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Public Health Minute with William Latimer – Lehman College

Pharmacists and Health Coaching – John Lonie, Ed.D – Long Island University, Brooklyn

Health coaching is an innovative communication technique that pharmacists can use in their practice to allow patients make long-term health behavior changes.

Dr. John M. Lonie is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Administrative Sciences at Long Island University, Brooklyn. His research focuses on using novel communication techniques in pharmacy practice to improve patient health outcomes. Specifically, he’s exploring how training pharmacists to also be health coaches will improve medication adherence with chronic medications. Dr. Lonie’s research interests also include the development of empathy in pharmacy students, pharmacists and other health care practitioners. Learn more about Dr. Lonie here.

Physical Activity and Cancer Survivorship – Hannah Arem, PhD – George Washington University

There is high prevalence of physical inactivity among cancer survivors, and this has been associated with higher mortality risk.

Dr. Hannah Arem is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the GW Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. Her research interests are in lifestyle and cancer outcomes. Dr. Arem’s research focuses specifically on physical activity and cancer survivorship, emphasizing implementation and dissemination research. Before joining GW, she completed an American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science and Technology Policy Fellowship at the U.S. Agency for International Development, focusing on implementation research in global health. Learn more about Dr. Arem here.

Prescription Opioid Use During Pregnancy – William Cooper, MD – Vanderbilt University

The use of prescription opioids among pregnant women and the rates of neonatal opioid withdrawal, also known as Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome or NAS, has risen in several countries. Recent studies have suggested that the incidence of NAS in the US has risen to 6 in every 1,000 births, or an average of one infant born with NAS every 25 minutes.

Dr. William Cooper is the Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, and Director of Vanderbilt’s Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy at Vanderbilt University. His research focuses on the studies of prescription drugs during pregnancy and unanticipated effects for infants and the studies of psychotropic medications and potential adverse effects for children and adolescents. Learn more about Dr. Cooper here.

Syphilis – Gail Bolan, MD – Center for Disease Control and Prevention


Syphilis is reaching levels not seen in the US in more than twenty years. Increased rates in women are triggering a surge in syphilis among newborn babies.

Dr. Gail Bolan is the Director of CDC’s Division of STD Prevention at the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. Her research focus and interests are on diseases that are of concern to public health. Dr. Bolan has received the CDC Jack Spencer Award for her work on contributions to excellence in STD prevention based on commitments to science-based programs, continuous innovation, and profound commitment to helping people. Learn more about Dr. Bolan here.

Teen Drivers – Johnathon Ehsani, PhD – John Hopkins University

Novice adolescents report greater willingness to engage in cell phone while driving relative to other drivers.

Dr. Johnathon P. Ehsani is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health. His research focuses on the role of policy and technology on driver behavior and safety. Dr. Ehsani has received many honors and rewards, such as Leon S. Robertson Faculty Development Chair in Injury Prevention and the NIH Intramural Research Training Award, for his work. Learn more about Dr. Ehsani here.

Physical Activity Among Parents – Dr. Emily Mailey, Ph.D. – Kansas State University

The onset of parenthood is associated with substantial declines in physical activity.

Dr. Emily Mailey is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Kansas State University. Dr. Mailey also serves as the Director of the Physical Activity Invention Research Lab. Her research interests include promoting physical activity among working mothers and using physical activity to increase quality of life. Dr. Mailey is also interested in using web-based interventions. Learn more about Dr. Emily Mailey here:

Health Inspections – Dr. Kevin Sauer, Ph.D. – Kansas State University

In 2008, 1,034 foodborne illness outbreaks occured throughout the U.S., resulting in  22 deaths.

Dr. Kevin Sauer is a registered dietitian and Associate Professor in the Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health at Kansas State University. Dr. Sauer’s research focuses on HACCP, food safety, the career paths and job satisfaction of management dietitians, and technology in dietetics practice. As an educator, Sauer has been awarded for innovative and outstanding teaching methods specifically in foodservice and management courses, including distance and campus-based course delivery. Learn more about Dr. Kevin Sauer here:

Positive Organizational Behavior – Dr. Maura Mills, Ph.D. – University of Alabama

The work-family literature increasing suggests that family and work domains influence each other, including evidence that family factors are linked to work decisions and vice versa.

Dr. Maura Mills is an Assistant Professor of Management in the Culverhouse College of Commerce at the University of Alabama. Her research interests include the work-family interface and employee attitudes. Dr. Mills has published more than 20 articles in peer-refereed journals such as Human Relations, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, International Journal of Human Resource Management, and Gender in Management, among others. She has also authored several chapters, and recently compiled an edited book (Gender and the Work-Family Experience: An Intersection of Two Domains; Springer Publishing), which has received wide praise. Learn more about Dr. Maura Mills here:

Respiratory Health – Eyal Oren, PhD – University of Arizona

Children and adolescents with chronic exposure to disruptive events have prolonged physiological and health consequences with poor asthma outcomes.

Dr. Eyal Oren is an Assistant Professor in Epidemiology at University of Arizona, Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. His recent research explores the connections between the environment, social factors, and respiratory health. Dr Oren’s research interests involve multidisciplinary, community-engaged approaches focusing on population health disparities and collaborative work that is innovative and highlights novel technologies and tools. Learn more about Dr. Oren here

Obesity- Andres Acosta Cardenas, PhD- The Mayo Clinic

Understanding food intake regulation is key to fighting the obesity epidemic.

Dr. Andres Acosta Cardenas is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at The Mayo Clinic. His research focuses on gastrointestinal physiology and to understand the complexity of food intake regulation and obesity. Additionally, Dr. Acosta studies the effect of genetics, pharmacology and endoscopic devices on food intake regulation. Learn more about Dr. Acosta here