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2015 APHA Annual Meeting


Pitt Public Health at APHA 2015

Pitt Public Health students, faculty and alumni has a big presence at the APHA 143rd Annual Meeting & Expo. If you'll be participating this October 31-November 4 in Chicago, be sure to touch base with your Pitt colleagues who will be presenting. Or, if you're unable to attend, stay up on what's happening via social media.

Presentations and Posters

Get a look at the latest research topics and presentations  from Pitt Public Health to be covered at APHA 2015:

Friday, 10/30/2015 

9 am-5pm 
Barbara Folb, BCHS/Health Sciences Library
Systematic Reviews: Tools & Skills for the Background and Methods Sections of Your Review
Learning Institute – must preregister, pay fee, LI1008

Sunday, 11/1/2015 

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m
Robert Coulter, BCHS
Sexual-Orientation Differences in Positive Youth Development
Adolescent Health Poster Session, 2036.0

Monday, 11/2/2015 

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Tina Batra Hershey, HPM
Evolution of a Training Program for Tribal Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Law
Academic Public Health Caucus, Oral presentation,
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, room CC12A (West Bldg, lower level north), 3000.0

Bernard Goldstein, EOH
Interface Between Science and Policy in Environmental Public Health Protection
From biology to policy: Challenges and opportunities to advance the public's health   
Room W190b  (West Bldg, lower level southeast corner)

11:30 am – 11:45 am
Brianna McDonough, BCHS
Hospital-Based Trauma Services Intervention for Gunshot Victims
Firearm Related Injuries, Oral presentation, Convention Center Room: W181a (West Bldg, lower level west),  3159.0

11/2/2015 12:30 pm -1:30 pm
Hsinghua Sylvia Lin, EPID
Health-Related Quality of Life in Children with Chronic Hepatitis B in the United States and Canada: Pediatric Cohort of the Hepatitis B Research Network
Delta Omega Poster Session I, Convention Center Exhibit Hall F, Board 4, 3192.0

LuAnn Brink, Karen Hacker, EPID, IDM
A Novel Surveillance System for Detecting an Increase in Non-Fatal Overdoses in Allegheny County, PA
Current Topics in Disease Etiology, Population Studies and Projects in Public Health Epidemiology, Exhibit Hall F, Poster session 3205.1, Board 6

Modhurima Moitra, BCHS
Effect of social support on the relationship between perceived burdensomeness and suicide in the elderly
Caregiving, Social Support and Social Networks, Exhibit Hall F, Board 4, 3193.0

Caroline Lobo, HPM
Use of Pharmacologic and Complementary and Alternative Treatments in Fibromyalgia: Results of an On-Line Survey
Epidemiology in Integrative Complementary and Traditional Health Practices, Exhibit Hall F, Poster Session Board 3, 3208

1:09 p.m. - 1:22 p.m
Robert Coulter, BCHS
Associations between Supportive School Climates and Alcohol Drinking Patterns among U.S. High School Students
Social Contexts and/or Social Determinants of LGBT Public Health, Oral presentation 3270.0, Room CC10B (West Bldg, lower level northeast)

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Robert Coulter, BCHS
Sexual-Orientation Disparities in Cigarette Smoking: The Role of Positive Youth Development
Relevant LGBT Topics 1, Poster presentation, Board 1, 3307.0, Exhibit Hall F 

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Steven Albert, Richard Garland, BCHS 
Citywide Homicide Review to Track Age Trends in Violence 
Firearm and Suicide Related Injuries, Poster presentation, Board 3, 3304.0, Exhibit Hall F

Anthony Fabio, Tom Songer, EPID
Epidemiology of Muay Thai Fight-Related Injuries
Sports, Recreational and Fall-related Injuries, 3099.0

Tuesday, 11/3/2015 

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Jamie Sokol, Melissa Morris, Karen Hacker, BCHS, IDM
Adapting a self-assessment tool to identify workforce development needs at a local health department: A competency-based approach
Health Administration Poster Session 4, Board 6, 4090, Exhibit Hall F

Karen Hacker
Public Health and Economic Development; Avenues for collaboration in Allegheny County
Collaborative Solutions to Housing and Economic Development Issues within Community Health
Room S103a (South Bldg, level 1 west side, south of Hyatt Hotel)  4117

Sally Morton, BIOST
Lowell Reed Lecture - “Big Statistics” in Policy and Politics
The Lowell Reed Lecture is given every year by a statistician who has contributed significantly to public health through research, teaching and/or service, and serves to remember the accomplishments of Lowell Reed and honor the accomplishments of the lecturer.
Applied Public Health Statistics Section  - 4210.1, W190b (West Building, lower level southeast)

3:10 PM - 3:30 PM
Alexandria J. Ashraf, HUGEN
Impact of historic temperature and precipitation on Lyme disease cases in Rhode Island
Scientific Oral presentation, 4360, Room CC24C (Clark Room, West Building, 2nd level, northeast)

3:34 PM - 3:50 PM
Supriya Kumar,  BCHS
Social determinants of acute respiratory infection: A systematic review
Social determinants of inequalities in infectious disease outbreaks, 4313.0, Room W177 (West Bldg, lower level northwest)

Wednesday, 11/4/2015 

Tyra Hudgens, BCHS
Healthy People: Public health in the United States since 1979
International/Global Health Poster Session, Board 2, Exhibit Hall F, 5009.0 

1:10 PM - 1:30 PM
Nicholas Resciniti, IDM 
Interconnection between Paternal Mental Health Status and Spousal Interaction: Implications upon Family Health
Oral presentation, 330826

1:42 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
LuAnn Brink, Michael Balke, Michelle Kurta, Ron Voorhees, Karen Hacker, EPID, IDM 
Racial Disparities in Infant Mortality within Allegheny County, Pennsylvania,
Recent Findings in Health Disparities Research , Room W183A (West Bldg, lower level west) 5150

Pitt Reception at APHA

Chicago-area alumni are invited to join conference participants for a special Pitt Public Health reception on Monday, November 2, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place (conference room CC12D). Connect with peers, professors, and meet current students. Wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. If you know other  alumni who will be in the Chicago area, be sure to bring them along. Registration for the APHA meeting is not required, but please RSVP for the reception. 

Questions? Contact Jill at

Diane Howard (MPH ’79),
Steve Albert, and Mark Roberts,
alumna & faculty hosts

Share your experience

Share your experience at APHA 2015 through comments, photos and videos. Whatever your platform preference, you can help cover the conference via social media: 

  1. Email - Send a photo with your poster or after your presentation to
  2. Facebook - Share a great shot of colleagues over lunch by posting to our wall at Or, just post and then tag with #PittPubHealth and #APHA15.
  3. Twitter - Share your impressions, a snapshot, or live tweet from the presentation you find most interesting or important. Don't forget to tag with #PittPubHealth and #APHA15 and tweet to @PittPubHealth
  4. YouTube - Want to go all out as a roving reporter?  Use your cell phone to take a 30-second video of your colleague or classmate introducing her poster. Just for one sentence of introduction and one sentence about their work.  Then share the video with

Example:   "Hi I'm Sandy Moretown from the Department of Epidemiology at Pitt Public Health.  I'm presenting my original research at APHA 2015 on intestinal disease propagation among cruise ship workers."

Public Health Grad School Fair at UIC | Tues 11/3

The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) will host a free This is Public Health Graduate School Fair  for prospective students of public health on
Tuesday, Nov. 3, 4-7 p.m.  
Univ. of Illinois, Chicago
900 S Halsted St, 
Chicago, IL 60607  

This is a great opportunity for prospective graduate and doctoral students to learn about the growing field of public health, to meet with representatives of Pitt Public Health, as well as admissions directors from over 30 other CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health. Register today!


Note: Pitt Public Health will not be exhibiting at this year's APHA Student Visit Day scheduled for Wednesday, November 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration is required to access the hall.

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