School of Public Health 
November, 2017
Scarlet Musings
As we prepare to travel to the annual APHA conference in Atlanta this weekend, we carry with us the values of the newly branded Rutgers School of Public Health and our adopted motto, “keeping the public in public health.” This slogan will appear in innovative, intelligent, and interesting ways at the conference. And so it makes sense that, in this issue of our newsletter, we briefly consider the multiple meanings of “keeping the public in public health.”

First, at the Rutgers School of Public Health, we conduct research with and for the populations we study, whether we are considering tobacco cessation among incarcerated men, as does Pamela Valera, or how innovations in policies and practices impact pediatric mental health services, as examined by Tom Mackie. One of many other examples of this commitment to the public is our Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Catalyst Program, led by Bernadette West. As part of the MCH initiative, students carry out community outreach, donation drives, and other service programs that impact mothers, infants, and children. Students have organized documentary screenings, a diaper drive, and a speaker series. Recently, the group also hosted a preconception peer education training program that provides students with opportunities to become certified peer educators through the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health.

Second, we are a school in public service. We align ourselves with local and community organizations to conduct work, to disseminate findings in real time to those who are affected, and to advocate for important public health causes. I have recently joined with colleagues around the country in filing a brief as amici curiae to the Supreme Court case on Masterpiece Cakeshop. Our students are working with Mark Wade, MD, Director of the Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness, to gather data on the impact of opioid use in Newark to inform treatment services, policy, and other efforts for the city’s residents. And on December 7, we will welcome thought leaders, advocates, and individuals whose lives have been affected by HIV to Prepping for PrEP , a community forum headlined by innovators from both the New Jersey and New York City departments of Health, as we consider the challenges we have faced realizing the great potential of this form of protection against HIV for the people who need it most.

Together, these first two elements speak to our commitment and directed initiatives at Rutgers to conduct public health research outside the ivory tower, at the intersection of theory and practice—not sitting solely behind a computer screen, but instead in partnership with the public. Over the last decade, public health as a discipline has veered away from its origins as a community- and public-embedded enterprise. Our goal at Rutgers is to help steer the discipline back where it belongs, conducting state-of-the-art and rigorous scholarship with and for the populations we study in partnership with the public and with a social justice framing.

Finally, we are a public university that serves many first-generation scholars who are highly diverse in numerous ways, such as race, ethnicity, culture, socioeconomic class, gender identity, and sexual orientation. As a public institution, we must maintain a curriculum that is representative of these diverse life experiences while remaining affordable and accessible to our students. We are confident that our curriculum achieves parity with the curricula of our more costly sister institutions, and we are proud of the fact that we remain accessible to all who seek this type of education. It is also why we have introduced our 21st Century Scholars program, which provides opportunities to promising students who might not be able to manage the cost of this education and creates additional opportunities for those in public health who are underrepresented in the field.

I look forward to seeing many colleagues and friends in Atlanta as we relaunch the Rutgers School of Public Health and spread the word of how we are “keeping the public in public health.”

Perry N. Halkitis, PhD, MS, MPH
Dean & Professor
Director, Center for Health, Identity, Behavior & Prevention Studies (CHIBPS)
Rutgers School of Public Health
683 Hoes Lane West
Piscataway, NJ 08901
"Keeping the Public in Public Health"
Understanding Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals & Health
Emily Barrett,PhD, associate professor of epidemiology, leads discussion that promotes a continued drive to understand the effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) on human health. 

Cancer Treatment: Hope & Challenges
Judith Graber, PhD, assistant professor of epidemiology, leads a study that suggests that psychologically stressful working conditions may contribute to work-related injury (WRI), both within and outside of the workplace. 

Combating Recall Bias with Texts
Dean Perry N. Halkitis and his colleague from New York University, Dustin Duncan, ScD, have determined that text messages and phone calls may be acceptable modes of gathering insights into the behaviors of young men who have sex with men (MSM).

Salons & Patron Health
Lindsey Milich, MPH alum, along with faculty, led a study that found that clients who frequent hair and nail salons have more instances of dermal and fungal symptoms, as compared to clients who use the same services less frequently.

Mental Illness & Breast Cancer Survival
Kristy Iglay, PhD, alum, along with faculty, leads a study that finds that elderly patients with breast cancer and mental illness face an increased risk of death due to a delay in initial treatment caused by patient anxiety and depression.

Awards & Honors
Congratulations to Dean Perry N. Halkitis on being honored with the 2017 Carl S. Shultz Award for Lifetime Achievement given by the Population, Reproductive, and Sexual Health Section of the American Public Health Association. The award honors individuals who have made an outstanding lifetime contribution to the field of population and reproductive health.

Dean Halkitis will receive the award at APHA in Atlanta, on Monday, November 6, 2017 at the GWCC, Room A 316. 

Media Coverage
Joanna Diaz, veteran and Rutgers School of Public Health, Center for Workforce Development alumna, is successfully working as a Union carpenter doing what she loves.
Associate Professor Michael K. Gusmano,PhD, along with colleagues, describes the impact of the first gene therapy for cancer approved by the FDA.
The Center for Tobacco Studies, directed by Vice Dean Cristine Delnevo, along with colleagues from the Mailman School of Public Health, conducted a study that found that 52 percent of daily e-cigarette users had quit smoking in the past five years, compared with just 28 percent of adults who had never tried e-cigarettes.
Rutgers Reflects: Five Years Since Sandy
It has been five years since Hurricane Sandy claimed the lives of more than a hundred people and upended the lives of millions more along the mid-Atlantic coast. Today, people are still rebuilding their worlds - literally and figuratively. Although there is little that can be done to heal the wounds Sandy has caused, the lessons we have learned from a storm so personal to us endure. 

After the storm, New York City called upon the Rutgers School of Public Health to train residents on ways to safely deal with the aftermath. Dr. Mitchel Rosen, director of the Center for Public Health Workforce Development, created a program that educated thousands of New York City residents on ways to safely clean out and remove mold. 
Meet Your Student Government Organization
The Rutgers School of Public Health Student Government Association (SGA) represents student interests at both the School's New Brunswick and Newark locations. SGA's goal is to address student concerns and serve as a liaison between students and faculty.

SGA meetings are on Wednesdays from 5:00PM-6:00PM in room 234 (683 Hoes Lane West, Piscataway, NJ 08854) and all students are welcome!
Moving Forward
November 2
Perry's Power Hour:
Chat with Dean Perry N. Halkitis over a delicious slice of pizza before evening classes! Share your opinions directly with the Dean.
November 13
21st Century Seminar Series: “Credentialing Public Health Leaders: Updates & Goals of the Certified in Public Health Program,” presented by Allison J. Foster.
November 5
APHA Dean's Reception:
Join us for our annual APHA Dean's Reception as we reveal the newly re-branded Rutgers School of Public Health and how we are "keeping the public in public health."
December 7
World AIDS Day Commemoration: "Prepping for PrEP," with keynote speaker Demetre Daskalakis (NYC Dept. of Health) and a panel of health experts, researchers, PrEP users, and community organizers. 
APHA Annual Meeting: Atlanta
Catch the Rutgers School of Public Health at the annual APHA Meeting & Expo in Atlanta, GA, from November 4 - November 8. You can find us in booth #236 at the Georgia World Congress Expo Center.

Many of our faculty, students, and alumni will be presenting at this year's meeting. For a full list of Rutgers School of Public Health Presentations, click here.

Join us for our annual APHA Dean's Reception on Sunday, November 5, 2017. Please RSVP to Michelle Edelstein.
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