Faculty, Alumni Attend APHA, ASPPH Meetings

NOVEMBER 6, 2013 - Faculty and alumni of the School of Nursing & Health Studies attended the annual meetings of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH).

“The [annual event] attracts more than 13,000 national and international physicians, administrators, nurses, educators, researchers, epidemiologists, and related health specialists,” APHA’s Web site says.  “APHA’s meeting program addresses current and emerging health science, policy, and practice issues in an effort to prevent disease and promote health.”

ASPPH represents accredited public health schools and programs.

APHA Participation Highlights

Jeanne Matthews, PhD, RN, chair of the Department of Nursing, moderated a panel discussion – “Public Health Nursing: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” – to mark the 90th anniversary of the Public Health Nursing Section.

Laura Anderko, PhD, RN, the Robert and Kathleen Scanlon Chair in Values Based Health Care, spoke on environmental public health health tracking and climate change.  Andrew Strunk (NHS’13), a health care management & policy alumnus, was among the authors of the presentation.  She also addressed environmental health nursing research.

Susan Coleman, MPH, RN, instructor of nursing, moderated the panel, “Teaching Cultural Competency in Nursing Education.”

Erin Maughan, PhD, MS, RN, APHN-BC, adjunct associate professor of nursing and director of research for the National Association of School Nurses, participated in sessions on public health and school nursing.

And while not in attendance, Jennifer Huang Bouey, PhD, MPH, associate professor of international health, co-authored a presentation about type 2 diabetes among Asian Americans with Georgetown doctoral candidate Chaoyi Zheng, MS, (G’12, G’16, G’17).

Alumni at APHA, ASPPH

In addition to faculty, recent NHS alumni showcased their work.

International health alumna Carolyn “Carrie” Fahey (NHS’12) was among participants in an APHA presentation that looked at the use of an online geospatial decision-support tool to improve community health.

Nursing alumnae A. Maile Mercer (NHS’13) and Bailey Bentz (NHS’13) were invited to present the scholarly project they had completed at Georgetown during the Undergraduate Education for Public Health Summit’s poster session, which took place in conjunction with the ASPPH annual meeting.

They addressed, “Culturally Competent Care: A Smartphone Application for Nurses in Washington, DC,” at the summit, which was co-sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Faculty Attendees at APHA

School faculty who did not formally present this year attended various invited and open APHA sessions.  Representatives included Rosemary Sokas, MD, MOH, chair of the Department of Human Science, Michael Stoto, PhD, professor of health systems administration, Judith Baigis, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor emerita of nursing, and Diane Downing, PhD, RN, adjunct associate professor of nursing.

To find out more information about the presentations, click here.