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November 9, 2009

Annual APHA Meeting to Highlight Research from the Center for Injury Research and Policy

On November 7 to 11 the work of researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for Injury Research and Policy will be recognized at the 137th annual American Public Health Association (APHA) meeting. Hosted in Philadelphia, Penn., the meeting, which attracts more than 13,000 national and international physicians, administrators, nurses, educators, researchers, epidemiologists and related health specialists, is considered the premier public health educational forum.

Featured at this year’s conference will be the work of several Bloomberg School researchers.

Jon Vernick, MPH, JD, assistant professor and co-director of the Center, is scheduled to present the firearms perspective at two cross-cutting sessions devoted to how the legal issue of preemption affects policy across various public health issues and the environmental approaches to prevention policy.

Vanya Jones, PhD, assistant scientist with the Center and co-author of “Barriers and opportunities to school-based parent involvement: Implications for adolescent violence prevention,” will provide an oral presentation of the report to be highlighted at the meeting. 

During a poster session, research conducted by Keshia Pollack, MPH, PhD, assistant professor with the Center, and colleagues will discuss how Employee Assistance Programs address intimate partner violence in “Employee Assistance Programs and efforts to address intimate partner violence.”

In addition, Kira McGroarty, MPH, project director of the CARES Mobile Safety Center will be the moderator of an oral session, “Award winning health education and promotion materials.” In this session, individuals recognized for outstanding health education materials will present an overview of the health issue, theory, target population, development, implementation, and evaluation of their health material. McGroarty will also be presenting an overview of the development and implementation of the CARES Safety Center at the annual meeting of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) in Philadelphia on November 5 to 7, held in conjunction with the APHA meeting.

Media contact for Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Natalie Wood-Wright at 410-614-6029 or nwoodwri@jhsph.edu.