General ItemNatalie Cook accepted into the Advancing Culturally-responsive and Equitable Evaluation Network
Dr. Natalie Cook was accepted into the Advancing Culturally-responsive and Equitable (ACE) Evaluation Network. The ACE Evaluation Network is a community of racially and ethnically diverse evaluators who have experience in and a strong commitment to the practice of culturally responsive and equitable evaluation (CREE).
General ItemMulti-agency team awarded $1 million grant to expand implementation of evidence-based substance misuse prevention curricula in public schools and support community coalitions
Dr. Kathy Hosig is leading a multi-agency team this will carry out this project that seeks to build upon two current USDA-funded Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) projects and a SAMHSA-funded VCE project to reduce misuse of opioids and stimulants in rural Virginia. Training and technical assistance through implementation of evidenced-based universal prevention curricula will be expanded to target students in third to ninth grades and their families in 13 additional rural counties across Virginia. Five regional Extension project coordinators will facilitate implementation of project activities and will support local community groups and coalitions that focus on substance use disorder.
General ItemProgram faculty present research and practice at the virtual APHA 2020 Annual Meeting
The American Public Health Association (APHA) 2020 Annual Meeting and Expo was held virtually from October 24 to 28. Program faculty presented their research and practice through online live presentations and recorded poster presentations. Presentation topics included: developing public health ethics education, analyzing acute sickle cell disease complications and emergency department utilization, analyzing violence-related behaviors among 7-12th grade students and developing strategies to reduce violence, implementing a team-based, practice-based MPH integrative learning experience, and evaluating a neighborhood approach to reducing violence and improving health.
Redirect ItemLong-distance transmission of Canadian hydropower is a cost-effective complement to U.S. renewable energy transitions , redirect
Dr. Ryan Calder, and colleagues at Duke University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, released a policy report evaluating economic and environmental costs and benefits of diverse scenarios for renewable energy transitions for the New York City Area. The report found that a proposed long-distance transmission line, the Champlain-Hudson Power Express, would likely pay for itself in terms of avoided direct and environmental costs.
General ItemVirtual summer internship provides students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to develop research skills and introduces paths for graduate and professional education
For undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds interested in graduate education in the future, the Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program provides opportunities for them to engage in summer research through the Undergraduate Summer Research Internship (SRI) program. This past summer, two SRI students worked with Department of Population Health Sciences faculty members, Dr. Cassidy Rist and Dr. Charlotte Baker, on a research project. The completed research projects showcased our department’s emphasis on One Health and aligned with our mission to prepare future leaders through learning, discovery, and engagement in public health.
Redirect ItemResearchers collaborate to address water and health issues in rural China and Appalachia , redirect
On Oct. 4, the first-ever Water & Health in Rural China & Appalachia Conference kicked off at Virginia Tech on the Blacksburg campus. This event also marked the formal inclusion of Virginia Tech in a collaborative research program with researchers from UC Berkeley and China. Inadequate access to safe drinking water remains a substantial problem for low-income rural communities around the world. From central Appalachia to rural China, the causes and consequences of water contamination and unreliable access to safe water overlap considerably.
Redirect ItemNew style of partnership is next step in fighting opioid addiction , redirect
WSLS 10 coverage of the Virginia Higher Education Opioid Consortium, or VHEOC, which is a collaboration of five Virginia public universities (George Mason University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, Virginia State University and Virginia Tech) working together to support local Community Services Boards (CSBs) to prevent and treat opioid and other substance use disorders with cutting edge academic resources.
Redirect ItemVirginia Tech researchers join global effort to develop a new vector control strategy to prevent malaria , redirect
A multidisciplinary team of Virginia Tech researchers has been awarded a $1.4 million grant from Unitaid to undertake the economic and environmental impact assessments for BOHEMIA (Broad One Health Endectocide-based Malaria Intervention in Africa), a four-year project that will conduct two clinical trials in different eco-epidemiological settings in eastern and southern Africa: Tanzania and Mozambique. For two consecutive years, ivermectin will be distributed in mass drug administration (MDA) campaigns to humans and livestock in order to kill the mosquitoes that transmit malaria, an effort that ultimately seeks to reduce the disease’s transmission.
Redirect ItemNational Institutes of Health provides $23 million for statewide translational research institute , redirect
The integrated Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia (iTHRIV) has been awarded a five-year grant of nearly $23 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to advance innovative ideas from the point of discovery to implementation in clinical practice and population health. ITHRIV includes the University of Virginia, Inova Health System, Virginia Tech, and Carilion Clinic as partners, with the Center for Open Science and UVA’s Licensing & Ventures Group as affiliates. The focus of iTHRIV is “using data to improve health” and leverages the data science expertise across the state.
Redirect ItemVeterinary college researcher awarded grant to study herpes simplex virus , redirect
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) of the National Institutes of Health has awarded Andrea Bertke $1.7 million to study the neuron-specific regulation of herpes simplex viruses 1 and 2 (HSV1 and HSV2).
Redirect ItemVirginia Cooperative Extension forms key partnerships to tackle the state’s opioid epidemic , redirect
Virginia Cooperative Extension was awarded a $1.28 million grant for collaborative opioid work through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The grant was one of only six conferred nationally for addressing community needs. “The rates of death as a result of opioid overdose are climbing, and they are over 50 percent greater in rural Southwest Virginia than for the state,” said Kathy Hosig, “There is a clear role for Virginia Tech and Virginia Cooperative Extension to provide safety education and training at the community level to help stop the cycle of abuse.”
Redirect ItemVirginia Tech research team calls for examination of connection between human health and environment in Central Appalachia , redirect
An interdisciplinary research team, including faculty from the program, is examining how the unique topography and industries of the Central Appalachian region, including coal and natural gas, impact the health of people living in the region.
Redirect ItemAward-winning app reveals where resources are most needed in weather emergencies , redirect
PIE Viz, a new tool developed by the Population Health Sciences Department and the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech, could help disaster planners address extreme weather risks before they happen. The web-delivered PIE Viz application connects national, local, and regional data about excessive heat, power outages, and environmental pollution to their impacts on populations. By providing detailed estimates of the number of socially isolated people per county, it allows public health officials to tailor their response plans to conditions on the ground.