SPH Students, Faculty Present at APHA 2016
Faculty and students from the University of Maryland School of Public Health, as well as those from other disciplines on the College Park campus and other University of Maryland campuses, presented scientific papers and posters at the 2016 APHA Annual Meeting and Expo in Denver, Colorado from October 29 - November 2.
The theme for 2016, "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Ensuring the Right to Health," emphasized access and equity, but sessions covered all aspects of public health. Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, served as the keynote speaker during the opening general session, which also included remarks by APHA executive director Georges Benjamin, president Camara Jones, and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.
Topics and presentations by SPH researchers ranged from oral health to community cancer education to health equity. Members of the SPH Community Health Awareness, Messages and Prevention (CHAMP) lab, including Sherie Lou Z. Santos, Cheryl L. Holt, Erin K. Tagai, Randi M Williams, Muhiuddin Haider, presented different studies on church-based cancer education and awareness. Alice Horowitz, research associate professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health, moderated a panel on Emergency Department Utilization for Oral Health Related Issues, and Sherie Lou Santos, faculty research assistant, moderated a panel on Multi-Channel and Mulitmedia Perspectives on Health Communication. Stephen B. Thomas, director of the Maryland Center for Health Equity, served as a panelist for a special invited session focused on capacity-building, strong leadership and community-building to eliminate health disparities. The interactive session, titled “Shifting the Paradigm: Operationalizing Health Equity in the Public Health World,” focused on how to alleviate health inequities at a health department level by prioritizing measures of health equity and implementing success stories as health equity solutions.
At the annual SPH Alumni Reception at APHA, held in Denver on Sunday, October 30, SPH alumni mingled with staff and faculty and celebrated Dean Jane Clark's birthday.
View the Alumni Reception photo album below: