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‘Condom deserts’ linked to higher rates of sexually transmitted infections in St. Louis

In certain areas of St. Louis, it is hard to find condoms and the rates of sexually transmitted infections are higher in these “condom deserts,” researchers at Saint Louis University’s College for Public Health and Social Justice found. ...

Poor neighborhoods in St. Louis have less access to condoms, SLU research shows

Poor neighborhoods in St. Louis have less access to condoms ...

M.S.W. student records messages of hope for Orlando

Aaron Laxton ‘18, a Master of Social Work student at Saint Louis University's College for Public Health and Social Justice, is recording messages of hope and solidarity from the local community to send to the survivors and families of the Orlando shooting on June 12. ...

In TEDx talk, Brian Boutwell asks, is nothing beyond the reach of genes?

For criminologists, the prevailing wisdom has been (and continues to be) that social factors are the most important predictors of criminal involvement. Biological influences in general, and genetic factors in particular, have been assumed to be irrelevant. Arguments to the contrary have been greeted with hostility and intensely resisted. Despite the resistance, a flood of research has very clearly suggested that virtually no behavior (crime included) escapes some degree of genetic influence. The continued refusal to grapple with this reality within criminology, however, jeopardizes our ability to truly understand what causes individuals to commit crime. To be direct, much of the prevailing wisdom of criminologists may need to be discarded entirely.Convinced that many of the prevailing ideas about why individuals commit crime are wrong, criminologist Brian Boutwell has been working to advance a new type of crime science known as biosocial criminology. His work, and that of his biosocial colleagues, has helped to reveal how the guiding assumption of most criminologists—that crime has its origins in purely environmental forces—has reached the point of intellectual bankruptcy. Biosocial criminology has helped to push the study of crime toward the goal of becoming a truly interdisciplinary field. In particular, a field that leans less heavily on the edicts of sociology, and one which looks to evolutionary psychology, biology, and quantitative genetics for the invaluable insights into human nature that they provide. ...

Dr. Norm White to lead community engagement efforts

Norm White, professor of criminology and criminal justice at the Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice, has been named associate dean for community engagment and partnership. Dr. White will lead efforts to build and sustain community-university relationships that advance the social justice mission of the college while making a positive difference in the St. Louis region. ...

Childhood hunger linked to violence, impulse-control issues in adulthood

The study, Childhood Reports of Food Neglect and Impulse Control Problems and Violence in Adulthood, comes at a time when it is estimated that 15 million children live in “food-insecure” households in the United States. ...

SLU hosts inaugural public health fair

The Lion's Club at Saint Louis University organized the first public health fair on April 9, 2016, bringing together community members, local health organizations, students, and faculty. The event coincided with the end of National Public Health Week. ...

Simon Yadgir '16 awarded prestigious health metrics fellowship

Yadgir was recently awarded a post-bachelor’s fellowship with the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics, an independent global research center funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the State of Washington. ...

Fifteen years at the forefront of biosecurity education

The Institute for Biosecurity at Saint Louis University has been at the cutting edge of biosecurity education since its founding ...

New Master of Public Health program brings biosecurity and disaster curriculum completely online

The Saint Louis University College for Public Health & Social Justice is launching an online Master of Public Health in Biosecurity & Disaster Preparedness degree program. We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2016 semester. ...

College sees growth in grant awards, publications

Faculty at the College for Public Health and Social Justice were awarded 42 grants and contracts totaling nearly $2 million in 2015, a 13 percent increase from a year earlier, Dr. Mario Schootman, Associate Dean for Research, announced at the annual awards ceremony on April 26. ...

Creativity in the classroom: improvising to be a better collaborator

The art and skills of improvisation can apply to professional relationships and collaboration, according to Nancy Weaver, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Behavioral Science and Health Education at the Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice. ...

Student Spotlight: Rebecca Rohde, the intersection of public health and medicine

Rebecca Rohde, a dual-degree candidate in medicine and public health, won first place for her research on human papillomavirus among college-aged students. ...

Health equity champion Shiriki Kumanyika to deliver Pre-commencement address

Shiriki Kumanyika is an internationally prominent researcher, author, and educator in community based health promotion, public health, social work, and nutrition. She will address the College for Public Health and Social Justice Class of 2016 at the Pre-commencement ceremony on May 12, 2016. ...

SLU hosts undergraduate public health scholar bowl

Thirteen teams of undergraduate public health students from across the United States competed in the 2016 Public Health Scholar Bowl at Saint Louis University's College for Public Health and Social Justice on Saturday, April 9. ...

Dean Airhihenbuwa co-edits special supplement on noncommunicable diseases in Africa

A special supplement focused on the growing issue of noncommunicable diseases in Africa was co-edited by Dr. Collins O. Airhihenbuwa, Dean of Saint Louis University's College for Public Health and Social Justice. ...

CPHSJ celebrates 2016 National Public Health Week

The College for Public Health at Saint Louis University has a number of events to celebrate National Public Health Week on April 4-10, 2016. ...

Choosing Ferguson’s new Chief of Police: Noelle Fearn, Ph.D.

Noelle E. Fearn, Ph.D., Director of the Criminology and Criminal Justice programs at Saint Louis University, recently served on a six-member panel of criminal justice experts to select the next chief of police ...

Student Spotlight: From artillery officer to Ph.D. candidate, Allison Kunerth

Allison Kunerth is a Ph.D. candidate in Biosecurity and Diasaster Preparedness at Saint Louis University. She was recently selected for the 2016 Presidential Management Fellowship, a highly competitive leadership development program. ...

Social work climbs in 'best graduate school' rankings

Saint Louis University's social work graduate programs rank among the top 20 percent in the nation on the 2017 "Best Graduate Schools" list by U.S. News and World Report ...

SLU collaboration sheds light on regulation issues slowing research

The recently published book Ensuring National Biosafety: Institutional Biosecurity Committees-featuring experts from across the University-examines how scientific research is regulated, contributing to the ongoing dialogue between scientists, the public, and rule-makers. ...

SLU examines effectiveness of biosecurity regulations to protect U.S. and world

Drawing upon the expertise of globally recognized subject experts, Ensuring National Biosecurity examines the laws, regulations, and guidelines currently affecting IBCs and makes recommendations for the best way forward ...

SLU offers solutions to information-security risks in pathogen research

While the most dangerous pathogens are kept securely under lock and key, security for computerized data about these pathogens is less tightly regulated, a soon-to-be published Saint Louis University paper asserts. ...

SLU researcher tests ‘condom audit’ concept

A recent study out of Saint Louis University's College for Public Health and Social Justice combined a field survey with geospatial analysis to determine whether residents of a small urban area in Malawi could easily purchase prophylaxes. ...

For lead exposure, maps bring new evidence to an old problem

Building on growing evidence that exposure to lead during childhood does lasting harm to the brain’s ability to regulate risky and delinquent behavior, the researchers suggest that high rates of gonorrhea and chlamydia in some areas of St. Louis City are causally linked to lead exposure, largely from lead-based paint. ...

Documentary screening: 'This Changes Everything'

The extraordinary detail and richness of the cinematography in This Changes Everything provides an epic canvas for this exploration of the greatest challenge of our time. ...

Online social work program unites faith-based universities

The Saint Louis University School of Social Work welcomes the inaugural cohort in its innovative hybrid online MSW program. 17 students from Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio will begin a combination of online courses taught by SLU faculty and classroom instruction at Lourdes, while doing their field education locally in the northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan region. ...

A Message from the Dean

Wherein Dean Airhihenbuwa greets the College for Public Health and Social Justice: Social Work, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Applied Behavior Analysis, faculty, staff and students. Airhihenbuwa outlines three objectives for the college: strengthening community university relationships for health promotion in the St. Louis area, strengthening global health education and service, and developing a model for collaboration between the disciplines in our college. ...

Faculty and student researchers respond to “Grand Challenges”

Wherein contributions from Saint Louis University School of Social Work at the SSWR Society for Social Work Research 2016 Annual Conference are described, including social entrepreneurship, intimate partner violence, biosocial social work, homelessness, economic inequality, and others. ...

Symposium showcases doctoral student research, awards outstanding work

More than 20 doctoral students in public health and social work shared their research through posters and oral presentations ...

McGuire honored for teaching excellence

Dyan McGuire has been honored for her dedication to students with the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award ...

Homer Schmitz, M.B.A., Ph.D.: 1938-2015

Homer Schmitz, M.B.A., Ph.D., faculty emeritus in health care management, died September 8. He was 76. A faculty member in Health Management and Policy since 2002 and faculty emeritus since his retirement in 2013, Schmitz had extensive executive experience managing the operations and finances of a wide variety of health care organizations; experience he brought to bear in his academic career as an educator, researcher, and leader. ...

SLU professor speaks at White House suicide prevention symposium

Dr. Monica Matthieu, assistant professor of social work at Saint Louis University, joined data scientists, analysts, tech innovators, advocates, clinicians, and policy makers for a "day of innovation" at the White House on Oct. 9. ...

Health Policy Leader Tanchica Terry, M.P.H., returns to SLU for Health Policy Rounds

Leading public health and health policy professional Tanchica Terry returned to SLU to share her experiences in Washington D.C. at Health Management Rounds in the Department of Health Management and Policy. ...

Collaboration builds connections, opens doors

Nygel Williams (BS '15) and faculty mentor Keon Gilbert worked together on a University-supported study providing insight into African-American men's health, changing Williams' educational path along the way. ...

Saint Louis looks at attitudes toward anthrax, smallpox vaccines

Saint Louis University researchers recently published a paper in the journal Health Security on US disaster planners attitudes regarding preevent vaccine for first responders and point-of-dispensing workers - the first of its kind. ...

Scharff, Kelly, LaRose Win SOPHE Paper of the Year

SLU public health alumnae Cheryl Kelly and Jessi LaRose and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Darcell Scharff won the Society for Public Health Education Sarah Mazelis Paper of the Year Award. Thier paper makes a leading contribution to health promotion practice and connecting research and practice with the practical approach to program evaluation it offers to community based organizations. ...

Saint Louis University Names New Dean of College for Public Health and Social Justice

Collins O. Airhihenbuwa joins SLU as the new dean of the College for Public Health and Social Justice. A global leader in culture and health, Airhihenbuwa brings an interdisciplinary approach to research and teaching. ...

Social work: A life filled with adventure

Jack and Julie Lally (MSW '59) remember their time at SLU's School of Social Service and talk about how the field of social work has changed. ...

College graduates biggest class to date

The 432 graduates encompass diverse faith traditions, educational backgrounds, and professional aspirations ...

SLU finds differences in nonprofits, investor-owned hospitals’ debt use

Four Saint Louis University researchers have found that nonprofit hospitals use debt differently to investor-owned ones. This finding, based on a large, multi-year dataset from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Healthcare Cost Report Information System, is in contrast to previous findings from a relatively small sample. ...

SLU guides passion towards 'actual' change

Victoria Anwuri '02, Master of Public Health alumnus, talks about her MPH degree and the public health field ...

HRSA grant helps train much-needed youth social workers for Saint Louis

Five SLU students awarded a $10,000 stipend to help at-risk children and youth at St. Louis psychiatric hospitals, outpatient behavioral health clinics, and residential treatment centers. ...

Outstanding researchers honored at awards ceremony

With an $8.9 million research portfolio and 211 publications by its faculty, the College for Public Health and Social Justice had an outstanding year in 2014, Mario Schootman, PhD, Associate Dean for Research, told the audience at the April 28 awards ceremony. ...

SLU volunteers tackle homework, big issues in St. Louis schools

Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice students tutor St. Louis children through the student run group Overground Railroad to Literacy ...

‘Impressive’ MSW student awarded scholarship

Williams was awarded the 2015 Distinguished Student scholarship on March 10 by the Social Work Leaders in Health Care of Metro St. Louis, Inc., in recognition of her excellence in academics, practical experience and leadership ...

Disaster planning gaps undetected by CDC measures

"Are US Jurisdictions Prepared to Dispense Medical Countermeasures through Open Points of Dispensing? Findings from a National Study," published online by Health Security, found that not all open PODs were sufficiently prepared and the evaluation measures of their preparedness are also lacking. ...

Linhorst named interim dean of the College

Donald Linhorst, PhD, Professor and Director of the School of Social Work at Saint Louis University, has been named as the interim dean of the College for Public Health and Social Justice. ...

SLU’s MHA, Public Health rise in US News rankings

Saint Louis University's Master of Health Administration program ranks No. 7, and the College of Public Health earned the No. 23 spot in the 2016 Best Graduate Schools rankings, released today by U.S. News and World Report. ...

SLU Emergency Management Student Wins Prestigious Boren Award

Corey Walters, a senior at SLU studying emergency management, has been awarded a $20,000 David L. Boren Scholarship to study in Morocco. ...

MO Foundation for Health funds infant mortality study at SLU

Pamela Xaverius, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice, has been awarded $167,449 from the Missouri Foundation for Health to address infant mortality in St. Louis and the Bootheel region of southeast Missouri, areas which comprise a third of Missouri's deaths in the first year of life. ...

SLU MSW Student is Awarded Presidential Fellowship

SLU MSW Student is Awarded Presidential Fellowship ...

International maternal health research expert joins College

"It's the nerdy research side mixed with the messy reality of how programs and interventions really happen," says Anne K. Sebert Kuhlmann, PhD, MPH, who joined the SLU faculty this semester. She’s an expert in program evaluation and evaluation research in international public health. Her research touches mothers from Malawi to Ecuador. ...

Zero New Cases: a Discussion on the U.S. Military’s Response to the Ebola Crisis in Liberia

Dr. Alex Garza will lead a discussion on progress in the fight against the Ebola virus in Liberia. According to Liberia’s Ebola taskforce, the nation could be free of Ebola by early February, reporting no new cases and only 10 confirmed current cases as of mid-January. ...

Operation United Assistance Briefs SLU on Liberia

Lieutenant Colonel Ross Lightsey, joined by members of Operation United Assistance, answers questions from the Saint Louis University public health community on the fight against Ebola in Liberia. ...

Master of Social Work student Karissa Anderson co-authors op-ed in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Saint Louis University Master of Social Work student Karissa Anderson co-authors op-ed in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch ...

CPHSJ graduate addresses the United Nations

Sara Rahim, graduate of the College for Public Health and Social Justice, addressed the United Nations on Feb. 6 as part of World Interfaith Harmony Week. ...

Just-in-time disaster training not enough, says SLU

Most public health agencies are planning to use “just-in-time” training to educate point-of-dispensing (POD) staff and volunteers – a strategy that may not be feasible due to time constraints during a large-scale biologic event, Saint Louis University researchers found. ...

SLU receives grant to fund biopsies for uninsured

Saint Louis University's Center for Cancer Prevention, Research, and Outreach has been awarded a grant of $16,720 from the Episcopal Presbyterian Health Trust to expand the Prostate Cancer Education and Screening Program, which offers free Prostate-Specific Antigen testing to uninsured and underinsured African American men in St. Louis. ...

SLU postdoc wins NIH global health fellowship

Saint Louis University postdoctoral fellow Prajakta Adsul, PhD, MBBS, MPH, has been awarded a competitive Global Health Equity Scholars fellowship, funded by the Fogarty Global Health Program at the National Institutes of Health. ...

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