So, Gironda successfully sought a grant to assess dental students’ awareness of elder abuse and then educate them on the issue so they could recognize and report signs of abuse. More recently, she received federal funding to pilot a preventive intervention program for older adults and their caregivers.
“It’s not on people’s radar,” Gironda said. “There are so many different types of elder abuse. One that’s really emerging is financial abuse. There may also be emotional and physical abuse. It’s a complex issue.”
“In your society, it’s very, very hard,” he said. “We have few health care personnel who are in opposition [to the HPV vaccine]. Most are superb at vaccinating.”
Another first-timer is Harry Alleyn, an epidemiology student at Florida International University. Alleyn flagged several sessions in the APHA app that he’s interested in attending, such as those on infectious diseases, chronic diseases and disparities. He also plans to attend sessions on the Affordable Care Act to learn more about what it offers Americans.
Asif Patel of New York City is doing his part to improve global health by starting with the tiny village where he grew up, Mehra BK, India.
“I was educated there through the 10th grade, so I owe something to them,” Patel said. He has started a nutrition program for school clinics in his hometown and credits technology such as Skype with allowing him to stay updated on the program. “The world’s becoming a global village,” he said. “Technology has a very big role to play in public health, and it’s becoming easier now.”
Kate Jerman is attending the Annual Meeting “mostly” for her first time—she went to a few events in 2012 when the meeting was in her backyard in San Francisco. But this year, she’s all in. She’s fairly new in her position with the maternal and child health program at the University of California, Berkeley, so she is interested in meeting other MCH professionals.
She wants to find ways to recruit students to her program and educate the public better about MCH issues.
“For all the public health issues, part of our challenge is getting our message out and working with the public,” she said.
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(Photos by Melanie Padgett Powers)