CHER at APHA 2017

Center for Health Equity Research (CHER) team members were among the public health researchers and professionals who presented findings at the American Public Health Association (APHA)’s 2017 Annual Meeting. CHER had three abstracts accepted for poster presentations for APHA this year:

Engaging the Community in Campaign Development to Improve the Built Environment discussed the impact environmental factors such as pollution have on the health of the residents of Central, West, and North Long Beach. Results showed that air pollution was a shared concern among residents, who wanted more open space and park maintenance in their communities. Abstract authors included Parichart Sabado, PhD, and CHER’s director Laura D'Anna, DrPH.

Narrative Change Strategy for Youth Investment: An Innovative Process for Mobilizing a Regional Approach discussed strategies implemented to promote youth investment instead of youth suppression. The Narrative Change Strategy for Youth Investment initiative was effective in producing inventive ideas aimed at youth development. Abstract authors included Stephanie Sumstine, MPH, a CHER intern and research assistant. and Laura D'Anna, DrPH.

All In Campaign: A Community-Based Approach to Improving School Attendance discussed collaborative efforts to reduce chronic truancy in one elementary and three middle schools in Long Beach, CA. Due to the campaign’s efforts, average daily attendance remained above 94% for the 2016-2017 school year. Abstract authors included Annalyn Valdez-Dadia, DrPH, MPH; Parichart Sabado, PhD; and Laura D'Anna, DrPH.

APHA is a professional public health organization that aims to improve the health of every individual by “[advancing] prevention, [reducing] health disparities, and [promoting] wellness.” APHA’s 2017 Annual Meeting took place in Atlanta, Georgia, from Saturday, November 4th, to Wednesday, November 8th.  The theme of the 2017 Annual Meeting was “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health.” There were over 500 exhibitors and 12,000 public health professionals in attendance. Keynote speaker Eriel Tchekwie Deranger, an indigenous activist, commenced the Opening General Session.