School of Public Health 
October, 2019
Keeping the Public in 'Public' Health
Personal Care Products and Health
Emily Barrett, PhD , associate professor, and Adana Llanos, PhD, assistant professor, both in the department of biostatistics and epidemiology , have teamed up to find out how chemicals in products used every day – from soap and shampoo to perfume and body lotions – may adversely affect our health.

The two discuss why more information and further research is needed to reduce exposure to harmful products and how choosing greener and safer options may be the answer to better health.
Kids from Disadvantaged Backgrounds Play Less
C hildren from disadvantaged backgrounds spend less time reading and engaging in physical activity than their peers as they get older, according to a new study led by Slawa Rokicki, PhD , instructor in the department of health behavior, society, and policy .

The researchers used data from 20,000 Growing Up in Ireland survey participants, measuring  children’s activities at age 9, and then again at age 13.
New Gun Violence Research
The New Jersey Center on Gun Violence Research, led by the Rutgers School of Public Health and School of Criminal Justice, announced it is launching eight new studies on gun violence and prevention.

The research, led by faculty members from across Rutgers University, will explore correlations between mental health care spending and reductions in crimes committed with guns, examine the effectiveness of existing laws and policies in preventing firearm violence, and look at whether and how school building layouts can help prevent casualties in a shooting event, among other topics.
Impact of Vaping on Marginalized Populations
Recent deaths and illnesses linked to vaping have prompted New York to become the first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes. Other states are looking to follow suit, including New Jersey, where Governor Phil Murphy has appointed a task force to recommend policies on e-cigarettes.

There has been a little public discussion about smoking and vaping rates among marginalized populations including those who identify as LGBTQ, people living with HIV/AIDS, and individuals involved in the criminal justice system, whose smoking-related risks are two to four times higher than the general population. 

Perry N. Halkitis, PhD, MS, MPH , dean and professor, and Pamela Valera, PhD, MSW , assistant professor, both at the  Rutgers School of Public Health, comment on the effects of vaping and e-cigarettes on marginalized communities.

Health Effects of PFAS
T he Rutgers School of Public Health has joined a multi-site health study investigating the relationship between per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance contaminated water
and health outcomes.

Robert Laumbach, MD, associate professor in the the department of environmental and occupational health and member of the Environmental and Occupational Health Institute , will be leading Rutgers’ efforts with the help of a $1 million grant from the CDC and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry .

The research will also be supported by Judith Graber, PhD, Clifford Weisel, PhD , Pamela Ohaman Strickland, PhD , Panos Georgopoulos, PhD , and
Keith Cooper, PhD .
Jesse Plascak, PhD, assistant professor in the department of biostatistics and epidemiology, along with colleagues, examined sidewalk patterns in northern New Jersey as a means to increase physical activity. Installing and maintaining sidewalks can be a cost-effective, and equitable way to promote physical activity and reduce disparities in related chronic diseases.

Doctoral student Nimit Shah, MPH , and alum Cathleen Xing, PhD'18 , were co-authors of the study.

Jane Lewis, DrPH, associate professor in the department of health behavior, society, and policy, along with colleagues from the Center for Tobacco Studies, examined the marketing strategies of cigarette companies, Natural America Spirit and Nat Sherman, following their 2017 agreement with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to remove descriptors such as ‘additive free’ and ‘natural’ on the basis of their implying reduced harm .

Marybec G riffin, PhD , assistant professor in the department of health behavior, society, and policy , co-authored a study that found mentions of condom use in music reinforce the misogynistic norms, undermining health.

Condom use is widely advertised in pop culture and adolescents are particularly susceptible to values depicted in mass-media messaging .

Derek Shendell, DEnv, associate professor in the department of environmental and occupational health , and Daniel Uharia, MPH'18, an alum, along with colleagues, found that among adolescent workers ages 14-21, hospitalization and fatality rates are highest among those aged 19 to 21.

The study was done in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Health and New Jersey Safe Schools Program.

APHA 2019: Meet us in Philly
The Rutgers School of Public Health will be at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and Expo is on November 2 - 6, 2019, in Philadelphia. Let us know if you're attending or need transportation by clicking on the button below.

This year, we’re closer to home and to you, so we hope to see you there! 
Annual Dean's Reception
Mingle with current students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the Rutgers School of Public Health at our annual Dean's Reception on Sunday, November 3, 2019.

You don't have to be attending APHA to join! Plus ones are welcome.

When: Sunday, November 3, 2019
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Where: Kimmel Performing Arts Center
Attire : Business casual
Making the Most of APHA:
Check out our Making the Most of Professional Conferences Guide + APHA Supplement to help build your success before, during, and after APHA!

The guide includes:
  • Networking tips
  • Packing list
  • Rutgers-affiliated sessions
  • Career and professional development opportunities
  • Local Philadelphia resources
Alumni Spotlight
Rutgers School of Public Health alums are taking center-stage at the annual New Jersey Public Healthy Association Meeting, taking home five awards!
  • Lisa Asare, MPH'04, President's Award
  • Jennifer McGee-Avila, MPH'16, Dr. Ronald Altman Award
  • Breanne Biondi, MPH'16, President's Award
  • Michelle Doose, PhD' 18, Dr. Ronald Altman Award
  • Kevin Sumner, MPH'94, Dennis Sullivan Award
Meet Sharon Li, MPH’15! Sharon is a research scientist with the New Jersey Department of Children & Families, who monitors and implements continuous quality improvement measures in a range of state-level community based child abuse and neglect prevention programs. As part of that role, she manages discrete projects, writes reports, and communicates data using simplistic language. Sharon also assists with transitioning programs from paper to electronic data collection systems.

Prior to enrolling at the School of Public Health, Sharon knew the type of work she wanted to do, but not how she was going to do it.

“My experience at the School was special to me, because it helped to provide a vehicle and path towards my current role,” she said. “Being a student at the Rutgers School of Public Health provided skills and opened doors around topics I was passionate about, along with concrete ways I could be part of solutions. The School provided a network of teachers and colleagues from all walks of life, with whom I still keep in touch with today.”

Since graduating, Sharon credits the Rutgers School of Public Health with evolving her career and skills tremendously.

“The School provided a good foundation for the basis of research and good practice, but the networks I’ve developed during and after graduating have enhanced my knowledge and skill base. I am more confident in my ability to learn new things, aka ‘figure it out,’ and am less fearful of the unknown,” she added. 

“Since embarking on my career as a research scientist, I have grown in my responsibilities and expanded in the projects I take part in."

When Sharon isn't hanging out with her husband, or volunteering with HEAL Trafficking (a non-profit dedicated to ending human trafficking and supporting survivors from a public health perspective), or working her unpaid job as a food delivery service to her two cats, she spends time at Gracie Barra, where she gives - but mostly receives - aggressive hugs. Sharon has been practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Gracie Barra for almost a full year, and suggests martial arts to everyone interested in gaining discipline, grit, friends, and confidence!
Adrienne Sherman, MPH'18 , has received a Council of State and Territorial Epidemiology Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Applied Epidemiology Fellowship in chronic disease. Annually, fellows work across Washington D.C. health administrations providing epidemiological support to various units, including the Bureau of Cancer and Chronic Diseases.

Sherman will be focusing on health disparities and major risk factors of chronic conditions in Washington D.C.

Awards & Honors
Stephanie Shiau, PhD , instructor in the department of biostatistics and epidemiology , has been awarded the Early Career Award from the Thrasher Research Fund. The award provides a grant to young researchers focusing on the development of medical research for children. Learn more

Leslie Kantor, PhD, MPH , chair and professor in the department of urban-global public health, has been selected to receive the New Jersey Public Health Association’s Lloyd M. Felmly Award for outstanding contributions to public health through media. Learn more
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What personal care products RU using?

People use a variety of personal care products every day, including soap, toothpaste, shampoo, and cosmetics. Each product typically contains several ingredients. There is increasing concern about the possible impacts of these chemicals on our health. To better understand these concerns, researchers from the Rutgers School of Public Health and Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute are conducting a study to learn about the use of personal care products in the Rutgers community. Anyone who is 18 years of age or older and a student, staff, or faculty member at Rutgers is eligible to participate. Individuals who complete the survey can enter a raffle to win a $100 Amazon gift card. We are raffling 100 of these gift cards!
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Let us know what you love about being a student at the Rutgers School of Public Health and where we can improve!
Tuesday, October 8 from 5:00pm-6:00pm

Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 8:30am-2:00pm

Thursday, October 10 from 5:00pm-6:00pm

Thursday, October 10 from 10:00am-12:00pm

Perry’s Power Hour (Piscataway)
Tuesday, October 15 from 5:00pm-6:00pm

APHA Orientation (Newark & Piscataway)
Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 5:00pm-6:00pm

Friday, October 25, 2019 from 8:00am-5:00pm

Monday, October 28 from 5:00pm-6:00pm
Going Global
Rutgers School of Public Health has expanded its global education opportunities to China!
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