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Department of Health Services Administration
DYC HSA Student Hired by Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Congratulations to Orinthia Baker, who received a Clinical Research Certificate from our HSA program. She was recently hired at Roswell Park Cancer Institute as a Clinical Research Associate in the Cancer Prevention & Control Department. In her words, “My responsibilities entail ascertaining eligibility of subjects for a specific study, recruitment, data collection, providing subjects with intervention information and monitoring for adverse events. The HSA program really provided me with the experience they were looking for. The position required someone who was familiar with database management (SPSS, MS Access) and some research experience.”
DYC Health Services Management Undergraduate Students Accepted to Career-Building Internships
Holly Kovach, a student in the Health Services Management undergraduate program, was recently accepted to an internship program in Sydney, Australia as part of the Study Abroad Program at DYC. In her words “D’Youville has a wonderful and friendly learning environment that has taught me so much. With the wisdom I have obtained at D'Youville, I am confident that I will be able to direct, coordinate and supervise the delivery of healthcare in a facility someday. The Study Abroad Program at D'Youville was like the icing on the cake! I have dreamed about going to Australia since I was a little girl. I think that interning in Sydney will be beneficial to my overall well being. It is a terrific opportunity that will allow me to enhance my leadership skills, expand my world views, and make lifelong connections. With the skills that acquire abroad, I am sure it will influence my career path for the better.”
Kaddy Baldeh, a student in the Health Services Management undergraduate program, was recently accepted to the Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP) at Virginia Tech. In her words “In my Community Health class I did a final research paper on refugee health in Western New York. My research findings led me to pursue an internship at the International Institute of Buffalo, where I worked with the refugee resettlement department. D'Youville has exposed me to hands-on experience, volunteering and interning in my field of interest. My infatuation for this field grew so much, I wanted to learn more about public health, especially epidemiology. I learned about the MAOP at Virginia Tech, which prepares undergraduate students from various colleges/universities across the nation to gain research experience, prepare them for applying to graduate school, and offer GRE preparatory classes. For 10 weeks I plan to do research on malaria, with a focus on Gambia, West Africa. I will explore the disease etiology, outbreak investigation, disease surveillance and screening, biomonitoring, and comparisons of treatment effects such as those in clinical trials. I hope this internship will assist me in utilizing my skills to assist people professionally after I finish my studies. It will also serve as a stepping stone towards my plans to further my education at the graduate level.”
DYC Departments Collaborate to Improve Student Health in Buffalo School
Chair of Health Services Administration, Dr. Lisa Rafalson and DYC students from the Dietetics program are working together to teach middle school students healthful eating habits for life and to have fun doing it. The students are part of a middle school club at BPS # 64 (Frederick Law Olmsted) called Kid’s Kitchen. They learn about kitchen safety, nutrition, and how to prepare food. Some examples of snacks they learn to prepare include fruit and yogurt parfaits, fruit and cheese kabobs, and pita pizzas. Learning healthy eating habits early in life improves later life habits, thus reducing the risk of many chronic diseases including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers.
HSA Faculty Member Invited to Lecture at Ithaca College
Renee Cadzow, PhD, Assistant Professor in Health Services Administration has been invited to speak at Ithaca College on “Disparities in Breastfeeding Initiation and Duration among African American Women: an historical perspective and current initiatives.” March 21, 2013 Applied Anthropology Course, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.
Currently funded by an NIH Health Disparities Loan Repayment Grant, Dr. Cadzow’s research focuses on maternal and child health with a specific emphasis on early childhood obesity. Controlling for a number of other contributing variables, children who were breastfed as infants have lower rates of later life obesity compared to those who were fed formula. Rates of breastfeeding, however, vary by socioeconomic status (education and income) and by race/ethnicity. The reasons for this variation are multifactorial, but cultural norms, informed by current and historic events and conditions, play a large part. Understanding the barriers and facilitators to breastfeeding initiation and duration can help public health experts develop campaigns to increase these rates.
Master's Student To Manage Moog inHealth Team
Karen Lynn Hall, a current master's degree student in Health Services Administration, has joined the Moog Inc. inHealth Team. Her primary responsibility will be to manage the inHealth Program. She will lead initiatives to market and communicate the program, improve the inHealth champion network and maximize vendor service delivery.
Karen has 13 years’ experience in the public health field. For 11 years, Karen was the Director of Cancer Control for the American Cancer Society (ACS) Western NY Region where her responsibilities included; worksite health promotion, consulting and policy writing as it pertained to cancer prevention and early detection; health advocacy at the federal, state and local levels; and managed the nationwide ACS physical activity challenge, Active for Life. Prior to ACS, Karen was the public health educator at WCA Hospital in Jamestown, NY where her responsibilities included managing internal and external employee health and wellness programs. Karen holds a Bachelor in Health Science with an emphasis in Public Health and Biology from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and she is currently in the process of finishing her thesis to complete a Master’s Degree in Health Administration from D’Youville College. Her future plans include pursuing a PhD in Health Policy.
Karen lives Buffalo, NY. She enjoys reading, watching old movies and baking. She is an avid runner and for the past 18 years, she has been a certified fitness instructor and is currently teaching classes at Catalyst Fitness in Buffalo.
DYC Students Network at Healthcare Executives Forum (HEF) of WNY Event
HEF is the local chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).
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DYC Administrator Named Editor of International Cancer Journal
Arthur M. Michalek, Ph.D., director of D'Youville College's doctoral program in Health Policy and Health Education, has been named Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cancer Education. It is the publication of the American Association for Cancer Education.
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Chair of HSA to Present at EPI/NPAM 2013 Scientific Sessions
Dr. Lisa Rafalson will present her research at The Scientific Sessions, sponsored by the American Heart Association.
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