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Keeping Up with Public Health

Keeping Up with Public Health

By Western Region Public Health
Tune in to conversations with the most active public health researchers about the latest developments in public health, from vaccinations to climate change to tobacco policies. Learn about practical applications of the latest research underway at the University of Arizona’s Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

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Episode 20: Lessons Learned from the Pandemic Response to COVID-19
In the final episode of Keeping Up with Public Health: Pandemic Response (Season 2), Dr. Joe Gerald, Dr. Kristen Pogreba-Brown, and Dr. Kate Ellingson look back on the public health response to COVID-19, discuss the challenges that were faced and what was learned from them. 
September 18, 2020
Episode 19: The Impact of COVID-19 on Health Disparities
In this episode, join Agnes Attakai, Sheila Soto, and Dr. Paloma Beamer in a conversation about health disparities and the potential lasting impacts of COVID-19 on Native American communities and Latin American migrant populations.
September 10, 2020
Episode 18: Addressing Wicked Problems in Public Health: Climate Change
Dr. Mona Arora and Dr. Andrew Comrie join us this week to discuss complex or "wicked" problems in public health, looking specifically at climate change and the elements like communication and policy change needed to effectively address these issues.
July 21, 2020
Episode 17: Building Resilience and Connection During a Pandemic
In this episode, Dr. Patricia Haynes and Dr. Nicole Yuan focus on the topics of mental health, connection, and resilience during a pandemic. 
June 26, 2020
Episode 16: Sexual Assault and Alcohol Consumption Among College Students
Join Dr. Mary Koss and Dr. Elise Lopez to learn more about the issues facing college students on closed campuses, specifically in regards to alcohol consumption and sexual assault. Their recent article is available at
June 12, 2020
Episode 15: Zoonotic Disease, Forecast Modeling, and the Healthcare System
Dr. Keith Joiner and Dr. Joe Gerald join us in this episode to discuss a variety of topics related to COVID-19, including the emergence of zoonotic diseases, the use of modeling in the pandemic, and the economic impact on hospitals and healthcare.
June 4, 2020
Episode 14: Pandemic Response: Communication and Messaging
In this episode, Dr. Stephen Rains and Dr. Laura Gronewold have a conversation about effective communication and messaging strategies during a crisis, the impact of the media narrative on public response and mental health, and the intersection between American values and culture with health messaging.
May 29, 2020
Episode 13: Developing Vaccines
Dr. Brenda Hogue and Dr. Bert Jacobs from Arizona State University discuss their work to develop SARS-CoV-2 vaccines in this episode of "Keeping Up with Public Health: Pandemic Response."
May 26, 2020
Episode 12: Developing Tests and Donating Plasma during COVID-19
Listen in on a conversation between Dr. Kacey Ernst, Dr. Janko Nikolich-Zugich, and Dr. Deepta Bhattacharya as they discuss the different types and purposes of tests for COVID-19, how testing effects the surveillance of and response strategies for the disease, and the need for caution with the use of therapeutic interventions.
May 7, 2020
Episode 11: Pandemic Response: Surface Contamination, Hygiene, and PPE
Join Dr. Kelly Reynolds and Dr. Jonathan Sexton again in Season 2 of "Keeping Up with Public Health" to discuss precautions that should be taken in in the realm of hygiene, PPE, and decontaminating surfaces during the coronavirus pandemic. They will summarize research findings about the viability of SARS-CoV-2 on different surfaces and through air, explain appropriate use and etiquette for using PPE, and apply these protocols to programs carrying out essential services.
May 1, 2020
Keeping Up with Public Health: Pandemic Response trailer
Check out the trailer for the second season of Keeping Up with Public Health: Pandemic Response.  In this season, University of Arizona faculty and other experts will break down studies and respond to popular news about COVID-19 to close the distance between science, news, and public health practice.
April 29, 2020
Episode 10: Using Data in Outbreak Investigations
In the final episode of Keeping Up with Public Health (at least for Season 1), Dr. Kristen Pogreba Brown and Rachel Leih chat with Sana Khan about investigating disease outbreaks, using data to support policy change, and the “One Health” approach. Kristen Pogreba-Brown, PhD, is an epidemiologist and director of the Student Aid for Field Epidemiology Response (SAFER) team. Her research focuses on foodborne disease and improving methodology to respond to outbreak investigations. Rachel Leih, MPH MEd, is a research specialist on the Community Research, Evaluation and Development team at the University of Arizona. Her work in public health has focused on maternal and child health, improving health literacy, and promoting equity in city-level health policies.
November 6, 2019
Episode 9: All About Antimicrobial Resistance
Dr. Kate Ellingson and Sana Khan discuss multiple aspects of antimicrobial resistance, including discussing building antimicrobial stewardship programs, attitudes towards antibiotic use along the border, socioeconomic disparities, and more. Kate Ellingson, PhD, investigated the transmission of multidrug-resistant organisms in healthcare settings, evaluated initiatives to prevent healthcare-associated infections, and built capacity for infection prevention in resource-limited setting as a healthcare epidemiologist at the CDC and the Oregon State Health Department.
October 30, 2019
Episode 8: Going Beyond Statistics in Maternal and Child Health
Dr. Priscilla Magrath and Lisa Balland discuss maternal and child health, particularly looking at the case of Indonesia while discussing the influence of policy on birthing practices, the notion of the “right to health,” and the limitation of using statistics to describe health status. Some discussion refers to Magrath’s article, “Right to Health: A Buzzword in Health Policy in Indonesia” recently published in Medical Anthropology. Priscilla Magrath, PhD, is a Medical Anthropologist that specializes in global health policy and practice. Recent work in Indonesia has examined how global health policies are interpreted and implemented in the areas of maternal health. Lisa Balland is a graduate student at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (MEZCOPH), studying global Family and Child Health. She currently works with El Rio Health's Reproductive Health Access Project (RHAP), which centers young people in bringing sexual health access and rights to Tucson teens, as well as works as a research assistant for the Title V project at MEZCOPH.
October 23, 2019
Episode 7: Talking About the Privilege in Healthy Food Access and Physical Activity
Dr. Douglas Taren and Abby Stoica, Director and Associate Director of the Western Region Public Health Training Center, join Sana to talk about the impact of geography, environment, and socioeconomic status on food access and physical activity opportunities. Douglas Taren, PhD, MS, focuses primarily on maternal and child nutrition with a special emphasis on decreasing health disparities within low income populations and countries. He is currently the director of the Western Region Public Health Training Center for HRSA Region 9.
October 16, 2019
Episode 6: Navigating Politics to Advance Public Health Policy
Dr. Richard Carmona, 17th Surgeon General of the United States, joins Sana Khan and Emily Maass to talk about navigating politics and communication strategies to advance public health policy, focusing on tobacco cessation. Richard Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, was the 17th Surgeon General of the United States, an appointed professor of public health at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, and the vice chairman of the Canyon Ranch Institute. Emily Maas, MPH, specializes in public health policy & management, and currently is part of  the CDC’s Pubic Health Associate Program, where she works with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Department of Public Health and Human Services on accreditation efforts.
October 9, 2019
Episode 5: Putting the Focus on Equity, Trust, and Community in Program Planning
Sana speaks with Dr. David Garcia and Rosie Vogel about the importance of community-based program planning, gaining trust, implementing gender and culturally appropriate public health programs, and advocating for underserved communities. David Garcia, PhD, is an assistant professor of health promotion sciences at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. His work focuses on the development of gender and culturally sensitive weight loss interventions for Hispanic males. Rosie Vogel is the senior program coordinator of “Nosotros Comprometidos a Su Salud” (Committed to Your Health), a program developed to support research through community service and partnering with underserved Tucson residents.
October 2, 2019
Episode 4: Getting Down and Dirty with Environmental Health Concerns
In this episode, Dr. Kelly Reynolds and Dr. Jonathan Sexton talk about translating research into action and spreading awareness of environmental health concerns. They touch on topics like using media outlets to communicate health concerns, geographical disparities in the distribution of environmental health concerns, and unlikely sources of disease outbreaks. Kelly Reynolds, PhD, is an environmental science researcher and public health educator that specializes in water quality, food safety, and disease transmission. She is also director of the Environment, Exposure Science and Risk Assessment Center (ESRAC), which promotes interdisciplinary research involving academic and industry cooperatives. Jonathan Sexton, PhD, is also a research in environmental science at ESRAC, specializing the in the occurrence and control of environmental pathogens. He is currently evaluating the applied use of disinfectants and sanitizers on porous and non-porous surfaces in the healthcare arena.
September 25, 2019
Episode 3: Connecting Climate Change with Public Health
Listen to Dr. Kacey Ernst as she discusses the impact of climate change on public health, including root causes of health like poverty and food production, and considers the role of the public health workforce in addressing climate change mitigation. Kacey Ernst, PhD, MPH, is an infectious disease epidemiologist whose research focuses on the environmental determinants of vector-borne disease transmission and control. She also takes an active role in working with local health departments to examine questions related to vaccine preventable diseases.
September 18, 2019
Episode 2: Shifting the Focus of Women's Health from Procreation to Gynecologic Issues
Join Dr. Leslie Farland and Kelly Heslin as they discuss research, awareness, and funding surrounding women’s health issues, particularly focusing on disparities and barriers to care for women with endometriosis. Leslie Farland, ScD, focuses her research on women’s health, particularly looking at the intersection between women’s reproductive health and chronic disease risk; etiology and risk factors for endometriosis, infertility, and polycystic ovary syndrome; and disparities in access to infertility care and fertility treatment utilization. Kelly Heslin is a Senior Research Specialist and certified health education specialist at the College of Nursing at the University of Arizona, currently working on skin cancer prevention research. Her diagnosis of endometriosis at age 22 led to her participation in local and statewide advocacy and support efforts. 
September 11, 2019
Episode 1: Creating Environments that Prevent Sexual Aggression
Join Dr. Elise Lopez and Erica Freese as they discuss cultural, social, and environmental issues related to sexual aggression, including bystander education, communication strategies, and adaptation of interventions. Elise Lopez, DrPH, MPH, is the Director of the University of Arizona Consortium on Gender-Based Violence. Her work examines the design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions related to sexual violence, sexual health, adolescent substance abuse, and trauma-informed care. Erica Freese, MPH, is the Program Coordinator of the Advanced Nursing Education - Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program, a HRSA-funded program to expand sexual assault response services in rural areas.
September 5, 2019
Keeping Up with Public Health: Trailer
Welcome to Keeping Up with Public Health, where you can listen to Sana Khan chat with the most active public health researchers at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. Tune in weekly to learn what you can do to take your public health practice to the next level.
September 4, 2019