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


Browse PHI's sessions and posters by thematic area:

Climate Change & Environmental Health
Alcohol & Substance Use
Media & Technology
Women's & Adolescents' Health

Or view a chronological schedule of events:

Sunday, November 5, 2017

6:00 - 8:00pm: Climate Change and Health Social Hour

Studio No.7
393 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA


This social hour provides an opportunity for public health professionals who want to take action on climate change to meet and mingle. Hosted by the U.S. Climate and Health Alliance and the APHA Climate and Health Topic Committee.

Monday, November 6, 2017

10:30 - 11:30am: Children's Environmental Health (3087)

Poster: Cost of Childhood Lead Poisoning in the United States, by State

Daniel Madrigal, MPH, Eric Roberts, MD, PhD, Jhaqueline Valle, MPH - California Environmental Health Tracking Program

This poster provides state-level estimates for the costs associated with childhood lead poisoning.

2:30 - 4:00pm: Pan American action on climate change and health (3354)

2:50pm Presentation: Health Sector Response to Climate Change in the U.S


Linda Rudolph, MD, MPH - Center for Climate Change and Health

This presentation will detail various ways in which the U.S. health sector is responding to climate change, including through action in hospitals and health care systems, local health agencies, and medical and nursing professional organizations, as well as in defending federal climate policies and mobilizing for action in sub-national jurisdictions and in their own institutions.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

8:30 - 10:00am: Climate Change IV (4023)

9:00am Presentation: Energizing progress toward climate resilience in Southern California by communicating localized Public Health threats and opportunities for action

Tracy Delaney, PhD, RD, Sarah Helen Dowling, MPH, Carla Blackmar, MCP - Public Health Alliance of Southern California

This presentation will introduce the Climate and Health Benefits Communication Toolbox, consisting of high impact graphics communicating locally modeled climate projections, clear messaging linking climate projections to health, and actionable local policies.

8:30 - 10:00am: Climate Justice: Building Power (4007.1)

Moderated by Linda Rudolph, MD, MPH - Director of PHI's Center for Climate Change and Health

This session will explain the value of a climate justice dialogue during the Year of Climate Change and Health, describe scenarios in which climate injustices occur, and identify climate justice solutions and successes across the United States.

12:30 - 2:00pm: Mobilizing the Health Community to Fight Climate Change (4199.1)

1:06pm Presentation: U.S. Climate and Health Alliance


Linda Rudolph, MD, MPH - Center for Climate Change and Health

This presentation will describe the role of health professionals in informing decision makers about the health and health equity implications of climate policy, and identify ways in which individual health professionals and their organizations and institutions can become more engaged in climate policy at the state and local level.

12:30 - 2:00pm: Mobilizing Public Health to Engage in Social Justice Movements (4213)

1:10pm Presentation: U.S. Climate and Health Alliance: Mobilizing for action on climate, health, and equity


Kathy Dervin, MPH, Savannah North, Linda Rudolph, MD, MPH - Center for Climate Change and Health

This presentation will describe the multiple ways in which public health professionals and agencies can engage in work to address climate change and simultaneously promote health and equity in their communities and at the state and national level.

2:30 - 4:00pm: Health in All Policies: Hot Topics to Support Intersectoral Collaboration and Promote Health, Equity, and Environmental Sustainability (4286)

Moderated by Linda Rudolph, MD, MPH - Director of PHI's Center for Climate Change and Health

2:30pm Presentation: Climate Change, Equity, and Health: Key Components of Health in All Policies

Julia Caplan, MPH, MPP - California Health in All Policies (HiAP) Task Force

This presentation will describe how climate change and equity are addressed through California’s Health in All Policies Task Force, and the importance of focusing on those areas to building healthy communities.


The US Climate and Health Alliance’s State Policy Initiative

Health professionals can raise support for climate action by helping community members and policymakers better understand the health impacts of climate change and the co-benefit opportunities of climate action. In climate change conversations, the health message—that climate change is our biggest health crisis—is often largely untapped. 


The State Policy Initiative from the US Climate and Health Alliance addresses this gap by helping amplify and highlight the voice of health professionals on climate.

The State Policy Initiative is a dynamic online resource with advocacy tools and resources organized by climate policy area—things like downloadable fact sheets and infographics, databases of climate legislation searchable by state, guidance on talking with legislators, tips for writing op-eds, and more. All specifically designed and compiled for health professionals like you.

Explore the State Policy Initiative for yourself.

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

4:30 - 5:30pm: Increasing Access to Healthy Foods (2094)

Poster: A Community Driven Social Marketing and Healthy Retail Initiative in Rural Georgia

Amy DeLisio, MPH, RD, Sharon Sugerman MS, RD, FADA - Center for Wellness and Nutrition

Non-PHI Authors: Suzanne Glenn, M.Ed, Heather Rice, MPH - HealthMPowers


This presentation will explore the efforts of a social marketing campaign coupled with a healthy retail initiative in three low income communities in rural Georgia to increase access to and consumption of fruits and vegetables, water and other healthy foods. 

Monday, November 6, 2017

10:30am - 12:00pm: Health Equity in Today’s Political and Social Reality (3188)

11:10am Presentation: Health Equity in Today’s Political and Social Reality: Challenges Facing Latino Communities

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


This presentation will provide a regional perspective on health equity, particularly as it relates to the impact of the current environment on priority populations. It will cover the main challenges faced when building communities to advance health equity.

12:30 - 1:30pm: Race and Mental Health: Disparities in Risk, Access, and Outcomes (3227)

Poster: Trauma, resilience, and #BlackLivesMatter: How do racism and trauma intersect in social media discourse?

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

Non-PHI Author: Jane Stevens - ACEsConnection Network / ACEsTooHigh

The researchers examined how the intersections between trauma and racism appear in evolving social media conversations – and assessed the implications of this discourse for advocacy and action to prevent childhood trauma.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

10:30am - 12:00pm:  Increasing economic opportunities and equity through community development (4099)

10:45am Presentation: Community Development Investment as a Tool for Advancing Health Equity

Douglas Jutte, MD, MPH - Build Healthy Places Network

This session will describe various sources of community development funds, identify some of the most important national and regional organizations partnering with public health to tackle community-based social determinants of health, and provide examples of innovative new investments made with health and equity in mind.

2:30 - 4:00pm: Diverse Perspectives on Food Insecurity: A Roundtable Discussion (4314)

Table 1: Addressing Senior Food Insecurity: A Housing Approach

Rachel Horst - PHI Fellow at The Health Trust

In San Jose, a city known for its sprawling geography, The Health Trust and its partners took a new approach to food insecurity among older adults by establishing "food access points" at senior affordable housing complexes for this food-insecure population.


Climate Change, Health, and Equity: Opportunities for Action

Climate Change, Heralth and Equity report

Climate change, health, environmental health, health equity, social justice, environmental justice, and sustainability are each hugely important and complex issues in their own right. But we can’t afford to address them separately. The stakes are too high, the need for action is too urgent, and there are too many opportunities for synergy if we act together.


With input from more than 100 public health professionals and community health, equity, and environmental justice advocates, Climate Change, Health, and Equity: Opportunities for Action presents a conceptual framework to help demonstrate how these issues are linked, and to identify opportunities and recommendations for action.

This report by PHI's Center for Climate Change and Healthhelps people who are interested in climate change, in health, and in social and environmental justice understand why we must join together to demand the bold and urgent actions that are required to sustain the environment and climate that support our health now.

Explore the report.

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

9:00am - 12:30pm: Global Health Institute for Students, Emerging Professionals and Mid-Career Changers (1001) 

Fee: $75

The purpose of the Global Health Institute is to assist students, emerging professionals and midcareer changers in honing their leadership and core public health skills to effectively address global health concerns.

10:05am Presentation: What it takes to be a successful Global Health Professional

Sharon Rudy, PhD, BCC - USAID Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II

This presentation will demonstrate key skills required to thrive in the Global Health realm from an employers’ perspective. Participants will be exposed to firsthand experiences and reflections, and recent relevant research. Future career trends will be described with video support.

11:20am Presentation: Envisioning the Future of the Global Health Professional

David Godsted, MA - USAID Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II

This segment focuses on trending career projections over the next 5 years and introduces practical activities to support individuals’ career planning.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

4:30 - 5:30pm: Global Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (2106)

Poster: GOJoven: Scaling up a unique model of youth leadership development to improve adolescent sexual and reproductive health

Esther Tahrir - GOJoven International


The GOJoven Model features key components that contribute to successful scale-up of youth-led initiatives in the field of adolescent health, and demonstrates the importance of youth leadership development in improving adolescent sexual and reproductive health services, programs and policies.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

12:30 - 2:00pm: Recent Developments in International Trade and Its Impact on Health (4252)

1:10pm Presentation: Is the U.S. Embargo Against Cuba Harming Our Health?

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

While Obama took steps to normalize Cuba relations, the embargo remains and may harm health efforts in the U.S. This session explores how U.S. policy hinders access to prevention, vaccines, and medications with the potential to improve health in the U.S.


Global Health Pathways Webinar Series

Hosted by PHI's FACES for the Future Coalition and Global Health Fellows Program II, this 3-part Global Health Pathways webinar series provides an introduction to the global health field.

The series presents what skills it takes to become a successful global health worker, introduces the education and practical overseas experience necessary to be a competitive candidate in the global health field, and showcases a career panel of global health professionals speaking on their career path.

Watch all 3 recorded webinars to learn more.

For more resources on global health, visit us at

Be sure to connect with PHI's USAID Global Health Fellows Program II at booth #1109

Sunday, November 5, 2017

4:30 - 5:30pm: Substance Use Disparities (2087)

Poster: Intersection of race and sexual orientation: Prevalence of past 30-day heavy episodic drinking among Black sexual minority women

Emily Yette, MPH, Karen Trocki, PhD, Nina Mulia, DrPH - Alcohol Research Group


This study uses BRFSS data to investigate the relationship between race, sexual orientation, and the intersection of race and sexual orientation and heavy episodic drinking among Black women who identify as lesbian or bisexual.

Monday, November 6, 2017

12:30 - 2:00pm: Global, International, and/or Transnational LGBT Public Health (3283)

1:10pm Presentation: Sociocultural Contexts of Sex Work among Mak Nyah (Transgender Women) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Mariko Iwamoto, MA, Tooru Nemoto, PhD, Yik Koon Teh, PhD, Rebecca de Guzman, PhD - Health Interventions for Underserved Populations


This presentation is based on a qualitative study of transgender women (Mak nyah) who engage in sex work, exploring sociocultural factors that elevate health risks for this population.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

10:30am - 12:00pm: Intersectionality and LGBT Public Health (4139)

11:10am Presentation: Health-related quality of life among Black sexual minority women: Intersection of race and sexual orientation

Emily Yette, MPH - Alcohol Research Group

This presentation details the author's study which uses a probability sample to examine health-related quality of life (HRQOL) among Black sexual minority women and to compare to the HRQOL of Black heterosexual women, white SMW, and white heterosexual women, while also assessing for additive interaction by comparing the observed difference in HRQOL between Black SMW and white heterosexual women to the difference expected in the absence of additive interaction.

2:30 - 3:30pm: HIV/AIDS Poster Session 8 - International Populations (4267)

Poster: Access to Care and HIV Risk among MSM in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tooru Nemoto, PhD, Mariko Iwamoto, MA, Yik Koon Teh, PhD, Rebecca de Guzuman, PhD - Health Interventions Among Underserved Populations


This poster is based on a study examining the access to care and HIV risk behaviors among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Kuala Lumpur.


A Tale of Two Cities: Access to Care and Services Among

African-American Transgender Women in Oakland and San Francisco

Transgender women face institutional and individual discrimination and stigma across a wide variety of contexts, impacting their health and well-being. African-American transgender women in particular are severely marginalized across society. 

Many transgender people travel to the San Francisco Bay Area with the hope of receiving greater social acceptance of their gender identity and expression. However, the resources for HIV/AIDS care and prevention, substance abuse and mental health treatment services, and other health and social services significantly differ between two cities.

A Tale of Two Cities: Access to Care and Services Among African-American Transgender Women in Oakland and San Francisco, from PHI's Health Intervention Projects for Underserved Populations, describes unmet needs for health services and public assistance programs among African-American transgender women with a history of sex work in Oakland and in San Francisco. It demonstrates the enormity of African-American transgender women’s needs within the Bay Area and the need for more resources for social service provision targeting this marginalized group of people, particularly in Oakland.

Explore the study.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

4:30 - 5:30pm: Alcohol across the lifespan (2080)

Poster: State binge drinking prevalence is associated with alcohol's harms to others

Won Kim Cook, PhD, Thomas K. Greenfield, PhD, Deidre Patterson, MPH, Katherine J. Karriker-Jaffe, PhD - Alcohol Research Group


This study examined the relationship between state-level drinking cultures and alcohol's second-hand harms. Individuals in U.S. states with higher binge drinking rates had increased risk of experiencing harms from perpetrators' externalizing behaviors such as assault/vandalism and drinking driver-related harms.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

2:30 - 4:00pm: There oughta be a law: Alcohol policy for population health (4280)

3:10pm Presentation: State legislators' use of evidence in making policy on alcohol use in pregnancy: Preliminary data from qualitative interviews

Katie Woodruff, MPH - Alcohol Research Group

This presentation will describe how some state legislators use scientific evidence in making policy on alcohol use in pregnancy and will name factors other than evidence that appear to influence policymaking on alcohol use in pregnancy.

3:30pm Presentation: Age at immigration and substance use and problems among males and females at the U.S.-Mexico border

Cheryl Cherpitel, DrPH, Libo Li, PhD, Sarah Zemore, PhD - Alcohol Research Group

The association of age of immigration with heavy alcohol use, drug use and alcohol use disorder was analyzed among 2,336 Mexican-Americans, males and females living both on and off the U.S.-Mexico border.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

12:30 - 2:00pm: Alcohol's harms to others (5123)

12:30pm Presentation: Are U.S. state alcohol policies linked to individuals' later reports of secondhand drinking harms?

Thomas Greenfield, PhD, Won Kim Cook, PhD, Katherine Karriker-Jaffe, PhD, Deidre Patterson, MPH, 

William Kerr, PhD - Alcohol Research Group

This talk will examine the relationship between 29 state alcohol policies and alcohol's harms to others, revealing associations between the state policy environment and aggression- and drunk driver- but not family-related harms.

12:50pm Presentation: Prevalance and burden of harms from other people's drinking in the U.S.

Thomas Greenfield, PhD, Madhabika B. Nayak, PhD, Deidre Patterson, MPH, Katherine J. Karriker-Jaffe, PhD - Alcohol Research Group

About 21% of women and 23% of men reported experiencing at least one type of alcohol's harm to others (AHTO) in the past year and showed that prevalence of AHTO differed by gender.

1:10pm Presentation: Social context of harms from other people's drinking

Christina C. Tam, PhD, MSW, Katherine J. Karriker-Jaffe, PhD, Thomas K. Greenfield, PhD - Alcohol Research Group

Gender differences in the neighborhood and social context of harms experienced from various others’ (e.g., family, stranger) drinking, based on the National Alcohol Survey and the National Alcohol's Harm to Others Survey.


Tackling an Epidemic: An Assessment of the California Opioid Safety Coalitions Network

The spiraling opioid epidemic is having a devastating impact in communities across the nation, fueling a dramatic increase in premature deaths. There were nearly 2,000 opioid overdose deaths in California in 2016.


Tackling an Epidemic: An Assessment of the California Opioid Safety Coalitions Network reviews the California Health Care Foundation's network of local opioid coalitions to determine what works best in stemming the opioid epidemic at the community level. Within just 18 months after launch, more than 90% of coalitions facilitated adoption of safer prescribing guidelines, more than 75% increased access to naloxone to reverse overdoses, and more than 50% expanded use of medication-assisted addiction treatment. Preliminary analyses also indicate that counties with coalitions decreased their opioid prescribing rates faster than other counties.

Explore the report to learn more about opioid safety coalitions and PHI's recommendations for the coalitions in California moving forward.

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

3:00 - 4:00pm: Public Engagement with Online, Social, and Mass Media: Implications for Public Health (2071)

Poster: Making the case for investing in community health: A media analysis of efforts to change the discourse around prevention and incarceration in Northern California

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


Researchers conducted a media analysis to explore how four northern California communities are shifting the public discourse in their regions to elevate the concerns of communities of color and make the case for investing in prevention, economic development, and equity. 

Monday, November 6, 2017

2:30 - 4:00pm: Cafeterias to Classrooms: Improving Nutrition in U.S. Schools (3375)

3:10pm Presentation: Pizza is a vegetable?: Findings and lessons learned from news coverage and legislative debates on school food nutrition guidelines in 11 states

Laura Nixon, MPH, Lillian Seklir, Lori Dorfman, DrPH - Berkeley Media Studies Group

Non-PHI Authors: Mark A. Gottlieb - Public Health Advocacy Institute; Lissy C. Friedman, JD - Northeastern University School of Law; Emily Nink - Public Health Advocacy Institute 


This project looked to describe how the school food debate is framed in news coverage - particularly around the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act (2010) - and identify steps advocates can take to improve news coverage of school nutrition guidelines. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

8:30 - 10:00am: Breastfeeding Rapid Fire Oral Session: Latest Topics in Breastfeeding Research (4014)

9:45am Presentation: Tweets, posts and health claims: A preliminary analysis of social media marketing of infant formula

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

As marketers are leveraging a sophisticated range of digital practices to target parents, we looked to discuss claims that infant formula marketers make in digital spaces and the implications that digital infant formula marketing have for breastfeeding adoption and duration. 

2:30 - 4:00pm: Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to Improve Community Health and Inform Community Health Policies (4303)

3:30pm Presentation: Measuring Health Disadvantage Using the Social Determinants of Health: Frames Matter

Neil Maizlish, PhD, MPH, Tracy Delaney, PhD, RD, Linda Rudolph, MD, MPH, Helen Dowling, MPH, Carla Blackmar, MCP - Public Health Alliance of Southern California

The Public Health Alliance of Southern California developed a metric - the Health Disadvantage Index - to rank California census tracts by cumulative health disadvantage based on social determinants of health. This is a place-based tool to guide priority setting.


California Health Disadvantage Index

To provide a census-tract level snapshot of the social determinants of health across California and a mechanism to inform the design of interventions in underserved communities, PHI’s Public Health Alliance of Southern California, in collaboration with health departments across the state, developed the

California Health Disadvantage Index.


The Index features a user-friendly interactive mapping tool with key factors to identify populations most vulnerable to poor health outcomes, along with measures to advance equity at a local level. The tool also ranks census tracts statewide, and is a useful tool in prioritizing areas with high levels of social disadvantage. By quickly flagging key metrics, the goal is to help communities and policy makers target limited resources and guide effective on-the-ground actions.

Explore the California Health Disadvantage Index for yourself.

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

4:30 - 5:30pm: HIV and STDs (2102)

Poster: YEH (Youth, Empowerment, Health): The more you know! A comprehensive education program to improve the sexual and reproductive health of commercially sexually exploited youth

Alison Chopel, MPH, DrPH - California Adolescent Health Collaborative

Non-PHI Authors: Stephannie Ratcliff, BA - UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program; Aisha Mays, MD - UC Berkeley School of Public Health


Learn about health implications and outcomes of youth involved in or at-risk-of commercial sexual exploitation (CSEC), the reproductive, sexual health, and relationship values they express, and how the implementation of a tailored CSEC sexual health education program increased their agency. 

Monday, November 6, 2017

12:30 - 1:30pm: Cancer Forum Poster Session 6: Advances and Innovations in Cancer Research and Care #1 (3206)

Poster: Parental loss in childhood and daughter’s breast cancer in the Child Health and Development Studies

Barbara Cohn, PhD, Piera Cirillo, MPH, Nickilou Y. Krigbaum, MPH - Child Health and Development Studies

In the Child Health and Development studies we found parental loss in childhood was a robust and significant risk factor for early and aggressive breast cancer after accounting for maternal history.

2:30 - 4:00pm: Positive Youth Development and Empowering/Training Youth to be Change Agents (3392)

3:15pm Presentation: Healthy Relationships and Economic Pathways: How a cross-regional partnership is increasing adolescent efficacy for long-term healthy relationships and economic sustainability in California's Central Valley

Alison Chopel, MPH, DrPH, Robert Lee, MAEd - California Adolescent Health Collaborative

Non-PHI Author: Katie Andrew, EdM - Children Now

The Healthy Relationships and Economic Pathways (H-REP) program brings together Central Valley and Bay Area organizations to equip youth with the relationship and digital literacy skills necessary to thrive in today’s workforce.

10:30am - 12:00pm: PHEHP Student Awards Oral Session (4155)

11:00am Presentation: Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth’s Perspectives on their Strengths and Health Needs: A Photovoice Project

Alison Chopel, MPH, DrPH - California Adolescent Health Collaborative

Non-PHI Authors: Stephannie Ratcliff, BA - UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program; Colette Auerswald, MD, MS, and Aisha Mays, MD - UC Berkeley School of Public Health

Learn about perspectives of youth who have been commercially sexually exploited (CSE), or are at risk for CSE, on their health, relationships, and communities, and understand how medical and community interventions can improve their sexual and reproductive health.

Learn more about the work of the California Adolescent Health Collaborative.


MPTs: All-In-One STI and Unintended Pregnancy Prevention Technologies

Women need different kinds of sexual and reproductive health prevention at different times in their lives. Some want to get pregnant but prevent STIs, while others hope to prevent pregnancy at the same time they avoid STIs and HIV.

Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (MPTs) are a new class of products that allow women to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, at the same time. Currently the condom is the only available MPT, but methods—many of which are female initiated—are in the product development pipeline.

Explore what innovative new technologies are available and in development by browsing the MPT product database compiled by the Initiative for MPTs, hosted by PHI's CAMI Health.

And to learn more about the urgent need to better address the range of women’s simultaneous sexual and reproductive health risks, listen to CAMI Health Director Bethany Young Holt's interview with Capital Public Radio.

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