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The COPH wishes four staffers a very happy retirement in the new year

The USF College of Public Health (COPH) is saying goodbye to four staffers as they head off into retirement in 2024.

December 18, 2023College News

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Bridging the health care gap

As an immigrant child who arrived in the United States from Mexico not knowing a word of English, USF College of Public Health (COPH) alumna Melody Schiaffino’s early years were marked by challenges and adaptability.

December 14, 2023Alumni & Development

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The COPH graduates 558 public health heroes

The USF College of Public Health (COPH) welcomed master’s and doctoral students to a graduation ceremony presented at the college to family, friends, students, faculty and staff on Dec. 8.

December 8, 2023College News, Student Life

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Connecting Kids to Coverage names new director

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has named Lawanda Davis the new program director/principal investigator of the Connecting Kids to Coverage (CKC) program, housed within the USF College of Public Health.

December 5, 2023Awards & Honors

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COPH holds Length of Service ceremony honoring 32 people for a combined 450 years of service

USF College of Public Health (COPH) Dean Donna Petersen welcomed students, staff, faculty and others to the Sam Bell Auditorium on Nov. 17 to celebrate the 32 COPH staff members and faculty who reached anniversary milestones in 2023.

December 1, 2023Awards & Honors

USF researchers help reduce lead levels in Madagascar drinking water

USF researchers help reduce lead levels in Madagascar drinking water

By combining efforts to replace water pumps and educate city technicians, USF researchers helped decrease the blood lead levels of 87 percent of the children tested during their study.

November 16, 2023Research & Innovation

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Safety Culture: The Key to a Safe and Secure Workplace

Many of us have been appointed to manage programs and teams. We have enough experience to know when our key performance indicators are lagging and adjustments are needed to meet the quarter, year, or function goal.

October 13, 2023USF SafetyFlorida

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What's wrong with this picture?

Hazard identification and assessment within the workplace are critical elements of an effective safety and health program. Luis Silva, our USF SafetyFlorida contributor for October, provides insight into the proper storage of oxygen cylinders, as pictured in the above photo.

October 13, 2023USF SafetyFlorida

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USF names College of Public Health building after former lawmaker Sam Bell

The building that houses the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health will now bear the name of the school’s founder, the late legislator and advocate Sam Bell.

October 10, 2023College News, In the Media

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Education, training and continuous improvement elements of safety and health management system (SHMS): Part 4 of 4

Education and Training aim to ensure that all workers receive appropriate and effective training in a language and literacy level they understand to do their work safely before performing assigned tasks, changes in assigned tasks, and changes in the workplace. While the appropriateness of the training refers to how well it covers the potential hazards in the workplace and the controls needed for each job, its effectiveness refers to how well workers understand and behave to protect themselves and others from potential hazards.

July 19, 2023USF SafetyFlorida

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Protect workers from indoor and outdoor heat

What first comes to your mind when thinking about occupational heat hazards? Many will think about outdoor work in the summertime. The 2023 summer season has greeted us with extreme heat advisories, watches, and warnings. By late June, more than a third, or 36% of the U.S. population, was covered by one of these heat alerts on a single day! You don’t need to wait until June or be outside to consider heat when developing your job hazard analysis (JHA).

July 10, 2023USF SafetyFlorida

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Mental health in society and the workplace

USF SafetyFlorida Consultant Clarence Rodrigues discusses the impact of mental health on workers and how symptoms can be managed.

April 4, 2023USF SafetyFlorida

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