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Public Health Research at Maryland 2015

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Public Health Research@Maryland 2015 was held on Thursday, April 9, 2015, and was attended by more than 550 people. The day-long event featured speakers and panel discussions on the theme: The Changing Climate and Health: How Health Care Reform and Climate Change Impact Population Health. The event also showcased dozens of research posters from a diverse group of students, faculty and external researchers.

Welcoming Remarks

Jane E. Clark, PhD, Professor and Dean, UMD School of Public Health

Jay S. Magaziner, PhD, MS Hyg, Professor and Chair, Dept. of Epidemiology and Public Health, UM School of Medicine

E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, Professor and Dean, UM School of Medicine

Keynote: "Climate, Infectious Disease and Human Health in an Era of Climate Change"

Rita Colwell, PhD, Distinguished University Professor, Dept. of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics, University of Maryland Senior advisor and chairman emeritus at Canon US Life Sciences, Inc., and president and CEO of CosmosID, Inc.

Introduction by: 

Donald Milton, MD, DrPH, Director, Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health, UMD School of Public Health

Panel: What We Know and Don’t Know About Climate Change and Health


Amir Sapkota, PhD, Associate Professor, Maryland Institute of Applied Environmental Health and Dept. of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UMD School of Public Health

Laura L. Hungerford, DVM, MPH, PhD, Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, UM School of Medicine


Clifford S. Mitchell, MS, MD, MPH
Director, Environmental Health Bureau
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Jennifer Martin, MA, JD
Baltimore City Health Department

Panel: Opportunities for a Better State of Maternal and Child Health in Maryland


Sandra L. Hofferth, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Family Science, UMD School of Public Health

Wendy G. Lane, MD, MPH, Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept. of Epidemiology and Public Health, UM School of Medicine


Rebecca Dineen, MS, Assistant Commissioner, Maternal and Child Health, Baltimore City Health Department

Pamela Creekmur, RN, Health Officer and Director, Prince George’s County Health Department

Keynote #2: “Becoming the Healthiest Nation: A Public Health Approach”

Georges C. Benjamin, MD, Executive Director, American Public Health Association
Dr. Benjamin, an internist and emergency physician, has served as the Executive Director of APHA since December 2002. He previously served as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Introduction by: 

Olivia Carter-Pokras, PhD, Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UMD School of Public Health

Panel: Maryland’s Health System Initiatives and Population Health


Stephen B. Thomas, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Health Services Administration; Director, MD Center for Health Equity, UMD School of Public Health

Karen S. Kauffman, PhD, CRNP, RN, FAAN, Chair and Associate Professor, Dept. of Family & Community Health, UMB School of Nursing


Madeleine Shea, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Office of Minority Health, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

George H. Bone M.D., Commissioner, Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission

Concluding Remarks

Jane E. Clark, PhD, Professor and Dean, UMD School of Public Health

Doctoral Student Awards

  • Maria Demarco (UMD School of Public Health, Dept. of Epidemiology and Biostatistics), "Factors Associated with Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Completion among Hispanic and Non-Hispanic White Girls"

Honorable Mentions

  • Sue Lin (UMD SPH, Dept. of Epidemiology and Biostatistics), "Health Status of Young Adults with Disabilities in the United States"
  • Deirdre Quinn (UMD SPH, Dept. of Family Science), "Factors Associated with Contraceptive Use among Urban, African-American Adolescent Mothers"
  • Andrew Williams (UMD SPH, Dept. of Family Science), "Examining Birth Outcomes Hotspots in Maryland"

Masters Student Awards

  • Dovin Kiernan (UMD SPH, Dept. of Kinesiology), "Vertical Ground Reaction Force Magnitudes and Rate Not Positively Correlated with a Prospective Running Injury"
  • Sarah Kilby (University of Maryland School of Medicine, Pediatrics), "Assessing Compliance for Proposed CACFP Meal Pattern Changes and Recent Maryland Legislation in Maryland Childcare Centers"

Honorable Mentions

  • Jessica Bermudez (UMD SPH, Dept. of Epidemiology and Biostatistics), "Comparative Analysis of the Effectiveness and Safety of Drug-eluting Versus Bare-metal Coronary Stents Among Patients Registered in the Multi-Player Claims Database"
  • Lisa Bowen (UMD SPH, Dept. of Epidemiology and Biostatistics), "Internet and Social Media Based Surveillance Systems for Detecting Influenza Activity in Maryland"
  • Diane Ng (UMD SPH, Dept. of Epidemiology and Biostatistics), "Self-Esteem as a Mediator in the Relationship Between Sexual Minority Status and Depressive Symptoms"

Undergraduate Student Awards

  • Katherine Garcia-Rosales (UMD SPH, Dept. of Behavioral and Community Health), "Water Chlorination and Health Education: Collaborating to Decrease Water Contamination and Water-Related Illness in Rural Peru"

Honorable Mentions

  • Jonathan Fix (UMD Individual Studies w/ UMD SPH, Dept. of Epidemiology and Biostatistics), "Improving Health Literacy and Cultural Competency of FDA Consumer Materials of Cardiovascular Disease"
  • Abigail Hsiung (UMD SPH, Dept. of Kinesiology), "Differences in Cognitive Load Affect Performance of Flight Simulation in Beginner Pilots"
  • Emma Murray (UMD SPH, Dept. of Family Science), "Parenting Transitions of Women Veterans: Stressors and Coping Strategies"

View the 2015 Research Posters