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School of public health and information sciences at the university of louisville

School of Public Health and Information Sciences at the University of Louisville

Susan Muldoon, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Associate Dean for Student Affairs

School of Public Health and Information Sciences

University of Louisville

[email protected]


University of louisville a brief history
University of Louisville – A Brief History University of Louisville

  • 1798 – Jefferson Seminary

  • 1846 – KY Legislature created University of Louisville

  • 1907-1935 – Conformity to accreditation guidelines

  • 1970 – UofL joins the state system of higher education


University of louisville today
University of Louisville today University of Louisville

  • Kentucky’s preeminent metropolitan research university

  • 3 campuses: Belknap, Health Science Center, Shelby

  • 21,725 students comprise the student body

  • $613 million operating budget


Louisville a world class center for life sciences research
Louisville? A world-class center for life-sciences research?

  • Challenge for excellence

  • Research Challenge Trust Fund (Bucks for Brains)

  • Louisville Medical Center

  • Med/Venture Technology Operation

  • United Parcel Service’s world-wide air hub


Sphis vision

We will research? extend the domain of public health to include all factors in the public’s health

We will pursue health information sciences as an inseparable aspect of public health

We will work for close integration of individual health, health care, and public health.

SPHIS’ Vision


Workforce development
Workforce Development research?

  • Public Health Preparedness

  • Environmental Health – Green City Project

  • SPHIS Partners


Public health preparedness initiative
Public Health Preparedness Initiative research?

  • Grant from US Health Resources and Services Administration

  • UofL/UK collaborative effort

  • Have trained 15,000 people since 2003

    • Physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, allied health professionals

    • mental health and healthcare administration

    • Veterinarians and others working in agricultural segment


Origins of the preparedness initiative
Origins of the Preparedness Initiative research?

  • 1999 USPHS/HRSA Primary Care Policy Fellowship

  • Culminating experience – DHHA Secretary Donna Shalala

  • Post 9/11 – Center for the Deterrence of Biowarfare and Bioterrorism

  • Startup funds obtained from CDC in 2002.

  • Initial focus: standardized patients / cutaenous anthrax, smallpox, etc.


Origins cont d
Origins…, cont’d. research?

  • Invitations followed to present in a number of venues

  • HRSA grant announcement: Bioterrorism Training and Curriculum Development Program.

  • UofL consortium emerged to submit grant

  • CDBBCenter for Health Hazards Preparedness

  • Additional grant from National Institute of Hometown Security

  • Total federal funding > $10,000,000


Keys to success
Keys to Success! research?

  • Identification of a variety of strengths in personnel

  • Diversity of backgrounds and training

  • Development of curricula

  • Formalized assessment of programs / continuous quality improvement


Environmental health green city project
Environmental Health – research?Green City Project

  • Formed in 2004 among Louisville Metro Government, the University of Louisville and the Jefferson County Public Schools

  • The goal is a greener vision for the city through stronger environmental education, energy efficiency, waste reduction, pollution control and management efforts


Partnership for a green city

University of Louisville research?, Louisville Metro government and Jefferson County Public Schools

A total of 26,000 employees, 120,000 students, thousands of vehicles and hundreds of buildings

create an infrastructure that leads to waste reduction, energy efficiency and improved health and education for children

Partnership for a green city


Uof l helps fertilize green city with ideas

Combine partners’ resources and expertise research?

Research and information-sharing vital

3 major thrusts

Environmental health

Environmental education

Environmental management

Uof L helps fertilize “Green City” with ideas


Origins of green city initiative
Origins of Green City Initiative research?

  • Dan Wicks – Jefferson County School District

  • Russ Barnett – University of Louisville

  • Obtained a pilot grant to facilitate

  • focus group

  • Long period of community engagement

  • Formal sign-off by The Three Kings


Key factors
Key Factors research?

  • Long period of community engagement

  • Formal memorandum of understanding and agreement signed off on by Three Kings


Sphis partners
SPHIS Partners research?

  • Federal and State Agencies

    • Dept. of Defense

    • Food and Drug Administration

    • KY Dept. of Public Health

    • National Academies of Science

    • NIEHS

    • National Security Agency


Sphis partners1
SPHIS Partners research?

  • Federal and State Agencies

    • Dept. of Defense

    • Food and Drug Administration

    • KY Dept. of Public Health

    • National Academies of Science

    • NIEHS

    • National Security Agency


Introduction research?

In 1979, OCAW requested a study of the health effects from occupational exposures at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PORTS).A cohort study revealed statistically non-significant elevated SMRs . In 2001, NIOSH was asked by DoE to conduct studies at the Paducah plant.

The Universities of Louisville, Kentucky, and Cincinnati commenced a NIOSH-funded study of the workforce through 2003.

Source: Department of Energy



Sphis partnerships
SPHIS Partnerships research?

  • Industrial Collaborations

    • ATI Metalworking Products

    • Ford Motor Company

    • Kennametal Corporation

    • LG&E

    • Mary Morrow and Assoc.

    • VisPlex Association


Sphis partnerships1
SPHIS Partnerships research?

  • Industrial Collaborations

    • ATI Metalworking Products

    • Ford Motor Company

    • Kennametal Corporation

    • LG&E

    • Mary Morrow and Assoc.

    • VisPlex Association


Sphis partnerships2
SPHIS Partnerships research?

  • Louisville-based community partners

    • Bridges of Hope Neighborhood Place

    • Center for Women and Families

    • Center for Environmental Education

    • Green City Partnership

    • Jewish, Norton, Kosair’s and University Hospitals

    • Jefferson County Public Schools

    • KY Assoc. of Health Plans

    • Signature Partnership: Louisville Metro Health Department


Sphis partnerships3
SPHIS Partnerships research?

  • Louisville-based community partners

    • Bridges of Hope Neighborhood Place

    • Center for Women and Families

    • Center for Environmental Education

    • Green City Partnership

    • Jewish, Norton, Kosair’s and University Hospitals

    • Jefferson County Public Schools

    • KY Assoc. of Health Plans

    • Signature Partnership: Louisville Metro Health Department


Sphis partnerships4
SPHIS Partnerships research?

  • Louisville-based community partners

    • Bridges of Hope Neighborhood Place

    • Center for Women and Families

    • Center for Environmental Education

    • Green City Partnership

    • Jewish, Norton, Kosair’s and University Hospitals

    • Jefferson County Public Schools

    • KY Assoc. of Health Plans

    • Signature Partnership: Louisville Metro Health Department


Go Cards!! research?


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