APHA highlights from the School of Public Health

The School of Public Heath had incredible representation at this year's American Public Health Association’s (APHA) 150th Annual Meeting & Expo.

Associate Professor Eric Crosbie, doctoral students Luciana Borges and Olufemi Erinoso, and MPH student Sara Perez, standing at the School of Public Health table.

Associate Professor Eric Crosbie, doctoral students Luciana Borges and Olufemi Erinoso, and MPH student Sara Perez.

APHA highlights from the School of Public Health

The School of Public Heath had incredible representation at this year's American Public Health Association’s (APHA) 150th Annual Meeting & Expo.

Associate Professor Eric Crosbie, doctoral students Luciana Borges and Olufemi Erinoso, and MPH student Sara Perez.

Associate Professor Eric Crosbie, doctoral students Luciana Borges and Olufemi Erinoso, and MPH student Sara Perez, standing at the School of Public Health table.

Associate Professor Eric Crosbie, doctoral students Luciana Borges and Olufemi Erinoso, and MPH student Sara Perez.

This year at the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) 150th Annual Meeting & Expo, the School of Public Health had 24 participants representing the school, 17 of which were public health students. The meeting and expo took place November 6-9, 2022 and researchers were able to showcase their research and collaborate with other public health practitioners from all over the country. 

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  • Graduate student, Sarah Hartzell
  • Doctoral student Olufemi Erinoso, presenting on: "Difference in mental distress among people who use tobacco products with substance use problems compared to those without: Findings from Wave-5 PATH Study"
  • MPH student Breanna Di Pinto, Dean Muge Akpinar-Elci and MPH student Samantha Dunning at the School of Public Health's table
  • Diana Sande presenting, "Lessons from the Pandemic: Utilizing Collaboration and Communication to Increase Health Equity"
  • Professor Eric Crosbie presenting on,"The Accelerated Use of Investor-State Dispute Settlement Mechanism: A Real Cause for Concern"
  • Dean Muge Akpinar-Elci and MPH student Tamara Telles, with Telle's research on, "A Theory-Based STI/HIV Awareness and Primary & Secondary Prevention Pilot Workshop for Indigenous Aché Communities of Paraguay"
  • MPH student Sara Perez presenting on, "How the tobacco industry influenced science and policymaking through issues related to breast cancer: findings from the Truth Tobacco Industry Documents"
  • Doctoral student Luciana Correia Borges presenting on, "The Accelerated Use of the Investor-State Dispute Settlement Mechanism: A Real Cause for Concern"
  • Doctoral Student Luis Chavez presenting, "Hispanic Sexual Minorities and Bullying: An Intersectional Look"
  • Gerold Dermid, MBA, prepping for a round table presentation on transgender health indicators
  • Dean Muge Akpinar-Elci and Doctoral student Lingchen Wang with his research on, "Construction and validation of a prediction model for non-medical marijuana use based on adverse childhood"
  • Nilay Etiler, MD, presenting on, "Self-reported abuse of gender minority adults living in rual and urban counties in Nevada"
  • Dean Muge Akpinar-Elci and Doctoral student Meghan Anderson, with her research on, "Differences in Adolescent Substance Use Across the Urban-Rural Continuum"

Among the students in attendance was Tamara Telles (MPH student). This past spring, she earned first place in the Delta Phi Poster Competition. She was then selected by the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health National Committee to compete and present in their competition held each year at the APHA Meeting & Expo. If selected to compete at the national level, students are awarded a cash prize by Delta Omega. Delta Omega selects no more than 29 students to compete.

Sarah Hartzell, another graduate student in attendance, describes her time at the conference, “My experience at the APHA 2022 Meeting & Expo was great! I had the opportunity to present my work at two roundtables where I had so many engaging conversations with scholars around the nation. It was a great place to make connections and hear about fantastic work currently being done. I presented a team project entitled, 'Understanding college students' COVID-19 pandemic experiences through a mixed methods approach" and my own work entitled, 'Let's talk about mental health on campus.' The team project was work I had done with Megan LaMotte, Molly Hagen, and Dr. Paul Devereux.”

Associate Professor Eric Crosbie, Ph.D., M.A., reflects on his experience, “It was great to see our students continue to grow at APHA as they were able to present their research findings, listen to high profile speakers discuss emerging research and network and connect with leading health professionals.” 

Dean Muge Akpinar-Elci of the School of Public Health was also in attendance and describes her time with students at APHA, “I was filled with such pride and excitement seeing so many of our students presenting and advocating for their research. Their dedication to public health gives me great hope that the future is in extremely capable hands.”

The next APHA Annual Meeting & Expo will take place in Atlanta, GA, Novemeber 12-15, 2023. The theme will be, "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Overcoming Social and Ethical Challenges" and the submission deadline is March 30, 2023.

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