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Arsham Alamian

Dr. Arsham Alamian Re-Elected to the APHA Governing Council

Dr. Arsham Alamian
Associate Professor, Epidemiology

Dr. Arsham Alamian has been re-elected to the Governing Council.  The Governing Council is the representative legislative body of the American Public Health Association (APHA). It consists of voting and nonvoting members who represent different constituencies within APHA.

Voting members include: at least two elected representatives of each Section (Dr. Alamian will represent the Epidemiology Section) and an additional number of representatives from the unaffiliated membership; one representative designated by each (state or regional) Affiliated Association; the officers of the Association; the chair of the Intersectional Council, the chair of the Council of Affiliates, and chair of the Student Assembly; the elected members of the Executive Board; and three elected representatives and the immediate past chair of the Student Assembly. 

The primary roles of the Governing Council as set forth in the Bylaws are to:

  • Establish policies for the Association and for the guidance of the Executive Board and the officers; amend the Bylaws of the Association and to adopt rules for the conduct of its own business.
  • Receive and act upon reports or recommendations from any organization constituent, the Science Board, the Action Board, the Education Board, the Standing Committees and the Executive Board.
  • Elect the Executive Board, the officers of the Association, and honorary members.
  • Establish Sections of the Association; combine or discontinue Sections; prescribe the composition of the Section Councils; maintain coordination among the Sections; and formulate general rules governing their policies; and recognize Affiliates Associations.

Ying Liu

Detection of Risk Factors and Trends of Oral Health among U.S.

Dr. Ying Liu
Assistant Professor, Epidemiology

Dr. Ying Liu, Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology was a recent recipient of a grant titled, Detection of Risk Factors and Trends of Oral Health among U.S., from the East Tennessee State University, Research Development Committee.  The funds will allow Dr. Liu to secure the NHANES database and support data analysis. 

While oral health disparities continue to serve as a major health-related threat for a large number of individuals in the U.S., the available evidence would strongly suggest that problems faced by U.S. veterans in this area are currently among the most severe. The objective in this study is to identify those U.S. veterans at greatest risk for oral health issues. The study will utilize data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). To address the critical needs for oral health in U.S. veterans, the planned specific aims are as follows. Specific Aim #1: Determine temporal changes in the oral health status of U.S. veterans. Specific Aim #2: Identify key risk factors that predict oral health problems in U.S. veterans. 

At the completion of this research, Dr. Liu’s expectation is to have identified key risk factors that predict oral health status and temporal changes of oral health status in U.S. veterans. These results can ultimately be expected to have a significant positive impact on development of cost-effective interventions to improve the oral health among U.S. veterans. The successful completion of this project will also provide better targeting of available resources and monitoring of veterans’ oral health status, and aid in developing policies to improve the oral health of U.S. veterans, a too often neglected population.



Drs. Abraham Alhassan and Arsham Alamian Featured in Illuminated: Cardiovascular Health Risks in Hispanic Children

Dr. Abraham Alhassan
DrPH Alumnus, Epidemiology

Dr. Arsham Alamian
Associate Professor, Biostatistics and Epidemiology

Abraham Alhassan, Doctor of Public Health graduate with a concentration in Epidemiology, and Dr. Arsham Alamian, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, have studied the prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors in the investigation of metabolic syndrome among Hispanic children in Johnson City, TN. For his dissertation, Abraham focused on three topics that influence health outcomes: diet, sociodemographic factors and biomarkers to examine their association with cardiovascular diseases among Hispanic children.  Abraham graduated Spring 2017 and is pursuing a career in public health practice.

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