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Two CPHHS students earn OPHA “Outstanding Student Poster Awards”

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From left to right: Brian Johnson, Oregon Public Health Association (OPHA) president; Marie Harvey, College of Public Health and Human Sciences (CPHHS) associate dean for research and graduate programs, OPHA board member; Katie Contie, CPHHS graduate student; Sandi Cleveland, CPHHS graduate student; Joyce Gaufin, American Public Health Association president; Josie Henderson, OPHA executive director.

Two College of Public Health and Human Sciences (CPHHS) graduate students were recognized for their work in public health at the Oregon Public Health Association’s (OPHA) 70th Annual Conference and Meeting on Oregon State University’s campus in October.

CPHHS Health Promotion and Health Behavior PhD students Sandi Cleveland and Katie Conte both received the OPHA Outstanding Student Poster Award for 2014.

Sandi’s poster was titled “Body Mass Index does not modify the relationship between perceived quality of patient-provider communication and avoidance of visiting doctors.” Katie’s poster was titled “Walk With Ease: Scaling up an evidence-based arthritis self-management program in Oregon.” Both stood out to judges among 56 other poster presentations.

Each poster was judged on the importance of the subject; relevance to emerging public health research and practice issues in Oregon; implications for policies, programs and practice related to public health; originality or innovativeness of work; and overall clarity of abstract.

The CPHHS Barbara Emily Knudson Endowed Chair in Family Policy Studies, Gloria Krahn, gave a keynote address at the conference titled “People with disabilities – an unrecognized disparity population.”

Margarita Alegria, director of the Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research at Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard Medical School, also addressed the group in her keynote speech titled “What we can learn to do to eliminate disparities in health care.”

Nearly 470 public health professionals and students attended the two-day educational and networking event to learn about and discuss the latest research, programs and developments in Oregon public health.