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Reaching for the Top: Public Health Recommendations to the Canadian Government

presented by
Kellie Leitch, MD

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March 30, 2021
  • To cite an organized approach to public stakeholder relations
  • To explain transition of ideas to public policy implementation
  • To review elected stakeholders and the public service to accomplish a public policy

Public Health Impact of COVID-19

presented by
Thomas E. Dobbs, MD, MPH

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February 22, 2021
  • Understand the epidemiology of COVID-19 in MS
  • Understand the critical role of science and evidence-based decision making in responding to a pandemic
  • Understand the public health successes and failures in the COVID response

An Introduction to Systematic Literature Searching

presented by
Lauren Fletcher, MLIS, MA
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January 25, 2021
  • To recognize the six steps of a systematic literature search
  • To apply steps to develop components of a search string
  • To construct an authoritative and unique search string
  • To identify strategies to improve search results


Policy Implementation for Built Environment Interventions in Rural Mississippi:
A Discussion of Complete Streets

presented by
Bishoy Samuel, MD
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December 7, 2020
  • Define Complete Sets
  • Identify Relevant Community Approaches and Multi-Sectorial Collaboration Processes
  • Discuss State and Local Policy Impacts on Local Built Environment Intervention

Grantsmanship: Artistry with Science

presented by
Michael Stefanek, Ph.D.

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November 16, 2020
  • Enhance knowledge of key components of writing a grant submission with an increased chance for funding
  • Measure knowledge of key information needed in each required section of an NIH grant
  • Increase knowledge of what grant reviewers respond to positively in a grant submission

At the Intersection of Population Health & Criminology:
A New Interdisciplinary Science

presented by

Brian B. Boutwell, Ph.D., MS
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October 26, 2020


  • To recognize a better understanding of modern crime science
  • To describe the intersection of criminological, health, and genomic sciences
  • To examine future directions for population health science as it relates to psychopathology and antisocial behaviors
  • To illustrate new and exciting opportunities for interdisciplinary research and grant writing

Healthy Aging Is Everybody's Business!!!

presented by

Teresa Carithers, Ph.D., RD, LD, FAND
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September 24, 2020


  • Discuss the CDC population projections to reveal embedded populations.
  • Apply strategies for modifying existing models of care rather than reinventing the wheel.
  • Integrate use of geron-technology to produce more optimal and sustainable aging outcomes.
  • Discuss ways to address challenges and opportunities that the multigenerational
    workforce provides within their discipline.

The Promise and Perils of Biosurveillance Strategies to Detect SARS-CoV-2 Sensitization and Immunity in Mississippi Citizens

presented by

Gailen Marshall, Jr., MD, Ph.D.
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August 24, 2020
  • Describe the process of biosurveillance for prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 antibody positivity in the UMMC employee population as a measure of community prevalence
  • Discuss the results of our studies to date in the context of how to interpret such results for applications to population health.

UMMC Biobank and its Research Projects

presented by

Gouri J. Mahajan, Ph.D., MBBS

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July 27, 2020


  • Distinguish the roles and responsibilities of principal investigators, administrators, and the UMMC Biobank
  • Distinguish the types of samples available, timelines for acquisition and additional services and fees
  • Demonstrate how to submit a request for samples
  • Identify the benefits of using the UMMC Biobank for population health studies

Application of Telehealth in Improving Population Health

presented by
Akeem Adebayo, MD, MBA, MPH, and Julio Cespedes, Jr., MS

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June 29, 2020

  • Introduction to population health and telehealth application
  • Describe UMMC’s designation as a center for excellence for telehealth in the nation
  • Describe different telehealth application
  • Describe the current and future plans for the telehealth in improving population health

Pop-Up Grand Rounds: SOPH Talks COVID-19

presented by
Caroline Compretta, Ph.D., Abigail Gamble, Ph.D., Leandro Mena, MD, MPH, 
Sheeba Ogirala, MS, MBA and Rodney Washington, EdD, MS, MA

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May 21, 2020

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  • Public Safety Support Division, COVID-19 (Ogirala)
  • Assessing Differential Impacts of COVID-19 on Black Communities (Mena)
  • Community-Driven Risk Communication for Vulnerable Populations (Compretta, Gamble, Washington)

The Dilemma of Management of Hypertension in Young Adults and Older Adults

presented by

Dan Jones, MD
Norman C. Nelson Student Union
Conference Rooms A&B

February 24, 2020

  • Review existing “evidence” outside of randomized trials that support consideration of the use of medication to lower blood pressure in adults with stage 1 hypertension and 10-year risk below 10% uncontrolled after 6 months of intensive lifestyle therapy.
  • Recommend management of adults in the same way pediatric guidelines recommend the management of adolescents.

Parasites and Poverty

presented by

Charlotte V. Hobbs, MD

New Guyton Library, G151-01Monday
January 27, 2020
  • Describe the risks factors associated with parasitic diseases of poverty
  • Discuss the history of these diseases in Mississippi
  • Cite current projects to identify and source remediate these diseases


Democratizing Knowledge to Improve Access Cancer Care Globally  - Project ECHO

Sanjeev Arora, MD, MACP, FACG

Nov. 6, 2019

  • Describe a new model that enhances access to treatment for patients in rural and urban areas and management of patients' chronic and complex diseases
  • Detail the platforms by which Project ECHO clinicians gain competency and expertise in the delivery of specialized complex care to patients with chronic health conditions
  • Apply the ECHO model for improving chronic disease care in underserved areas of Mississippi

Living with multiple chronic diseases with or without HIV: opportunities for research in the MACS/WIHS Combined Cohort Study

Deborah Konkle-Parker, PhD, FNP, FAANOct. 28, 2019Presentation
  • Describe the MACS/WIHS Combined Cohort Study (MWCCS)
  • Describe the various types of data and specimens available in MWCCS for research
  • Consider ideas for research in multiple areas of investigation

Conducting Culturally Responsive and Inclusive Evaluations of Population Health Programs: A Case Study of the Monitoring and Evaluation of ACCELERATE!

Michelle Williams, PhDSept. 25, 2019Presentation
  • Describe the guiding principles for program evaluation
  • Select evaluation methods and epistemologies that are culturally responsive and inclusive
  • Identify characteristics of a responsive and inclusive evaluation of programs targeted towards African-American gay and bisexual men in Jackson, MS

Overview of Mississippi Health Policy Fellowship

Akeem Adebayo, MD, MBA
with guest Dr. Teresa Hanna, CEO, Center for Mississippi Health Policy

June 5, 2019

  • Overview of the Mississippi Health Policy Fellowship
  • Describe how the Mississippi Legislative process is developed using two real and recent case scenarios of two bills (Passed & Failed)
  • Describe my Policy brief on artificial meat bill
  • Describe the plans for the future for different bills by different advocacy groups in the state

From God Committees to Medical Homes:
The Evolution of Population Health for Kidney Diseases

Tariq Shafi, MD, MHS, MBBSMarch 25, 2019Presentation
  • Provide an overview of the epidemiology of kidney diseases
  • Describe the morbidity and mortality associated with kidney diseases
  • Discuss the opportunities for population health strategies for kidney disease prevention, reducing disparities, and improving outcomes

Physical Inactivity, Physical Activity, Physical Training and Physical Fitness:
A Step-by-Step Translational Journey

Michael A. Welsch, PhDFeb. 25, 2019


  • Define physical (in)activity, physical training and physical fitness
  • Describe the consequences of physical inactivity versus the benefits of physical activity
  • Demonstrate the dose-response relationship between activity and health outcomes
  • Discuss the importance of the ingredients of physical training across the life-span
  • Stimulate the development on an integrated UMMC research agenda on "moving" patients, students, and clinicians

Multidisciplinary Approaches in Assuring the Quality, Safety and Efficacy of TM/Botanicals

Ikhlas Khan, PhDJan. 20, 2019


  • Natural products and it uses in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)
  • Difficulties in assessing the quality of supplements
  • Safety concerns
  • Future research needs and future prospects of natural products in CAM


Exploring the HIV Care Continuum: Making the Invisible Visible

Leandro Mena, MDSept. 17, 2018Presentation
  • Describe HIV/AIDS disparities in the United States
  • Describe steps of the HIV “neutral” care continuum
  • Identify challenges to HIV prevention in the South
  • Describe local HIV prevention programmatic and research efforts

Hypoxia Associated Genes on Disparities in the Aggressiveness of Prostate Cancer: Population Health Implications

Ingrid Espinoza, PhD

July 16, 2018

  • Prostate cancer disparity
  • Identification of molecular markers associated with prostate cancer and race
  • Implications of our translational and clinical findings on prostate cancer and health disparity

Use of Computer Simulation to Understand Population Responses to Therapy

Robert L. Hester, PhD

June 4, 2018

  • Understand how physiological models are developed
  • Understand how populations are created
  • Understand the use of Topological Data Analysis for determining populations resistant to treatment

Geospatial Research and Resources at UMMC

Fazlay S. Faruque, PhD

March 26, 2018

  • Identify geospatial resources at UMMC
  • Recognize the basics of geospatial technology applicable in health research and health care
  • Evaluate the geospatial health research activities at UMMC
  • Identify collaboration opportunities using geospatial tools at UMMC

Early Impact of a Statewide Neonatal Critical Congenital Heart Disease Screening Program

Sarosh P. Batlivala, MD, MSCI

Feb. 6, 2018

  • Newborn screening program can lead to fewer delayed diagnoses and fewer cardiac interventions
  • Understand the importance of screening for critical congenital heart disease
  • Understand some limitations of pulse oximetry as a screening tool
  • Gain knowledge about identifying areas of improvement when implementing
  • CHD screening program


"Sex and the City: Urbanization, the Built Environment and the Sexual Geography of HIV/AIDS in South Africa"

Paul Burns, PhD, MA

Sept. 28, 2017

  • Define the concept of the built environment;
  • Describe key social determinants associated with HIV vulnerability;
  • Describe how the built environment or physical characteristics of poorer neighborhoods influence population health and contribute to increased HIV risk vulnerability; and
  • Implement evidence-based HIV prevention, care and treatment interventions and programs that use a social determinants of health framework to improve the HIV health-related outcomes of most at-risk populations.

Obesity and Dementia: A Paradoxical Association?

Nancy West, PhDJuly 31, 2017


  • Accumulating evidence suggests that a high body mass index, measured in late life, may be associated with lower risk of dementia.
    • Could a higher BMI in older ages reflect a protective physiologic effect?
    • Is there enough evidence to justify revision of the public health dangers of being overweight for individuals at older ages?

All questions and comments about Bower SOPH Grand Rounds can be directed to Dr. Fazlay S. Faruque.