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APHA 2016: A Snapshot of Nebraska Success

Public Health Community Advisory – The American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Annual Meeting, held in Denver, Colorado, Oct 30-Nov 2, once again attracted thousands of public health professionals from around the nation and globe, including a number of students, faculty, staff and alumni from COPH. In addition to attending sessions, learning and networking, COPH people shared a wide range of work via 20 poster presentations, 12 oral presentations and four roundtables. Of those presentations, 16 were led by students, and nearly all had students involved in some way. A full list of presentations, and authors is below.

In addition to individual presentations, COPH helped shape an entire session focused on Nebraska’s efforts to become the healthiest state in the nation by 2020. The session opened with COPH outlining the role the college has played as a convener, data provider, and relationship builder for individuals and organizations across Nebraska. The introduction was followed by three presentations from practice partners representing the state health department, a health care system and a professional society, who described specific efforts in more detail, such as programs to promote colorectal cancer screening and reduce binge drinking–two areas where Nebraska has much room for improvement based upon national rankings. The session wrapped up with a Nebraska state senator who has been a champion for these and other public health efforts. This session was well received by attendees, as it featured a diverse set of speakers and highlighted how public health partners from practice and academics can work together effectively.


Factors Associated with Surgical Acceptance of Early Stage Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, Poppy Deviany, Apar Ganti, & Monirul Islam

Difference in MUC 4 Protein Expression & Phenotypic Characteristics of Pacreatic Cyst in Comparison to Pancreatic Cancer in Egypt, Asserewou Etekpo, Ghada Soliman, Audery J. Lazenby, Ahmed Hablas, Baojiang Chen, Surinder Batra, & Amr Soliman

Tai Chi & the Association Between Social Support & Balance Among Latino Elderly, Zijian Qin, Shireen Rajaram, Carolina Padilla, Ka-Chun Siu

A Multi-Level Analysis of Barriers and Facilitators for Breast Cancer Screening in Accountable Care Organization Clinics, Hongmei Wang, Fang Qui, Abbey Gregg, Baojiang Chen, Jungyoon Kim, Lufei Young, & Dejun Su

Provider Perceived Colorectal Cancer Screening Barriers: Survey Results from Accountable Care Organization Clinics, Hongmei Wang, Abbey Gregg, Fang Qui, Jungyoon Kim, Sarah Hotovy, Lufei Young, & Dale Michels

Substance Misuse is Linked to Loss of Physical Independence Among HIV Patients: Findings from a National Multicenter Cohort, Lorena Baccaglini, Zijian Qin, Bianca Christensen, Fang Yu, & Howard Fox

Utilizing a Community Oriented Primary Care Approach to Assess Mental Health in Bhutanese Refugee Population in Omaha, NE, Aurora Le (alum), Patrik Johansson, Tanya Howard, & Michael Greene

Care Coordination to Provide Quality Care to Children with Cerebral Palsy: A Qualitative Study, Niodita Gupta, Aastha Chandak, & Preethy Nayar

An Examination of Telehealth-Related Private Claims Data for Mental Health & Substance Abuse in the United States, Fernando Wilson, Sankreeth Rampa, Kate Trout, & James Stimpson

Assessment of Colorectal Cancer Screening Practices of Primary Care Providers in Rural Nebraska, Shreya Roy, Jungyoon Kim, Hongmei Wang, Li-Wu Chen, & Fang Qui

A Needs Assessment of Infection Control Training of American Red Cross Volunteers Working in Shelters, Jocelyn Herstein, Janice Springer, Jono Anzalone, Sharon Medcalf, John-Martin Lowe

Board 1: Biosafety and Infectious Disease Training Initiative (BIDTI), A National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Work Training Program (WTP), including Emergency Health Services, Aurora Le (alum), Janelle Rios, Robert Emery, Paul Biddinger, Scott Patlovich, Beverly Wright, Elizabeth Beam, Shawn Gibbs, John Martin-Lowe, & Robert Bullard

Nebraska 20/20: An Academic-Practice Partnerships Model for Health- The Role of Academic Institutions, Brandon Grimm, Nizar K. Wehbi, Ali Khan

Voices of Sex Trafficking Survivors, Shireen Rajaram & Sriyani Tidball

Levels of Experience and Perceptions of Preparedness to Work With Highly Infectious Remains in the US Death Sector, Aurora Le, Jocelyn Herstein, Katelyn Jelden, Shawn Gibbs, & John-Martin Lowe

Disparity in Time-to Treatment Between Black and White Lung Cancer Patients: Time Trend and Associated Factors, Trisari Anggondowati & Monirul Islam

Nebraska 20/20: An Academic-Practice Partnerships Model for Health- Aligning to the State Health Improvement Plan for Success, Judy Martin, Courtney Phillips, Colleen Svoboda, & Brandon Grimm

Opportunities and Challenges to Promote Cancer Screening in an Accountable Care Organization: Health Care Provider’s View, Jungyoon Kim, Lufei Young, Sarbinaz Bekmuratova, Dan Schober, Hongmei Wang, Shreya Roy, Sarah Hotovy, & Li-Wu Chen

Nebraska 20/20: An Academic-Practice Partnerships Model for Health- A Community Based Approach in Decreasing Binge Drinking, Nicole Carritt, Christie Abdul, Jennifer Harsh, Shinobu Watanabe-Galloway, Brandon Grimm, Nizar K. Wehbi, & Chris Wagner

Nebraska 20/20: An Academic-Practice Partnerships Model for Health- A Community Based Approach to Increasing Colorectal Screening Rates, Tamara Robinson, Michael Hein, Rebecca Rayman, Nizar K. Wehbi, & Brandon Grimm

Regular source of care and cost-related medication nonadherence among diabetes patients in the United States, Aastha Chandak, Soumitra Sudip Bhuyan, Yang Wang, Pellav Deka, Satish Kedia, Cyril Chang

Nebraska 20/20: An Academic-Practice Partnerships Model for Health- The Role of Public Policy in Impacting Health Outcomes, Mike Gloor, Ali Khan, & Nizar K. Wehbi

Examining Preventable Emergency Department Visits Across Immigration Status in the United States, Yang Wang, Fernando Wilson, & Li-Wu Chen

Gender Disparities in Cost-Related Medication Nonadherence among Cardiovascular Disease Patients, Aastha Chandak

Providing Clinical & Educational Health Services for Omaha Refugees Through a Community Health Fair, Katelyn Jelden, Jocelyn Herstein, Aurora Le, Zijian Qin, Tra-My Hoang, Jennifer Sharrick, Natalie Wichelt, Alexandria Tran, Ian Parsley, & Drissa Toure

Barriers and Enablers for Receiving Colorectal Cancer Screening in Accountable Care Organization: Perspectives by Rural Health Practitioners, Sarbinaz Bekmuratova, Jungyoon Kim, Dan Schober, Shreya Roy, Lufei Young, Hongmei Wang, & Li-Wu Chen

A Multi-Level Analysis of Barriers and Facilitators for Colorectal Cancer Screening in Accountable Care Organization Clinics, Hongmei Wang, Fang Qui, Abbey Gregg, Baojiang Chen, Jungyoon Kim, Sarah Hotovy, Lufei Young, Neng Wan, & Li-Wu Chen

Bridge to Care, a Student-led Community Outreach Initiative for Recently Resettled Refugees, Alexandria Tran, Katelyn Jelden, & Drissa Toure

Survey of Clinical Laboratory Capabilities to Support US Regional Ebola and Other Special Pathogen Treatment Centers, Katelyn Jelden, Peter Iwen, Jocelyn Herstein, Aurora Le, Paul Biddinger, Colleen Kraft, Angela Hewlett, Phillip Smith, Shawn Gibbs, & John-Martin Lowe

Using a Linked Parkinson’s Disease Registry with Hospital Discharge Database to Understand Patients’ Health Care Needs, Ming Qu, Fei Jiang, Jill Krause, Li-Wu Chen, and Yuwei Zou

Demographic Differences & Weight-Loss Enhancement Among Enrollees of a Web-based Program Who Sync a Wearable Activity Tracker: A Naturally Occurring Quasi-Experiment, Kathryn Wilson, Paul Estabrooks, Samanta Harden, Anna Taggart, Fabio Almeida, Lia Schoepke, & Todd McGuire

Reducing STD Stigma & Promoting STD Testing Among Youth: Lessons Learned from the Adolescent Health Project, Marisa Rosen, Melissa Tibbits, & Kerri Peterson

Preventing STDs Through a Multi-Component Community-Wide Initiative: One Year Results of the Adolescent Health Project, Melissa Tibbits & Marisa Rosen

Predicting 30-day Hospital Readmission among Sepsis Patients, Zijian Qin, Micah Beachy, Tammy Winterboer, Jamie Rudd, Michael Ash, Mike Altsculd, Ozgur Araz, & Lorena Baccaglini

Late Diagnosis of Cervical Cancer in Zambian Women: A Retrospective Analysis of the Cancer Diseases Hospital Patient Data,     Mulele Kalima, Jane Meza, Amr Soliman, Shinobu Watanabe-Galloway, Catherine Mwaba, Susan Msadabwe, Gilbert Phiri. Richard Nsakanya, Lewis Banda, Robert Chamberlain. Charles Wood, & Kennedy Lishimpi

Sustainability of U.S. Ebola Treatment Centers, Jocelyn Herstein, Katelyn Jelden, Aurora Le, Paul Biddinger, Colleen Kraft, Phillip Smith, Angela Hewlett, Shawn Gibbs, & John-Martin Lowe

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