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  • 14 Jun 2016 9:01 PM | Joanne Sommers (Administrator)

    Shervin Assari, Chair of the AAHB Membership Council is recently selected as a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM). Fellows should be nominated by at least three other Fellows and should be approved by the NYAM Board of Trustees. Eligibility is 10+ years of work experience in the field of medicine/health in addition to outstanding contribution to their field. Elected by their peers, NYAM Fellows are considered as distinguished professionals in medical professions, who embody the highest levels of achievement and leadership in urban health. Established in 1847, NYAM has 160 years of legacy in medicine and health. For more information, please see the NYAM website: http://www.nyam.org

  • 31 May 2016 3:17 PM | Joanne Sommers (Administrator)
    Daphne Hernandez, PhD, has been selected as the winner of the 2016 WGRC Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award in the tenure-track faculty category.  She is rapidly building a national and international reputation in research on health disparities, with focus on disparities in food insecurity and obesity by  gender and race/ethnicity.  She has published numerous articles in highly regarded peer-reviewed journals in public health and family studies.  She has been awarded two major external grants, and mentored 23 students, since joining University of Houston in August 2012. 

    This award will be formally presented to Dr. Hernandez at an awards ceremony hosted by the WGRC, slated for August.  For the moment, please accept our congratulations.

    Dr. Devan Ford-McCartney

    Director- Women and Gender Resource Center

    University of Houston

  • 21 Apr 2016 1:17 PM | Joanne Sommers (Administrator)

    ISU Professor to Receive Third Alumna Award

    POCATELLO, Idaho - The Director of Nursing Research at Idaho State University is set to be honored by one of her alma maters this May. Mary Nies, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAAHB will receive the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing 2016 Distinguished Nurse Alumna Award. Nies received her PhD in Nursing Science from the University of Illinois. She has previously received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Loyola University School of Nursing where she obtained her Master of Science in Nursing and the Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

    Dr. Nies is also a Professor in the Division of Health Sciences at Idaho State University. She is Co-Project Director on the Idaho Senior Refugee Interprofessional Holistic Health Project funded by Health Resources and Services Administration for $1.5 Million. Dr. Nies is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and in the American Academy of Health Behavior. She was also inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society in 2011.


  • 27 Jan 2016 7:22 PM | Joanne Sommers (Administrator)

    The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) invites eligible junior faculty members and transitioning post-doctoral fellows under-represented in the biomedical workforce to apply to the 2016 Research inImplementation Sciences for Equity (RISE) Program Summer Institute. The all-expenses paid opportunity is an initiative of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s (NHLBI) Program to Increase Diversity among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE). UCSF RISE is designed to train competitive scientists and enhance the diversity of the biomedical research workforce. Scientific research concentrated in diverse interests is particularly important for further discovery in heart, lung, and blood diseases that disproportionately affect underrepresented minority populations.

    The Summer Institute has two training goals:Implementation Science (ImS) and Careers-In-Progress (CIP). Focused on multi-disciplinary theories and methods, ImS is a major initiative of NIH research and is dedicated to promoting theory-informed approaches to create evidence-based interventions for diverse practice settings. The CIP sessions are skills-based and feature grant writing, manuscript and Individual Development Plans (IDP) training with a thorough overview of NIH funding opportunities.

    The two-week RISE Summer Institute featuring ImS and CIP will be hosted by UCSF’s Center for Vulnerable Populations at San Francisco General Hospital July 13-29, 2016

    For application details, please visit:http://www.biostat.wustl.edu/pridecc

    Submissions are targeted for March 1, 2016 with a rolling deadline until all positions are filled.

  • 24 Aug 2015 8:15 AM | Joanne Sommers (Administrator)

    Wallace to direct Undergraduate Research Office at 

    The Ohio State UniversitySponsor

    Vice Provost of Undergraduate Studies and Dean of Undergraduate Education Wayne Carlson has announced the appointment of Lorraine Silver Wallace to director of the Undergraduate Research Office. Wallace is an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine, College of Medicine. She holds adjunct appointments in the Colleges of Public Health and Education and Human Ecology. 

  • 18 Aug 2015 10:24 AM | Katie Heinrich (Administrator)

    For the first time, there is an opportunity for meeting attendees to submit an abstract for oral presentation!

    Only abstracts related to the meeting theme "Using the Past to Propel the Future" will be accepted.  Podium presentations will be 30 minutes in length and will conclude with a panel discussion guided by a senior AAHB member.  For more information and to submit your abstract click here!

  • 12 Aug 2015 3:53 PM | Katie Heinrich (Administrator)
    The Kansas State University Graduate School is seeking a full or associate professor to serve as director for the master of public health (MPH) program.  The director will provide leadership for the advancement of the program and contribute to scholarly activities.  The MPH program (http://www.k-state.edu/mphealth/index.htm) is a collaborative, interdepartmental graduate degree-granting program accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. Students select an emphasis in food safety and biosecurity; infectious disease and zoonoses; public health nutrition; or public health physical activity.


  • 21 Jul 2015 9:41 AM | Katie Heinrich (Administrator)

    Meeting Theme: Using the Past to Propel the Future

    The American Academy of Health Behavior invites abstracts to be considered for podium research presentations at the 2016 annual meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The meeting theme: Using the Past to Propel the Future recognizes the important influence ohistorical context on the beginnings and evolution of the health behavior change field with an emphasis on future directions and innovations. 

    General Guidelines 

    Using the meeting theme as a guide, please submit an abstract of 1,000 words or less describing your proposed podium presentation. Only abstracts related to the meeting theme will be accepted. Presentations will be 30 minutes in length and will conclude with a panel discussion guided by a senior AAHB member. Please review the Podium Presentation Review Criteria prior to submitting an abstract. Please include enough detail in your submission for reviewers to judge the quality and content of your proposed presentation. A limited number of podium presentations will be chosen

    AAHB will accept podium abstract submissions until September 19, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Both members and non-members are encouraged to submit podium presentation abstracts for the meeting. Authors will be notified of the status of their submission(s) by November 4, 2015. Speakers will be responsible for their own conference-related expenses (e.g., travel, accommodations, meeting registration). 

    Click on this link to view the podium research presentation abstract review criteria. 

    Should you have any questions about the podium presentation abstract submission or review process, please contact the 2016 Research Review Committee Chair, Dr. Hsien-Chang Lin at linhsi@indiana.edu.

    Submit a Podium Research Abstract here.

  • 28 May 2015 7:39 PM | Katie Heinrich (Administrator)

    Applications for CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) program are currently being accepted through August 17, 2015. CDC’s EIS program is a 2-year fellowship that provides training in applied epidemiology. The program is more than just a training, though. It can open the door to an exciting and rewarding career in public health. EIS officers serve as CDC’s “disease detectives,” the first responders to public health emergencies. EIS officers work in all areas of public health including injury and violence prevention. Officers work to save lives and protect people by solving mysterious outbreaks, detecting new microbes and ensuring global health when natural disasters and other emergencies occur. 

    For more information or if you are interested in applying, visit www.cdc.gov/eis. Or, if you would like to learn more about the injury and violence prevention work that EIS officers do, contact Arlene Greenspan (agreenspan@cdc.gov) atCDC’s Injury Center.


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