Alumni Highlights

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Ledetra Bridges Recent Publication

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Congratulations to Ms. Ledetra Bridges on her recent publication, the Efficacy of Yoga as a Form of Treatment for Depression.  Ms. Bridges is a DrPH student with a concentration in Behavioral Health Promotion and Education.  Dr. Manoj Sharma, Professor, Behavioral Health Promotion and Education was a co-author on this publication.

Dr. Joyce Buckner-Brown

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Joyce Buckner-Brown, PhD, MHS, RRT
Department Chair and Professor, Health Policy and Management

Dr. Buckner-Brown served as guest editor for the Family and Community Health
Journal of Health Promotion and Maintenance, January/March 2011 – Volume 34 – Supplement S1

JSU School of Public Health Shines in New York

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Seyedmohammad Pourshadid (Omid), a gold medalist physician, from Iran, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, joined Jackson State University’s Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program with a concentration in Behavioral Health Promotion and Education. While in the MPH Program, Omid successfully passed USMLE and was accepted into a residency program at Queen’s Hospital in New York.   Last month, he and some 60 other physicians participated in a conference. Omid’s poster was chosen as NUMBER ONE.  See his poster and certificate below. Cheers to Omid and Good for JSU School of Public Health – that is ALL OF US!






Communicative Disorders

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Undergrad Students and Evers
The City of Canton, MS presented the students in Communicative Disorders Bachelor’s Program a Certificate of Appreciation for participation in the Ambassadors of the Evers Academy for African-American Males (A-TEAAM) program and I!CAN WE!CAN mentoring program. The programs are operated through the Juanita Sims Doty Foundation.

The mentoring program is in conjunction with Communicative Disorders undergraduate courses 480 and 486. Ms. Whitney Perkins, Clinical Instructor, is the Instructor of Record for the courses.

The School of Public Health Initiative congratulates CMD students on their award and commitment to the community.  Canton Mayor, Arnel D. Bogan presented the Award on December 15, 2016.

Dr. Brandi Newkirk-Turner

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Guest Editor

Brandi L. Newkirk-Turner, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Department Chair and Associate Professor
Department of Communicative Disorders

Dr. Newkirk-Turner is a Guest Editor for The Online Journal of Rural and Urban Research, peer-reviewed journal.

DSC03836Congratulations to Mrs. Victoria Dyson-Davis, an undergraduate senior in the Communicative Disorders department at Jackson State University, for being selected to serve as the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) Student State Officer for the state of Mississippi.  Mrs. Dyson-Davis duties include serving as the liaison between the National NSSHLA and the local Mississippi chapters, supporting the various NSSLHA chapters in Mississippi, and implementing strategies aimed at increasing students’ involvement in the Mississippi Speech Language Hearing Association.  Dyson-Davis other duties include developing grassroots advocacy activities in Mississippi, encouraging National NSSLHA membership, and strengthening students’ participation in Better Hearing and Speech Month, which occurs in May.  The Department of Communicative Disorders and the School of Public Health Initiative are very proud of Victoria and support her efforts to be successful in this position.

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JSU MPH Students Presents at Fall 2016 Colloquium

Congratulations to the Master of Public Health students at JSU who participated in the Fall 2016 Colloquium on November 19, 2016.  The students did well in presenting their field experience in their respective specializations.  The Colloquium is in conjunction with the course PHS 508 Public Health Internship.  The students must commit to a minimum of 400 clock hours with a public health organization.  The MPH student presentations included:

  • Christopher Cox – Emerging Health Policy Issues in the Magnolia State
  • Katherine Ruiz – Imagine Better Mississippi: Simple Better Dentistry – An Oral Health Prevention Project
  • Tiarra McMillian – Exploring the Associations Between Sexual Behaviors and Spatial Mobility of African American MSM in Jackson, MS
  • Ryan Lindsey – Promoting Hygiene Amongst Our Youth
  • Einna Robinson – Assessing Cardiovascular Disease in District 5
  • Scarlet Fowler – Evaluation of a Wellness Project
  • Krista Archie – Examining the association among sexual orientation disclosure to parents, sexual risk behaviors, and current sexually transmitted infections among black MSM
  • Anthony Craft – Policy Implementation of Physical Inactivity within the Mayoral Health Council of Bolton and Edwards, MS
  • Justin Taylor – Evaluate STD programs for CT/GC among HIV negative MSM as a means to increase HIV testing and findings

mph-colloquium-fall-2016Also in attendance at the colloquium were the student internship preceptors.  The School of Public Health Initiative would like to thank the following organizations for giving our students an opportunity to gain public health experience: My Brother's Keeper, Mississippi State Representative Jeramey Anderson of District 110, Office of Community Health (MSDH), City of Grand Prairie Internship, Child & Adolescent Health, Office of Community Health (MSDH), Richard D. Hall Dental Office, and Cross Roads Clinic.

Dr. Sophia Leggett, Associate Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health and MPH Coordinator is the faculty of record for PHS 508.  Dr. Delicia McGee is the Field Placement Coordinator.  The School of Public Health Initiative places students at a site in the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.  Students usually graduate with their MPH degree the same semester they present at the Colloquium.

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Jackson State University School of Public Health Initiative Represents at APHA 2016

The School of Public Health Initiative (SPHI) had several faculty, staff, students, and alumni to attend the American Public Health Association (APHA) 2016 Annual Meeting & Expo in Denver, CO, October 29 – November 2, 2016.  The annual APHA conference explores evolving research and practice in the field of public health and related disciplines.  Jackson State University School of Public Health Initiative participation was exemplified by the various oral and poster presentations. The SPHI in collaboration with the Consortium of African American Public Health Program (CAAPHP) exhibited in the Expo to recruit students to the MPH, DrPH, and Communicative Disorders Graduate Programs.  The School also recruited for vacant faculty and Department Chair positions.

The SPHI in conjunction with the Center of Excellence in Minority Health and Health Disparities hosted an Alumni and Friends Reception on Monday, October 31, 2016.  JSU faculty, staff, students, alumni, and APHA attendees were in attendance to enjoy food and live entertainment.  The purpose of the reception was to network and connect with individuals and organizations to assist the School of Public Health Initiative in its effort to become the first School of Public Health in the State of Mississippi.

Congratulations to Ms. Vimala Lingam, a doctoral student in Behavioral & Environmental Health. Ms. Lingam was awarded the best poster award by the Integrative, Complementary, and Traditional Health Practices (ICTHP) Section. The poster presentation was: Integrative and complementary fall prevention strategies in Parkinson's patients: A systematic review.  Dr. Manoj Sharma is the faculty advisor to Ms. Lingam.  The following are SPHI participants in the oral and poster presentations and roundtable discussions.

Click here for the SPHI Participation List

Dr. Mustafa Younis

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Dr. Younis Publications

  • Mustafa Z. Younis, Lead Guest Editior, International Health Economics & Finance
  • Mustafa Z. Younis, Tenured Professor of Health Economics & Finance served Editor in Chief and Guest Editor for several journals.
  • Mustafa Z. Younis, Editor-in Chief of the European Journal of Environment and Public Health. This journal is affiliated with the School of Public Health Initiatives at Jackson State University since Fall 2016.
  • Mustafa Z. Younis, Guest Editor & Editor of the International Section of Journal of Health Care Finance (One of the leading Journals in Health Economics & Finance for more than 30 years). 2012-Present
  • Mustafa Z. Younis, Guest Editor of the Journal of Health and Human Services Administration. 2009, 2016
  • Mustafa Z. Younis, Guest Editor, Special issue of the prestige’s Journal of International Medical Research. 2016
  • Mustafa Z. Younis, Guest Editor of International Journal of Organizational Theory and Behaviour. 2016
  • Mustafa Z. Younis, Guest Editor, Public Administration & Management (PAMi). 2008
  • Mustafa Z. Younis, Guest Editor, Open Medicine 2014
  • Mustafa Z. Younis, Guest Editor, Journal of Public Finance Accounting and Financial Management (JPAFM), 2007/2008