Stempel College: FIU awarded a $1.9 million grant to help train counselors in behavioral health care for underserved populations

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has renewed a four-year grant of $1.9 million to help Florida International University (FIU) increase the number of social workers and counselors trained in providing culturally and linguistically appropriate integrated behavioral health care for medically underserved populations and communities in South Florida. FIU’s Behavioral Health Workforce Education […]

How a Stempel College Ph.D. grad landed a job in the venture capital industry

In college, Vincent Avecilla debated whether to pursue a career in medicine or try something else. During these debates, he always leaned towards working in some aspect of the healthcare and life science field. “Both of my parents had been nurses for 30 plus years at the hospital where they met. So, I heard all […]

Stempel’s Dietetics & Nutrition students to present at ASN’s 2021 Live Online Conference

Dietetics and nutrition students from Stempel College will present this week at the American Society for Nutrition’s (ASN) 2021 Live Online Conference. The conference runs from June 7-10 and showcases original research studies, sessions on high-impact research, and special lectures by some of the most recognized names in the field of nutrition. Register here and […]

From Stempel doctoral student to CDC fellow

Sandra Kiplagat remembers the culture shock she felt upon arrival to the United States from Nairobi, Kenya. She was a teenager then and had moved to New Hampshire with her family in search of better educational opportunities—opportunities that would ultimately lead her to secure a prestigious fellowship this year with the partnership of Public Health […]

This graduate administrator helps empower Stempel College students

If you are a prospective or current graduate student of Stempel College’s Department of Dietetics & Nutrition, chances are you will meet Julia González, administrator of Academic Support Services. “Individuals like Julia help make what our college is today,” said Tomás R. Guilarte, dean of Stempel College. “We dedicate ourselves to supporting our students through […]

Grandmother inspires Stempel College alum to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease

More than 50 million people worldwide have dementia, according to the World Health Organization. Families with a loved one battling Alzheimer’s disease— the most common form of dementia— bear witness to its devastating effects of memory loss, confusion, and the inability to complete everyday tasks. Working to help find ways to prevent, treat and cure […]

Stempel College: From lifeguard to Governor’s Hurricane Conference scholar

Gabriel Zahora, a graduate of the Academy for International Disaster Preparedness (AIDP) at Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, was recently awarded the title of Governor‘s Hurricane Conference scholar. As a scholar, Zahora has the opportunity to participate in virtual activities that focus on hurricane planning, preparedness, response, and recovery. It will also allow him to learn from and connect with the best of the best in the emergency management industry. Zahora was chosen for his experience working in the field to […]

Stempel College researchers work toward ending health disparities and elevating communities in need

Last year amidst the brutal beginnings of the COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of civil unrest calling for an end to systemic racism, a seemingly new issue made national headlines. Researchers discovered that minority populations were among some of the most vulnerable to COVID-19. Why? Mario De La Rosa, professor of social work at the Robert Stempel […]

Stempel College: Meet the twins making an impact in public health

Doctor, minister, author, and college professor are just a few of the titles Amber and Ashley Goodman can claim as their own. The powerhouse twins graduated in 2020 with a master’s in public health from the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work and have since set their eyes on improving healthcare for […]

Stempel students volunteer to help run COVID-19 vaccine clinic

In January of 2021, Anny Rodriguez received an email from Dr. Mary Jo Trepka, the chair of epidemiology at FIU’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, asking students to volunteer to support the vaccine clinic on campus. The university had just received vaccines from Miami-Dade County through the Florida Department of Health […]