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American Public Heath Association News Roundup 2019

The American Public Health Association hosts one of the Bloomberg School community’s favorite conferences, and APHA 2019 in Philadelphia met every expectation.

Bloomberg School students, faculty, alumni, and staff convened in Philadelphia for APHA 2019, November 2 - 6, to discuss research, advocacy, policy, practice, and the power of public health with colleagues across the field.

Among Bloomberg School highlights—noting there were too many to include all in a single roundup:

APHA 2019 Sunday, Take 1: Clips

Clips from a recent APHA-Johns Hopkins Bloomberg American Health Initiative forum on effective gun policies were featured during the Opening General Session on Sunday at APHA 2019. The Gun Policies That Work Forum took place at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. on September 23. The forum highlighted the most up-to-date evidence on gun violence prevention and strategies to reduce deaths and injuries stemming from gun violence, with research and recommendations from Bloomberg School faculty at the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, the Center for Gun Policy Research, based at the Bloomberg School, and other institutions.

Watch the Recap

Watch the Full Forum

Speaker Slides with Policy Recommendations

APHA 2019 Sunday, Take 2: Screening

The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF), with co-host the Natural Resources Defense Council, screened the documentary film Right To Harm. Filmed across the U.S., the documentary chronicles the failures of state agencies to regulate industrial animal agriculture that produces millions of gallons of untreated waste that destroys the quality of life for nearby neighbors. Fed up with the lack of regulation, disenfranchised citizens band together to demand justice from their legislators.

The screening was followed by a panel discussion moderated by Bob Martin, CLF's policy director, with Kendra Kimbirauskas, the film’s producer; Matt Wechsler, director; Else Herring, North Carolina Environmental Justice Network; and David Wallinga, MD, senior health adviser, Natural Resources Defense Council.

APHA 2019 Monday, Take 1: Faculty Recognition

A course taught by Lorraine Dean, ScD, assistant professor in the Bloomberg School’s Department of Epidemiology, received the Innovative Public Health Curriculum Award as part of the Delta Omega Curriculum Awards presented during the 2019 Delta Omega Business Meeting.

The course, Methods for Assessing Power, Privilege, and Public Health in the United States, discusses emergent health issues and how the choice of measures for power, privilege, and inequality influences results in epidemiological research. The course gives students an opportunity to apply epidemiology research skills to develop and execute a data-driven project on a real-world health problem that will be presented and used by a community partner.

Dean also presented a poster about the course at a Delta Omega Poster Session at APHA 2019 on Tuesday.

APHA 2019 Monday, Take 2: Annual APHA Alumni Reception

The APHA 2019 Bloomberg School Alumni Reception was held Monday evening in the Mitchell and Ashhurst rooms of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. More than 200 Bloomberg School alumni connected with faculty, staff, students, and friends of the School who were attending APHA 2019 from around the world.

APHA 2019 Tuesday: Emerging Research

This year’s Bloomberg School APHA Meeting News Brief highlighted three research presentations made on Tuesday.

Kathryn M. Leifheit, MSPH, a PhD candidate in the Bloomberg School’s Department of Epidemiology, presented research findings that infants born to women living in large U.S. cities who were homeless or faced eviction were nearly twice as likely to experience adverse outcomes such as low birth weight and preterm birth than infants born to mothers with stable housing. The findings highlight the potential impact of housing instability on maternal and infant health as the U.S. experiences an affordable housing crisis.

Becky Ramsing, MPH, RDN, senior program officer at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, presented findings about a Meatless Monday campaign involving households in Bedford, New York, that was part of the town’s larger climate change initiative, Bedford 2020. Meatless Monday is a global campaign that encourages people to eat less meat for their health and for the environment. The Center for a Livable Future has served as a science advisor to the campaign since its beginning in 2003.

Taylor D. Parnham, MPH, senior research program coordinator in the Bloomberg School’s Department of Health, Behavior, and Society, presented findings about a self-assessment tool that could inform community-based organizations working on the frontlines of public health. The tool gauges participants’ perceived synergy and leadership, which reflect participant satisfaction. Participant satisfaction is critical to ongoing success of any organization, and is especially important for community organizations and coalitions that often bring together many different groups and operate on an ad hoc basis.