May 25, 2016

Student and Alumni News

Graduating Students Shine with Final Project Presentations

Culminating Experience Projects Presenter Kathleen Fletcher

Twenty-one UAMS COPH Master of Public Health students marked the conclusion of their degree program with a presentation on their Culminating Experience projects earlier this month. Their topics spanned a broad range of public health concerns – tuberculosis, infant deaths, health literacy, obesity and diabetes, to name a few. With their projects, students demonstrated competency across public health disciplines and produced findings that in many cases will be valuable to Arkansas health practitioners.

Student Presentation MPH Specialty CE Committee(chair name underlined)
Charles Bedell Utility of Genotyping in Evaluation of TB Program in Arkansas Epidemiology Leonard Mukasa, Ruth Eudy, Barbara Fuhrman
Latonya Bynum The Role of Depression in Effective Chronic Disease Management:  Application of Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Findings Health Policy and Management Ruth Eudy, Appathurai Balamurugan, Leanne Whiteside-Mansell
Ashley Clark Sugar Sweetened Beverages and High-fat Food Consumption Among College Students at a Historically Black College Health Behavior and Health Education Nickolas Zaller, Elaine Prewitt, Taren Swindle
Leanna Delhey Perinatal Factors Associated with Attention Deficits in the Offspring Epidemiology Martha Phillips, Brooke Montogomery
Kathleen Fletcher Assessing Patient Education Information:  A Field of Study on Health Literacy Health Policy and Management Kevin Ryan, Krisite Hadden
Breanna Harris Health Literacy in a Medically Undeserved Population Health Behavior and Health Education Alexandra Marshall, James Selig
Katherine Leath A Case Study of Reducing Student BMI in Rural Arkansas Schools MACS/MPH Kevin Ryan, Martha Phillps
Tezel Lightbourne Using Pre- and Post-event Surveys to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Health Message Conveyance in AA & Hispanic Barbershops & Beauty Salons: An Evaluation of the AR Minority & Beauty Shop Health Initiative Epidemiology Victor Cardenas, Tiffany Haynes
Elena Magrans Evaluation of the Relationship between Low Health Literacy and Hospital Admission Rates from the UAMS Emergency Department M.D./MPH Keith Williams, Kristie Hadden
Patricia Minor The Impact of the Patient Centered Medical Home Model on Patient Satisfaction Health Behavior and Health Education Carol Cornell, Elaine Prewitt, Laura Rule
Yusuf Nawawi Identification and Utilization of Potential Genetic Biomarker of Breast Cancer Epidemiology Mohammed Orloff, Rosalind Penney
Racheal Odom Comparison of Lyme Disease Diagnosis in Neighboring States, and Areas of Different Prevalence Epidemiology Mohammed Orloff, Dirk Haselow, Rosalind Penney, Marisha DiCarlo
Alicia Phillips Implementation of Office Policies to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates in Free Clinics Health Behavior and Health Education Paul Greene, Holly Felix
Anuradha Policherla Assessment of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SIDS) Related Training Policies in the U.S. Health Policy and Management Holly Felix, Karen Yeary
Vinay Raj Trends and Projections in Hospital Stays of Patients with Diabetes Melitis in Arkansas and U.S. Biostatistics Keith Williams, Becky Adams, Ruth Eudy
Deborah Randolph Reducing Vitamin D Deficiency In At Risk Populations Health Policy and Management Holly Felix, Karen Yeary
Signe Rebolledo Elucidating the Relationship Between Health Literacy and CT Scans in the UAMS Emergency Department M.D./MPH Keith Williams, Holly Felix
Asa Shnaekel Association of Health Literacy with Clinical Outcomes After Total Joint Arthroplasty M.D./MPH Keith Williams, Kristie Hadden, C. Lowery Barnes
Tamier Wells Increasing Knowledge of Healthy Eating Habits of Children through Parent Education Health Behavior and Health Education Nickolas Zaller, Victor Cardenas
Shaquina White Automation of the Aggregate Report for Tuberculosis Program Evaluation Biostatistics Page Moore, Leonard Mukasa
Catherine Williams Automation of the Aggregate Report for Tuberculosis Program Evaluation Biostatistics Keith Williams, Morris Cranmer


MHA Grad Fellowships and Awards

Five 2016 graduates of the UAMS COPH Master of Health Administration degree program have accepted administrative fellowships this year. This is the largest number of fellowships the program has placed in a single year. The recipients:

Chris Meyer                Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Little Rock, Ark.

Margaret Downs         Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas

Rizan Mohsin              American College of Healthcare Executives, Chicago, Ill.

Jeanne Rabalais         UAMS, Little Rock, Ark.

C.J. Uzick                   Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Pine Bluff, Ark.

Three 2016 graduates received MHA program awards, which were presented at COPH Convocation on May 21:

Margaret Downs and Chris Meyer – joint recipients of the Outstanding Student Award.

Susan Parham – recipient of the Jeanne D. Weiss Award, which is presented each year to the outstanding part-time student graduate.

HPM Doctoral Student to Present at Pharmacy Conference

C O P H Student Xiaocong Li

Xiaocong Li

Xiaocong Li, who is a student in the UAMS COPH Health Systems and Services Research Ph.D. Program, will present on the findings from her study, “Quality of Life in Post-myocardial Infarction Patients and Caregivers,” at the Southern Pharmacy Administration Conference June 25 at the University of Mississippi in Oxford.






MHA Alumni Promoted to New Leadership Position at Baptist

North Little Rock Baptist Health Medical Center Vice President of Patient Services John Bowen, M H S A

John Bowen, MHSA

John Bowen, MHSA, who graduated from COPH in 2010, has been named assistant vice president of Patient Services at Baptist Health Medical Center-North Little Rock. Effective May 30, Mr. Bowen will be responsible for the on-site management of support services and Baptist Health integration, supporting efficiency in the delivery of healthcare services.

Bowen began at Baptist Health in 2012 and served as assistant vice president and night administrator at the Little Rock facility. Since May 2013, Bowen has been the assistant vice president and administrator for Baptist Health Medical Center-Arkadelphia.

“While at Arkadelphia, John has been successful in opening three rural health clinics and coordinated several collaborative initiatives among the Baptist Health regional hospitals,” said Steven Webb, vice president and administrator for Baptist Health Medical Center-North Little Rock. “We’re exciting to have him on our team.”