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Maryland: Highlight of Activities at APHA 2019

Students, faculty and staff from the University of Maryland School of Public Health shared research and insights through 75 different presentations at this year’s APHA annual meeting in Philadelphia.

Deanna Barath, a health policy and management doctoral student, was recognized by the APHA Health Administration Section with the Student Achievement and Outstanding Student Abstract Award. She presented her study, “Reductions in Hospital Readmissions Through Housing Partnerships – the Partnership Continuum.” She and her advisor, Dr. Jie Chen, found a significant decrease in hospital readmission rates when hospitals provided case management services and had formal housing partnerships.

Andrew Conway, a family science doctoral student, presented his research on the “Unexplored Adverse Childhood Experiences of Latinx Immigrant Youth” at the Delta Omega Honorary Society Public Health Poster Session. Conway’s research fills a gap in knowledge about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and aims to expand ACEs to include measures of adversity that are informed by the experiences of Latinx immigrant youth. The research is co-authored by Assistant Professor Amy Lewin and in partnership with the community organization Identity, which serves Latinx youth in Montgomery County, Md.

A University of Maryland alumni reception drew more than 100 alumni, students, faculty and staff. The UMD SPH boothwas busy with questions from prospective students interested in diverse programs, including several new online master’s programs and an online DrPh launching soon.

Monique Thornton BS ’13, MPH, shared, “I always feel at home at APHA, no matter where the conference is physically located, because my fellow Public Health Terps are there.”

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