jennifer Dillaha, M.D.
Topic: “Childhood Immunizations in Arkansas: The Only Way Forward is Up”

COPH Public Health Seminar April 14
12-1 pm, COPH 3202
Speaker: Elaine Prewitt, DrPH, Associate Professor, COPH Department of Health Policy and Management
Topic: TBA

ADH Grand Rounds April16
8-9 am, ADH Auditorium
Speaker: Jennifer Sales Medley, MA
Topic: “Building Stronger Families and Brighter Futures in Arkansas through Home Visiting”

COPH Public Health Seminar April 21
12-1 pm, COPH 3202
Speaker: Dennis Kuo, M.D., MHS, Associate Professor, COM Department of Pediatrics
Topic: “Children with Medical Complexity: A Few Simple Points about a Complicated Issue”

ADH Grand Rounds April 23
8-9 am, ADH Auditorium
Speaker: Eduardo Ochoa, M.D., UAMS Department of Pediatrics
Topic: TBA

COPH Public Health Seminar April 28
12-1 pm, COPH 3202
Speaker:Rosalind Penney, Ph.D., COPH Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
Topic:“Demographic Differences in Patients Diagnosed with Breast, Colorectal, Prostate and Lung Neoplasms in Arkansas Counties with Historically High Percentage of Crop Land”

ADH Grand Rounds April 30
8-9 am, ADH Auditorium
Speakers: Susan Weinstein, DVM, MPH; Dirk Haselow, M.D., Ph.D.
Topic: “An Unwanted Kiss – Chagas Disease in Arkansas”

Arkansas Chronic Disease Forum April 30
The Arkansas Chronic Disease Coordinating Council (ACDCC) will hold its eighth all-day forum – Prevention, Policy and Practice: Advancing Million Hearts in Arkansas – 9 am-4 pm on April 30 at the Benton Events Center in Benton, Ark.

Forum activities include presentations and panel discussions on health policy and community health practice. The morning keynote address by Nathaniel Smith, M.D., MPH, Director of the Arkansas Department of Health, will be followed by a panel discussion on the 2015 state legislative session. The afternoon keynote speaker will be Rea Paneres, MPH, Senior Advisor at the Prevention Institute, followed by a panel discussion about exemplary public health initiatives in Arkansas.

The forum is open to anyone interested or involved in health policy and administration, public health practice, clinical care, and research, including students and the general public.

Registration is open. Before April 17, it is $50; at the door, it will be $75. Some scholarships are available. For more information about the forum and the ACDCC, and to register, go here.

UAMS to Host Health Disparities Conference May 29
Arkansas health care workers, researchers, community leaders, educators, and students are invited to the Community-Campus Partnership Conference to Address Health Disparities on May 29 at UAMS. The conference will be from 8:45 am to 3:30 pm at the I. Dodd Wilson Education Building. The keynote speaker will be Jasjit S. Ahluwalia, M.D., MPH, who will become dean of the Rutgers University School of Public Health on May 1. Ahluwalia has devoted the past 21 years to improving the health of high-risk populations and is known nationally for his work with underserved and ethnic minorities. Registration is free and will open in April. The conference is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the US Department of Health and Human Services. Contact: Keneshia Bryant, Ph.D., RN, FNP-BC,