Division of Population Health Updates

Our divisional members have been active in teaching and research. In this issue we highlight two, Drs. Gleason-Comstock and Tsilimingras. 

Dr. Dennis Tsilimingras is the course director of the 2-credit course, "Special Topics - Interprofessional Education." He led the committee in course development and implementation. The 2-credit team-taught hybrid course is designed for health professions students to learn about how each discipline contributes to the healthcare team and the role of team collaboration in preparing health care professionals for collaboratie practice. 

The course consists of online modules, small group discussions and interactive learning assignments, virtual meetings, team-based debriefing and case-based learning. Topics covered included the importance of effective communication, crucial conversations and conflict resolution in team settings. 

Dr. Gleason-Comstock successfully mentored two public health students on research projects with one being featured on CBS news! 

The MPH research project of WSU student Sarah J. Parker on influenza vaccination for children in Detroit was published in October of 2022 in the open access journal PIoS One as "Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among an Urban Pediatric Asthma Population: implications for Population Health" https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0269415

In addition to recognition that month in WSU SOM Warrior Medicine and the DFMPHS Newsletter, CBS News/Detroit/Health featured the research she conducted with Detroit Medical Center colleagues Dr. Amy DeLaroche and Dr. Rajan Arora. https://www.cbsnews.com/detroit/news/study-low-influenza-vax-rates-among-detroit-kids-with-asthma/

John Nzasi, a Med-Direct student majoring in public health is working with Dr. Julie Gleason-Comstock and Community Health Awareness Group, Inc. on prospective Detroit research. Med-Direct is a unique WSU B.S. to MD program. At the 2022 Med-Direct Summer Research Poster Session, he presented potential direction for "Focusing on Cardiovascular Health in a Detroit African-American Population Though a Randomized Control Trail," which he discussed with WSU President, Roy Wilson. 

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