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Episode 1:   This first episode of our podcast series on occupational health and safety welcomes Dr. Thomas Bernard, professor and Director of the Sunshine Education & Research Center (ERC) in the USF College of Public Health.  Discussion takes place about the roles and functions of the ERC and related research, including heat stress.  Discussion also takes place about the role for occupational safety and health among diverse populations and the need for advocacy to promote health. Guest, Dr. Thomas Bernard, Professor, USF College of Public Health
Topic:  Immigration advocacy and how important it is to learn what is true and not true about immigration and issues related to the roles of businesses and prisons in immigrant labor. Guest:   Norma Henning, JD, is an immigration and civil rights attorney with the Council on American Islamic Relations Florida.  She is an immigrant from Germany and graduate of the University of Florida College of Law.  She has been practicing immigration law in Florida since 1996.
Topic: Immunizations and how critical they are in public health. Guest: Jill Roberts, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida College of Public Health. Her specializations are in Molecular Epidemiology Bacteriology, Emerging Diseases, Food Safety, and Bioterrorism.
This podcast episode continues our occupational health and safety series and focuses on customer mistreatment of hospitality employees.  Dr. Kristin Horan from the University of Central Florida provides important information on the work she and colleagues are doing about this issue, the resources they have developed for employees, employers, and researchers and students, and strategies for change.  Discussion also took place as to the importance of advocacy in these efforts that includes behavioral and environmental components. Guest:   Dr. Kristin Horan, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Central Florida and Deputy Director of Program Administration for the Targeted Research Training Program of the Sunshine ERC.
This podcast episode focuses on what participants learned from the January 28, 2022 University of South Florida (USF) College of Public Health Activist Lab Bootcamp on mental health advocacy and strategies for change.  We welcome Dr. Jerome Galea, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, USF College of Behavioral and Community Sciences who shares his expertise on mental health research and outreach and two Bootcamp participants, Ivory Hayes and Jeanine Ashforth, who provide information on what their Bootcamp breakouts groups recommended for changes in the community and with veterans related to mental health, respectively.  Discussion also took place as to the importance of advocacy in mental health as mental health is public health! Guests:  Dr. Jerome Galea, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, USF, and Jeanine Ashforth and Ivory Hayes, USF College of Public Health graduate students
Episode 4: This fourth episode of our podcast series on occupational health and safety welcomes Dr. Tammy Allen, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of South Florida and Director of the Occupational Health Psychology Training Program.  This podcast focuses on Dr. Allen’s work in the areas of work and family balance, remote work, the changing culture of work, and more. Discussion also took place about how to advocate for positive changes in the workplace to improve employee’s wellbeing. Guest, Dr. Tammy Allen, Distinguished University Professor,  University of South Florida
Episode 3:  This third episode of our podcast series on occupational health and safety welcomes Dr. Mindy Shoss, Associate Professor of Psychology in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology program at the University of Central Florida and also Director of the Sunshine ERC’s Targeted Research Training (TRT) program.  Discussion takes place about the important role of work in the hospitality industry, Dr. Shoss’s work within the TRT program and that of her students and colleagues, and the importance of advocating for positive change.  Discussion also took place about the role of COVID-19 on hospitality worker health, burnout, and more. Guest, Dr. Mindy Shoss, Associate Professor, University of Central Florida
Episode 2:   This second episode of our podcast series on occupational health and safety welcomes Dr. Mark Friend, Professor in the School of Graduate Studies in the College of Aviation at Embry-Riddle University (ERAU) in Daytona Beach, Florida and Program Coordinator for the M.S. program in occupational safety management. Discussion takes place about the importance of occupational safety management as a field in preventing injuries and deaths in various industries.  Discussion also takes place about the importance of advocacy, safety management systems, including employees, and developing and maintaining safety management protocols/plans in businesses and organizations. Guest, Dr. Mark Friend, Professor, Embry-Riddle University
In this podcast, discussion focuses on COVID-19 in terms of current morbidity, mortality and the new rise in infections and hospitalizations due to the Delta variant.  Discussion also takes place about mitigation efforts and communication strategies for those individuals who have not yet been vaccinated.  Emphasis is on advocating for change so all persons feel heard about mitigation and prevention concerns and how we can move forward. Guest:  Dr. Jason Salemi, Associate Professor, USF College of Public Health
In this podcast, previous Environmental Health/Climate Change and Advocacy series’ presenters provide further discussion and input on how to build and improve the USF COPH Activist Lab’s Florida Environmental Health Plan.  The emphasis on equity and community engagement continues and will be paramount as potential solutions are created, implemented, and evaluated for sustainability.  Innovations are discussed along with the importance of education and communication/social marketing so that audiences are reached with messages that will resonate with them and the community. Guests:  Dr. Amy Stuart, Professor, USF College of Public Health, Dr. Maya Trotz, Professor, USF College of Engineering, and Michelle Jenkins, Sustainability Coordinator and Kim Tapley, Senior Environmental Manager, Wetlands Division, Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County, Florida.
Description:   In this fourth episode of the podcast series focused on environmental health, climate change, and advocacy, Representative Kathy Castor from the US Congress discusses the importance of the environment on public health for Floridians and all Americans, her role as chairperson of the federal Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, the components of the federal plan developed on Solving the Climate Crisis, how to successfully advocate for change, and more. Guest:   Representative Kathy Castor, U.S. Congress
Description:   In this third episode of the podcast series focused on environmental health, climate change, and advocacy, representatives from the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County discuss the important role of the agency in protecting the health and safety of communities related to the environment.  The discussion includes agency responsibilities and divisions including air, waste, water, and wetlands, outreach mechanisms (including education and research) to help assure safe environments, the importance of education in environmental health and safety for present and future generations, and more. Guests:   Michelle Jenkins, Sustainability Coordinator, and Kim Tapley, Senior Environmental Manager, Wetlands Division, Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County, Florida
In this second episode of the Activist Lab’s podcast series focused on environmental health, climate change, and advocacy, issues related to water, water treatment, engineering and energy (including green energy) solutions, and the relationship of these issues to climate change are discussed.  Also highlighted are the important role for community involvement related to solutions, with strong consideration of structural racism as solutions are being developed. Guests:  Drs. Jeffrey Cunningham, Associate Professor, and Maya Trotz, Professor, USF College of Engineering
In this episode of the Activist Lab’s podcast series focused on environmental health, climate change, and advocacy, issues related to how individuals, communities and systems can work together to improve air quality, pollution, and energy use that will improve our health are discussed.  Also the important role for communities in being a part of the solution and advocating for change is emphasized. Guest:  Dr. Amy Stuart, Professor, USF College of Public Health
In this episode of the Activist Lab’s podcast series on racism, health, and life, issues related to the role of the media in perpetuating structural racism and biases are discussed and include, for example, information related to reality television, scripted television, the news channels and politics, and social media. Guest: Dr. Rachel Dubrofsky, USF College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Communication
In this episode of the Activist Lab’s podcast series on racism, health, and life, issues related to the social construction of race, the role of structural racism on various groups’ culture, history, and heritage, discussion of the USF Heritage Lab, and mechanisms for advocacy are discussed. Guest:  Dr. Antoinette Jackson, Chair, Department of Anthropology, USF College of Arts and Sciences.
In this third episode of the Activist Lab’s podcast series on racism, health, and life, issues related to the role of structural racism and the law in terms of juvenile incarceration, zero tolerance policies, social justice, and more are discussed. Guest:  Dr. Judith Scully, Stetson University College of Law
In this episode of the Activist Lab’s podcast series on racism, health, and life, issues related to the role of structural racism are discussed in terms of their relationship to adverse childhood experiences (or ACEs), violence, and other public health issues. Guest: Dr. Abraham Salinas, USF College of Public Health
Topic:  Podcast Series:  Racism, Health, and Life Episode One:  The role of structural racism on the health of our children and families. Guests:  William M. Sappenfield, MD, MPH, CPH, Professor and Director of the Chiles Center, USF College of Public Health and Russell Kirby, PhD, MS, USF Distinguished Professor, and Marrell Endowed Chair, USF College of Public Health.
Topic:  The role of the Guardian ad Litem Program (GAL) in protecting our children and how the GAL program and the Activist Lab More Opportunities to Use Learned Advocacy (MOULA) Program joined efforts. Guests:  Michelle Blume, JD, Attorney and Assistant Director of the GAL Program and Kayla Wilson, MPH Student and MOULA Award Winner, USF College of Public Health
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