Public Health Collaboration
Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health’s vision is to be a recognized leader in the empowerment of rural communities and underserved populations to address public health issues, eliminate health disparities and improve health outcomes. The JPHCOPH faculty collaborates with global leaders and experts to make this vision a reality.
Dr. Raymona H. Lawrence, Assistant Professor of Community Health, has a passion for the social and behavioral aspects of genomics. This passion has recently earned her a position in the 2012 cohort of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute-sponsored PRIDE-Functional and Applied Genomics of Blood Disorders Program. The program trains participants in lab science and grant-writing, pairs them with mentors who are experts in the field and brings participants to the National Institutes of Health for networking and further development in the field of genomics. “This program will give me the opportunity to tweak my knowledge of basic lab science and to establish the foundation of a national reputation as an expert in the field of social and behavioral genomics. As a new professor, it feels great to sit at the table with well-established experts across the country and represent the JPHCOPH and Georgia Southern University.”
Gulzar H. Shah, Ph. D., M. Stat, M. S. S., Associate Professor at the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University, was one of the two keynote speakers at the opening session of the Third International eHealth Conference in Pakistan, January 21-22, 2012. The conference theme was: “Road to National eHealth Strategy for Pakistan,” with the primary goal to recognize and prioritize areas of eHealth progress that could prime the formation of a National eHealth Strategy for Pakistan.
During his career spanning 16 years, Dr. Shah has been involved in several public health informatics and eHealth interventions. He has conducted extensive research on local health departments in the United States, and their public health informatics capacity, use of HIEs and EHRs, and readiness for Meaningful use. He has presented the findings from these research projects at several public forums and professional conferences. Dr. Shah has published on several aspects of public health informatics, including small area analysis, probabilistic record linkage, and issues in Web-based Data Query Systems (WDQS), such as disclosure risk, security and reliability. Dr. Shah’s publications have appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals. In May of 2005, Dr. Shah was awarded a recognition Shield of “DISTINGIUISHED SCHOLAR for Outstanding Academic Research” by the European Journal of Scientific Research. Dr. Shah joined the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health in January 2012.