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Marisa Westbrook Witnessed How Pandemic Aid Impacted Denver’s Poor

Oct. 28, 2021

Marisa Westbrook, a Health and Behavioral Sciences Doctoral Candidate, observed that during a two-year study (in which she’s followed 35 people from the Westwood neighborhood), “For the majority of my participants, any form of cash assistance is going towards rent and utilities. And a lot of people are talking about...

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HBS Student Marisa Westbrook Focused on Helping Others

Sept. 2, 2021

Health and Behavioral Studies PhD student Marisa Westbrook conducted research in 2018-2019 regarding people experiencing homelessness on Denver’s streets. “The dearth of public bathrooms and hygiene facilities helps explain why 54 percent of our survey respondents noted it was ‘difficult’ or ‘nearly impossible’ to find a place to use the...

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Growing Denver Homeless Camps Reflect a Search for Safety Amid Uncertainty According to Marisa Westbrook

Aug. 19, 2020

"We’re seeing more visible homelessness as people are seeking out groups, seeking out safety, but also sharing information and sharing resources, especially right now when there’s so much uncertainty going on," says Marisa Westbrook, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences. Homeless Camps in Central Denver...

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jimi adams on Colorado COVID-19 Research Team Analyzing Stay-at-Home Data

June 18, 2020

People in Colorado did not stray far from home during the governor’s stay-at-home order, according to cellphone mobility data analyzed by a group of COVID-19 modeling researchers that includes Health and Behavioral Science Associate Professor jimi adams. “We aren’t trying to predict the future, what we’re trying to do is...

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Ronica Rooks on the Catch-22 of Physical Distancing for Older Adults

April 30, 2020

Ronica Rooks, Associate Professor in the Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences, is concerned that easing off on stay-at-home orders will make people less vigilant about, for example, wearing protective gear while interacting with older adults. She said older people should continue to practice social distancing for their physical health...

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Everyone Spread the Word on Flu Shots, says Meng Li

Feb. 18, 2020

Meng Li, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences, co-authored this op-ed with Helen Colby, Assistant Professor of Marketing, IUPUI. The authors remind everyone that the flu shot doesn’t just benefit the person who gets it. It also helps protect everyone around...

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Krueger on education link to health and wealth

May 7, 2019

"We often think about health insurance access or medical procedures, like mammography or colonoscopy, as the most important drivers of health," said study co-author Patrick Krueger, Associate professor in the Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences. "But education could be a more substantial contributor to longevity than medical care. Policy...

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Rooks on aging African American demographics

Feb. 12, 2019

Ronica Rooks, Associate Professor of Health and Behavioral Science, says research documents show that older African-Americans have higher rates of chronic diseases, more frequent disabilities and a shorter life expectancy. Aging African-Americans are hit with a double-whammy: health and financial troubles USA Today , Feb 6

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Melnick and Li on plate effects on kids’ eating

Aug. 23, 2018

Published this month, research in Association of Plate Design With Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables Among Preschool Children (in the JAMA Pediatrics journal) found that on days when kids used certain plates they served themselves nearly 14 grams more vegetables per day on average — and ate about 7.5 grams...