2015-2016 Events

ICHP Lecture Series 2015-2016

Wednesday, August 3, 2016
2:00-3:00 p.m.
121 South Main Street, Room 245

Healthy Food Production, Distribution and Consumption: A European Food Economics and Marketing Perspective
Antonella Samoggia, MSc

Antonella Samoggia is an assistant professor and senior researcher in the Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Bologna, Italy. She studies the relationships among agriculture, food, health and nutrition; consumer behavior and healthy food; food system competitiveness and sustainability; food and agricultural policy; and rural, regional and territorial development. Her research focuses on consumers' perceptions, beliefs and acceptance of healthy food, as well as the perceptions of barriers to healthy food production and commercialization on the part of food chain actors: food manufacturers, distributors and retailers.

Ms. Samoggia teaches graduate courses in Food Economics and Marketing, and has been a consultant to Italian regional governments and regional development agencies and an evaluator on project proposals of USDA, European and Italian regional funding. She has worked on a number of international and European funded research projects. She is an international visiting scholar at Brown, working in office space at ICHP through August 5.

Ms. Samoggia completed her undergraduate degree in political science at the University of Bologna, studied at the University of Sussex and Essex in the United Kingdom, and earned her MSc in European social policy and economics from London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016
3:30-4:30 p.m.
121 South Main Street, Room 375

The Community as a Clinic in a Society that is Sick: Cooperative Extension as a Means to Wellness
David Buys, PhD, MSPH

Dr. Buys maintains a research program in nutrition and aging and has statewide responsibilities for health education through the Cooperative Extension Service, which provides non-formal education and outreach opportunities in all 82 counties of Mississippi. He also chairs a national committee examining the role of Cooperative Extension in chronic disease prevention and management. He will discuss his research in nutrition and aging, his statewide health education programs delivered through Cooperative Extension, and the national efforts underway that are moving Cooperative Extension forward in the public health arena.

Dr. Buys earned his PhD in medical sociology, his MSPH in epidemiology, and a Graduate Certificate in gerontology-- all from the University of Alabama at Birmingham; he also earned an MS and a BS in sociology from Auburn University and Mississippi College, respectively. He is Certified in Public Health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.


Tuesday, May 17, 2016
12:00-1:00 p.m.
121 South Main Street, Room 245

Rising Above the Shadows in India: An Activist's Journey for
LGBT Rights, HIV/AIDS Prevention, and Sexual & Gender Minority Health

Sunil Menon, M.A. 

Sunil Menon is an anthropologist, HIV/AIDS activist, and fashion choreographer. Menon pioneered research on men who have sex with men (MSM) in Chennai, India through a 1992 study supported by the World Health Organization (WHO), which formed the basis for much subsequent work in the region. In 1993, he co-founded Community Action Network (CAN), under which he started the first-ever targeted intervention among MSM in Chennai.

In 1998 Menon founded Sahodaran, one of the longest-running organizations performing HIV/AIDS prevention interventions for MSM in India. Sahodaran’s work was acknowledged by UNAIDS India in 2006 through a Red Ribbon Award in the “Best Civil Society Organization” category. It has served as a model site for visitors from the United States Agency for International Development to learn about MSM programs in India. It is an institutional member of the India Network for Sexual Minorities (INFOSEM), a collective national effort by sexual minorities to ensure equality for themselves in all spheres of life, free from discrimination.

Menon serves on the Community Advisory Board for YRGCare, collaborates with the Fenway Community Health Center, and has served as a consultant on MSM and transgender issues to Naz Foundation International since 1999.

Read more about Sahodaran here.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016
12:00-1:00 p.m.
121 South Main Street, Room 245

Preliminary Efficacy of Brief, Parent-Focused Intervention to Prevent Substance Misuse Among Pre-Adolescents
Margie Skeer, ScD, MPH, MSW
Assistant Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine 

Dr. Skeer's current research focuses on substance misuse and sexual risk prevention, both from an epidemiologic and intervention-development perspective. She is interested in the role that eating meals together as a family in childhood plays in the prevention of substance misuse and sexual risk among adolescents.

Dr. Skeer currently has a NIDA-funded study to assess the acceptability, feasibility, and preliminary efficacy of a brief substance use preventive intervention that targets parents of pre-adolescents. She also is working on a study funded by the Tufts University Clinical and Translational Science Institute to develop a measure of family meals as they relate to adolescent risk behaviors and obesity. 

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Monday, December 7, 2015
12:00-1:00 p.m.
121 South Main Street, Room 245

Transgender Stigma and Health: Social Determinants, Mechanisms and Implications for Intervention
Jaclyn White Hughto, MPH 

Transgender people in the United States experience widespread prejudice, discrimination, violence, and other forms of stigma due to their nonconforming gender identity or expression. Stigma limits opportunities and access to resources in a number of critical domains (e.g., employment, healthcare), persistently affecting the physical and mental health of transgender people. This talk will describe the theoretical mechanisms that explain how stigma influences the health of transgender communities. Research documenting the multiple levels at which stigma operates (i.e., individual, interpersonal, structural) will be discussed. The talk will conclude with a discussion of next steps for transgender health research including multi-level interventions to prevent stigma towards transgender people. 

Jaclyn White Hughto, MPH, is a research fellow at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS, Yale University; a PhD student in Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Yale School of Public Health; and a research analyst, Epidemiology, at The Fenway Institute.

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Other Events

2016 School of Public Health Commencement Forum

Responding to Existing and Emerging Infectious Diseases:
A Public Health Perspective

Saturday, May 28
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Metcalf Research Laboratory, Friedman Auditorium, Room 101
190 Thayer Street