Elaine Darling named 2018 West Virginia Childhood Immunization Champion
This week, Elaine Darling, an MPH graduate from WVU School of Public Health, was honored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for her ongoing work to promote childhood immunization.
Darling is the senior program manager for the Center for Rural Health Development and has led the efforts of the 300-member West Virginia Immunization Network (WIN) to promote childhood immunization, to educate and adopt evidence-based best practices, and advocate for strong immunization laws for schools and child care centers for the past six years in West Virginia. She works actively on the national level with the Immunization Action Coalition and Every Child By Two for the betterment of immunization in West Virginia and across the nation.
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New physical activity guidelines being promoted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services references research by two WVU Public Health professors.
WVU researchers help West Virginia become first state to collect real-time data on neonatal abstinence syndrome
As opioid use has pervaded West Virginia, the rate of infants who develop neonatal abstinence syndrome has increased. But significant barriers—including that various ways healthcare providers define NAS and document it in medical records—make it difficult for researchers to capture NAS data that is useful and reliable. WVU researchers, however, are finding ways around these barriers.
Samantha Shawley-Brzoska, Ph.D., M.P.H., project coordinator for the WVU School of Public Health’s Office of Health Services Research, recently spoke with The Exponent-Telegram for Diabetes Awareness Month.