Point of View: Addresing the Opioid Epidemic in Rural Areas

Current national estimates are that there are 174 people dying from a drug overdose every day, according to the US Department of Agriculture. We know that Texas hasn't - yet - been hit as hard as other states, such as those in the Midwest, but with 191 rural counties, we can't afford to become complacent.  See full article here. 

Tackling the National Opioid Epidemic with a Comprehensive Strategy

Misuse of opioids has led to a crisis in our nation, with more than 42,000 deaths from overdoses in 2016. This is a 30 percent increase from the previous year, and it has actually lowered US life expectancy. The Opioid Task Force at Texas A&M University Health Science Center is combating this growing public health emergency with a dedicated team of scholars and practitioners.  See full article here. 

Texas A&M to Study New Transit Mode's Effects on Walking Habits

Regents and Distinguished Professor Dr. Marcia Ory, of the Texas A&M School of Public Health, will co-lead the research study with professor Dr. Chanam Lee, and associate professor Dr. Wei Li, of the Texas A&M College of Architecture. See full article here. 

Health at work: Addressing chronic disease in the workplace

Texas A&M and University of Georgia researchers conduct trial of workplace-tailored disease self-management program. See full article here. 

Texercise Select: A program to promote healthy aging

A new study analyzed the effects of Texercise Select on healthy behaviors. See full article here

Cost-Effectiveness of a Community Exercise and Nutrition Program for Older Adults: Texercise Select

Published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, co-authored by Center for Population Health and Aging founding director, Dr. Marcia Ory. See full article here. 

Texas A&M Center for Population Health and Aging Opens, Formalizes Texas A&M Collaborations

Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) highlights Dr. Marcia Ory's groundbreaking work in healthy aging and the opening of her new Texas A&M Board of Regents Center for Population Health and Aging. See full article here. It can also be found showcased in the recent issue of TAMHSC Vital Record, here.

 

6 Ways to Age Well and Save Money Doing It

Marcia Ory, PhD, a regents and distinguished professor and associate dean of research at the Texas A&M School of Public Health, offered several tips on cost-saving measures a person can implement to age well, such as exercising outside of a gym, practicing portion control or joining a community garden, among others. Click here for full story. 

 

TPFC Steering Committee

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Texas Falls Prevention Coalition, a state-wide coalition led by Dr. Marcia Ory, is working to reduce falls and fall-related injuries and costs in older adults through public education, clinical intervention, community partnerships and public policy. The Center for Population Health and Aging hosted the annual Steering Committee meeting, with a lunch provided by CHI St. Joseph, to discuss new initiatives for 2017. Pictured L-R are: Dr. Marcia Ory, Don Smith, Doris Howell, Colette Pientok, Doug Angel, Suzanne Swierc, Holly Riley, Debbie Billa, and Cindy Quinn. 

 

CEO Cancer Gold Standard

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L-R: Dean Jay Maddock, Kelly Jo Eblen, Dr. Marcia Ory, Dr. Ninfa Pena-Purcell, John Dornan, Dr. Samuel Towne

Executive Director from the CEO Roundtable on Cancer, John Dornan, visited SPH to discuss our efforts as an accredited CEO Cancer Gold Standard workplace. Our school has created a culture of well-being to advance efforts in eliminating cancer as a threat to public health! We offer worksite wellness programs to promote cancer prevention by limiting tobacco use on our campus and providing health education on nutrition and exercise, screening and clinical trials, and quality treatment and survivorship.