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UCI Public Health professor Miryha Gould Runnerstrom and DTEI Instructional Designer Janet DiVincenzo -- Present a poster on PH60 at the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) conference in January 2018 - Public Health News Spotlight

The poster was entitled Immersing Online Students through Role Plays, a Case Study, and Group Work: Reconceptualizing an Environmental Quality and Health Course and depicted an innovative collaboration between the two presenters. The fully online course — Public Health 60: Environmental Health and Quality — has been offered online three times: twice in summer and once in Winter 2018. The course is unique in its design in that it features a three-pronged design to engage students: a case study; student role-playing; and weekly mandatory online synchronous team meetings.

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Publication: A Review of Military Health Research Using a Social–Ecological Framework
by Pauline Lubens, MPH and Tim A. Bruckner, PhD, MPH - Public Health News Spotlight

We aim to contextualize the growing body of research on the sequelae of military service in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. We employ a social–ecological (SE) framework for the taxonomy of military health research and classify risk as arising from the individual, family, community, and the institutional levels. We intend for this review to inform enhanced health promotion efforts in military communities.

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UCI-led study links racial discrimination to greater risk for cardiovascular disease,
by Alana LeBrón, UCI assistant professor of Public Health, Chicano/Latino studies - Public Health News Spotlight

Racial discrimination can have serious health consequences. A new study led by the University of California, Irvine has found that more self-reported incidents among black and Latino adults corresponded to higher blood pressure levels, putting these populations at greater risk for cardiovascular disease.

“We discovered significant racial and ethnic differences, with non-Latino black and Latina and Latino adults reporting greater increases in both interpersonal and institutional discrimination compared with non-Latino white adults,” said Alana LeBrón, UCI assistant professor of Chicano/Latino studies and public health. “Our findings link increased frequency to significant elevation in cardiovascular risk for black adults and Latina/o adults during a relatively short period of time: six years.”

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