News, Media and Stories | Public Health

Jana Peterson-Besse & student Jessica Knoll
A new study raises awareness about the need for better prenatal healthcare and supports for women with disabilities. This research, from a Pacific University faculty member and an undergraduate student, looked at social media as a source of social support for pregnant women with disabilities.
All first year and new transfer students are invited to apply for the Global Scholars First Year Travel stipend. The stipend offers students a discount of up to $1500 to participate in spring 2020 travel courses to Namibia, Costa Rica, Spain, or Romania. Students with second language proficiency and diverse cultural or linguistic backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply by Nov. 1. 
Pre-CSD Club and Public Health Club are hosting a March 4 screening of the documentary "Who Am I To Stop It." The documentary is tied to National Brain Injury Awareness month.
Ruth Gomez '19 in front of the Boxer Food Share
When Ruth Gomez '19 told her mother she wanted to go to college, she became her family's "Esperanza" or Hope. With the help of their sacrifices, and critical scholarships, she's on track to be the first in her family to graduate from college
After working as a dental hygienist in a federal women's prison and then as a special assistant to former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Jessica Scruggs ’09 is now operations director for Murthy's nonprofit startup focused on promoting emotional health. 
Irisa Grimes
Marine veteran and Pacific University public health major Irisa Grimes '17 has created a pilot program to provide better health services for transgender veterans.
Kim Stanton '16 is a public health major who wants to return to a rural community like the one she grew up in and change the future for tomorrow's youth.
Public health major Sara Davidson '16 seeks to make healthy foods more available, and more useful, to those in need.
Pacific alumna Mālia Purdy '11 finds her passion in public health, serving Native Hawaiians in her home state.
Female Smiling holding an apple.
From alternative diets to intramural athletics, Pacific University students embrace healthy lifestyles in new ways, on and off campus.