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Kent State has Remarkable Representation at APHA Meeting

Posted Oct. 31, 2012

APHAKent State faculty and students stormed the American Public Health Association annual meeting in San Francisco October 27-31, with two oral presentations, 10 poster sessions and a panel discussion.  Topics ranged from hand hygiene to problem drinking, and some 15 Golden Flashes were there to share findings of their work with the 10,000 delegates.

 
Highlights of the research include:
 
Environmental Health Sciences Department
Results of a pilot survey regarding hand hygiene to understand self-reported practices, knowledge and beliefs of employees, a poster session on health promotion.  Dr. Maggie Stedman-Smith, assistant professor, Environment Health Sciences, and Dr. Scott F. Grey, instructor, Biostatistics, along with Dr. Cathy Dubois, associate dean, College of Business.
 
Epidemiology & Biostatistics Department
An analysis of the cost of diabetes care to clients in the Access to Care program, a diabetes epidemiology poster session.  Dr. Heather Beaird, assistant professor, Epidemiology, and colleagues at the Summit County Public Health.
 
Examination of factors associated with obesity among Bhutanese refugee women in the United States, a poster session on epidemiology and disease prevention in Asian and Pacific Islander populations.  Dr. Madhav Bhatta, assistant professor, Epidemiology, and master’s students Lori Assad and Sunita Shakya.
 
Health Policy & Management Department
A study regarding differing psychometric properties of an HIV knowledge scale administered with populations at high risk for HIV infection, a presentation about community-based HIV testing and prevention.  Dr. Willie H. Oglesby, assistant professor, Health Policy & Management, and Dr. Sonia Alemagno, dean.
 
Consolidating Local Public Health Departments to Expand Capacity and Improve Public Health Outcomes:  Evidence from Ohio, (Summit County), an invited panel discussion moderated by Kenneth Slenkovich, assistant dean, Operations and Community Relations, and involving three separate presentations:  the feasibility assessment process, by Aimee Budnik, doctoral student, with co-author Summit County Public Health Commissioner Gene Nixon; managing the transition to a consolidated department by Nixon; and the impact of the consolidation one year later and issues in the evaluation process, by Dr. John Hoornbeek, associate professor, Health Policy & Management, with co-authors Budnik, doctoral student Tegan Beechey and Outreach Program Officer Joshua Filla.
 
Social & Behavioral Sciences Department
Review of a field-based study to test alcohol intoxication-level differences by gender, a poster session on young adult and college student drinking.  Doctoral student Vanessa Marshall and Dr. R. Scott Olds, professor and interim chair, Social & Behavioral Sciences.
 
A geographic information systems study exploring spatial and temporal relationships between alcohol outlet density and alcohol-related harms, a presentation as part of a session providing policy updates on laws to restrict alcohol access.  Doctoral student Laura Schuch, Dr. R. Scott Olds, professor and interim chair, and Dr. Eric S. Jefferis, associate professor, both from the Social & Behavioral Sciences department.
 
Results of a survey to test the relationship between caffeinated alcohol drinks and problem drinking, a poster session regarding epidemiology and interventions considering race, ethnicity and special populations.  Doctoral student Krystel Tossone and Dr. R. Scott Olds, professor and interim chair, Social & Behavioral Sciences.
 
Two poster sessions on violence and self-inflicted injuries, a study of the incidence of and costs associated with sexual violence in Iowa and an examination of violence, absenteeism and suspensions among middle-school children, both by Dr. Ginger Yang, associate professor, Social & Behavioral Sciences, with colleagues from California, Iowa, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
 
Social, environmental and policy determinants of physical activity in rural adults in Iowa, a poster session on the influence of technology, policy and the built environment on physical activity across the lifespan.  Dr. Ginger Yang, associate professor, Social & Behavioral Sciences, with Iowa colleagues.
 
An evaluation of The Period of PURPLE Crying, reporting the effectiveness of a shaken-baby syndrome prevention program, a poster session on prevention and wellness across the lifespan.  Dr. Ginger Yang, associate professor, Social & Behavioral Sciences, with Iowa colleagues.
 
An exploration of how people talk about leisure-time physical activity on social network sites, a poster session on social media exposure and health behaviors.  Dr. Ginger Yang, associate professor, Social & Behavioral Sciences, with Iowa colleagues.