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                          NATIONAL RECOGNITION
                          SUPPORTING SYSTEMS RESEARCH
                          FROM THE BOOKSHELF
  Mario Farias, 87MPH, is a physician at South Palm Beach Nephrology and volunteers at the Caridad Clinic.
  Betsy Wallace, 87MPH, is a health education coordinator at the Gwinnett Hospital System in Georgia.
  Naila azhar, 92MPH,  is working on risk reduction interventions for youth and women in her native Pakistan. “I consider it ironic that I learned more about management of public health issues in my part of the world from Emory than I did during my entire life in Pakistan,” she writes.
  Sherrill Lybrook, 93mph, is a principal at Enable Capital in Tiburon, CA.
  Elizabeth barnhart, 94MPH, recently moved from Jordan to Lusaka, Zambia, where she is a health migration officer for the International Organization for Migration.
  Katherine Sharp, 96MPH, is graduate program coordinator and an instructor at the University of Maryland.
Christopher Duperier, MD, 97MPH, after completing training in internal medicine, is doing an anesthesiology residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital of Harvard Medical School.
Ronald Mataya, MD, a Hubert R. Humphrey Fellow (1996–1997) is chair of the Global Health Department at Loma Linda University School of Public Health in California.
BORN: to Kristi Busico Metzger and Brian Metzger, both 97MPH, twins Roger and Lucinda Marie, on January 5, 2005. They live in New York City, where Brian is an internal medicine resident at Mount Sinai, and Kristi works at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
  Altaf Musani, 97MPH, is regional adviser for emergency and humanitarian action in the Eastern Mediterranean regional office of WHO, in Cairo, Egypt. He helped set up WHO’s response to the earthquake in Pakistan last October.
  Thomas Prol, 97MPH, is an environmental attorney with the firm of Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna in Albany, NY.
  BORN: to Melissa Mann White, 97MPH, and husband, Chad, a son, Zachary, on April 13, 2005. They also have a four-year-old daughter, Anna. Currently completing an EMS fellowship in emergency medicine at Emory, White is a part-time faculty member in the Emory Department of Emergency Medicine.
Sara Sutandi Zywicki, 97MPH, moved from Atlanta to Akron, Ohio, last July to begin a new job with Life Line Screening.
  Peter Crippen, Gcp98, is deputy branch chief of Respiratory and Enteric Viruses, division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases, and the National Center for Infectious Diseases at CDC.
MARRIED: Lynda Lackey, 98MPH, and Aaron Wynn, on November 5, 2005, in Atlanta. She is a cancer epidemiologist at CDC.
  William W. Terry, 98MPH, is in his first year of medical school at SUNY-Buffalo.
  MARRIED: Meghna Desai, 99MPH, to Bimal Chudasama in 2005.
  National Recognition  
Two faculty members in the Rollins School of Public Health have received national recognition for their commitment and contributions to the field of public health.
     The Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) and Pfizer’s U.S. Public Health Group honored epidemiologist David Kleinbaum with the inaugural ASPH/Pfizer Award for Teaching Excellence on December 10. During a ceremony at the 65th annual meeting of the ASPH, he received an award plaque and a $10,000 prize. Kleinbaum was chosen from among 19 nominees to receive this award, which recognizes notable graduate public health faculty for their teaching excellence.
     Kleinbaum also is known for his textbooks. With the help of an educational multimedia development firm, he designed ActivEpi, the first interactive electronic textbook for epidemiology.
Behavioral scientist Michelle Kegler received the American Public Health Association’s Early Career Award from the Public Health Education and Promotion section in December. Kegler leads community-based research in health promotion, tobacco control, and cancer prevention. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the public health profession by a person who has been in the field less than 10 years.
     An associate professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Kegler is deputy director of the Emory Prevention Research Center. She is an expert in community participatory research, coalition building, community partnerships, and program evaluation. Supported by the NIH, she has designed an intervention, Tribal Effort Against Lead, in which a lay health adviser works with a rural Native American community to address lead poisoning. The effort is currently in the evaluation phase. Another ongoing project led by Kegler (and funded by the National Cancer Institute) studies family influences and voluntary household smoking restrictions in rural African-American and white households.
  From the bookshelf  
Environmental Health: From global to local has received the 2005 Award for Excellence from the professional and scholarly publishing division of the Association of American Publishers. With contributing writers from throughout the RSPH and edited by former professor and chair of environmental and occupational health Howard Frumkin, the book surveys contemporary environmental and occupational health issues, tackling them from global, regional, and local perspectives.
  EDITOR'S NOTE: As a third-year med student at the University of Iowa, Tomoko Sampson, 00MPH, has no trouble differentiating the sexes. However, apparently we do. Our apologies to Sampson for inadvertently changing her gender in the last edition of class notes.
  Bonya Broadnax Matthews, 00MPH, has two children, Wesley Ann, 2, and Walter, 8 weeks. She is a La Leche group leader.
  BORN: To Olivia Chelko Long, 01MPH, and her husband, Adam, a son, Hamilton Grant Long, on July 3, 2005. The family lives in Atlanta.
  MARRIED: Carole Butler Rudra, 01MPH, and Atri Rudra in July 2005 in Seattle. She is now a postdoc at the University of Washington, where she completed her PhD in epidemiology in November.
BORN: Chris Duggar, 02MPH, and wife Mirela, a daughter, Enna Soleil, on March 26, 2005. The family lives in Decatur, GA.
Brett Harrison Hicks, 02MPH, a health care administrator with the U.S. Navy, was deployed to Pakistan last November to help with earthquake relief. Previously, he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan.
  Alison Mondul, 02MPH, is pursuing a PhD in cancer epidemiology at Johns Hopkins.
  Marcy Goldstone Opstal, 02MPH, is a program analyst at Constella Group in Virginia.
Tolton Pace, 02MPH, is assistant dean and director of multicultural recruitment in the undergraduate admissions office at Emory University.
MARRIED: Sarah Wyckoff, 02MPH, and David T. Mallon, 96C, on October 2, 2004. They live in Atlanta.
MARRIED: Brittany Holley, 03MSN/MPH, and Wayne Newberry on April 29, 2005, in Ellijay, GA. She is a clinical nurse educator for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Primary Care. They live in Tucker, GA.
  Anita Kurian, 03MPH, was named outstanding doctoral student of public health in biostatistics at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. A native of Kerala, India, she lives in Plano, TX. Upon graduation, she will pursue a career in academia.
  Ebi Awosika, MD, 04MPH, is medical director of the Occupational Health Section at the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Minneapolis as well as assitant professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota. Awosika has two children: Oludara, age 7, and Oluwatoni, age 4.
MARRIED: David Bray, 04MPH, and Diane Morrison on April 10, 2005, in Cannon Chapel at Emory. After the wedding service, they planted a tree next to the chapel and the quad. Bray is working on a PhD in information systems at Emory’s Goizueta Business School and has received a national defense science and engineering grant from the Department of Defense.
  MARRIED: Laurence Kessler, 04MPH, and Lindsay Burnett on January 15, 2006 in Newport Beach, CA. He is a senior consultant in the health care practice at Navigant Consulting, Inc.
  Keith Stowell, MD, 04MSPH, is a physician at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh.
  Ashley Heath, 06MPH, is a behaviorist at MicroMass Communications, Inc., in Cary, NC.
Sadi Moussa, 05MPH, one of the first William H. Foege Fellows at the RSPH, was appointed director of Hygiene and Health Education in the Niger Ministry of Health. While a fellow at the RSPH, Moussa hoped to one day be in a position to change the orientation of Niger’s health policy from treatment to prevention, given that the country’s largest health problems such as diarrheal disease and guinea worm are related to the lack of safe water and thus preventable. Previously, Moussa engineered clean water supplies for Niger and helped bring the eradication of guinea worm within sight.
  Supporting systems research  
Public health systems research examines the organization, financing, and delivery of public health services within communities, as well as the impact of the services within communities and on public health. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is supporting a series of initiatives to enhance the development of this research field with a $223,000 grant to the Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH), the Mississippi Department of Health, and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
     “A community’s health is more than just the local health department or hospital,” says Iris Smith, clinical associate professor of behavioral science and health education and principal investigator of the project. “System-level research allows decision makers and stakeholders to look broadly at how a community’s public and private institutions impact the health status of individuals living in that community.”
     In February, the project held an inaugural conference in Washington, D.C., and will continue to host meetings with structured dialogue on public health systems research topics. These meetings serve not only as venues for health systems research but also as a platform to raise awareness about contemporary public health challenges such as obesity and health care spending.
     A website hosted by the RSPH distributes additional resources about the project. In January 2007, project coordinators will publish a special finance and economics issue of the Journal of Public Health Finance and Practice.
  Zebedee O. Okoye, 97MPH, of Germantown, MD, on October 5, 2005.
  Injury control and prevention: a model program in Mozambique  
     If a motorist is hurt in a car crash in Mozambique, it is likely that the first person to tend to his or her injuries will be a bystander or a taxi cab driver. With a dearth of EMS systems like those that exist in the United States to aid victims, developing countries need simple and sustainable strategies for improving prehospital care.
     Two RSPH alums are lending their expertise to build a capacity for injury control in Mozambique, a country of 18 million on the southeastern coast of Africa. WHO technical officer Kidist Bartolomeos, 96MPH, is stationed in Maputo, where she coordinates injury surveillance and epidemiology training. RSPH epidemiologist Laurie Click, 89MPH, 82N, is coordinating education activities for Fogarty fellows in trauma and injury control as part of a grant from the NIH’s Fogarty International Center to Emory.
     “The largest need, as far as minimizing morbidity and disability, is access to care both at the scene of injury and at health facilities,” says Bartolomeos, a native of Ethiopia who worked for CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control before joining WHO.
     Through a partnership between Emory and Mozambique’s University Eduardo Mondlane, with support from the University of South Africa, academic and clinical core medical faculty in Mozambique will be trained in the principles of public health, research methods, ethical principles, and safety promotion. The fellows will spend their first year in Africa completing coursework, followed by study at the RSPH and the University of South Africa. They will return to Mozambique to put injury control methods into practice.
     Click will teach distance courses in epidemiology and basic biostatistics to the fellows. “It’s a technological challenge,” she says, having just returned from Mozambique to make sure that computers are set up and working properly. “I was humbled by their lack of resources contrasted with their enthusiasm to learn.” Ultimately, the Emory team—led by Emergency Medicine’s Scott Sasser—will work with Mozambicans to develop a research center for injury control similar to Emory’s, which they hope will be used as a resource and model for other African countries.

Mary Loftus


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