CPH Cleans Up at Ohio Public Health Combined Conference

The environment—from political, social and habitat perspectives—was the focus of the 2017 Ohio Public Health Association Combined Conference in May. Entitled “Changing Climates in our Communities, our Nations and our Planet,” the event highlighted perspectives on public health messaging, civil discourse, community healing after tragedies, and how to catalyze global solutions to climate change.

“This is, collectively, the largest gathering of public health officials in the state,” said Bob Howard, CPH Public Health Ambassador. “It was impressive to see the number of students and faculty from Kent’s College of Public Health who attended.”

In addition to being recognized for their research, students at the conference networked with professionals who are on the cutting edge of pandemic and epidemiologic trends and became involved in discussions about the public side of health and upcoming issues.

Research projects presented by CPH students were well received by reviewers and included:

1st Place Poster: Sandra Owusuaah Bempah and Awura Ama Olarbi: “The Association Between Socio- Economic Status, Poor Sanitation And Malaria In Teshie, A Suburb Of Accra, Ghana.”

Practitioner’s Choice Poster Award: Carissa Smock and Matthew Nichols, poster: “Utilizing Geospatial Video to Promote Trail-based Physical Activity.” 

Student Oral Presentations: Lauren Birmingham: “Homogeneous Subgroups of Emergency Department Frequent Users: A Latent Class Analysis.”

Carissa Smock: “Predicting Health Care Providers' Place-based Exercise Referrals.” 

Student Poster Presentations:

Jennifer King: “Stress-related Predictors of Food Insecurity Among College Students.”

Rachel Nolan: “A Qualitative Analysis on ‘Coming Out’ Experiences and Perceived Level of Community Supports in LGBT Persons.”

Jerry A. O’Ryan: “What is Health Literacy and Its Importance in Public Health and Patient Education?”

Tegan B. Riley: “Pharmacist Utilization of Substance Abuse Interventions: Relative Acceptability Among Pharmacists and Patients.”