Friday, October 23, 2015

Dr. Richard Cooper will be a keynote speaker for NIH Working Group

Dr. Cooper will present a keynote talk at the NIH Workshop on improving hypertension control in African Americans Oct 26 and 27.

His presentation slides can be found here

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Please mark your calendars ~

Steve Scaglione, MD will present “Prevalence, readmissions, and mortality associated with Liver Cirrhosis in a large national health insurance administrative database” on Wednesday, October 28th  at 11am in conference room 3340.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Public Health Internships

Trialect at is soliciting applications for USAID Washington, DC based Internships in Public Health. GHFP program offers 16 weeks internships Currently enrolled in master’s or other post-bachelor’s degree candidate in public health, international health, international development, social sciences, or a related fields such as biostatistics, epidemiology, etc; or, completion of such within the past 12 months. To be considered for internship, applications have to be submitted before October 23. The application process is very simple and requires filling a questionnaire that covers their education, current studies, language skills, experience, etc. The details can be perused at : USAID Internships in Public Health

Monday, October 19, 2015

Thank you Loyola Public Health Students!

Thank you so much for Raising the Barre at this year’s Pumpkin Patch Parade! It was a hugely successful event, thanks in the largest part to our Loyola Public Health volunteers who kept everything running smoothly.

Your help with setting up, running the games, Fit and Fun, Jump Rope, tear down, and everything in between made this a truly remarkable event.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Please mark your calendars –

Drs. Richard Cooper and Majid Afshar will discuss plan for joint submission of CTSA with Univ. of Chicago, and further thoughts on advancing Translational Research at LUMC on Tuesday, October 20th at 11 am in conference room 3340.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Weekly Public Health Seminar this Tuesday, October 13th

Please mark your calendars ~

Lara Dugas, PhD, MPH, will present “The Obese Microbiome Across Different Geographic Environments” on Tuesday, October 13th at 11a.m. in conference room 3340.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Blog from Loyola MPH Student Assembly President, Jollyn Tyryfter

This fall I’m working with Seven Generations Ahead and the Illinois Farm to School Network for my practicum and capstone project. We’re using SoGoSurvey ( to create and distribute a state wide survey of Illinois farmers and school stakeholders to help develop identify barriers to implementation of farm to school programming. We’re hoping to get feedback from all counties in Illinois to identify the unique challenges and successes of schools from all areas of the state.  The data collection and analysis should be completed this semester so that the new toolkit can be developed early next year to help facilitate the connection between schools and farmers with ample time to start planning for the next school year. 

After searching for a survey creation tool that fits our needs we’ve chosen SoGoSurvey over other platforms for its ease of use, and the ability to add our own logo and branding to the survey. We wanted a more professional look than other places would provide, without going to a much costlier service. Additionally, it’s super easy to start setting up your survey and has all the response types you might need (single select, multi select, ranking, etc). Since our survey is being sent to individuals with very different roles it’s important that we can customize it for each person who responds.

One of the great features that isn’t available on many of the free survey platforms is the branching and skip logic. No need for your respondents to wade through a sea of questions that need the answer “n/a”, just jump them to the next applicable question based on their answers. As someone who has never generated a survey from scratch, I find the interface intuitive and easy to use.

As any of you who have disseminated online surveys know, just because you reach out to someone doesn’t mean they’ll actually take the survey. SoGoSurvey lets you track who is opening your e-mails and taking the survey so you can track who you need to follow up with without bombarding those who have already completed it. It also allows for completely anonymous responses, which can make the IRB process a lot easier.

For those of you who need a little help with the analysis side of things, there are great tools for summaries to get you started, and you can easily export your data to do further analysis. It’ll also make pretty graphs for your presentations which we all know is important.

So if anyone is planning a survey for their capstone, (because of course you are already thinking about your capstone, right?) SoGoSurvey is a great option. Or you can do what I did and spend a couple of hours researching and comparing all the different tools out there.

And most importantly, if anyone knows any farmers and/or school decision makers (principals, food service directors, teachers, or wellness directors) who you think would be interested in giving us some feedback and help us get fresh, healthy, local food into Illinois schools, send me an e-mail at

Friday, October 2, 2015

Public Health Seminar October 6th

Please mark your calendars  ~

Abigail Silva, PhD, MPH, will present “Metastatic Castrate-resistant Prostate Cancer and the Use of Novel Oral Therapeutic Agents” on Tuesday, October 6th at 11:00 in conference room 3340.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Public Health Sciences Seminar Tuesday 11 am Oct. 6

Dr. Holly Kramer will be featured in the next the Public Health Sciences Seminar next Tuesday, October 6, at 11 am in Room 3340. Her title is: "Results of the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial"

Please see the associated article.