Grant renewed to study minority aging and health

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a grant renewal for the Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR). The MCUAAAR is a collaboration between researchers at several Michigan universities, and includes several members of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. The focus of this collaboration is to study health in aging African Americans, including examination of disparities in health outcomes such as diabetes and heart disease.

Dr. Bergmans presents at the National Network of Depression Centers Conference

Dr. Rachel Bergmans presenting at NNDC

In October, Dr. Bergmans presented at the National Network of Depression Centers 10th Annual Conference in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Bergmans‘ poster, titled Depression, food insecurity and diabetic morbidity: Evidence from the Health and Retirement Study, examined mediation of the association between food insecurity and depression by diabetic morbidity among older adults with diabetes. Results indicate food insecurity is associated with odds of depression two years later and that this relationship is largely attributable to diabetic morbidity–including kidney problems and poor control of diabetes. Findings may inform development of integrated and/or collaborative treatment strategies that alleviate psychosocial distress associated with diabetes management.

Dr. Monique Brown-Smith accepts professor position at the University of South Carolina

Dr. Monique Brown-Smith has accepted a position as an assistant professor in the at the University of South Carolina. She will be joining the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Arnold School of Public Health, where she will continue her research on HIV, mental health, and aging.

The University of South Carolina has posted a news article about Monique and her research.

GREMAPers are on the move!

Allison Delaney (MPH 2018) will be the Pediatric/Women’s Health Chaplain and serve as Faculty in the Department of Patient Counseling within the College of Health Professions at Virginia Commonwealth University starting in September.

Joshua Montgomery (MPH 2017) has been selected as a Public Health Analyst Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Fellow! Josh will  work in the Office of the Chief Medical Officer, within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in Washington, DC. The Chief Medical Officer serves as the primary medical advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Health on the development and implementation of HHS-wide public health policy recommendations. He will begin his fellowship in Fall 2018.

Congrats to Allison and Josh!!