Kirksville Sigma Xi Brings Public Health Speaker

Kirksville Sigma Xi, an honorary scientific research society with local membership from Truman and A. T. Still University, is bringing Dr. Jessica Nunez de Ybarra to campus April 1-2 for several events.

Ybarra works at the State of California Department of Public Health in the Division of Communicable Disease Control in the Office of Workforce Development as a public health medical officer coordinating public health training and emergency preparedness activities. She is also the Division’s liaison to the California Public Health Law Workgroup.

She has a medical doctorate from the University of California, Davis and received her master’s in public health in health services administration from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is board certified in public health and general preventive medicine.

At 12 p.m. April 1 in the ATSU Couts Classroom, Ybarra will give a lecture on Rural Public Health and Aging.

At 7:30 p.m. April 1 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room, Ybarra will present “Challenges of Public Health” as part of the Global Issues Colloquium.

The “Challenges of Public Health” presentation will discuss the mission of public health in the United States, which is the fulfillment of society’s interest in assuring conditions in which people can be healthy. This mission can be daunting in an ever-changing world with constant emerging threats and resource limitations.

The lecture will discuss a few of the directions the field of public health is heading, with lessons from the past and future improvements, including soliciting community input and partnership. Risk communication and the importance of translating scientific results into policy that are communicated clearly to the public are emphasized.

A breakfast reception for students interested in public health careers will take place at 8 a.m. April 2 in the Student Union Building Spanish Room.

The same day there will be a roundtable lunch discussion on local public health issues at 12 p.m. in the Student Union Building Spanish Room. Members of the discussion panel include Ybarra and Rep. Rebecca McClanahan, among others.

Events are sponsored by Sigma Xi in conjunction with the Global Issues Colloquium, the Provost’s Office and GlobeMed.

The Kirksville Sigma Xi Chapter, founded in 1989, represents a cooperative venture between Truman and ATSU. Membership is open to those with an interest in scientific research.

For more information, visit the Sigma Xi website at or call Amber Johnson at 785.4322.
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