The 141st American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting and Expo was held this past weekend here in Boston, with Mayor Thomas M. Menino welcoming the more than 13,000 national and international physicians, administrators, nurses, educators, researchers, epidemiologists, and related health specialists to the city. APHA’s meeting program addressed current and emerging health science, policy, and practice issues in an effort to prevent disease and promote health.

The Boston Public Health Commission was well represented at this year’s annual meeting, with staff presenting during oral and poster sessions on a wide range of public health topics, moderating panels, and receiving awards. Youth from the Boston Area Health Education Center also participated in this year’s meeting, by helping to staff the Commission’s booth.

Below is just a snapshot of some of the activities BPHC took part in during the APHA.

Presentations:
Building Partnerships Symposium: Partners in Health and Housing Prevention Research Center Affiliates Program
Presenter: Gerry Thomas, Community Initiatives

A Local Health Department’s Efforts to Prevent Prescription Drug Overdose
Presenter: Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd

Cholera, tobacco, and obesity: Educating the community over time
Presenter: Snehal Shah, MD, MPH, Research and Evaluation Office

Oral Systemic Linkages: Screening for Medical Conditions in Oral Health Settings
Moderator: Helene Bednarsh, BS, RDH, MPH, HIV/AIDS Services

Role of Landlords in Creating Healthy Homes: Section 8 Landlord Perspectives on Healthy Housing Practices
Presenter: Margaret Reid, RN BA, Division of Healthy Homes and Community Support

Happiness as a Birthright: Promoting Social and Emotional Well-Being of Children
Presenter: Deborah Allen, ScD, Child, Adolescent, and Family Health Bureau

Leveraging Local Efforts for National Scope: How the City of Boston is Shifting the Food System to Promote Health Equity
Presenter: Aliza Wasserman, MS, MPH, Intergovernmental Relations

Women’s leadership training institute and HIV prevention training institute (WLTI-HIV/AIDS): Empowering women through leadership to prevent HIV
Presenter: Rita Nieves, RN, MPH, LCSW, Addictions Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Support Services Bureau

Principles for Establishing a Robust Division of Violence Prevention in a Local Public Health Department
Presenter: Catherine Fine, MPH, Division of Violence Prevention

Transforming Access in an Underserved Urban Community Through Novel Collaborations
Presenter: Vivien M. Morris, MS, RD, MPH, LDN, Policy and Planning

Evaluation of Program to Reach Low-Income Residents with Subsidized Memberships to Fitness Facilities
Presenter: Elizabeth Russo, MD, Research and Evaluation Office

Terror at the finish line: Health implications of the Boston Marathon bombings
Presenters: James Hooley, EMS Chief and Barbara Ferrer

Disaster and Emergency Preparedness
Presenter: S. Atyia Martin, MPS, EMT-B

 

Posters:
Findings from moving on to recovery and empowerment (MORE): A community-based intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment program for ethnically diverse, urban women
Rita Nieves, RN, MPH, LCSW, Addictions Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Support Services Bureau

From the Ground Up: Creating and Implementing an Oral Health Workforce Development Program for Urban Adolescents
Uchenna Ndulue, MPH, CHES, Boston Area Health Education Center

Implementing Healthy Start in Housing: A Program to Provide Prioritized Housing to Homeless Pregnant Women
Deborah Allen, ScD, Child, Adolescent, and Family Health Bureau

Boston Area Health Education Center’s Youth to Health Careers (Y2HC) Program: Empowering Youth to Promote Community Health
Britney Hall, Boston Area Health Education Center
Anthony Crosson, Boston Area Health Education Center
Liam Day, Division of Child and Adolescent Health
Uchenna Ndulue, MPH, CHES, Boston Area Health Education Center

Evaluation of Air Quality in Boston Housing Authority Multi-Unit Developments Pre- and Post- Implementation of Portfolio-Wide Smoking Prohibition
Margaret Reid, RN BA, Division of Healthy Homes and Community Support
Leon Bethune, MPH, Environmental Health Office
Snehal Shah, MD, MPH, Research and Evaluation Office

Congratulations to Debby Allen, who was presented the Martha May Eliot MCH Award for her exceptional achievement in the field of maternal and child health. And congratulations to all our  presenters, and thank you for showing the nation and the world the great work Boston is doing in public health.

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