Lexi Pratt, Seamus Taylor named This Is Public Health Ambassadors

Seamus Taylor
Seamus Taylor
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Lexi Pratt

Congratulations to Lexi Pratt, MS student in industrial hygiene, and Seamus Taylor, MPH student in health management and policy, for being named Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) This Is Public Health Ambassadors!

Thirty-five new students are joining the Ambassador program, representing the This Is Public Health brand and 23 ASPPH member institutions. Throughout the year, Ambassadors participate in a series of public health outreach events along with professional development activities.

Join the new ambassadors on Twitter, Wednesday, June 6 from 12:30 -1:30 p.m. eastern for the latest #TIPHChat. This Twitter Chat will feature an introduction to the new ambassadors, their backgrounds, and interests in public health. Submit your questions in advance and RSVP to join the discussion. Follow along using #TIPHChat.

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UI partners with ‘All of Us’ research initiative

The National Institutes of Health recently launched a precision medicine study — or a model that customizes individual health care based on genes, environment, and lifestyle — called the All of Us Research Program. The UI was awarded a $3.6 million grant over a three-year period to inform the public of the study.

“We’re not enrolling (people into All of Us), we’re just trying to facilitate an environment that might be conducive to more people enrolling,” said Rema Afifi, CPH professor of community and behavioral health.

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Analysis finds more people trying e-cigarettes, fewer people keep using them

A portrait of Assistant Professor Wei Bao of the Department of Epidemiology in the University of Iowa College of Public Health.
Wei Bao

Wei Bao, assistant professor of epidemiology in the UI College of Public Health, analyzed national data from more than 101,000 Americans who participated in the annual National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The NHIS has asked adult participants since 2014 whether they currently use e-cigarettes every day, some days, or not at all.

Bao’s analysis found that the number of adults who tried e-cigarettes increased—from 12.6 percent in 2014 to 13.9 percent in 2015, and 15.3 percent in 2016. However, during the same time, the survey showed that the number of people who said they currently use e-cigarettes “every day” or “some days” decreased—from 3.7 percent in 2014 to 3.5 percent in 2015 to 3.2 percent in 2016. Bao says the decrease in current use of e-cigarettes was particularly significant in people older than 65, women, non-Hispanic whites, people with low incomes, and current cigarette smokers.

“These trends may suggest that some individuals are trying but not continuing use of e-cigarettes,” says Bao, cautioning that it might be too soon to draw e-cigarette usage trends from only three years of data. He says the findings reflect a recent report from the CDC that also shows a decline in the rate of current e-cigarette use among U.S. middle and high school students.

The study also found that fewer current cigarette smokers use e-cigarettes, but that use of e-cigarettes increased among former smokers.

“This pattern may reflect e-cigarette use as adults are transitioning from current to former smokers, but further investigation is warranted,” Bao says.

Finally, the study found the rates of e-cigarette use increased among people who never smoked until using them.

“This is concerning because these never-smokers are being exposed to nicotine and other harmful ingredients through e-cigarettes,” says Bao.

The analysis, “Changes in electronic cigarette use among adults in the United States, 2014–2016,” was published as a research letter in the May 15 issue of JAMA.

This story originally appeared in Iowa Now.

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