If you haven’t found the time to make your way to a poster session, run, don’t walk (OK, walk, but quickly) to the back of the Public Health Expo and check out some of today’s most interesting research.
At the Monday afternoon session, topics ran the gamut from intimate partner violence to diabetes self-management to environmental health disparities to elder abuse. It’s fascinating to see snapshots of the studies that have been conducted across the United States as well as across the globe.
Looking at injury prevention through the eyes of teen parents, a study led by Paula Yuma in Austin, Texas, found that, surprisingly, most of the young mothers had a regular pediatrician and health coverage for their children, but they were also often getting erroneous safety messages from their own parents.
“We definitely need to expand our interventions and somehow interact with the teenagers’ parents,” said Yuma, a member of APHA’s Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section.
Maybe it has no place in a blog, but a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention poster highlighted the fact that 70 percent of U.S. adults do not regularly access the Internet. Yes, 70 percent. That means a lot of nifty new online outreach tools aren’t getting out there at all.
“From a public health and program planning perspective, do we need to start thinking about people who aren’t online? That’s the question,” said lead researcher James Weaver.
Poster presenter Kimberley Bullard interviewed women at an abortion clinic in New York and found “serious access barriers” still exist. Those can be money, laws limiting the time frame of abortions and lack of reproductive health education.
“A lot of women just didn’t know they were pregnant for a long time,” Bullard said.
The poster sessions run until 5:30 p.m. today, from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Above, APHA poster sessions and their presenters in the Public Health Expo. Photos by Michele Late and Donya Currie