Public Health Research @ Maryland 2017: Action for Health Equity
On April 6, 2017, the School of Public Health hosted around 400 attendees at the fifth annual Public Health Research @ Maryland day.
The theme for this year’s event was “Action for Health Equity.” The welcoming remarks were provided by Wallace Loh, president of the University of Maryland; Jay Perman, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore; Boris Lushniak, dean and professor at the UMD School of Public Health; E. Albert Reece, vice president for Medical Affairs, University of Maryland; and Jay S. Magaziner, professor and chair of the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Health.
Leana S. Wen, Baltimore health commissioner, offered opening remarks for the first panel of the day—“Achieving Health Equity: Perspectives from Public Health Practice, Research and Minority Health.”
NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci gave the keynote lecture, on Zika Virus in the Americas.
More than one hundred researchers from schools and colleges at University of Maryland campuses submitted posters that represented a wide range of public health issues. Undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral level presenters received awards.
Doctoral Student Winners
1st Place: Dina Huang, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Title: Outdoor and Indoor Play Predictors in Washington DC Metropolitan Children
This research examines demographics as predictors of children’s physical activity.
Doctoral honorable mentions: Zahra Saboori, Ashley Pantaleao, Priscilla Novak
Master’s Student Winners
1st place: Melissa DeSantiago
Title: Bridging the Gap: Raising Environmental Health Awareness Among Spanish-Speaking Childcare Providers to Reduce Children’s Exposures to Indoor Environmental Contaminants in Child Care Settings
The objective of this study is foster awareness of environmental hazards in childcare settings, particularly in low-income, Spanish-speaking communities. The project supports the expansion of Eco-Healthy Child Care® (EHCC), a training program to Spanish-speaking child care professionals.
Master’s honorable mentions: Constance Raab, Khondakar Bhaskhar, Elizabeth Bell
1st Place: Corey Michelson
Title: The Effects of Acute Exercise on Executive Function in Older Adults
The study examines the protective effects of exercise on cognitive decreases associated with aging, as well as exercise’s potential to enhance cognitive performance and executive functions.
Undergraduate honorable mentions: Rachel Knobel, Abigail Myers, Maria Ayoub
New this year at Public Health Research@Maryland was a public health photo contest. Students, faculty, and staff entered photos that showcased their creativity and that speak to the diverse concepts of public health. The idea was to think broadly about how we can tell the story of public health using photography to engage, inspire or challenge others to think differently about issues that impact local and global communities. Toxicology and Environmental Health PhD candidate Rianna Murray won first place, MIAEH MPH student Melissa DeSantiago took second place, and Kinesiology MPH student Sara Olsen received third place. All of the photo contest photos can be seen on our Flickr album.
Public Health Research@ Maryland day is co-sponsored by the University of Maryland School of Public Health (in College Park) and by the University of Maryland School of Medicine's Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (in Baltimore), with support from MPowering the State, and the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Officers Foundation for the Advancement of Public Health.