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India book drive comes full circle
Jessica Gibson, a public health graduate student and president of the Maternal and Child Health Student Organization, presented a book donation to librarian Sathyanarayanan Mundayoor in Roing, India.In April, the Harrell Center for the Study of Family Violence announced a book drive for children in the Himalayas.  The initiative was in collaboration with RIWATCH, the Research Institute of World’s Ancient Traditions Cultures and Heritage, to promote reading for children in rural areas.  The month-long drive resulted in the collection of four boxes […]
Baby Emmanuel joins the COPH family
Gladys Bernett sonGladys Bernett and husband Luis Manuel Valle welcomed Emmanuel Gabriel on Monday, July 7.  Emmanuel weighed 7 lbs, 7 oz.  “He is beautiful and healthy,” Gladys said via email a few days after delivery. “Mommy is exhausted, but recovering.”   Gladys Bernett, MBA, MHA, is director of program development for USF Health Panama. She is based […]
Public Service Day is every day for USF Health students
burmese fairWinston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” On June 23, the United Nations celebrated its annual observance of Public Service Day.  The occasion highlights the invaluable contributions of public servants and administrators in their efforts to build a better world for […]
Sacrifice, hardship, adventure await record number of COPH Peace Corps volunteers
These Bulls are bound for the Peace Corps are proudly display their new host country.Six USF College of Public Health students have volunteered for Peace Corps duty this summer, a record number for the college.  Each will undertake a 27-month assignment of personal sacrifice, with personal hardship a distinct possibility. Founded and established by executive order of President John F. Kennedy in 1961, the Corps assigns duties unknown to […]
USF Health Drives Panama Canal Centennial Forum
(back row from left): Morgan Hess-Holtz, MPH (USF Health); Dr. John Petrila (USF COPH), Jay Evans, MBA, MPH (USF COPH), Dr. Jorge Motta (Gorgas Panama), Dr. Ilenia Forero, MSPH; Dr. Lissette Chang, MSPH; Dr. Roderick Chen, MSPH; Dr. Lorna Jenkins, MSPH; Dr. Juan Pascale (Gorgas Panama); Dr. Silvio Vega (CSS Panama); Prof. Jorge Arosemena (City of Knowledge); Dr. Nestor Sosa (Gorgas Panama).
(front row from left): Cristienn Joudaane, MBA, MS (USF Health); Mayela Castro, MSPH; Jesica Candanedo, MSPH; Nydia Flores, MSPH; Dr. Arlene Calvo (USF Health); Dr. Donna Petersen (USF COPH); Dr. David Freedman (Gorgas Alabama); Dr. John McNeil (Georgetown University); Gladys Bernett, MBA, MHA (USF Health)USF Health partnered with the Panama Canal Authority and the Gorgas Memorial Institute of Health to organize an historic forum commemorating the 100th anniversary of the construction of the Panama Canal. The May 29 convention brought together a distinguished group of international scholars and attracted more than 250 participants. It included authorities from the USF […]
Jennifer Peregoy earns global health fellowship in Rwanda
Jennifer Peregoy in Rwanda 2Jennifer Peregoy, MPH, is an ASPPH/CDC Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellow in epidemiology in the African nation of Rwanda. She is assigned to the CDC Rwanda office, which is located at the U.S. Embassy in Kigali. The Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellowship Program provides international training opportunities for recent graduates of ASPPH-member, CEPH-accredited schools and […]
100 Years of the Panama Canal: A Century of Contributions to Global Health
Panama Canal 100 years“Sanitation first, construction second. Medicine before engineering.” –  President Theodore Roosevelt As part of the centennial of the Panama Canal, the University of South Florida, the Panama Canal Authority and the Gorgas Memorial Institute have collaborated to organize an historical forum designed to highlight the importance that public health had not only for the successful construction of […]
Public health students are finalists in global health challenge
The enterprising group of includes students and alumni from USF’s College of Public Health and Morsani College of Medicine: (l,r) Gent Bitincka, global communicable diseases graduate student and fourth year MCOM student; Shawn Alderman, epidemiology graduate student; Anousha Hakim, global communicable diseases graduate student; and, Rosanna E. Ianiro, MD, MPH, CPH, DTM&H, global communicable diseases alumna.How far will you go … to make a difference? An inter-professional team of USF Health students have their eyes on the prize—“to work alongside Timmy Global Health (TGH) in Ecuador, Guatemala or the Dominican Republic to help provide high quality health services to underserved populations.”   The only team representing USF and Florida, Stampede […]
Every day is World Malaria Day in the USF College of Public Health
On Friday, April 25, the public health community paused to commemorate World Malaria Day. It’s a day observed by the United Nations and other health organizations to showcase the efforts and progress made in the global fight to control this pandemic. With “Invest in the Future: Defeat Malaria” as the theme, the celebratory week included […]
Public Health makes a positive difference in Ngäbe-Buglé, Panama
Dr. Arlene Calvo (r) leads a health education training with members of the Ngäbe-Buglé community.Responding to USF’s challenge to become a top global, research institution, the College of Public Health established an international presence in Panama, Central America, about a decade ago. In partnership with USF Health, the Panama program is located at the City of Knowledge, where they conduct research and academic activities. One of the recent community […]