Stop by to meet us and representatives from STAR, the PHI/CDC Fellowship Program and GHTP at Booth #907

 Daily Schedule 

November 2-6 | Pennsylvania Convention Center

Saturday, November 2, 2019

9:00am - 12:30pm: Global Health Institute for Students, Emerging Professionals, and Mid-Career Changers (100)

Fee: $100 

9:15am Presentation: Global Health Landscape: Mega-Trends Then and Now

David Hausner, PhD, MPH  - Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR)

This interactive presentation will set the larger context of the global health industry, including emerging needs and the challenges of implementation.

11:30am Presentation: Envisioning the Future for the Global Health Professional: Practice in Action

Christine Caraballo - PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program

This session will explore how future employment trends will impact career opportunities and provide tools to help participants manage a changing workforce landscape.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

2:00 - 3:00pm: Place, Policy, and Alcohol -Related Outcomes  (2022)

Poster:  Association Between State-Level Alcohol Availability and Price Policies on the Prevalence of Alcohol-Related Harms to Persons Other Than the Drinker in the United States, 2000-2015 

Pamela J. Trangenstein, PhD, MPH - Alcohol Research Group

Meenakshi S. Subbaraman, PhD, Tom Greenfield, PhD, Nina Mulia, DrPH, Katherine J. Karriker-Jaffe, PhD and William C. Kerr, PhD - Public Health Institute

Using national data for 2000-2015, this study examined associations between alcohol control policies and alcohol-related harms experienced by persons other than the drinker.

Poster: Dose-Response Relative Risk of Injury from Acute Alcohol Consumption in 22 Countries: Are Women at Higher Risk than Men?

Cheryl Cherpitel, DrPH, Yu Ye, MA - Alcohol Research Group

The poster extends prior analysis of the dose-response relationship of alcohol consumption and injury which found females at higher risk of injury than males at the same level of consumption, by controlling for frequency of heavy drinking occasions to determine if a higher tolerance to alcohol among males may account for this difference.

2:00 - 3:00pm: Cannabis Policy and Regulatory Issues and Responses (2026)

Poster: Cannabis Coverage: An Analysis of News about Cannabis Policy from Four California Counties

Pamela Mejia, MPH, Laura Nixon, MPH, Lori Dorfman, DrPH - Berkeley Media Studies Group

News coverage of marijuana in California before and after legalization was analyzed to focus on how, if at all, issues of racial and health equity appeared.


How much should recreational marijuana be taxed and how should the funds be used? To answer this and other legislative questions, the Getting it Right from the Start: Local Regulation of Recreational Marijuana project team has been listening to experts and stakeholders from across the nation and from jurisdictions across the state to identify best practices and develop stronger local regulatory and taxation frameworks to protect youth, public health and social equity in the wake of legalization in California.

Through these conversations, the project team has developed a model ordinance/ballot initiative for local taxation of marijuana, designed to grow over time, help discourage high potency products and youth use, and provide sustained financial support to local efforts to create healthier and more equitable communities and prevent substance abuse. The resource is designed to be used as a starting point for local communities in developing their own local policies.

Download the model ordinance.

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2:00 - 3:00pm: Women, Sexual Health, and Alcohol Use Trends (2024)

Poster: Trends and Disparities in American Indian/Alaska Native Unintentional Injury Mortality from 1999-2016

William C. Kerr, PhD, Yu Ye, MA, Edwina Williams, MPH, Nina Mulia, DrPH, Cheryl J. Cherpitel, DrPH - Alcohol Research Group

Kerr and colleagues compare rates of injury mortality between American Indian/Alaska Native and non-Hispanic white populations to understand alcohol and drug-related mortality trends and disparities.

5:00 - 6:00pm: Intervention Treatment and Training for Opioid Use Disorders and Overdose Reversal (2091)

Poster: Think Local, Act Local: Tackling the Opioid Epidemic Through Multi-Sector Community Coalitions

Carmen Nevarez, MPH - Center for Health Leadership and Practice, Public Health Institute

This poster will provide preliminary evidence demonstrating that coalitions embedded within the facilitated network are successfully improving safer prescribing while increasing access to medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorder at twice the rate of counties without participating coalitions.

Monday, November 4, 2019

10:30am - noon: Health Begins at Home (3136)

10:40am Presentation: Driving Action from Health and Housing Sectors

Colleen Flynn - Build Healthy Places Network


This panel will bring together the leading national housing nonprofit, real estate professionals, and community development and health advocates, to discuss how cross-sector partnership focusing on “people, places, and systems” can improve health and well-being in every neighborhood.

10:30 - 11:30am: Firearm and Gun Violence Posters (3082)

Poster: Beyond the Headlines: News Coverage of Officer-Involved Shootings in California

Pamela Mejia, MPH, Laura Nixon, MPH, Lori Dorfman, DrPH - Berkeley Media Studies Group

Mejia and colleagues analyzed how the news covers officer-involved shootings and their victims in California, the country’s most populous state. They will discuss what these findings mean for efforts to shift narratives about officer-involved shootings, and opportunities for public health practitioners and other stakeholders to keep victims’ stories in the spotlight, and include prevention in the conversation.

10:30am - 12:00pm: HIV Prevention and Care for Sexual Minority Population (3150)

10:50am Presentation: HIV Risk Behaviors in Relation to Psychosocial Factors and Internet Usage among Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Men Who Had Sex with Men (MSM) in California

Tooru Nemoto, PhD, Hui Xie, Mariko Iwamoto, Maria Sakata - Public Health Institute


Very few studies have investigated HIV risk behaviors among API MSM mainly due to their relatively low HIV prevalence. This study sheds light on re-thinking the current over-emphasis on assertiveness and self-responsibility to keep free from HIV/STIs during negotiation with partners.

10:30am - 12:00pm: Public Health and Social Justice Issues for the 2020 Elections (3116)

10:30am Presentation: Why Immigration Policy Matters to Public Health 

Carmen Nevarez, MD, MPH - Center for Health Leadership and Practice 

The United States benefits in many ways from the presence of immigrants. This presentation will present a timely analysis of national immigration policy trends and discuss their potential impact on this country’s public health from an equity perspective.

Statement from PHI on family separation at the border:

"A Lifetime Sentence of Poorer Health"

Statement from Mary A. Pittman, CEO and President of PHI:

"The Public Health Institute joins hundreds of organizations, and hundreds of thousands of American citizens, in decrying the federal administration’s recently introduced decision to wrench children away from their immigrating parents at the U.S. southern border.

PHI’s work focuses on the conditions that contribute to health, including Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), which are clearly and directly connected to early brain development and poorer health impacts across the lifespan. Children who are subjected to more ACEs—including separation from parents and neglect—are at a higher risk of health issues including cancer, substance abuse, mental health and behavioral issues and heart disease as adults..."

Read the rest of the statement.

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3:00 - 4:30pm: Novel Interventions for Family Violence (3356)

3:00pm Presentation: Participatory Evaluation of Sexual Violence Prevention Strategies in California and Ohio


Nicole Lordi, Marta Induni, PhD - Public Health Institute

The CDC's Division of Violence Prevention funded evaluations of two sexual violence prevention programs in California and Ohio. The evaluation adopted a participatory approach led by PHI and NNPHI in partnership with program staff from each site. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

10:30 - 11:30am: CHPPD Poster Session 4 (4096)

Poster: News About the Bay Area Housing Crisis: An Analysis of Coverage on the CASA Compact

Laura Nixon, MPH, Daphne Marvel, Sarah Han, Pamela Mejia, MPH, Katherine Schaff, DrPH, Lori Dorfman. DrPH - Berkeley Media Studies Group

While the link between housing and health is well documented, there is less research on how public health practitioners can engage in addressing housing as a social determinant of health. Understanding how the news media frames housing policy – and whether a health frame is included – is a critical part of supporting practitioners in more effectively engaging in work related to housing. In response to the San Francisco Bay Area's housing crisis, a diverse, multi-sector set of partners called The Committee to House the Bay Area, or CASA, created a set of local, regional, and state policy and funding recommendations.

From their unique position as a national convener at the intersection of community development and health, PHI's Build Healthy Places Network developed these Principles to articulate shared values across sectors and lift up best practices.

The Principles are designed to frame and guide efforts across sectors working toward achieving an equitable future where fair opportunity is an outcome for all. They are derived from a thematic review of mission statements and principles from 35 organizations representing the community development, health, academic, government, finance, and philanthropic sectors. More than 200 respondents provided over 1,800 comments which helped refine the Principles (read the full history of how these were written).

See the Principles. 

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1:00 - 2:30pm: Multiple Perspectives: Exploring the Impact of Sweetened Beverage Taxes and Initiatives Nationwide (4249)

1:00pm Presentation: Sugary Drink Consumption and Public Support for Related Policies Before and One Year After the San Francisco SSB Soda Tax

Alisa Padon, PhD, Lynn Silver, Tom Greenfield, PhD - Public Health Institute

Despite recommendations from public health experts, politicians have been reluctant to propose policies reducing sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption due to a perceived lack of public support. Padon and colleagues report on pre-tax and one-year post-tax support for sugar sweetened beverage. 

5:00 - 6:30pm: Adolescent SRH and Sexuality Joint Session: An SRH Roundtable Discussion (4437)

Moderated by Esther Tahrir, MPH founder and director PHI's Global Health Leaders and GoJoven

This roundtable highlights the objectives of APHA's Sexual and Reproductive Health Section Sexuality and Adolescent Task Forces focused on Affirmative Approaches to Adolescent Sexuality covering trends among young people related to sex education, pleasure, gender identities, sexual identities, and masculinities.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

8:30 - 10:00am: Issues in Alcohol Use among Adolescents and Young Adults (5003)

9:10am Presentation: Alcohol’s Harms to Others among Underage and Emerging Adults: Findings from US National Alcohol Surveys 2000-2015

Tom Greenfield, PhD, Deidre Patterson, MPH, Katherine J. Karriker-Jaffe, PhD, Pamela Trangenstein, PhD - Alcohol Research Group

This group examined prevalence and correlates of Alcohol's Harms to Others in a sample of young adults from across the U.S. to support evidence-informed measures and interventions that could mitigate alcohol's secondhand effects from a public health perspective.

12:30 - 2:00pm: Support for Local Environmental Health (5127)

12:30pm Presentation: Developing Environmental Health Literacy and Leadership with Youth in Imperial County, CA

Daniel S. Madrigal, MPH, Michelle Wong, MPH - Tracking California

Madrigal will present the lessons learned from a youth internship designed to develop environmental health literacy and leadership. 

1:10pm Presentation: Challenges, Benefits, and Impacts of a Community-Engaged Approach to Air Monitoring

Alexa Wilkie, MHS, MS, Paul English, PhD, MPH, Michelle Wong, MPH, Catalina Garzon-Galvis, MCP - Tracking California

This presentation will discuss strengths, challenges, and impacts of the community-engaged “citizen science” approach of the Imperial Community Air Monitoring Network, lessons from which are being used to inform new collaborations for community air monitoring around the state.

Air pollution is a major threat to human health worldwide, and communities across the country are now taking their own actions to address it at a local level.With the growing availability of low-cost air sensors, more communities are conducting their own monitoring to better understand and address air quality concerns at the local level.

PHI's Tracking California (formerly the California Environmental Health Tracking Program) and their partners at Comite Civico del Valle and University of Washington have compiled the steps, lessons and recommendations they've learned from their 5-year Imperial County Community Air Monitoring Project and created this Guidebook for Developing a Community Air Monitoring Network. While each community has its own unique air monitoring interests, the experiences and lessons learned from this project provide useful guidance for community-based organizations and their partners in planning and implementing their own community air monitoring networks.

Download the guidebook

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12:30 - 2:00pm: Understanding How Health During Pregnancy Contributes to Maternal Morbidity and Mortality: Using Administrative and Review Data to Make Public Health Recommendations (5137) 

1:15pm Presentation: Underreporting of Pregnancy-Associated Suicide in California: Findings from the California Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review (CA-PAMR) 

Christy McCain, MPH - Public Health Institute

As a result of an in-depth investigation and medical record review, the California Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review revealed that suicide ratios were significantly higher than ratios based on death certificates alone for any given 3-year moving average during the study period.

12:30 - 2:00pm: Public Health Nursing: Leadership and Advocacy (5149)

1:30pm Presentation: Time to Modernize: Case Studies of Rural Local Health Departments that Transitioned to Population-focused Strategies 

Suzanne Ryan-Ibarra, PhD, MPH, Sue Grinnell, MPH - Population Health Innovation Lab

Overview of case studies of local health departments that transitioned from clinical services to population-based prevention. The themes from the case studies were used to identify eight key elements for a transition: partnership/leadership, vision/goals, communication, community engagement, interventions, data/evaluation, workforce, and sustainability.

12:30 - 2:00pm: Emerging Priorities in Cannabis Use and Policy

1:30pm Presentation: Marijuana Policy and Public Health: What Have We Learned from Tobacco Control?  

Lynn Silver, MD, MPH, FAAP, Alisa Padon, PhD, Amanda Naprawa, JD, MPH - Getting it Right from the Start

After legalization of recreational marijuana in 2016 in California, local governments were afforded considerable leeway to regulate; this presentation will provide an analysis of California’s regulatory framework and the laws of all 540 California cities and counties as of January 2019.

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