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Kent State has Strong Showing at APHA Meeting

Posted Nov. 13, 2013
Dana Mowls APHA

Kent State faculty and students stormed the American Public Health Association annual conference in Boston November 2-6, with four oral and 10 poster presentations and three panel discussions.  Topics ranged from injury and violence to food safety, and some 15 Golden Flashes were there to share findings of their work with the 13,000 delegates.
 
Highlights of the research include:
 
Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences and Epidemiology (BEE) Department
Assessment of the prevalence of unintentional injury-related risk behaviors among 11- to 18-year-olds in a rural Appalachian county, an oral presentation.  Madhav P. Bhatta, Ph.D., assistant professor, epidemiology, along with doctoral student Sunita Shakya and public health colleagues in Carrollton, Ohio.
 
Variation in food safety inspections based upon local health department and food service establishment structural, social and demographic characteristics, a poster presentation.  Aimee Budnik, doctoral student, and colleagues at Case Western Reserve University.
 
The mediating role of major depression in understanding the association between insufficient sleep and health-related quality of life among adult cancer survivors, poster presentation.  Subir Goyal and Sunita Shakya, doctoral students in epidemiology, Asfaw Gudina, recent MPH graduate in biostatistics, and Vinay K. Cheruvu, Ph.D., assistant professor, biostatistics.

A cross-cultural comparison regarding the global burden of alcohol use disorders, a poster presentation on drinking patterns and consequences in an international context.  Doctoral student Vanessa Marshall and Mark James, Ph.D., professor and chair, BEE Department.
 
Two presentations related to adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease who smoke.  A poster presentation examining factors associated with attempts to quit smoking among adults with COPD.  An oral presentation identifying health-related quality-of-life factors and public health and clinical medicine interventions related to quitting smoking.  Dana Mowls, recent MPH graduate, Vinay K. Cheruvu, Ph.D., assistant professor, biostatistics, and Melissa Zullo, Ph.D., assistant professor, epidemiology.
 
Health Policy & Management Department

Three oral presentations from a recent study of 20 Ohio health department consolidations between 2001-12.  An overview of the study findings and participant perspectives regarding consolidation, John Hoornbeek, associate professor, and Joshua Filla, outreach program officer.  A practitioner’s perspective on the study, Matthew Stefanak, College of Public Health ambassador and retired Mahoning County health commissioner, and a discussion of differences in spending, staffing and service findings by study collaborators.
 
Participation in a panel on student mentoring, Jonathan B. VanGeest, Ph.D., professor.  He also was a section councilor for the Medical Care section.
 
Social & Behavioral Sciences Department

A poster presentation regarding skin cancer knowledge, beliefs, self-efficacy and prevention behaviors among north Mississippi landscapers, Jeffrey S. Hallam, Ph.D., professor and chair, Social and Behavior Sciences.  He also moderated the panel Physical Activity Change Programs.
 
Hallam chaired the Public Health Education and Health Promotion section and was responsible for all the section’s activities for the entire conference, including 60 presentations, seven business meetings and two social events.
 
A poster presentation regarding the feasibility of implementing a pediatric-emergency-department-based head-injury prevention and management program.  Doctoral student Lorriane Odhiambo, Jingzhen “Ginger” Yang, Ph.D., associate professor, and colleagues from University of Iowa.
 
An exploration of the prevalence and types of violence among college students with disabilities, a poster presentation on violence and self-inflicted injuries.  Jingzhen “Ginger” Yang, Ph.D., associate professor, and colleagues.
 
Three additional presentations by Yang, along with colleagues from University of Iowa.  A poster presentation on the perceived threat and communication about subsequent injury among individuals with spinal cord injuries.  A second poster presentation on injury hospitalizations and the associated costs between individuals with pre-existing quadriplegia versus paraplegia.  A third poster presentation on perceived social, environmental and policy determinants of physical activity in rural Midwestern adults.
 
Yang also moderated the panel Secondary task engagement and driving: A Growing Issue in Road Safety.