Nursing homes: Care improves with culture change

Nursing homes that invest in “culture change” can develop a more residential and less hospital-like feel. Culture change also allows residents and front-line care workers more of a say in how homes operate. A new study finds that the practice produces important benefits in quality of care, but only when the changes are implemented extensively. Findings are reported in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.Read more...

(Distributed August 28, 2014)

$4.5M grant will test videos for advanced directives

A study that looked at the effect of stressors such as poverty, discrimination, and the stigma of transgender relationships found that they weigh heavily on transgender women and their male partners. Stigma can even undermine the relationship itself. The findings have implications not only for mental health but also for the spread of HIV, the researchers said. Findings reported in the Journal of Family Psychology. Read more...

(Distributed August 27, 2014)

MPH Program Accreditation

The MPH Program has been accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) since 2002.  We are currently undergoing a periodic re-accreditation by CEPH with a site visit scheduled for October 9 and 10, 2014.  CEPH is accepting written comments from third parties until 30 days before the scheduled site visit.  Third party comments should be submitted in writing by September 9, 2014.  Comments can be sent by email to

(Distributed August 20, 2014)

​​Intimacy a strong motivator for PrEP HIV prevention

Many HIV-negative gay or bisexual men in steady relationships with other HIV-negative men don’t always use condoms out of a desire for intimacy. That same desire, according to a new study, makes such men more inclined to use antiretroviral medications to prevent getting HIV, a recommended practice known as PrEP. Findings reported in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

(Distributed August 20, 2014)
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