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January 2018 – Public Health faculty embarks on newly funded research projects in tobacco cessation

Dr. Tyra Gross will be a co-investigator with the LSUHSC Tobacco Control Initiative on two separate pilot projects...More

Dr. Tyra Gross will be a co-investigator with the LSUHSC Tobacco Control Initiative on two separate pilot projects recently funded by the Louisiana Cancer Research Center (LCRC). The first project is "Development of an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) Smoking Cessation Intervention for Pregnant Women"(PI: Celestin) and "Using Low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) lung cancer screening to increase smoking cessation among African Americans."(PI: Tseng). As a Co-Investigator, she will lead the qualitative research efforts for both projects, assist in manuscript development and conference presentations.

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January 2018 – Public Health graduating senior selected for Peace Corps

Sierra Armstrong accepted an offer to serve with the Peace Corps in Cameroon, Africa beginning September 2018. Congratulations!

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January 2018 – Public Health alumni updates

Several of our alumni work in a variety of public health settings here in the City, Terrioues White, LSU AgCenter (2016), Cheyenne DeShields, Americorps City Year (2017), Michelle Ozah, FEMA (2017). Congratulations!

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November 2017 – Krista Mincey elected to the American Public Health Association (APHA) Nominations Committe for 3 year term.

The Nominations Committee is responsible for nominating association officers...More

The Nominations Committee is responsible for the nominations of Association officers. It is composed of the president and the executive director as non-voting members and nine voting members of the Governing Council. The Committee serves from the time of its election until the reading of the Committee report at the first regularly scheduled session of the Governing Council at the next Annual Meeting.

All nominees for the Executive Board are selected from among the membership of the Association, except that the nominees for the offices of honorary vice president may include persons who are not members of the Association.

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November 2017 – Public Health faculty co-present at American Public Health conference

Dr. Krista Mincey & Dr. Tyra Gross jointly presented their research project called the Black College Women's Health Study...More

Dr. Krista Mincey & Dr. Tyra Gross jointly presented their research project called the Black College Women's Health Study at the 2017 American Public Health Association annual meeting at Atlanta. During a roundtable session, the two professors presented their work recently conducted on campus exploring the health of young Black women at Xavier. The complete findings of the study are currently under analysis. Link to abstract HERE.

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November 2017 – Public Health faculty research accepted for national conference

Dr. Tyra Gross had a research poster accepted for the Society of Behavioral Medicine's 2018 annual meeting here in New Orleans...More

Dr. Tyra Gross had a research poster accepted for the Society of Behavioral Medicine's 2018 annual meeting here in New Orleans. The presentation is titled "Black Women's Knowledge of Maternal Breastfeeding Benefits for Cancer Prevention: Implications for Research & Practice". Her presentation and conference attendance will be supported by the Louisiana Cancer Research Center (LCRC).

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October 2017 – Krista Mincey receieves Notable Alumni Award

Krista Mincey received the Notable Alumni Award from Armstrong State University. Notable alumni are recognized for...More



Krista Mincey received the Notable Alumni Award from Armstrong State University. Notable alumni are recognized for a high level of excellence in their work, service, philanthropic, or leadership activities.

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October 2017 – Public Health faculty co-publish article on teaching at Xavier

Dr. Krista Mincey & Dr. Tyra Gross published an article in Frontiers in Public Health, entitled "Training the Next Generation:...More

Dr. Krista Mincey & Dr. Tyra Gross published an article in Frontiers in Public Health, entitled "Training the Next Generation: Developing Health Education Skills in Undergraduate Public Health Students at a Historically Black College and University." The article describes their lessons learned from teaching PHLT 2002 Health Promotion Program Planning. Link to manuscript HERE.

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September 2017 – Prema Bhattacharjee, Cancer Research Training Award Fellow, NCI

Prema Bhattacharjee, M.P.H. is a Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) Fellow in EGRP's Environmental Epidemiology Branch (EEB)...More

Prema Bhattacharjee, M.P.H. is a Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) Fellow in EGRP's Environmental Epidemiology Branch (EEB). In this capacity, she assists with the coordination and management of high impact research projects related to the human microbiome, early-life risk factors, infectious agents, health disparities, social determinants of health, and other environmental exposures, and their relationship to cancers. She also assists with efforts related to future funding opportunities for the extramural research community and supports the Branch through a variety of initiatives and activities.

Prior to joining EGRP, Ms. Bhattacharjee was a student researcher at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Science in New Orleans, LA. In this position, she recruited pregnant women from a hospital clinic for a study of nutrition and pregnancy outcomes; planned and participated in epidemiological studies; performed a literature review of folic acid and pregnancy outcomes; and calculated, interpreted, and incorporated adjusted estimates of association between social determinants of health and health inequities including socioeconomic position, racism, social support, neighborhood-level effects, and life course measures.

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July 2017 – Brianna Warren, voted "Class MVP"

Brianna Warren, a senior public health major from South Bend IN (Washington High) was voted "Class MVP"...More

Brianna Warren, a senior public health major from South Bend IN (Washington High) was voted "Class MVP" for the 2017 pharmaceutical sales intern class with Eli Lilly & Co. She spent this past summer working for Lilly in the New Orleans and Mississippi region.

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April 2015 – Dr. L. Faye Grimsley named a 2015 American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Distinguished Fellow

Dr. L. Faye Grimsley was recognized as one of the twelve new distinguished Fellows by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) on April 15, 2015...More

The American Industrial Hygiene Association was founded in 1939 and is the premier association of occupational and environmental health and safety professionals. Fellows are nominated by their colleagues for their achievement in the field of industrial hygiene, and are approved by AIHA Board of Directors after a recommendation by the Awards Committee. Dr. Grimsley was nominated through her Clinical Associate Professor appointment in the Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine by the AIHA Fellows Special Interest Group. Dr. Grimsley, and the other 11 new Fellows, will be honored during the inaugural Mark of Excellence Awards Breakfast on Wednesday, June 3 at the 2015 American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHce) in Salt Lake City, Utah, and will receive her award later in the afternoon at the AIHA Fellows Special Interest Group meeting.

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September 2013 – Dr. Regina Benjamin, 18th United States Surgeon General, was announced at a press conference on September 13, 2013

Dr. Regina Benjamin, 18th United States Surgeon General, was announced at a press conference on September 13, 2013 as the nola.com/The Times-Picayune Endowed Chair in Public Health... More

Dr. Regina Benjamin, 18th United States Surgeon General, was announced at a press conference on September 13, 2013 as the nola.com/The Times-Picayune Endowed Chair in Public Health. Photos are of the students and staff of the Department of Public Health Sciences with Dr. Benjamin at the conference. Also is a photo of Ms. Raven Holmes, a Public Health Sciences major, introducing Dr. Benjamin at the conference. Dr. Kenneth Boutte, Department Head, and Dr. Norman Francis, University President, welcome Dr. Benjamin to Xavier.

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August 2013 – Xavier Starts a GlobeMed Chapter in Public Health Sciences

Recently, Xavier University of Louisiana became part of the 2013 GlobeMed chapter class. Xavier University of Louisiana joins three other HBCUs in becoming one of the first HBCUs... More

Recently, Xavier University of Louisiana became part of the 2013 GlobeMed chapter class. Xavier University of Louisiana joins three other HBCUs in becoming one of the first HBCUs to have a GlobeMed chapter on their campus. The purpose of GlobeMed is to educate and train student advocates for global health equity by building a movement of people who believe in health and justice for all. GlobeMed accomplishes this by partnering university chapters with a Global Partner. Over 1,500 students at 50 universities are working with partner organizations across 4 continents. From Lima, Peru to Siem Reap, Cambodia, we are improving the health of 50 communities around the world. GlobeMed at Xavier University of Louisiana is partnered with the Food and Rural Development Foundation (FORUDEF). This organization is dedicated to promoting the wise use of natural resources, the improvement of rural living standards and the building of local capacities through partnership, training, advocacy and the sharing of information in the Southwest region of Cameroon. In addition to working with a global partner to improve their health, members of GlobeMed also have an opportunity to travel to the partner organization and assist with health improvements. Next summer, members of GlobeMed at Xavier will have the opportunity to travel to Cameroon to work on-site with FORUDEF. GlobeMed Co-Presidents are Public Health Sciences majors Raven Holmes and Jamilla Emerson. GlobeMed will be holding an informational session for additional board members in September 2013. Dr. Krista D. Mincey serves as the faculty advisor of GlobeMed.

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July 2013 – Xavier Public Health Sciences Majors Featured in Nation’s Health

Xavier University of Louisiana Public Health majors were featured in Nation’s Health, the official newspaper of the American Public Health Association... More

Xavier University of Louisiana Public Health majors were featured in Nation’s Health, the official newspaper of the American Public Health Association in the newspaper’s section on National Public Health Week (April 1-April7, 2013). For national public health week, students developed programs for fellow university students. On April 4, students in PHLT 2002: Health Promotion Program Planning class implemented programs such as distribution of information on substance abuse, activity bags with healthy snacks, a quick guide on how students can improve their health, and brochures on healthy ways to cope with stress. The brochures on stress were placed in the campus Counseling and Wellness Center.

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April 2013 – Dr. Krista Mincey Inducted into Delta Omega Honor Society

Dr. Krista D. Mincey was inducted into the Gamma Theta chapter of Delta Omega on April 26, 2013 at her alma mater Georgia Southern University in The Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health (Statesboro, Georgia).... More

Dr. Krista D. Mincey was inducted into the Gamma Theta chapter of Delta Omega on April 26, 2013 at her alma mater Georgia Southern University in The Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health (Statesboro, Georgia). Delta Omega was founded in 1924 at Johns Hopkins University in their school of public health as a national honor society to encourage research and scholarship among graduate students of public health and to recognize attainment and achievement in the field of public health. With over 50 active chapters, Delta Omega and its members are dedicated to ensuring the quality of the field of public health and to the protection and advancement of the health of all people. In addition to her induction, Dr. Mincey was also elected to the position of President-Elect for this chapter.

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