Faculty News: Public Health

Jennifer Dowd and colleague published, in the American Journal of Public Health"Physical Health Effects of the Housing Boom: Quasi-Experimental Evidence from the Health and Retirement Study." This study exploited geographic and time variation in housing price appreciation as a natural experiment to estimate the health effects of the dramatic run-up in housing wealth from 1992 to 2006. Results showed that rising home values were associated with improved health in middle-aged and older adults as measured by fewer functional limitations, better performance on physical performance tests, and smaller waist circumference.

Nick Freudenberg was a moderator of the public health panel at the "Superstorm Sandy: Are We Ready for the Next One?" conference at the Graduate Center on May 29. The event featured environmental and climate scientists, emergency and health management specialists, and community advocates. Participants included Dr. William Solecki, professor of geography and director, Institute for Sustainable Cities, Hunter College, and cochair, Mayor’s Panel on Climate Change; and Dr. William J. Fritz, professor of geology and interim president, College of Staten Island. The public health panel included Dr. Irwin Redlener from the Columbia University Center on Disaster Preparedness, Professor Jack Caravanos from Hunter and the CUNY School of Public Health, and Kate McKenzie, director of policy and government relations for City Harvest.

Christian Grov was a featured guest on CBC Radio “Spark with Nora Young” episode 216, “Texting, Over-the-top Messaging, Race and Online Dating, Preserving Virtual Worlds, Emulation and Preservation of Video Games," about racism on the social networking app Grindr. He also reviewed Kevin Walby’s “Touching Encounters: Sex, Work, & Male-for-Male Internet” and “Applying a Sociological Lens to Male-for-Male Internet Escorting,” which were both published in the Journal of Sex Research and Social Policy. Christian also collaborated with Hookonline.org (a nonprofit advocacy and harm reduction group for men in the sex industry) and was recently quoted in Out magazine’s article “The Porn Problem: Why are so many adult film actors dying?” by Tim Murphy. Finally, Christian and DPH faculty member Jeffrey Parsons published "Recruiting men who have sex with men on Craigslist.org for face-to-face assessments: Implications for research" in AIDS and Behavior.

Elizabeth Kelvin and colleagues published "Medical male circumcision and HIV risk: Perceptions of women in a higher learning institution in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa" in Sexual Health. The study found that women understood the partial efficacy of male circumcision in decreasing HIV risk for men and that the procedure offered no direct protection to female partners. However, women were concerned that men might increase their sexual risk behavior after being circumcised and that this would increase risk for their female partners. Elizabeth also worked with DPH faculty member Nicholas Grosskopf and recent CUNY School of Public Health master's graduate Michael LeVasseur to publish "Intersecting identities and the association between bullying and suicide attempt among New York City youths: Results from the 2009 New York City Youth Risk Behavior Survey" in the American Journal of Public Health. The authors found that the association between bullying and suicide attempts was modified by sexual, gender, and racial identities. Elizabeth also worked with recent SPH master's graduate Michelle Montgomery on "Premigration Harm and Depression: Findings from the New Immigrant Survey, 2003" in the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. The study finds that having experienced persecution due to race, gender, or religion in one's place of origin is a risk factor for depression among immigrants to the United States receiving permanent resident status. This association was the same in the general immigrant population as among refugees and asylum seekers.

Denis Nash recently published three articles with colleagues: “High Levels of Adherence and Viral Suppression in a Nationally Representative Sample of HIV-Infected Adults on Antiretroviral Therapy for 6, 12 and 18 Months in Rwanda" in PLOS ONE; “Association of neighborhood-level factors with hospitalization for community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, New York City, 2006: a multilevel observational study" in BMC Infectious Diseases; and “The Problem of Late ART Initiation in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Transient Aspect of Scale-up or a Long-term Phenomenon?" in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.

Mary Schooling and colleagues published “Testosterone therapy and cardiovascular events among men: A systematic review and meta-analysis of placebo-controlled randomized trials” in BMC Medicine.

Submitted on: JUL 1, 2013

Category: Faculty Activities, Public Health (DPH)