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 […]

Stempel epidemiologist warns pandemic is far from over

According to the latest projections out by the CDC, the United States may see a sharp decline by July in COVID-19 cases—that is, if vaccinations continue and people wear masks where appropriate and adhere to social distancing.  Dr. Mary Jo Trepka is an infectious disease epidemiologist and chair of epidemiology at FIU’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work. Since the start of the pandemic, Trepka has worked to help control COVID-19 and promote the importance of vaccinations in […]

Stempel doctoral student wins $20,000 fellowship from the American Association of University’s Women

Maryam Rafieifar, a doctoral student at Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, has won a $20,000 Dissertation Fellowship from the American Association of University Women‘s (AAUW). AAUW’s fellowship program is the largest and oldest non-institutional source of graduate funding for women in the United States. The association awarded her for her commitment […]

Stempel College: FREE Virtual Event (In Spanish) on How a Certificate in Cybersecurity and Health Can Protect Your Organization

Cyberattacks are a constant threat for health care organizations responding to the pandemic. According to HealthITSecurity, hackers took full advantage of the global crisis in 2020, using fraud schemes, phishing attacks, and other cyber threats to prey on the vulnerable. Their attacks led to some of the most significant healthcare data breaches seen in years.  […]

Stempel College Professor to Advise WHO/FAO on New Nutrient Requirements for Infants

Dr. Cristina Palacios, associate professor of Dietetics and Nutrition at FIU’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, is making it her life-long pursuit to help families live happy and healthy lives. As an undergrad at Universidad Central de Venezuela, Palacios developed an interest in exploring the relationship between breastfeeding and infant weight […]

Stempel College: Meet the Social Work Interns and Instructors Being Honored this Spring

Hard work, determination, and commitment are the qualities possessed by Social Work students and field instructors set to be honored this spring by the School of Social Work at FIU’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work. Each spring semester, Social Work students intern with community partners across South Florida to learn firsthand […]

Conversation with a Stempel College mental health expert on suicide prevention

This Saturday, April 24 at 11:00am ET, people from across the country are invited to participate virtually in the annual Out of the Darkness Walk to remember those lost to suicide, and to encourage discussion around mental health. We sat down with Dr. Mark Macgowan, associate dean at the Robert Stempel College of Public Health […]