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Public Health Research at Maryland 2017

Public Health Research at Maryland 2017 logo - Action for Health Equity

Public Health Research@Maryland 2017 took place on Thursday, April 6, 2017, at the University of Maryland's Stamp Student Union. The day-long event featured speakers and panel discussions on the theme: Acting for Health Equity. PHRM 2017 also showcased dozens of research posters that displayed student, faculty and external researchers' work, as well as a photo contest open to all participants and networking tables to stimulate collaborations.

Welcoming Remarks 

Wallace Loh, Ph.D., J.D., President of the University of Maryland, College Park

Jay Perman, M.D., President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore

Boris D. Lushniak, M.D., MPH, Dean and Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Health

E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., MBA, Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Maryland; John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and Dean, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Jay S. Magaziner, Ph.D., M.S.Hyg., Professor and Chair, Department Of Epidemiology & Public Health; Director, Center for Research on Aging

Panel: Achieving Health Equity: Perspectives from Public Health Practice, Research and Minority Health


Leana S. Wen, MD, MSc, Commissioner, Baltimore City Health Department

Maura Dwyer, DrPH, MPH, Director, Office of Data, Systems Integration and New Initiatives, Prevention and Health Promotion Administration, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Ernest Carter MD, Ph.D., Deputy Health Officer, Prince George's County Department of Health

Courtney Aklin, Ph.D., Chief of Staff, National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities 

Wendy Lane, M.D., MPH, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Stephen B. Thomas, Ph.D., University of Maryland School of Public Health

Keynote: Zika Virus in the Americas, 2015-2017

Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health

Sandra C. Quinn, Ph.D., University of Maryland School of Public Health
Mary-Claire Roghmann, M.D., M.S., University of Maryland School of Medicine

Posters were submitted by more than 100 researchers from many campuses around the region and across the country, together with research partners from federal, state and local organizations and private and NGO research groups. A few of the many participating universities and institutions include George Washington, Georgetown, Pittsburgh, University of Texas, UCLA, and the University of British Columbia, along with The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Truth Initiative, Eco-Healthy Child Care®, and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral level presenters received awards.

Doctoral Student Winners

1st Place

  • Dina Huang (UMD School of Public Health, Dept. of Epidemiology and Biostatistics), "Outdoor and Indoor Play Predictors in Washington DC Metropolitan Children"

Doctoral Honorable Mentions

  • Zahra Saboori (UMD SPH, Dept. of Behavioral and Community Health), "An Assessment of Attitudes and Beliefs Towards Community Health Worker Intervention Models at a Rural Health Clinic in Southern Maryland"
  • Ashley Pantaleao (UMD SPH, Dept. of Family Science), "Couples’ Shared Risk Factors of Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Health Outcomes: Abused Women’s Perspectives"
  • Priscilla Novak (UMD SPH, Health Services Administration) "Antidepressant Use and Costs Among Low-Education and Low-Income People with Serious Psychological Distress 2008-2014"

Master’s Student Winners

1st place

  • Melissa DeSantiago (UMD SPH, Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health), "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"

Master’s Honorable Mentions

  • Constance Raab (UMD SPH, Dept. of Behavioral and Community Health), "Pilot Testing a Patient/Family Advisory Process for Hospital Programs for Seniors"
  • Khondaker Bhaskar (UMB School of Nursing, Clinical Nurse Leader Program), "Factors Associated with Turnover in Long-term Care Workers"
  • Elizabeth Bell (UMD SPH, Dept. of Kinesiology), "Muscular Fatigue Influences Motor Synergies During Push-Ups"

Undergraduate Winners

1st Place

  • Corey Michelson (UMD SPH, Dept. of Kinesiology), "The Effects of Acute Exercise on Executive Function in Older Adults"

Undergraduate Honorable Mentions

  • Rachel Knobel (UMD SPH, Dept. of Kinesiology), "Mechanisms of Increasing Running Speeds with Different Foot Strike Patterns"
  • Abigail Myers (UMD CMNS Neurobiology and Physiology), "Process and Challenges of Needs Assessment in the Rural Community of Compone, Peru"
  • Maria Ayoub (UMD SPH, Dept. of Kinesiology), "Changes in Motor Performance, Mental Workload, and Self-Efficacy as a Function of the Level of Difficulty During Learning a Novel Reaching Task"

View the 2017 Research Posters