All Posts By

Sarah Howard

All posts by Sarah Howard

Understanding Obesity — Starting with a Baby’s First Meal

September 07

Children who have an obese mother are 2-to-3 times more likely to be obese as well. Ellen Demerath wants to understand why this happens. “We need to further explore the link between a mother’s weight, her nutrition, and her baby’s weight. We’re trying to cut off childhood obesity very early…

Still Smoking

August 29

Many Americans don’t need to watch reruns of Mad Men to recall a time when airplanes had smoking “sections,” cigarettes were advertised on billboards and available for purchase at vending machines, and lighting up was such a mainstay of the bar scene that the smell of smoke clung to your…

From New Grad to CEO in Two Years

August 28

After graduating with a finance degree from Brigham Young University, Brent Parsons (MHA ’15) worked in patient billing at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City. But he needed more. “I didn’t feel like I was close enough to the patients and truly making a difference in the care they received.”…

Amy Saupe (MPH '16) analyzes data from a recent outbreak.

Investigating Food Outbreaks

August 28

Every year, Minnesota experiences more than 40 foodborne disease outbreaks. The summer months see scores of Salmonella cases or E. coli poisoning, while winter brings norovirus infections by the droves. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is continuously collecting information on potential foodborne illness outbreaks via routine surveillance, or when…

Mother and baby

Opioid Use and Pregnancy

August 22

Non-medical use of opioids has skyrocketed. To further understand the epidemic, SPH Associate Professor and maternal health policy expert Katy Kozhimannil is researching how opioid use affects reproductive-age women, pregnant women, and infants. She found that 1.5 million reproductive-age women and 50,000 pregnant women across the U.S. reported using prescription…

Health Disparities in Rural Areas

June 21

Important health disparities exist between people living in rural areas and those in urban areas. For those living in greater Minnesota, maintaining good health can be a challenge. Rural health researcher Carrie Henning-Smith says much of this is due to social determinants of health. “[In rural areas] People live farther from…

Avoiding Skin Cancer

June 12

Skin cancer rates have been increasing steadily in the United States. We asked cancer researcher DeAnn Lazovich to explain the increase in melanoma, the deadliest kind of skin cancer. “75 percent or more of all skin cancer deaths are related to melanoma, one cancer that is largely preventable. The reason…

Vaccines Help Prevent the Spread of Disease

June 05

Recent measles outbreaks have reignited the vaccine debate. Infectious disease researcher Michael Osterholm says that everyone should be vaccinated. “One of the challenges we’ve had is this growing body of anti-vaccination efforts out there. We are starting to see the return of vaccine-preventable diseases and we don’t have that institutional memory anymore,” Osterholm says….