Departmental E-Newsletter
December 2018

Reverend Melvin B. Tuggle Commemorative
Celebration & Awards Ceremony

Pictured: Pastor Marshall Prentice, Asrari Offiong, Darriel Harris, Tom Johnson, Marissa Alert and Diane Becker at the Rev. Melvin B. Tuggle Commemorative Celebration & Awards Ceremony.
On November 28, JHU faculty, students and members of the community gathered to celebrate the life and contributions of Reverend Melvin B. Tuggle II, who passed away on October 17.

The Tuggle Community Excellence Awards were established in 2016 to recognize students and fellows of the Johns Hopkins University whose partnerships with the East Baltimore community have been exceptional.

This year, the Tuggle Excellence Award was given to Dr. Thomas V. Johnson, a Glaucoma Fellow at the Wilmer Eye Institute. Darriel Harris, a PhD student in HBS, received a Tuggle Commendation Award. Honorable mention awards went to Marcella Hill, a doctoral student in the School of Nursing; to Dr. Marissa Alert, a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Medicine; and to Asari Offiong, a doctoral student in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Bloomberg School.

HBS Faculty Member Awarded Young Alumni Achievement Award

Dr. Michelle Kaufman, an assistant professor in HBS, is a 2018 recipient of the Millersville University Young Alumni Achievement Award. The award recognizes Millersville University graduates who are outstanding in their profession.

HBS Faculty Members Receive $2.1 Million Grant to Study Impact of Stress Among Minorities

Dr. Carl Latkin, vice chair and professor in HBS, and Dr. Cui Yang, assistant professor in HBS, received a $2.1 million, five-year grant from the National Institute on Minority Health to study the impact of stress among sexual and racial/ethnic minorities. The research will also look at how stress may impact comorbidities among people living with HIV.

Faith and Healing

PhD student Darriel Harris has big ideas about delivering health care messages within a religious framework.

In 2016, Harris applied to the PhD program with a dissertation topic already in mind: a proof-of-concept around using biblical stories to communicate health messages to Christian audiences. He was accepted—and awarded a Brown Scholarship.

Harris hopes his training will help him shore up the radical idea that landed him a Brown Scholarship—one that aligns with the scholarship's requirements that awardees focus on unique ideas to address health disparities in critical Baltimore communities.

Project Led by HBS Student Selected for 2018-2019 Cohort of the JHU Social Innovation Lab 

Ars Medica—the brainchild of a team that includes MSPH students Javier de la Maza Guzman and Mari Bugayong—is one of 10 ventures selected to join the 2018-2019 cohort of the JHU Social Innovation Lab. The Social Innovation Lab supports innovative nonprofits, mission-driven companies, and disruptive technologies that aim to create positive change in today's world.

Each fall, 10 ventures are selected from dozens of applicants to participate in the SIL program. From November through April, the selected ventures are supported with funding, mentorship, office space and workshops that empower them to build stronger global communities.The 2018-2019 Social Innovation Lab cohort was announced at a reception on Oct. 24 at the FastForward U Student Innovation Hub.


A Deep Dive into Nigeria’s High Tuberculosis Rates 

In Nigeria, which has one of the highest rates of Tuberculosis in the world, it is estimated that just one in four TB cases are diagnosed and reported to the National TB Leprosy and Control Programme. With the ultimate goal of increasing Nigeria’s TB case detection rate, a team of more than 30 researchers—led by CCP’s Breakthrough Action project—set out to put themselves in the shoes of their end users. For three weeks in August, the team fanned out across Nigeria and spoke to more than 240 people—TB patients, treatment supporters, health providers, community leaders, state officials, pharmacists, traditional healers and more—to fully understand the scope of the problem from the perspective of those who know it best.

Following Home Injuries to Young Children, Parents Make Changes to Reduce Subsequent Injuries

A study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that the majority—nearly two-thirds—of parents whose young children had been treated in an emergency room for an unintentional home injury made modifications to avoid subsequent injuries. The study, led by Dr. Vanya Jones, assistant professor in HBS, was published as a research letter in JAMA Pediatrics.

Faculty Awarded $2.3 Million Grant to Develop New Center for Alzheimer's Disease and Minority Aging Research

Dr. Roland J. Thorpe, Jr., an associate professor in HBS, and Dr. George W. Rebok, a professor in the Department of Mental Health, received a $2.3 million, five-year grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to establish the Johns Hopkins Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center for Minority Aging Research. 

Then Comes Hope: A Community-Driven Response to Western Maryland’s Opioid Crisis

In the face of an opioid crisis, rural counties in Maryland are relying on a regional source of strength: the durable bonds of community. HBS faculty member Dr. Danielle German is working to apply public health to drug use in these rural communities.

Faculty Awarded Grant to Develop and Evaluate PrEP Promotion Messages for High-Risk Men

Dr. Cui Yang, an assistant professor in HBS, was awarded an R34 grant from the NIH Office of The Director and National Institute of Mental Health to examine the feasibility, acceptability, and utility of open contest approach and neuroimaging technique to develop and evaluate PrEP promotion messages for high-risk MSM in Baltimore. 

CCP Launches Health Website for Indonesian Youth

The Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs’ MyChoice project – funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – has launched a new online platform for adolescent sexual and reproductive health. Partnering with Hipwee, a popular Buzzfeed-like Indonesian media company with a built-in youth audience, they launched “Dokter GenZ,” which can be a go-to place for young Indonesians to access evidence-based information about puberty, reproductive health, pregnancy prevention and more.

IGTC Awarded Grant as part of Center for The Study of Tobacco Products Study 

The Institute for Global Tobacco Control (IGTC) was awarded $648,000 as part of the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products study led by Virginia Commonwealth University. The grant totals $19.78 million and is a partnership between the National Institutes of Health and the  FDA Center for Tobacco Products. The five-year project is focused on predicting the outcomes of government regulations of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. IGTC will lead the project on testing population-level effects of potential regulatory actions. Dr. Joanna Cohen is the project director for this area of the study.

IGTC Launches New Online Course 

IGTC announces the launch of a new online course, Global Tobacco Control: Learning from the Experts 2018, which offers free instructional training to those interested in learning more about tobacco control through a curriculum developed in partnership with 27 subject matter experts from 14 countries.


Monday Mile Time Changes to 12:00 PM 

The Monday Mile time is now 12:00PM. Bring a buddy or come solo and meet some awesome people from the Schools of Public Health, Nursing, and Medicine!

Meeting Point: Jesus Statue in the Hospital Administration Building

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HBS Faculty Member Speaks at Conference for Cancer Care Professionals

Dr. Danetta Sloan, an assistant scientist in HBS, was the featured speaker at the Hopewell Cancer Support 16th Annual Conference for Cancer Care Professionals, which took place October 26, 2018. The theme of the conference was, “Finding Common Ground: Diversity and Cultural Competence in Cancer Care.” Dr. Sloan’s work focuses on disparities in palliative and end of life care, and she is currently involved in community-based participatory research to examine the role of religious involvement in the outcomes of palliative and end-of-life care.  

Congratulations to our faculty members who achieved excellent ratings for their teaching in fourth quarter 2017-2018!

Lawrence Cheskin
Course: Critical Analysis of Popular Diets and Dietary Supplements

David Jernigan
Course: Media Advocacy and Public Health: Theory and Practice

Benjamin Lozare
Course: Health Communication Programs

Sara Neelon
Course: Scientific Writing in Health Sciences: Developing a Manuscript for Publication II

Debra Roter
Course: Interpersonal Influence in Medical Care

Douglas Storey
Course: Health Communication Programs II: Implementation and Evaluation

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