School of Public Health 
Scarletter
October 2021
Keeping the 'Public' in Public Health
Our Research
Featured Research & Reports
Bot infiltration threatens data integrity and may disproportionately harm research with marginalized populations, according to a new study led by Marybec Griffin and the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies. The researchers recommend the use of strategies such as qualitative questions, duplicate demographic questions, and incentive raffles to reduce likelihood of mischievous respondents. These protections can be undertaken to ensure data integrity and facilitate research on vulnerable populations. Learn More

Telehealth smoking cessation treatment programs can reduce tobacco-related disparities among incarcerated smokers, according to new research led by Pamela Valera, assistant professor in the Department of Urban-Global Public Health, and Sarah Malarkey and Nadia Smith, students at the Rutgers School of Public Health. Learn More

Mobile health mindfulness therapy interventions with caregivers of older adults with cognitive impairment successfully reduces psychological symptoms, according to new research led by Elissa Kozlov, an instructor in the Department of Health Behavior, Society, and Policy. Learn More

Young sexual minority men in New York City who have multiple minority statuses, experience inequity in policing, according to new research by Perry N. Halkitis, dean of the Rutgers School of Public Health. The findings suggest that community resources promoting health and wellbeing targeted for young sexual minority men are needed as an alternative to stressful and stigmatizing police exposure. Learn More

Elevated disinhibition may drive individuals to purchase firearms to manage danger and distress, while low threat sensitivity may protect against emotion-based purchasing, according to a new study by Joye Anestis, associate professor in the Department of Health Behavior, Society, and Policy, and Mike Anestis executive director of the New Jersey Gun Violence Research Center and associate professor in the Department of Urban-Global Public Health. Their findings suggest that the role of dispositional traits in health behaviors has important implications for policy and program planning given findings that such traits influence behavior above and beyond other individual difference characteristics. Learn More

*This section highlights select research and reports from the Rutgers School of Public Health. This is not a complete list. 
Awards
Slawa Rokicki, instructor in the Department of Health Behavior, Society, and Policy, and Leslie M. Kantor, professor and chair of the Department of Urban-Global Public Health, have received a Burke Foundation grant to utilize existing data from doula programs to develop a tool that can be used by programs throughout New Jersey to assess service models that can lead to program sustainability.

Rutgers School of Public Health doctoral student, Nimit Shah, has received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to study the predictors and barriers of physical fitness among volunteer firefighters.

Our People
Honors
Pamela Valera, assistant professor in the Department of Urban-Global Public Health, Laura Liang, associate dean for academic affairs and assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior, Society, and Policy, Nicholas Acuna, Rutgers School of Public Health alum, and Luis Alzate-Duque, Rutgers School of Public Health student, have received a R. Davilene Carter Presidential Prize for Best Manuscript from the American Association for Cancer Education for their work on “The Development and Prototype Feedback of Digital Cancer 101 Videos to Enhance Cancer Education for Marginalized Communities with Limited Health Literacy.” 
Devin English, assistant professor in the Department of Urban-Global Public Health has received the 2021 Sexual and Gender Minority Early-Stage Investigator Award from the National Institutes of Health.
Our Reach
News Clippings
The federal government edged closer to emergency use approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 following a vote on Tuesday by the Food and Drug Administration to recommend the shot for this age group in advance of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention meeting next week. With the latest action laying the groundwork for the vaccine to become available to children 5 and older in early November, Rutgers School of Public Health faculty and staff share reasons for why they'll vaccinate their children. Read Rutgers Today

The New Jersey Gun Violence Research Center in collaboration with the state Department of Human Services Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services has created a New Jersey Firearm Storage Map. This database of gun retailers provides free and safe storage of firearm services to residents, with the goal of increasing both individual and community safety. "It could be something that is sort of crisis-related, like a mental health crisis, but it could also simply be, you know, you're renovating your home and there's going to be a bunch of strangers in your house when you're not there, and you might just feel like that's a risk," said Michael Anestis, associate professor and executive director of the New Jersey Gun Violence Research Center, on why an individual may store their firearm at one of these dedicated locations. Read NJ 101.5

Health care providers are once again staring down the intersection between flu season and the coronavirus pandemic. “Flu prevention is basically the same as COVID prevention,” said Leslie Kantor, professor and chair of the Department of Urban-Global Public Health. “Stay outside when we can, we wear masks when we’re indoors, we wash our hands, we get vaccinated against both flu and COVID, we know we can reduce our chances of getting sick and of passing these diseases on to others.” Read NJ Spotlight News
Networking November
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All November long, join the Rutgers School of Public Health's Office of Career Services and student organizations for Networking November, a series of skill-building workshops and networking sessions for students and alumni! Learn how to leverage your LinkedIn, conduct powerful professional outreach, and develop your public health persona. Then, put your new skills to the test in our concentration- and student-org focused networking sessions!

Alumni, faculty, and staff are invited and encouraged to participate in the Networking November networking sessions:
  • The Link-Up: Networking for Black public health students and alumni professionals, hosted by the Black Public Health Student Alliance
  • Concentration Connections: Networking around concentration areas and career clusters in public health, hosted by Career Services

To participate in these networking sessions, please contact the Office of Career Services at sphcareers@sph.rutgers.edu for registration information! 
Meet our 21PHirst Signature Seminar Series Speakers
The 21PHirst Signature Speaker Series is an annual webinar, seminar, and talk initiative that virtually connects various thought leaders from New Jersey, across the United States, and around the world with the Rutgers School of Public Health community.

The theme of this year’s 21PHirst Signature Series is Racism is a Public Health Crisis: A Call to Action.

Through Rutgers School of Public Health community nominations, this year’s 21PHirst Signature Series will highlight leading innovators and change agents dedicated to addressing this public health crisis. Additional speakers will be announced soon.
Swag Sale
Shop exclusive Rutgers School of Public Health swag that includes our classic, alumni, R Public Health, Keeping the ‘Public’ in Public Health, and pride collections! The swag sale is open through November 12, 2021, with free domestic shipping on items! All orders will ship 4-6 weeks after the sale closes. 
The Rutgers School of Public Health does not make any proceeds from the sale.
Admissions Lounge
Program Spotlight

The Rutgers School of Public Health’s Master of Public Health degree in LGBTQ Health, prepares students to conduct research and work in public health programs dedicated to improving the health of LGBTQ individuals and communities.
Upcoming Events

Attend one of the Rutgers School of Public Health's virtual information sessions to learn more about what the School has to offer! Not able to attend our next event? Check out our admissions events webpage to see a full calendar of all upcoming events. 

Monday, November 8 from noon to 1:00 p.m.EST
Speak to program faculty to learn about curriculum and outcomes for our DrPH and PhD programs
Upcoming Application Deadlines

Looking to apply to the School of Public Health? Spring 2022 and Fall 2022 applications are available now!

Keep in mind the following upcoming deadlines:
  • Spring 2022 MPH and MS Final Deadline: November 15, 2021
  • Fall 2022 Doctoral (PhD and DrPH) Final Deadline: December 1, 2021
  • Fall 2022 MPH and MS Priority Deadline: January 15, 2022
Events
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Check out the Rutgers School of Public Health's event calendar to learn about and/or join various events hosted, co-hosted, or supported by the School.
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