Highlights from University of Maryland’s Activities at APHA 2019
Students, faculty and staff from the University of Maryland School of Public Health shared research and insights through 75 different poster, oral and roundtable presentations at this year’s APHA annual meeting in Philadelphia.
Deanna Barath, a fourth-year health policy and management doctoral student, was recognized by the APHA Health Administration Section with the Student Achievement Award and Outstanding Student Abstract Award. She presented the findings from her study, “Reductions in Hospital Readmissions Through Housing Partnerships – the Partnership Continuum.” She and her advisor, Dr. Jie Chen, found a significant decrease in hospital readmission rates when hospitals provided case management services and had formal housing partnerships.
Andrew Conway, a third-year family science doctoral student, presented his research on the “Unexplored Adverse Childhood Experiences of Latinx Immigrant Youth” at the Delta Omega Honorary Society Public Health Poster Session and in a session on Immigration Policy, Discrimination, and Mental Health of Latinx Immigrants. Conway’s research fills a gap in knowledge about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and aims to expand ACEs to include measures of adversity that are informed by the experiences of family separation among Latinx immigrant youth. The research is co-authored by family science Assistant Professor Amy Lewin, Conway’s advisor, and in partnership with the community organization Identity, which serves Latinx youth in Montgomery County, Md.
A University of Maryland alumni reception drew more than 100 alumni, students, faculty and staff for a celebration at the Field House Philly, hosted by the School of Public Health’s Dean Boris Lushniak and the UMD Alumni Association’s Steve Glickman, Director of Regional Programming for the Northeast region. The UMD SPH booth in the Expo Hall was busy with questions from prospective students interested in diverse programs, including several new online master’s programs and an online DrPh launching soon.
Monique Thornton BS ’13, MPH, shared, “One of my favorite parts of APHA is catching up with faculty and friends from UMD SPH. I always feel at home at APHA, no matter where the conference is physically located, because my fellow Public Health Terps are there.”
In addition to catching up with fellow Terps, UMD SPH research presentation highlights included a large contingent of students from the school’s family science and maternal and child health doctoral programs who presented on topics including reproductive health (The Intersection of Mental Health and Sexual and Reproductive Health: Implications for Practice, Policy, and Research and Lessons From the Field: Implementation of a Statewide Initiative to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy), mental health (Family Separation and Mental Health Outcomes Among Latinx Immigrant Youth) and using mobile technology to improve family health and eliminate health disparities (Exploring the Design and Feasibility of A Blended (Mhealth) Nutrition Education Program For Immigrant Latino Families).
Dr. Sacoby Wilson, associate professor of applied environmental health, presented at a special session on the impact of climate change on children and other vulnerable communities. He described the need to unravel the structural racism built into our entire system to achieve health equity and how climate change is revealing and magnifying environmental injustice.
Dr. Eva DuGoff, assistant professor of health policy and management, convened a session on the 'Silent Epidemic': Oral Health in Medicare and Medicaid, which described the gaps and opportunities in serving vulnerable older adults who are often living with chronic disease and without adequate oral health care.
Dr. Elizabeth Aparicio, assistant professor of behavioral and community health, presented research from her work to evaluate a trauma-informed intervention for homeless teens in Hawaii and to support the sexual health of youth in foster care.
Many UMD SPH students and faculty participated in the APHA Tweet Up, co-sponsored by the de Beaumont Foundation. View our UMD SPH Twitter moment here for more highlights.