Update: SPHHP COVID-19 Work Continues

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  • Assistant Professor of Community Health and Health Behavior Lucia Leone, PhD, published a paper about how changes to America’s retail food system during the COVID-19 pandemic are increasing food insecurity and health disparities, particularly for lower income communities and communities of color. Her paper was featured in a special issue of the “International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health” examining the importance of research and evaluation of retail strategies to support healthy eating.
  • The Women’s Health Initiative recently surveyed more than 47,000 women to understand the impact of COVID-19 on WHI participants. The survey asked about whether the women had been tested, the number who had tested positive, as well as about the impact of the pandemic on their lives. Question topics included changes in their behaviors (shopping, living, family), emotional impact, doctor visits and more. WHI researchers are compiling the data and hope to begin to report findings soon.
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  • A project between Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Environmental Health Tia Palermo, PhD,, and UNICEF received a grant from Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH. The grant, which supports the mobile collection of data, is helping researchers understand how COVID-19 has affected the livelihoods and well-being of adolescents in Southern Tanzania. Palermo is principal investigator on the project.
  • Greg Wilding, PhD, professor and chair in the Department of Biostatistics, is involved in a project testing melatonin as a treatment for patients with mild to moderate COVID-19. The clinical trial on melatonin is one of the few being conducted around the world and the only one in New York State. This pilot study will inform the researchers whether the dose of melatonin used in the study is safe for COVID-19 patients. Wilding also contributed to the State University of New York’s recommendations for COVID-19 surveillance testing throughout the system.
  • Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Science Patricia Ohtake, PhD, published a paper in Physical Therapy Journal about the importance of identifying postintensive care syndrome (PICS) in patients in a home-care setting after they’ve been treated for COVID-19 in the intensive care unit. PICS refers to health problems that remain after a critical illness. Ohtake has also published patient guides to rehabilitation for PICS that are relevant to patients who have been in the ICU with COVID-19.