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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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PHPR Regional Preparedness Coord Mtg
Students present at PHP&R Regional Preparedness Coordinators Meeting

Department of Public Health Faculty Dr. Suzanne Lea, Dr. Ruth Little, and MPH students Ashley Berkner and Jane Wong present at the PHP&R Regional Preparedness Coordinators Monthly Meeting in New Bern, NC.

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Dolapo Busuyi
Dolapo Busuyi Selected for Administrative Fellowship at Vidant Health

Dolapo Busuyi, a second year MPH student concentratingin health administration has been selected for a 24-month administrativefellowship at Vidant Health. The administrative fellowship program provides post-graduate candidates the opportunity to gain training and management experience in a large and diverse health care system. She competed for the fellowship with students across the United States.

Dolapo is highly passionate about public health and leadership. The master of public health program at East Carolina University became appealing to her after discovering the two passions work conjointly when pursuing a career in Health Administration.

She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and North Carolina Central University, where she studied Public Health and Psychology. Dolapo completed a summer 2017 internship at Vidant Medical Center, in the Cancer Services Department. Dolapo recalls her internship experience as the highlight of her master’s program. “The moment I stepped into the hospital for my internship, I knew that this was where I wanted to be.”She was able to contribute and develop a lay navigation program for cancer patients by training volunteers interested in becoming lay navigators.

While she is a full-time MPH student, Dolapo works part-time as a graduate assistant in the Department of Hematology at Brody School of Medicine. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and serves as historian in the Public Health Graduate Student Organization (PHO).

Dolapo is looking forward to working at Vidant Health, a non-profit 1,439-bed hospital system that annually serves more than 1.4 million people in 29 Eastern North Carolina counties. She shares, “I am very excited to begin my career in the field of health care administration.”

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Marla Hall
Congratulations Dr. Hall

Dr. Marla B. Hall, Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health, has successfully passed the Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) exam. The MCHES examination is used to assess the extent to which a candidate can possess, apply, and interpret knowledge relative to the Seven Areas of Responsibility of Health Education Specialists. In addition, recipients of the certification must be committed to participating in advanced-level continuing education and professional development to maintain the national credential.


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Rural Health Symposium Collage
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.

The Daily Reflector


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APHA 2017 resized
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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Taras Grinchak

Name: Taras Grinchak
Major: Master of Public Health in Epidemiology
College: Department of Public Health, Brody School of Medicine, ECU
Year in School: 2nd year

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