Plangkat Milaham was a public well being marketing consultant in Nigeria earlier than shifting to the U of A to pursue a grasp’s diploma in public well being.
The M.P.H. will get him nearer to his objective of main infectious illness eradication initiatives on a world scale. “My dream job is to work at a world well being group as a public well being skilled,” he mentioned.
Milaham is profiting from each alternative on the U of A to construct his analysis expertise and acquire a deeper technical data of public well being follow. He earned the Excellent Grasp of Public Well being scholar award on the Faculty of Schooling and Well being Professions awards ceremony this 12 months.
Though it is not required for commencement, Milaham is engaged on an impartial analysis mission associated to COVID-19 and college-aged college students. He gained a grant from the U of A Division of Well being, Human Efficiency and Recreation to discover the perceptions, behaviors and attitudes of campus populations within the context of COVID.
“Findings from my examine will information decision-making about the simplest communication channels that may be leveraged to achieve school college students with COVID-related public well being messages and the diploma of affect these channels have,” he mentioned.
He believes the mission can even provide perception into find out how to strengthen training methods for higher well being inside the U of A neighborhood.
On one other impartial mission, he carried out a scientific evaluate of literature to research the limitations and facilitators of antiretroviral remedy and pre-exposure prophylaxis amongst Black/African Individuals between 2011 and 2021 throughout the US. The examine highlights key components figuring out the uptake of HIV/AIDS biomedical interventions at particular person, interpersonal and structural ranges, which he will probably be discussing in an oral presentation session at this 12 months’s American Public Well being Affiliation’s convention in Boston.
Milaham is engaged on each analysis initiatives together with his mentor, Alex Russell, an assistant professor within the Faculty of Schooling and Well being Professions’ public well being program and the affiliate director of know-how within the school’s new Middle for Public Well being and Expertise. Milaham is a scholar affiliate on the middle, coordinating with school, college students and employees to discover novel public well being analysis instructions and conduct analysis.
He additionally teaches a Terminology for the Well being Professions course to undergraduate public well being college students.
Milaham earned a Bachelor of Pharmacy diploma from the College of Jos in Nigeria. As a public well being marketing consultant within the African nation, he supplied technical help to state and nationwide major well being care businesses, carried out and evaluated public well being interventions, and contributed to major well being care analysis. “I labored on HIV and TB management interventions in addition to routine immunization and PHC-strengthening packages,” he mentioned.
Sooner or later, Milaham needs to assist make life higher for many who battle in areas near the place he was raised in Plateau State, Nigeria.
“I would like to play a key function in strengthening well being methods inside the sub-Saharan African area by means of the coordination of evidence-based and contextually tailor-made interventions to optimize well being outcomes, particularly amongst deprived populations,” he mentioned.
This story is the newest in a sequence that includes college students, school and employees within the Faculty of Schooling and Well being Professions who exemplify the school’s core WE CARE priorities. The school helps remedy complicated challenges in training and well being throughout Arkansas and past with this new initiative. Go to COEHP’s on-line journal, the Colleague, for extra information from the six items that make up the school.