This year's Public Health Research @ Maryland Day, From Community Engagement to Population Health, was held on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. 

PHRM included dynamic panel discussions, highlighted public health research advances, and featured diverse poster presentations. PHRM convened leading public health experts, researchers, and students to showcase public health innovation and collaboration. 

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Presentations and Panels

Seeing The Bigger Picture in Diabetes Prevention: Early Results from a Youth-Oriented Public Health Literacy Campaign (9:00 AM)

Our opening lecture will be presented by Dr. Dean Schillinger, professor in the UCSF School of Medicine, and an international research expert on health communication and chronic diseases. He is a general internist and primary care physician and Chief of the UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH), a large urban public hospital system. 

Dr. Dean Schillinger will present, “Seeing The Bigger Picture in Diabetes Prevention: Early Results from a Youth-Oriented Public Health Literacy Campaign.' The presentation will describe how a community-based collaboration engaged youth from vulnerable communities to change the conversation about Type-2 Diabetes and work to change the social and environmental factors that have led to its spread, especially in their communities. 

In November 2015, he presented an SPH Grand Rounds Lecture, "Seeing the Bigger Picture in Diabetes Prevention: Early Results from a Youth-oriented Health Literacy Campaign."

Lecture given 9:00-10:00 am in the Stamp Student Union Atrium.

A Framework and Measures to Build a Culture of Health (10:10 AM)

Carolyn E. Miller, MA, MS, senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), had an extensive and diverse career history in private sector, government, and academic research, prior to joining the Research-Evaluation-Learning unit at RWJF.  

Ms. Miller will present, "A Framework and Measures to Build a Culture of Health." She will provide an overview of the RWJF Action Framework with a focus on the development of the measures. Baltimore is one of 30 sentinel communities selected by RWJF to monitor national progress and provide “insight into the natural processes of cultural change, cross-sector collaboration, and community engagement.”

Lecture given 10:10-10:50 am in the Stamp Student Union Atrium.

Cancer Prevention and Population Science: Establishing a Maryland Cancer Survivorship Cohort (11:00 AM)

Cheryl Holt, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Behavioral and Community Health, UMD School of Public Health (pictured left)

Joanne F. Dorgan, MPH, PhD, Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, UM School of Medicine (pictured right)

Ms. Rhonda Boozer-Yeary, Community Health Educator, University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center

Drs. Holt and Dorgan co-direct the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center’s Population Science Program, which includes a team of faculty from both campuses. They will provide an overview of the program with a focus on the development of a Maryland Cancer Survivorship Cohort.

Population Health in Maryland (1:45 PM)

Maryland's All-Payer Approach to Health Care Delivery

Joshua Sharfstein, MD, Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and Training, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 

During his tenure as Maryland's Secretary of Health, Dr. Sharfstein led numerous initiatives that place Maryland in the forefront of innovations to improve population health. He will provide an overview of the Maryland Medicare Waiver, the only such waiver in the nation.



Health Enterprise Zones: An Emerging Maryland Model

David A. Mann MD, PhD, Epidemiologist, Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Instructor, Epidemiology and Public Health, UM School of Medicine

Dr. Mann directs the state's Health Enterprise Zones program, another innovation implemented in five areas throughout the state. This program was created as a result of the Maryland Health Improvement and Disparities Reduction Act.

Building Population Health Capabilities Across a Statewide Health System

Walter Ettinger Jr., MD, MBA, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, University of Maryland Medical System

In his role at the University of Maryland Medical System, Dr. Ettinger works with the system leadership team and the Board of Directors; he is responsible for clinical quality and patient safety, population health management and fostering the development of physician leadership.


Presentations given 1:45-3:00 pm in the Stamp Student Union Atrium.

On the Ground in Maryland Communities — Public Health Leaders Identify Opportunites for Population Health Improvement (3:15 PM)

Dianna E. Abney, MD, Health Officer, Charles County
Uma S. Ahluwalia, MSW, Department of Health and Human Services, Montgomery County
Pamela B. Creekmur, RN, Health Officer, Prince George’s County
Olivia Farrow, JD, Deputy Health Commissioner for Youth Wellness and Community Health, Baltimore City  

Senior directors of three county and one city health department will provide unique insights to the needs of their respective residents and programs. They will address how research and training activities can complement their efforts.








[Photo, left to right: Ahluwalia, Creekmur, and Farrow]

Presentations given 3:15-4:30 pm in the Stamp Student Union Atrium.

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, the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Officers Foundation for the Advancement of Public Health and the Committee on Institutional Cooperation.