PMCH Alum higlighted in Global Health Matters
Nov 09, 2010
Dr. Elizabeth Vaughn was featured in the May/June 2010 issue of the NIH publication Global Health Matters.
The full issue is available here.
Dr. Elizabeth Vaughan studied the nutritional reality of HIV patients in Kenya for five weeks last summer. She interviewed home cooks, hospital cafeteria workers, HIV patients and their families for her research thesis, mastering ten traditional recipes and calculating the nutrient value of 10,000 meals. She traveled to Kenya from the University of Texas, Galveston, with support from Fogarty’s Framework Programs for Global Health. Vaughan earned her bachelor’s in nutrition and a medical degree on her way to becoming an internist with a master’s in public health.
The main barrier to good nutrition in sub-Saharan Africa is general food scarcity. Kenya also suffers from droughts. “These people eat very little meat, very little protein,” says Vaughan. “One of the staples of the Kenyan diet is ugali, a bland grain-based dish with no protein. It’s similar to cream of wheat or grits but without the nutrients we add in the U.S.”
Congratulations Naiomi Jamal!!
Please join me in congratulating Naiomi Jamal on her 2016 President's Cabinet Award! She received this for her program focused on Parent Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention. This is a very prestigious award - Congratulations Naiomi!
Congratulations LJ Panas on your new job at Kansas Health Institute!!
Lawrence John Panas, Ph.D., Senior Analyst, joined KHI in 2016 after earning a doctorate degree in population health sciences and a master's degree in public Health from UTMB. His work at UTMB focused on community health improvement and also on public health systems and services. Prior to joining KHI, he was a graduate/research assistant at the UTMB. During that time, Lawrence was also involved in a wide range of work related to issues such as aging, disability, mortality, minority health and health disparities.
Congratulations to Zakkoyya Lewis on your new job at Beachbody, LLC.
Zakkoyya (Koyya) Lewis accepted a position at Beachbody, LLC as their Fitness Research Manager in their Fitness and Nutrition Results department. This position is the first of its kind. As the Fitness Research Manager, Koyya is responsible for standardizing the measurement protocols for test groups on new products sponsored by Beachbody. She is responsible for the collection and evaluation of all test group data. It is also her responsibility to ensure that claims on new fitness programs meet scientific standards. In addition to running test groups, Koyya works directly with UTMB alum Erin Glynn, PhD and Research & Development as well as Digital Productions. She works as a liaison between departments to identify ways to improve programs and motivate customers.
Congratulations Dr. Arcari and Dr. Rudkin!!
Please join me in congratulating SOM Year 2 student Lynda Chowdhury and Drs. Arcari and Rudkin on their 2016 President's Cabinet Award! They received this for their application titled Health Fair Kits To Go: Turning Service into Service Learning. This is another very prestigious award for our department - Congratulations Lynda, Dr. Arcari, and Dr. Rudkin!
Please join us in wishing Joseph Saenz, PhD a farewell as he embarks on a new adventure.
Joseph Saenz obtained his PhD and is going to be a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Southern California, Davis School of Gerontology, working with Dr. Eileen Crimmins and colleagues.
During his PhD stay at UTMB Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, and SCOA, he published several papers on aging among U.S. Hispanics and Mexicans. He consistently made presentations in local, national, and international professional meetings and conferences, winning several honors and awards.
At SCOA, he also coordinated the MHAS research work group.
We will miss him for his great scholarship, extraordinary citizenship, and personal disposition!