Calling All Heroes Blood Drive!

Calling All Heroes!

Graduate students in the SHPS Department of Public Health and Health Sciences are partnering with the American Red Cross for the 3rd Annual Calling All Heroes Blood Drive. In an effort to promote greater participation by our students, staff, and faculty, this year we are issuing a challenge to see which academic unit on campus can save the most lives. Throughout this year’s blood drive, we will be tracking donations by donor academic unit. The academic unit with the largest turnout will win a special prize as well as bragging rights for the next year!

This is a great opportunity to show that UM-Flint cares about the greater Flint community. Attending will also be a lot of fun. Students, staff, and faculty are invited to participate in our superhero themed event, where you can take super selfies, win prizes, and of course donate blood. Show your school spirit and help us maintain our title as having sponsored the single most successful blood drive in our local community, shattering the records of MOTT, Kettering, and Baker colleges.

The 3rd Annual Calling All Heroes Blood Drive will be held in the Happenings Room, UCEN March 26, 2015 from 11:00 am to 5:45pm. To register in advance GO TO:

ENTER Sponsor code: umflint (case sensitive)
SELECT: schedule an appointment to donate

PHHS Alumni published in the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Online Journal

Dr. Ray Elmblad

Dr. Ray Elmblad

Recent Doctor of Anesthesia Practice (DrAP) graduate, Dr. Ray Elmblad has featured in the Online Journal of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

Dr. Elmblad was previously named the 2013 Practice Doctoral Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Foundation. Dr. Elmblad earned the title through his study on the association between workplace incivility and professional burnout in Michigan Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). The project was part of Elmblad’s capstone requirement for the DrAP program. Gergana Kodjebacheva, assistant professor of health care administration, and Lynn Lebeck, clinical assistant professor of anesthesia and former anesthesia program director were Elmblad’s capstone advisors. A previous article with more in-depth information on Dr. Elmblad can be found here!

PHHS students published in Journal of Undergraduate Research

Public Health and Health Sciences students Denise Martin and Tina Sabo have published articles in the University of Michigan-Flint’s Journal of Student Research. Both Denise and Tina submitted their works as part of the 2014 Meeting of Minds conference. Under the guidance of Faculty Sponsor Dr. Gergana Kodjebacheva, Denise Martin published her article ” SCHOOL-BASED COMMUNITY GARDENS IN FLINT, MICHIGAN. A Proposed Nutrition-Based Intervention to Decrease Childhood Obesity Rates,” and Tina Sabo published her article “Children on Boundless Playgrounds: Attendance and Play Activities.”

The Journal of Student Research can be read online here!

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PHHS at the APHA annual meeting

Many of our PHHS faculty presented research studies or took part in moderating sessions at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA) this past November in New Orleans!  Joining PHHS faculty was student Hannah Murdoch who also presented at the annual meeting.

APHA’s acceptance of our faculty’s work speaks to the high quality of their research. APHA is the world’s oldest and most diverse organization of public health professionals. More than 13,000 public health professionals attend the organization’s annual meeting (

Here is a listing of our faculty’s APHA articles, by author. Click the links to read the article abstracts!

Faculty Articles

Dr. Vicki Johnson-Lawrence, Mediating Role of Anxiety Between Perceived Discrimination and Sleep Quality in the Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) Study

Dr. Vicki Johnson-Lawrence, Science Informing Community, Community Informing Science

Dr. Gergana Kodjebacheva, Physical Activity patterns among children with asthma: Results from the 2012 National Youth Fitness Survey

Dr. Gergana Kodjebacheva, Geographical Distribution of Perceived Neighborhood Safety In Relationship to Depression in Los Angeles County

Dr. Gergana Kodjebacheva, Geographical Distributions of Risky/Negative Experiences Before and During Pregnancy In Relationship to Low Birthweight in Los Angeles County

Student Presentations

Hannah Murdoch, Missed Appointments in Federally Qualified Health Centers: Does Racial Identification Affect Missed Appointment Rates?

Sessions moderated by faculty

Dr. Lisa Lapeyrouse, Health of Latinos across North American geographical contexts

Dr. Suzanne Selig, From research to action: Translation of CBPR into practice and/or policy change


New PHHS Appointment Scheduling Online Process!!!

Public Health and Health Sciences is excited to announce our new appointment scheduling on-line process! Using the Appointment-Plus system, the worldwide leader in online scheduling solutions, students will be able to conveniently schedule all types of appointments ranging from Academic Advising, Internship, Anticipated Graduation, Thesis, general course concerns and many more. You need only to click the link at and click on “Create Your Account” to get started.

Once you have entered your credentials, your profile will be saved in the system for all future appointment log ins. For convenience, please feel free to use your LAN password and Uniqname as it will be easy to remember. Appointments can be made from the comfort of your home, at the time that is convenient to you, or even on the go from your mobile device. No more waiting in long lines, or for the office to open, or even to make a phone call! Also, as a special feature with this new process, all appointment reminders will be sent to your UM-Flint email and as a text to your cell phone!

We encourage you to use this process going forward, and reminders will be posted throughout our website and social media outlets. Please reference the screenshots below for a step by step process to create your log in!



Diabetes Lunch and Learn

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On Tuesday November 11, over 60 participants took place in the Wellness Lunch & Learn presents… Eating Healthy: How to Prevent and Live with Diabetes event in the UCEN Happening’s Room.  This well attended event was sponsored by the University of Michigan-Flint Urban Health & Wellness Center, UM-Flint Recreation Center, MHealthy and HealthPlus, and saw participation numbers increase from last year.

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Participants learned practical tips on eating and living healthier for the whole family, including finding out about resources to manage and help prevent diabetes. “The food was excellent,” one participant said. “A great way to demonstrate how healthy eating can taste good. I learned about portion sizes and how to easily determine high versus low glycemic index foods.”

Those in attendance this year also had the opportunity to have their blood pressure taken, which over 40 people participated in. “I really appreciated having my blood pressure checked today, thank you for this opportunity to learn more about diabetes,” one attendee said after the event.  “I learned quite a bit about hypoglycemia and what is considered pre-diabetic.”

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