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Public Health Minute with William Latimer – Lehman College

High Intensity Interval Training – Dr. Bradley Wilson – University of Cincinnati

Approximately 70% of adults in the U.S. are classified as being overweight or obese. High intensity interval training has been shown to improve health related outcomes, including weight loss.

Dr. Bradley Wilson, Professor of Health Promotion and Education at the University of Cincinnati, studies high intensity interval training or HIIT. Dr. Wilson’s research interests include the health benefits of exercise and worksite health promotion. Learn more about Dr. Wilson here: 

Health Behavior – Dr. Belinda Borrelli – Boston University

Health care in the US has increasingly embraced a preventative model but success is influenced by individual health behavior.

Dr. Belinda Borrelli, Professor in the Department of Health Policy & Health Services at Boston University, as well as the Research Director in the Behavioral Science Research division, discusses how to motivate behavior change. Dr. Borrelli specializes in integrating theory based treatments into public health contexts, and targeting underserved populations such as those with low income, inner city youth and adults, Latinos, people with mobility impairments, medically ill populations, older adults, and Native-Americans. Learn more about Dr. Borrelli here:

Environmental Inequality – Dr. Diane Sicotte – Drexel University

Concentrations of environmentally hazardous land uses are detrimental to communities. They come with unknown health risks and can hurt the community economically.

Dr. Diane Sicotte, an Associate Professor of Sociology at Drexel University, studies environmental inequality. Dr. Sicotte combines sociological research methods with geographic and historical methods to investigate the role of race/ethnicity, social class, labor and waste disposal technologies in the development of environmental inequalities.  Learn more about Dr. Sicotte here:

HIV Prevention – Dr. Katie Biello – Brown University

Pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP is extremely effective for HIV prevention, but its efficacy depends on uptake and adherence.

Dr. Katie Biello is an Assistant Professor of Behavior and Social Sciences and an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Brown University. Her research interests are in identifying and understanding the underlying risk factors for social inequities in HIV/STIs and developing behavioral interventions to reduce risk among racial, sexual and gender minorities and those in resource limited settings, both domestically and globally. Learn more about Dr. Biello here:

Alcohol Misuse – Majid Afshar, MD – Loyola University Chicago

Between 2010 and 2012, acute alcohol poisoning in the U.S. resulted in 8.8 deaths per 1 million people with an average of six deaths daily.

Dr. Majid Afshar is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and in Public Health Science at Loyola University, Chicago. His research focuses on examining alcohol misuse and its effect on health outcomes. Dr. Afshar has received many awards, such as the National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral F32 Fellowship and the K23 NIH/NIAAA Career Development Award. Learn more about Dr. Afshar here.

Health and Wellness Intervention for Parents – John Christensen, PhD – University of Connecticut

Yellowbrick is an educational website for parents to help each other on the parenting journey.

Dr. John Christensen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Connecticut, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. His research focuses on altering unhealthy attitudes, behavior, and emotions through effective communication technologies. Dr. Christensen’s research interests include developing video games and artificially intelligent virtual humans to decrease stigma-related and risk-taking stress among the LGBT and racial minority populations. Learn more about Dr. Christensen here.

Physical Activity Interventions for Endometrial Cancer Survivors – Dr. Amerigo Rossi, EdD – Long Island University Brooklyn

Endometrial cancer survivors are the least physically active of all cancer survivors, with only 33% participating in regular physical activity. They have a higher risk for developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer recurrence.

Mr. Amerigo Rossi is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Athletic Training, Health & Exercise Science at Long Island University Brooklyn. He graduated with an Ed.D. from Teachers College in 2015. Mr. Rossi’s past research included other studies, such as “Physical Activity-related Differences in Body Mass Index and Patient Reported Quality of Life in Socioculturally Diverse Endometrial Cancer Survivors,” and “Feasibility of a Physical Activity Intervention for Obese, Socioculturally Diverse Endometrial Cancer Survivors.” Learn more about Dr. Rossi here.

Firefighter Health and Safety – Emily Sparer, Sc.D – Harvard University


Much research has examined cancer risks that firefighters encounter in the field, but the potential for carcinogens in firehouses has received less scrutiny.

Dr. Emily Sparer is a Research Fellow at Harvard University, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her research focuses on complex and dynamic work environments, such as healthcare, construction, and emergency response; traditional methods of occupational health practice and research can’t always be directly applied. Dr. Sparer’s research interests include the role of work organization in disease and injury reduction in occupational settings. Learn more about Dr. Sparer here.

Free and Charitable Clinics – Julie Darnell, PhD – Loyola University Chicago

Since an increasing proportion of the US population is without health insurance, a network of free clinics has gradually developed to provide care for the uninsured. Surprisingly, little is known about these clinics.

Dr. Julie Darnell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Sciences at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Her research focuses on access to, delivery and financing of healthcare for underprivileged populations and the safety net organization that serve them. Dr. Darnell has received several awards and recognition for her work, including the American Public Health Association, the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, the Society for Social Work and Research, the Public Health System Research Interest Group of Academy Health, and the National Association of Social Workers Foundation. Learn more about Dr. Darnell here.

Injury Prevention and Performance Enhancement in Special Operations Forces – Nick Heebner, PhD – Kentucky University

Although several studies have been done on injury epidemiology in US military personnel, there is limited published data for injury prevention techniques or how to enhance resiliency in US Special Operations Forces.

Dr. Nick Heebner is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Athletic Training and Associate Director for Research at the Sports Medicine Research Institute at Kentucky University. His research focuses on injury prevention and performance enhancement in Special Operations Forces. Dr. Heebner’s other research interests include injury prevention and performance enhancement in the ultra-endurance athlete and the application of portable and wearable technology for injury prevention and rehabilitation. Learn more about Dr. Heebner here.