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