HEHP PH~CHE Spring 2021 Preceptorship Graduates Virtual Presentation
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2019 PH-CHE Alum Elle MarkGabrielle 'Elle' Mark, a May 2019 graduate with a public health and community health education major, was crowned Miss Minnesota 2021 in June.  Besides preparing for the 100th Miss America competition in December, Mark will spend the upcoming year spreading the word about the Miss Minnesota scholarship program. She will also promote her social impact initiative, “The Campaign to Change Direction: Changing the Culture of Mental Health.” 

Mark was introduced to the Campaign to Change Direction while serving as Miss La Crosse /Oktoberfest and was drawn to their five habits to help prevent mental health crises.

“This appealed to me as a public health professional,” she says. “I’ve been advocating for the organization since.”  Mark is also working with the campaign’s national office to develop a health habits curriculum for students of all ages.

Despite what happens during the Miss America competition, Mark sees herself returning to school for a master’s degree in public health and epidemiology. She has earned nearly $20,000 in scholarships by competing in Miss America-sponsored events to help fund her dreams.

Study shows UWL, Viterbo students plan to get vaccinated

More than three-quarters of students attending La Crosse’s four-year colleges intend to roll up their sleeves and get a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Researchers from Gundersen Health System’s Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine, UW-La Crosse and Viterbo University found that 76% of students surveyed at UWL and Viterbo this winter plan to get vaccinated.  

The reasons: 81% think the vaccine will protect them, while 82% think the vaccine will protect others. A total of 78% believe the COVID-19 vaccine will be beneficial in getting things back to normal. 

“I think what surprised me in the study, if anything, was the percentage of students indicating they would get the vaccine when it became available to them,” says Professor Dan Duquette, chair of the UWL Health Education and Health Promotion Department and the study’s lead facilitator. “And one of the main reasons was to help things return to normal.”  

Of the roughly 350 students completing the survey between mid-February and early March, 66% reported they had already received the seasonal flu shot — heeding advice of health professionals to avert a double health crisis. 

Duquette says it was an all-hands-on-deck study for him and his students, along with Associate Professor Matthew Bersagel Braley of the Viterbo Ethics, Culture and Society Department, and Dr. Kim Lansing, Gundersen Health System. UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health WARM (Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine) students from Gundersen and undergraduate students from Viterbo also assisted.  

The research is timely for creating strategies to increase turnout for the vaccine once it’s available to college students, says Duquette. 

“Part of the follow-up messaging needs to point out that most college students intend to get vaccinated — that may inspire some fence-sitters to roll up their sleeves, too,” he says.  

Please see the full story: https://www.uwlax.edu/news/posts/a-vaccine-victory/?utm_source=Campus%20Connection%202021-04-12&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Campus%20Connection&ConnectionDate=2021-04-12

 

Department Chair

Dan Duquette  Profile of Dan Duquette  Office hours

Professor
416A Wimberly Hall
rduquette@uwlax.edu
608.785.8161

Specialty areas:

Assessment/Evaluation, Data Analysis/Statistics, Environmental Health,  Research, Male Health, Sleep/Sleep Education.

Academic Department Associate

Department people

Anders Cedergren  Profile of Anders Cedergren

Assistant Professor
418J Wimberly Hall
acedergren@uwlax.edu
608.785.6790

Specialty areas:

Health Program Planning & Evaluation

Health Education Research Methods 

Global Health 

Gary Gilmore  Profile of Gary Gilmore

Professor
418F Wimberly Hall
ggilmore@uwlax.edu
608.785.8163

Specialty areas:

Public Health Epidemiology; Family Health and Wellness; Cancer Prevention and Early Detection; Psychological Type and Preference; Community-Based Participatory Research; Global Health Issues.

Lien Nguyen  Profile of Lien Nguyen  Office hours

Instructor
Wimberly Hall
lnguyen2@uwlax.edu

Sarah Pember  Profile of Sarah Pember  Office hours

Assistant Professor
418I Wimberly Hall
spember@uwlax.edu
608.785.6788

Specialty areas:

Qualitative Research in Health, Child and Adolescent Health, Eating Behavior, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Michele Pettit  Profile of Michele Pettit

Associate Professor
418B Wimberly Hall
mpettit@uwlax.edu
608.785.6789

Specialty areas:

Mental and emotional health to include stress and coping, violence and injury prevention, health risk behaviors, health equity, teaching strategies, and professional preparation

Keely Rees  Profile of Keely Rees  Meet with me  Office hours

Professor
418N Wimberly Hall
krees@uwlax.edu
608.785.8168

Specialty areas:

Women’s Health (pregnancy, exercise, maternal & child health, menstruation) Adolescent Health Behaviors; Health Policy and Advocacy; Motivational Interviewing, Grant Writing in Health and Human Services. 

Karen Skemp  Profile of Karen Skemp

Associate Professor
418D Wimberly Hall
kskemp@uwlax.edu
608.785.8187

Specialty areas:

Nutrition and performance, Alternative Nutrition, Nutrition education, Body Image and eating patterns across various populations, Fitness Across the Lifespan.
Katie Wagoner  Profile of Katie Wagoner

Lecturer
418K Wimberly Hall
kwagoner@uwlax.edu
608.785.8160

Specialty areas:

Nutrition and weight management, work site wellness, health and wellness coaching, program planning, maternal and infant health