HPA Spring 2011 e-Newsletter — Faculty and Staff News

New Faculty member focuses on health care disparities

Dr. Patricia Miranda joined the HPA faculty in October 2010 as an assistant professor. She is teaching HPA 410, Principles of Public Health Administration, this spring.

Her research looks at health care disparities affecting vulnerable populations, specifically disparities in cancer screening among immigrant and Latino populations. Still early in her research career, Miranda has already been recognized for her innovative research; she was the recipient of the 2010 Outstanding New Community Public Health Professional Award from the American Public Health Association Latino Caucus. This award recognizes contributions to the practice and profession of health service delivery and disease prevention that impact the health of Latino communities by an individual having a terminal degree within the last five years.

She has examined policy implications for early onset breast cancer among Mexican-origin women, strategies to increase participation rates of healthy, premenopausal African American women in a breast cancer prevention program; symptoms of depression in older Mexican-origin immigrants; and antidepressant use among Asian immigrants in the United States.

“We are delighted that Tricia has joined HPA, enhancing our ability to educate undergraduate and graduate students in this critical area of health care,” says Dr. Dennis Shea, head of the department.

Miranda received her M.P.H. and Ph.D. in health behavior and health education from The University of Michigan School of Public Health and her B.A. in sociology and anthropology from Trinity University (San Antonio, Texas). Before joining the Penn State faculty, she was a Kellogg Health Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

HPA instructor earns degree in public health preparedness

Mark Milliron '83 E&MS, '91 MPA Lib, '96 MS H&HD of Lemont recently earned a graduate certificate in Public Health Preparedness: Bioterrorism and Disaster from the Penn State Hershey College of Medicine. He is an independent consultant in emergency management, an instructor in Health Policy & Administration at Penn State, and an instructor in Public Safety for the Community College of Allegheny County and Centre LifeLink EMS, Inc.