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UH Population Health News: New Certificate Programs and Collaborations, NIH Research Grants Renewed

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January 2024

UH Population Health celebrates second anniversary with multiple new initiatives

Today marks the second anniversary of UH Population Health, and there’s a lot to celebrate. As it enters its third year, this first-of-its-kind program is advancing new educational programs, NIH-funded research and transformative novel initiatives to improve the greater Houston area and beyond.

New Executive Advisory Board Members
UH Population Health enters a new phase with four new esteemed members of its Executive Advisory Committee, inaugural member Dr. Tamera BellSenior expert at McKinsey & Company and pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital. New members include:

  • Salvi Bajwaa proud University of Houston engineering alumnus and senior vice president of manufacturing for Danone North America
  • Rayna Evers-EverettExecutive Director, Medgar and Miley Evers Institute
  • Elena MarquezSenior Fellow, Health Policy, Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University
  • PhD. Omar MatukChief Medical Officer and Clinical Services Officer, Suvida Healthcare

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UH Population Health Division receives additional $670,000 in NIH funding to promote diversity among AI researchers

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NIH awards $1.5 million to continue obesity health disparities teacher training program

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New Integrated Health and Wellbeing Coaching Certificate Course to Launch in June

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This 10-month program offers aspiring health and wellbeing coaches the opportunity to gain expertise in the science of behavior change, coaching processes and client-driven support methods.

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UH seniors Abigail Jeyaraj and Kimeera Paladugu

uh senior citizens Abigail Jayaraj and paradugu chimera (lR) is the only undergraduate team approved to present research results at the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Sciences (IAPHS) national meeting, October 2-5 in Baltimore. The team’s poster presentation covered a scoping review of the relationship between recess and disparities in elementary school students. Jeyaraj and Paladugu are both officers of the University of Hawaii IAPHS student chapter, which is led by the University of Hawaii Department of Population Health.

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Population Health Collaborative Launches to Develop Quality of Life Education and Training Resources

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Climate Wellness Plan is new university-wide initiative to address climate-driven health challenges

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Named BajwaNamed BajwaManaging Director of the Population Health Partnership, has been accepted into the highly competitive think tank program at the OTT Academy in Brussels, Belgium.

Dr. Bettina BeachBettina BeachChief Population Health Officer and is co-editor of the textbook “Race and Research: Perspectives on Minority Participation in Health Research,” to be published in February. In addition, Beech was selected to serve on USAA’s “Facing the Fight” scientific advisory committee and became an inaugural member of the University of Pittsburgh’s Research Ethics Advisory Committee.
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