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Researchers from the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention presented their work to the 137th American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Exposition November 7-11 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The meeting is the oldest and largest gathering of public health professionals in the world, attracting more than 13,000 national and international physicians, administrators, nurses, educators, researchers, epidemiologists and health-related specialists. HPDP representatives presented and shared in discussions on current and emerging health science, policy, and practice issues in an effort to prevent disease and promote health.

HPDP Research Fellow Eugenia Eng was honored with the Society for Public Health Education’s (SOPHE) Distinguished Fellow award during the meeting. The award is the society’s highest honor and given for significant and lasting contributions to SOPHE and to the field of public health education. Eng is a professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.


Presentations at the APHA meeting included:

  • Presenters: Alexis Moore, Elizabeth Harden, Cathy Melvin
    Presentation: 4091.0, “Implications of Public Policy for Cancer Control Presentation Colonoscopy screening? Not without health insurance. What people say about iFOBT”
    This presentation is related to HPDP’s 4CNC research project.
  • Presenters: Cathy Melvin, Alexis Moore, Katya Roytburd
    Presentation: 5095.0, Translation of Research into Practice and Policy Session 1: “A feasibility study about increasing colon cancer screening: How to say “yes” even to the uninsured and under-insured”
    This presentation is related to HPDP’s 4CNC research project.
  • Presenter: Keon L. Gilbert
    Presentation: 4060.0, Issues in Public Health and Diversity: “A meta-analysis of social capital and health”
    Gilbert is a UNC Kellogg Health Scholar
  • Presenter: Christopher D. Heaney, PhD
    Presentation: Session 212409 “Use of the Community-Owned and Managed Research Approach to Build Community-Based Surveillance Infrastructure” at the Roundtable
  • Presenter: Christopher D. Heaney, PhD
  • 4275.0, “Using community owned and managed research (COMR) and collaborative problem-solving approaches to address environmental justice”
    Heaney is a UNC Kellogg Health Scholar
  • Presenters: Laura Linnan (presenting) and Carolyn Naseer
    Presentation: “Structure and Function of 14 Employee Wellness Committees Participating in the WAY to Health Research Study”
  • Presenter: Molly De Marco, PHD MPH
    Presentation: 202815: “Conceptualization and measurement of the neighborhood in rural locales: A systematic review- Healthy People, Healthy Homes, Healthy Neighborhoods”
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