UB Health Impact Summer 2021

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The official publication of the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions, connecting alumni, colleagues, students, friends and the community.

From the Dean

Jean Wactawski Wende.

The headline of this issue’s cover story on our school’s labs—“Back in Action”—might be an apt phrase to apply to our personal and professional lives as public health measures like the COVID-19 vaccines take hold in our country.

Health Impact Summer 2021.

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Inquiry and Scholarship

SPHHP in Depth


Faculty Updates

Student Connections

  • High-schoolers On Pathway to Public Health Careers
    “I learned that there’s more to public health than what you may think…that if you like making a difference in someone else’s life, public health is something you should definitely look into.” Public Health Pathways Academy student survey comment.
  • Joining Public Health’s Stage Crew: Mikayla Thompson
    Maybe the handwriting was on the wall when, at a young age, Mikayla Thompson told her father that she wanted to work for the Peace Corps or cure cancer. Today, her drive to help people on a global scale is being channeled to the discipline of public health.

Alumni in Focus

  • SPHHP Alumni Recognized with Achievement Awards
    On June 3 during a virtual livestream ceremony, the UB Alumni Association recognized 18 outstanding alumni for their achievements and for bringing distinction to UB. The School of Public Health and Health Professions boasted two awardees who have made names for themselves in their chosen fields.
  • Exercise Science Alumnus Conditioned for Growth

    Long Island native Kevin Phengthavone graduated with bachelor’s and master’s degree in exercise science from UB in 2013 and 2015, respectively. Today, he works at Impact Sports Performance, a facility for private sports conditioning that’s part of the UBMD medical practice.