APHA 2019 a time to highlight research, connect and learn

PHILADELPHIA – The College of Public Health was well-represented – and recognized – at this month’s annual meeting of the American Public Health Association.

By: 

  • Misti Crane
November 15, 2019
Mahmood Alalwan
Doctoral student Mahmood Alalwan whose poster on sexual minority youth, violence and the associated risks won first prize

Students, alumni and faculty shared research on topics including how sleep could contribute to suicide risk, how hospitals can better prevent Legionella and how messages encouraging smokers to stop might be reframed to emphasize the positive sides of quitting.

Among the highlights:

  • Doctoral student Mahmood Alalwan’s poster on sexual minority youth, violence and the associated risks won first prize. He found that sexual minority youth who experienced sexual violence have a higher prevalence of poor mental health effects compared to their heterosexual counterparts. This work could help guide interventions to support these young people and prevent suicide, he said.
  • Medical student Kirsten Boone, who worked with Interim Chair and Associate Professor of Epidemiology Maria Gallo, received top student abstract honors for her work looking at the relationship between diabetes and an early stop to breast feeding. She found no connection, but did note other interesting relationships, including data showing that women who participate in WIC have a higher likelihood of stopping breast feeding early.
  • Dean Amy Fairchild helped to unveil the new Public Health Code of Ethics, a blueprint for the field. Fairchild said that she hopes it aids in “really addressing our shared fate in a profound way.”
Dean Amy Fairchild with graduate program recruiters Todd Thobe and Shauntae YakaskyDean Amy Fairchild with graduate program recruiters Todd Thobe and Shauntae Yakasky

Other CPH presenters included Kelly Bragg, program manager in the Center for Public Health Practice, on a community partnership in Marion County; Julianna Nemeth, assistant professor of health behavior and health promotion, on a research collaboration with the Ohio Domestic Violence Network that has led to broader recognition of brain injury in domestic violence survivors; Liz Klein, interim chair and associate professor of health behavior and health promotion, on work examining how people respond to different smoking-cessation messages; doctoral student Li Li on her work looking at teens who drive after using marijuana; alumna Rachel Czerny on her work looking at wellness champion networks; alumna Alexis Mraz on her work exploring Legionella prevention; CPH-PEP student Ann Robinson on the Nisonger Center’s disability education project with the College of Medicine and graduate student Lucas Neuroth on a study showing that far too little and far too much sleep could both increase suicide risk in teens.

The College of Public Health also welcomed about 70 guests to its APHA reception, where college faculty and staff enjoyed meeting and reuniting with alumni, students and other friends of the college.

Dean Amy Fairchild

Dean Amy Fairchild

Mahmood Alalwan, doctoral student

Mahmood Alalwan, doctoral student

Lucas Neuroth

Lucas Neuroth

Alum Alexis Mraz

Alum Alexis Mraz

APHA 2019

APHA 2019

Alum Rachel Czerny

Alum Rachel Czerny

Dr. Julianna Nemeth

Dr. Julianna Nemeth

EPI PhD student Li Li

EPI PhD student Li Li

CPH APHA reception

CPH APHA reception

CPH APHA reception

CPH APHA reception

CPH APHA reception

CPH APHA reception

CPH APHA reception

CPH APHA reception

Dean Fairchild at the CPH APHA reception

Dean Fairchild at the CPH APHA reception

CPH APHA reception

CPH APHA reception

CPH APHA reception

CPH APHA reception

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About The Ohio State University College of Public Health

The Ohio State University College of Public Health is a leader in educating students, creating new knowledge through research, and improving the livelihoods and well-being of people in Ohio and beyond.  The College’s divisions include biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health behavior and health promotion, and health services management and policy.   It is ranked 23rd among all colleges of public health in the U.S. by U.S. News and World Report, and also includes the top 7-ranked MHA degree program.  The College provides leadership and expertise for Ohio and the world through its Center for Health Outcomes, Policy and Evaluation Studies (HOPES), Center for Public Health Practice (CPHP), and Center for the Advancement of Tobacco Science (CATS).