Ferdinand, Alva individual record
Associate Professor
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Dr. Alva O. Ferdinand is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management and the deputy director of the Southwest Rural Health Research Center at the Texas A&M University School of Public Health. She is generally interested in the impact of laws on public health outcomes. She has been actively developing a research agenda that incorporates her interest in public health policy issues. She has examined such issues as the impact of tax-exemption status on the provision of community benefits among various hospital ownership types, the relationship between neighborhood built environments and physical activity, and the effects of texting-while-driving bans on roadway safety. She has additionally examined variations in the burden of chronic diseases across the urban-rural continuum including cancer and diabetes. Dr. Ferdinand holds a law degree from the Michigan State University College of Law and a doctor of public health degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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Academic Articles29
  • Akinlotan, M. A., Ferdinand, A. O., Maxey, H. L., Bolin, J. N., & Morrisey, M. A. (2022). Dental hygienists' scope of practice regulations and preventable non-traumatic dental emergency department visits: A cross-sectional study of 10 U.S. states.. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol.
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  • Lowe, A. E., Voo, T. C., Lee, L. M., Dineen Gillespie, K. K., Feig, C., Ferdinand, A. O., ... Wynia, M. K. (2022). Uncertainty, scarcity and transparency: Public health ethics and risk communication in a pandemic. The Lancet Regional Health - Americas. 16, 100374-100374.
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  • Lowe, A. E., Dineen, K. K., Herstein, J. J., Wynia, M. K., Santarpia, J. L., Lee, L. M., ... Mohapatra, S (2021). Emerging Science, Personal Protective Equipment Guidance, and Resource Scarcity: Inaction and Inequity for Workers in Essential Industries.. Health Secur. 19(5), 564-569.
  • Giannouchos, T. V., Ferdinand, A. O., Ilangovan, G., Ragan, E., Nowell, W. B., Kum, H., & Schmit, C. D (2021). Identifying and prioritizing benefits and risks of using privacy-enhancing software through participatory design: a nominal group technique study with patients living with chronic conditions.. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 28(8), 1746-1755.
  • Callaghan, T., Lueck, J. A., Trujillo, K. L., & Ferdinand, A. O. (2021). Rural and Urban Differences in COVID-19 Prevention Behaviors.. J Rural Health. 37(2), 287-295.
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Chapters7
  • Helduser, J., Ferdinand, A., & Bolin, J. L. (2015). Heart Disease and Stroke in Rural America. Bolin, J. N., Bellamy, G., Ferdinand, A. O., Kash, B. A., & Helduser, J. W. (Eds.), Rural Healthy People 2020 Volume 1. 83-94. Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health, Southwest Rural Health Research Center.
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  • Ferdinand, A. O., & Hutchison, L. (2015). Immunizations and Infectious Disease in Rural America. Bolin, J. N., Bellamy, G., Ferdinand, A. O., Kash, B. A., & Helduser, J. W. (Eds.), Rural Healthy People 2020 Volume 2. 53-66. Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health, Southwest Rural Health Research Center.
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  • Ferdinand, A. O., Madkins, J., Mcmaughan Moudouni, D. K., & Schulze, A. (2015). Mental Health and Mental Disorders: A Rural Challenge. Bolin, J. N., Bellamy, G., Ferdinand, A. O., Kash, B. A., & Helduser, J. W. (Eds.), Rural Healthy People 2020 Volume 1. 55-72. Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health, Southwest Rural Health Research Center.
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  • Radcliff, T. A., Kash, B. A., Ferdinand, A. O., & Schulze, A. (2015). Nutrition and Weight Status in Rural Areas. Bolin, J. N., Bellamy, G., Ferdinand, A. O., Kash, B. A., & Helduser, J. W. (Eds.), Rural Healthy People 2020 Volume 1. 33-42. Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health, Southwest Rural Health Research Center.
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  • Helduser, J., Ferdinand, A., & Bolin, J. L. (2015). Physical Activity in Rural America. Bolin, J. N., Bellamy, G., Ferdinand, A. O., Kash, B. A., & Helduser, J. W. (Eds.), Rural Healthy People 2020 Volume 1. 95-106. Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health, Southwest Rural Health Research Center.
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Conference Papers1
  • Goldsby, T. U., Yeager, V., Sen, B., Ferdinand, A., Taylor, D., Manzella, B., & Menachemi, N. (2016). Impact Of Changing An Urban Environment On Pediatric Obesity Rates. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 48(5S), 664-664.
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Repository Documents / Preprints2
  • Schmit, C., Ajayi, K. V., Ferdinand, A. O., Giannouchos, T., Ilangovan, G., Nowell, W. B., & Kum, H. (2020). Communicating With Patients About Software for Enhancing Privacy in Secondary Database Research Involving Record Linkage: Delphi Study (Preprint).
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  • Bolin, J., Bellamy, G., Ferdinand, A. O., Kash, B., & Helduser, J. W. (2015). Rural Healthy People 2020.
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Internet Publications1
  • Ferdinand, A. O. (2018). Technology is better than ever but thousands of Americans still die in car crashes every year. - An article submitted to The Conversation
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Email
aferdinand@tamu.edu
First Name
Alva
Last Name
Ferdinand
mailing address
132 SPH Administration Building; MS 1266;
College Station, TX 77843-1266
USA