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Our Department of Public Health is committed to educating professionals and conducting research to improve the health of communities in our region and beyond. We practice a combination of science and social approaches to reduce disease and systematically address the multiple determinants of health. Our work is rooted in strong partnerships with the community, health and social services, industry and business, academia, and the media.

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Rural Health Symposium

National Rural Health Day is the third Thursday of every November. The ECU Department of Public Health along with Eastern AHEC hosted the first Rural Health Symposium November 16th and 17th at the Education Center at Eastern AHEC in Greenville, NC. The keynote speaker, James H. Johnson Jr., a native of Falkland and professor at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill, spoke to about 100 doctors, nurses, and other health care and social care professionals. For more information please go to the links below.

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American Public Health Association (APHA)

Faculty and students were well represented as presenters of their research at the American Public Health Association meeting in Atlanta on November 4th – 8th. Below is a list of the posters and oral presentations.


Imai, S., Wright, W., & Rafferty, A. P. Smoking, drinking and tooth loss: Examining the paradoxical effect of alcohol on teeth.

Eguchi, K., Sato, A., & Imai, S. A study of the relationship between job satisfaction, mental health, drinking, and smoking among Japanese nurses.

Tucker-McLaughlin, M., Winterbauer, N.L. (2017). My Safe Beach: Application and Implications for Geofencing Health Communication Technology in a Local Health Departments.

Winterbauer, N.L., Das, B., Tant, R., Mansfield, J., *Harrell, M., Guest, K. (2017). Listening closely: A county health partnership engages with community for health improvement.

Luo, Huabin, Yu, G., Wu, B., Trend of self-reported cognitive impairment across race/ethnicity groups in the United States: 1997-2015 National Health Interview Survey.

Jilcott Pitts SB, Jahns L, Wu Q, Grinchak T, Laska MN, Truesdale K, Bell RB. Feasibility, reliability, and validity of a noninvasive assessment of skin carotenoid status as a measure of dietary carotenoid consumption in a diverse community sample.

Kearney GD. Climate change and public health through the lens of eastern North Carolina.

Lea CS, Moore T, Passwater C, Dangott B, Liles D. Compliance with oral medications for hematologic malignancies within a rural hospital network.

Oral Presentations

Jilcott Pitts SB, Gray W, Wu Q, Lyonnais MJ. Preliminary impact of the Partnership to Improve Community Health farmers’ market initiatives in rural eastern North Carolina.

Kirk, B.O., Ross, K., Winterbauer, N.L., Mansfield, J. (2017). Provider and Medical Staff Perceptions and Referral Practices for Diabetes Self-Management Education in Pitt County, NC.

Lyonnais MJ, Jilcott Pitts SB, Wu Q, Gray G. Preliminary impact of the Partnership to Improve Community Health Farmer’s Market Initiatives in rural eastern North Carolina.

Haynes-Maslow L, Morgan EH, Piltch E, Byker-Shanks C, Seguin RA, Kolodinsky J, Andress L, Houghtaling B, Jilcott Pitts SB, Prewitt TE, Baquero B. Arguments used in public comments to support or oppose the USDAs minimum stocking requirements: A content analysis.

Haynes-Maslow L, Morgan EH, Byker-Shanks C, Lo B, Leone L, Seguin R, Sitaker M, Kolodinsky J, Andress L, Jilcott Pits SB, Baquero B, Bailey-Davis L. Rural corner store owners’ perceptions of USDA’s minimum stocking requirements for SNAP.

McGuirt J, Jilcott Pitts SB, Hanson K, De Marco MM, Sequin RA, Kolodinsky J, Becot F, Ammerman A. A choice experiment to examine factors influencing willingness to participate in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program among low income patients.

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Mark Wolff, PhD Ground Rounds Presentation

Dr. Mark Wolff, PhD was the Ground Rounds speaker November 13, 2017 in Brody Auditorium. The event was sponsored by the Department of Public Health (DPH) and Co-Sponsored by ECU Department of Health Services & Information Management (CAHS). Dr. Wolff's topic was "Opportunities and Challenges Using Unsolicited, Self-Reported, Health Outcomes Data from Open Web-Based Sources. The presentation slides can be found here.

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Rural Health Symposium

Dr. Ronny Bell and Dr. Lorrie Basnight were in the news promoting the first Rural Health Symposium that will be held November 16-17, 2017 at the Education Center at Eastern AHEC located at 2600 W. Arlington Boulevard, Greenville, NC.

Call (252) 744-5223 or visit for more information.

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Project explores community resilience after flooding

Jasmine Hayes, a graduate student in the Department of Public Health, has been awarded funding to study resilience in rural communities following natural disasters.

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Name: Taras Grinchak
Major: Master of Public Health in Epidemiology
College: Department of Public Health, Brody School of Medicine, ECU
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