Research & Community Engagement Overview
Faculty, students, and staff in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health work closely with members of the community on a wide variety of public health projects and research activities. These activities are driven by the needs of our community and include efforts related to:
- Tobacco Control: We conduct internationally recognized research, teaching, and advocacy in underserved and high-risk communities to eliminate tobacco-related harm.
- Cancer Screening and Prevention: We work closely with the KU Cancer Center to improve cancer screening services in underserved rural and minority communities.
- Obesity: We work with the community, other KUMC departments, and health-care organizations in the region to increase awareness and prevent illnesses related to obesity, poor diet and physical inactivity.
- Health Services Research: We are answering critical questions related to health care access, quality of care, utilization of services, health outcomes, comparative effectiveness and cost effectiveness.
- Epidemiology: We are studying diseases and determining strategies for prevention or control, including tracking cancer cases in Kansas since 1994; conducting reproductive health research; and developing better ways to measure the effect of diseases on health (e.g. the Stroke Impact Scale).
Aug 25, 2018