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Twenty-two students will complete six weeks of fieldwork in either Senegal, South Africa or Tanzania this summer as part of their 21-credit Global Health minor capstone project. To help prepare them for the trip, health care coordinators from each of the countries visited campus last month.

Researchers in the Penn State College of Nursing are testing an intervention that involves family members in the recovery process for individuals with dementia, following their short-term hospitalization for acute medical conditions.

Penn State is offering students new study-abroad opportunities in Sweden and Denmark. Students can now study with DIS, a reputable provider of study-abroad programs, at either its Stockholm or Copenhagen location. DIS Copenhagen offers 24 academic programs and DIS Stockholm offers seven. The programs might be particularly beneficial to students in the College of Health and Human Development as it offers coursework directly related to such majors.

The College of Health and Human Development recently hosted the Online Faculty Conference as an opportunity to promote and facilitate successful online teaching at the collegiate level.

Penn State entrepreneur Matt Roda co-founded Reflexion Interactive Technologies to develop a better concussion-monitoring device. The sophomore’s company won $15,000 after winning a “Shark Tank”-style competition against other Penn State startups.

The latest episode in the “Ask the Experts” series features Dr. Raymond J. Hohl, MD, director of the Penn State Cancer Institute, who discusses progress made in the field and the importance of making care “patient-centered.”

Penn State researcher Margaret Winchester served as the guest editor of a special issue of Medicine Anthropology Theory, a new journal at the forefront of medical anthropological theory building.

Gabrielle Matarazzo, daughter of Laura and John Matarazzo, of New Castle, Pennsylvania, will be the Health and Human Development college marshal for the spring 2017 commencement ceremony on May 6.

Health Policy and Administration student Matthew Roda, and his company, developed the “Edge,” which is comprised of six panels of LED touch screens that can test for brain injury by measuring reaction time, hand-eye coordination, and converting those responses into standardized data.

Penn State has named health economist Christopher Hollenbeak head of the Department of Health Policy and Administration in the College of Health and Human Development. His appointment is effective Aug. 15.

Academic achievement, involvement in professional associations recognized

HPA seniors Lilliya Gortman and Jennifer Bear are recent recipients of The AUPHA/Foster G. McGaw Scholarship.

PORH addresses rural population health through web-based portal

In an effort to extend population health initiatives in rural areas in Pennsylvania, and to provide rural health care providers and community-based organizations with data and tools, the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH) has contracted with the Health Communities Institute (HCI) for ten, largely rural, counties in Pennsylvania.

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