Tuesday, march 5, 2013
THE UNIVERSITY DAILY KANSAN
Clear, north-north-east winds at 5 to10 mph
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Is spring fnally here?
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Clear, south-southeast windsat 15 to 20 mph
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Friday, March 8Wednesday, March 6Thursday, March 7Tuesday, March 5
KU School o Music SymphonicBand and University Band concert
: Lied Center
: 7:30 to 9 p.m.
: Hear student musicians jamout at the Lied Center. Tickets are $5or students.
: 2013 Education Interview Day
: Kansas Union, th foor
: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
: Looking or a job? This reeevent provides networking andinterview opportunities with multipleschool districts or openings in teach-ing careers.
: Faith Forum: An Attempt atSpirit
: ECM Center, 1204 Oread Ave.
: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
: Join this discussion on theChristian aith, presented by Rev. HalLeMert. All religions are welcome.
: Murs at the Granada
: Granada Theater, 1020 Mas-sachusetts St.
: 8 p.m.
: Catch rapper Murs at theGranada. Tickets are $15 or this all-ages show.
: Tea at Three
: Kansas Union, Level 4 Lobby
: 3 to 4 p.m.
: Hit up the Union or yourweekly ree tea and pastries. Cheerio!
: Myths and Mayhem Film Series:“Bats”
: Dyche Hall, Panorama
: 6:30 to 9 p.m.
: Check out this ree lm ea-turing genetically modied bats. Whosays science has to be boring?
: MUMMENSCHANZ 40 Years
: Lied Center
: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
: Without dialogue, perormersentertain their audience with a widearray o props and body language totell a story. MUMMENSCHANZ is knownor its unique and artistic style.Tickets start at $15.
: Campus Movie Series: Flight
: Kansas Union, WoodruAuditorium
: 8 p.m.
: See this Oscar-nominatedlm, staring Denzel Washington.Tickets are $2 with a student ID.
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A call or higher public healthstandards and greater access topreventive care has urged the na-tion to action, and the City o Law-rence along with the University have ollowed suit.Recently implemented by theLawrence-Douglas County HealthDepartment, KU’s AcademicHealth Department ocuses onresearch and teaching as meansor evolving the city’s approach topublic health issues that pervadethe community.Following a Lawrence commu-nity health assessment in whichcity department programs werescrutinized or eectiveness andcoverage, the health departmentound that receiving accreditationmight come with linking the Uni- versity’s research in public healthwith the health department itsel.“One o the ndings is that weneed links between university andcommunity,” said Dr. Vicki Collie-Akers, associate director o theKU Work Group or Community Health. “New research ndingsdon’t necessarily trickle down tocommunities with time alone. Tisis something we need to improve.We continually need this stream o research and application to keepour community happy, active andhealthy.”A year later, the AcademicHealth Department aims to bea teaching mechanism or thosewho plan to go into public healthand a research institution by whichto test and eventually implementhealth strategies to the Lawrencecommunity.Five interdependent brancheso the department outline theprogram’s ocuses on community health, including healthy ood,mental health, healthcare access,physical activity and poverty divi-sions.Collie-Akers and the rest o theKU Work Group, an amalgama-tion o public health experts andresearchers, work under KU’s LieSpan Institute to design a commu-nity health toolbox, which modelshow public health should work atthe local level, based on experi-mentation and data collection.“A year ago, we did a large-scalesurvey about what community health did or residents o Law-rence,” Collie-Akers said. “How well are parts o our health systemcontributing to health? We lookedor hot-spots in town that had ahigh rate o emergency room use.For example, certain pockets heav-ily used the ER or dental issues.Tis speaks to lack o insurance.All o that ino was compiled toreect 13 high-priority healthissues, and then we whittledthat number down to ve all-en-compassing areas.”It was one o these areas — theissue o poverty — that inspiredgraduate research assistant ItharHassaballa to get involved.“I was born in Sudan where,ofen, public health went unad-dressed,” Hassaballa said. “Cominghere, though, you realize that thesehealth issues aren’t just countriesaway; they aect people globally.And actually, it’s the same actors— poverty, mental health, healthy ood options — that contribute topoorer health in both areas.”Hassaballa joined the AcademicHealth Department last Decem-ber so that she could play a partin directly shaping the community with her research investigatinghow the United Way and privatehealth journals claim public healthcan most optimally be delivered toresidents.But what makes the AcademicHealth Department one-o-a-kindnationally is its devotion to teach-ing the next generation’s commu-nity health advocates.Dr. Jomella Watson-Tompson,an assistant proessor in the De-partment o Applied BehavioralSciences, works to mold healthleaders through classes that inves-tigate how behavioral and analyticmethodologies apply to the healtho a community, rom helping stu-dents understand child-carelicenses to how childnursery compli-ance programswork.“We have a long-standing histo-ry o engaging students,” Watson-Tompson said. “We all have arole to support students, and now we’ve solidied that arrangementbetween the Lawrence Health De-partment and Academic HealthDepartment. In time, we hope tobring more students into the oldand share our passion or theseservices to our community.”While the Academic HealthDepartment remains in its edg-ling stages, plans to expand theprogram’s participation throughinterested students and to be-come a greater component o theLawrence-Douglas County HealthDepartment prompt Hassaballa tolook at the program with hope andanticipation or a better Lawrence.“It will be a bright uture,” shesaid.
— Edited by Taylor Lewis
Academic Health Department aims to teach
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