UNE Online's Nan Solomons Awarded Mini-Grant for Health Informatics Resear

UNE Online’s Nan Solomons Awarded Mini-Grant for Health Informatics Research Dr. Nan Solomons, Health Informatics Practicum Coordinator, and Dr. Erin Hartigan, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, were recently awarded a mini-grant by the University of New England’s Office of Sponsored Programs. The UNE mini-grant program provides funding to support faculty research and scholarship at the University of New England. Nan, along with co-principal investigator, Dr. Erin Hartigan, Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, will use this grant to evaluate the following question: What are the barriers and facilitators to the adoption of and adherence to a criterion‐based rehabilitation progression program post Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) reconstruction and subsequent effects on outcomes? In short, Nan and Erin will look at how physical therapists (PTs) adherence to best practices may… Read more >>
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Fourth Group of CGPS Public Health Students Inducted into Delta Omega Honor

2017 Delta Omega Inductees The University of New England is pleased to announce the induction of 12 new members into the Gamma Chi chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health. These 12 new members, all outstanding students, are enrolled in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program within the College of Graduate and Professional Studies. On an annual basis, a small number of top-performing MPH students are invited to join Delta Omega. The program elects new student members through a highly selective process that assesses their outstanding academic performance and demonstration of public health leadership. Election of membership in Delta Omega is intended to not only recognize merit but also to encourage excellence in public health work and devotion to… Read more >>
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UNE in the Maine Public Health Community and Beyond

University of New England at the American Public Health Association This month has been a busy one for the Graduate Programs in Public Health at UNE! Various faculty and staff members were in attendance at three different events – two local Maine Public Health conferences, and a national conference in Denver, Colorado. At each event our program staff noticed a strong trend toward students actively seeking out Public Health programs delivered 100% online. Seems that public sentiment is now beginning to reflect what we have known for a quite some time now – online education is equal to – and in some aspects superior to – an on-ground education. Starting with the first event of the month and ending with the most recent, the following is a brief overview of… Read more >>
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Student Spotlight: Amber Auger RDH, MPH – Public Health Program

Amber Auger, MPH Student Doors have flown open for Amber Auger since earning her MPH online at UNE. Growing up in a single parent family, Amber was taught from a young age to to value education. “My mom wanted me to get a great education so I wouldn’t have to work three jobs every day, like she did.” says Amber. Amber took her mom’s advice to heart. It was at a very young age that Amber decided that dental hygiene would be the direction that she would take her career. She’d always been interested in dental health, and she later came to realize that choosing that career came with the added benefits of great pay and a flexible schedule. For her undergraduate education, Amber… Read more >>
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UNE Online: a proud sponsor of the Junior Achievement 30th Annual Golf Clas

Junior Achievement 30th Annual Golf Classic Beautiful conditions greeted several members of the UNE Online team last week as they represented UNE Online as proud sponsors of the Junior Achievement 30th Annual Golf Classic. UNE’s sponsorship and participation in the fundraiser will help the Junior Achievement bring work readiness and financial literacy skills to Maine’s students as well as help support our next generation of entrepreneurs. UNE has a rich history of supporting the mission of the Junior Achievement of Maine, which is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Our president, Danielle Ripich, was honored in 2013 by being inducted into the Junior Achievement Maine Business Hall of Fame. Junior Achievement is such a positive force in our community,… Read more >>
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Student Spotlight: Alison Braid, MPH – Public Health Program

Alison Braid, MPH student at UNE Online MPH student Alison Braid is more than halfway through her degree, and loving it. After spending over 15 years in the professional translation and website localization industry, she wanted to make a career switch. Says Alison, “I decided that it was time for a change!” Alison is based in New York City, and most recently managed a localization team of engineers, linguists, and graphic designers, evaluating certain websites, translating and adapting them into several languages. Her day-to-day activities involved working across diverse industries and cultures, and making the websites they’re localizing appealing to each culture. With her Master’s Degree in Translation Studies, she started in the firm as a project manager, and worked her way up through the ranks of… Read more >>
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UNE Attends NACCHO Public Health Conference 2016

NACCHO Public Health Conference 2016 NACCHO’s Annual Conference, the largest gathering of local health department leaders and other public health professionals in the US, was held in Phoenix in late July this year. UNE attended as an exhibitor in order to add value to the conference conversation, network with fellow public health professionals, and learn more about the latest public health topics. It was wonderful to see many familiar faces from last year. The conference is always a great opportunity for local health department staff, partners, and individuals interested in local public health to share their latest research and ideas, and test their assumptions about the issues and topics around local public health. Conference theme The theme of the NACCHO public health conference this year… Read more >>
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Spotlight: Katy Krings, MPH – Public Health Program

Katy Krings, MPH Katy Krings is in her final semester of the MPH program and is an excellent example of how online education can be used as a powerful tool to reach qualified individuals who wouldn’t otherwise have access to higher education. Originally from Wisconsin, Katy now lives and works as a public health nurse in rural Southwest Alaska. In fact, the area in which Katy works is so remote that her patients are not accessible by road or boat for much of the year – she has to fly between these arctic villages to provide her patients with care and public health education. Now that’s going the extra mile. Some background on Katy and her career Katy discovered Public Health nursing after… Read more >>
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Unite for Sight - This Weekend!

Global Health and Innovation at UNE In its 13th year, the Global Health & Innovation Conference (GHIC), presented by Unite for Sight will take place this weekend at Yale University in New Haven, CT. GHIC is the world’s leading and largest global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference, with 2,200 professionals and students from all over the country and globe. Stop by our booth UNE Online will once again be exhibiting at the Global Health & Innovation Conference. Stop by our booth and learn more about our Graduate Programs in Public Health. UNE Online offers two fully articulated online graduate programs in Public Health. Working adults and post-baccalaureate students can now earn a Master of Public Health degree (MPH) or a Graduate… Read more >>
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Student Spotlight: Jessica Healy, MPH – Public Health Program

Jessica Healy, MPH Recent UNE Online graduate, Jessica Healy, makes strides against underage drinking in Massachusetts Jessica Healy, Regional Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator for the Health Department in Hudson, MA, is spearheading a five-town substance abuse initiative to fight against underage drinking. Through a 3-year, $300,000 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, town coalitions have spent the last several months exploring how underage drinking affects their communities. Taking action against underage drinking Working along with the towns of Framingham, Ashland, Northborough, Southborough, and Hudson, the project involves addressing the issue of underage drinking, creating action plans and spreading awareness of this epidemic. “It takes a village to raise a child – and it takes a community to fight substance abuse,”Read more >>
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Public Health Student Association Elects New Executive Board

2015-2016 SAPH Officers The Public Health program at UNE is pleased to welcome in the new 2015-2016 executive board for SAPH, the Student Association for Public Health at UNE. Please join me in welcoming the following new executive board members: Ashley Devereaux, President Joseph Niman, Vice President Kayla Boyd, Councilor Samantha Paradis, Treasurer/Secretary About elections Elections for President, Vice President, Councilor, and Treasurer/Secretary are held in the Fall Term of each year, and officers serve for one year. To see each officer’s full bio, click their image, or go directly to online.une.edu/public-health/student-association-officers. SAPH mission An active and vibrant organization within the UNE Online community, SAPH has the distinction of being the first online student association at the University. Their mission is: To… Read more >>
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Student Spotlight: Christina Melvin, MPH – Public Health Program

Vet Tech Program One of the best parts of what I do here at UNE is talking to MPH students. Every grad student at UNE that I’ve ever spoken to has been passionate. Passionate about a job well done, passionate about a new program or initiative that they’ve been able to start directly because of what they’ve learned in class, passionate about their field. Grad students seem to have a laser focus on what they want, and they are determined to get there. At UNE, the two years it takes to get your MPH online is an intense time period and a sizable amount of sacrifice. But you finish with far more than a piece of paper. Your hard work results in a Read more >>
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2015 Delta Omega Honorary Society Students Inducted

Gamma Chi New inductees The University of New England is excited to congratulate 21 students who have been inducted into Gamma Chi, UNE’s chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health. These students are enrolled in the Master of Public Health program within the College of Graduate and Professional Studies. Each year, the Gamma Chi chapter of Delta Omega elects new student members based on high academic performance and demonstration of public health leadership. Election of membership in Delta Omega is intended to not only recognize merit, but also to encourage and further excellence in and devotion to public health work. “We are proud to acknowledge these inductees for their exemplary academic performance as well as the leadership qualities they possess,” says… Read more >>
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Student Spotlight: Brittany Roy, MPH – Public Health Program

Brittany Roy, UNE MPH candidate, 2015 This August, a group of UNE students and advisors participated in an immersion experience in Ghana. Students worked alongside Ghana Health Service, community health educators and the community to provide healthcare services to the twin cities of Sekondi and Takoradi. Participants of the program engaged in direct health services, interprofessional collaboration, community education and academic and cross-cultural exchange. Here, Brittany Roy gives us a glimpse of her involvement with the program in Ghana, and her most important takeaways from the experience. About Brittany Roy, MPH Class of 2015 I currently live in Biddeford, Maine with my fianceé. I graduated from Stonehill College in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree where I majored in Neuroscience and minored in Music. I… Read more >>
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Online grad school: the best decision for Kobe, MPH

Kobe, University of New England Masters of Public Health Graduate UNE MPH Graduate, Kobe, describes his experience getting his Master’s of Public Health at UNE Online. We spoke to Kobe directly after the hooding ceremony this past May. As a part of the reception/celebration for family and friends after the ceremony, you can clearly hear that we had some great live music. What you can’t very clearly hear is Kobe himself – so we’ve transcribed what Kobe has to say, below the video. “Hi, my name is Kobe, and I’m a 2015 UNE Graduate of the School of Public Health. I just want to share my experience. I live in Cherry Valley Massachusetts, maybe about 2 ½ hours from here. But UNE, especially the program in Public Health, gave me Read more >>
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Online grad school: a worthwhile experience for Gisele Kouevi, MPH

Gisele Kouevi, MPH Your life changes when you decide to go to grad school. Some of these changes are unique and positive, like meeting new people undergoing the same intense experience, and deepening your knowledge in a field that interests you. Some of the changes are difficult, like trying to juggle your personal life, your time and money, and your work and studies. Difficult? Yes.  But worth it? Only you know the answer to that one. After the MPH hooding ceremony this year, we pulled aside a few MPH grads to tell us a little about their online school experience. Just as no two people are alike, no two answers were the same. See what MPH graduate Gisele Kouevi has to say about… Read more >>
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Online grad school: a better life experience for Sahra Odowa, MPH

Sahra Odowa, MPH Getting a degree online is a very personal endeavor. It’s an intense experience, and you really get to know your classmates and your professors. You have that bond of working incredibly hard to accomplish something big. And thinking about it, online grad school is bound to be intensely personal. How can it not be? Some of our students, like Sahra Odowa, are first generation American citizens who want to make a difference in the world. That’s personal. After the MPH hooding ceremony this year, we pulled aside a few MPH grads to tell us a little about their online school experience. Just as no two people are alike, no two answers were the same. See what Sahra has to say… Read more >>
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Online grad school: a growth experience for Kiersten Barney, MPH

Kiersten Barney, MPH Time, money, heart, and soul all go into getting a higher ed degree. It’s not for the faint of heart. UNE has rigorous standards of academic integrity – but we also have unparalleled levels of student support. Our goal is to see that you thrive in UNE’s academic atmosphere. You work hard, and we’ll support you through it all. After the MPH hooding ceremony this year, we pulled aside a few MPH grads to tell us a little about their online school experience. Just as no two people are alike, no two answers were the same. See what Kiersten has to say about the UNE Faculty, and meeting her fellow UNE MPH classmates face to face for the first time:… Read more >>
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Online grad school: a very personal experience for Elizabeth Graham, MPH

Elizabeth Graham Graduation weekend is a unique and special time at UNE Online.  Beyond the obvious (you have a brand new DEGREE!! You DID IT! ) it’s a special time because you get to meet your classmates face to face for the first time. You get to put faces to names, and connect (dare we say – network?) with the classmates that you’ve shared the last 2+ years with, who have shared your struggles, your stresses, and also your triumphs and breakthroughs. After the MPH hooding ceremony this year, we pulled aside a few MPH grads to tell us a little about their online school experience. Just as no two people are alike, no two answers were the same. See what… Read more >>
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John Gale - UNE Adjunct Faculty member - 2015 NRHA Volunteer of the Year!

John Gale, NRHA 2015 Volunteer of the Year Congratulations to John Gale, one of UNE’s adjunct faculty members in the Graduate Programs in Public Health! John was selected to be presented with the 2015 NRHA Volunteer of the Year Award at NRHA’s 38th Annual Rural Health Conference on April 16 in Philadelphia. About the NRHA The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) is a national nonprofit membership organization with more than 20,000 members, according to their website. The association’s mission is to provide leadership on rural health issues. NRHA membership consists of a diverse collection of individuals and organizations, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health. Passion in the field of rural health John was recognized by the NRHA as being a leading… Read more >>
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Alumni Spotlight: Alexjandro Daviano, MPH, NRP, LP – Public Health Program

Alexjandro Daviano, MPH, NRP, LP After going through UNE’s flexible online MPH program, Alexjandro Daviano received his MPH from the University of New England this past December. Here is a little of what Alexjandro had to say about his UNE Online Public Health Programs experience: “My MPH degree at UNE really changed my mind on the career path I’ve chosen, and truly opened my eyes to being able to really use public health to affect change in multiple people.” “I truly see you all (UNE Student Support staff members), and UNE as an academic institution, at the forefront of change in public health. And I am so glad I was able to be a part of it. I really hope we can keep in touch… Read more >>
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Alumni Spotlight: Jordan Ehni, MPH – Public Health Program

Jordan Ehni, MPH Graduate of University of New England I found the MPH program at UNE to be well designed for working professionals. I was able to keep my full-time position as a housing inspector while completing the program. I also greatly enjoyed my practical experience at the Maine CDC, which provided me with a new public health skill set that I will utilize in the future. Some Background I grew up in eastern Ohio and graduated with my bachelor’s degree in sociology from Ohio State in 2009. Learning about the social determinants of health in my undergraduate courses, along with having a strong interest in statistics and biological sciences, I decided to pursue a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree. In 2010, after being accepted at UNE, I… Read more >>
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Alumni Spotlight: Francesca McCaffrey, DO, MPH – Public Health

Francesca McCaffrey, DO, MPH I grew up in the Adirondacks of New York, in a small town with a big community. I did my undergraduate training at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY where I finally realized my passion for health and medicine. I moved to Maine in 2010 and began my medical training that fall. In my second year of medical school, I decided that the UNE MPH program was a perfect springboard into my clinical education. What do you like about UNE and your major? The UNE MPH program helped me to develop a better understanding of the world I will be practicing in as a doctor. My training as a DO has taught me that there is more to medicine than just… Read more >>
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Alumni Spotlight: Kristen Provencher, MPH – Public Health Program

Kristen Provencher, MPH The Public Health major at UNE presented me with a life changing opportunity during the summer of 2012. I traveled to Ghana, West Africa with about 20 people from the UNE community and beyond. We set up a health clinic and served over 100 people in and around the twin cities of Sekondi and Takoradi. The trip inspired a strong interest in global health and health inequities across the globe. It was the end of my freshman year at the University of Maine at Farmington when I realized that health was my passion. After graduating in 2006 with a BS in Community Health Education, I realized that I wanted to be in a classroom sharing my passion with young people.… Read more >>
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