Boise State University was well represented at the 2016 American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Ensuring the Right to Health” on Oct. 29 – Nov. 2 in Denver, Colorado. The theme for the 2016 conference complemented research and programs underway at Boise State University and in the community.
Over 12,500 public health practitioners, researchers, leaders, students and advocates participated in the meeting.
Peer reviewed podium presentations by individuals from Boise State included:
- “Cost of Behavioral Crises Related to Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias on First Responder Systems: An Exploratory Study” by Trina Stolp, student, and Sarah Toevs, director for the Center for the Study of Aging;
- “Evaluation of Physical, Social and Emotional Outcomes of Idaho’s Fit and Fall Proof Program on Older Adults” by Michelle Arnett, graduate research assistant for the Center for the Study of Aging, Elizabeth Hannah, associate professor for the School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Community and Environmental Health, and Toevs;
- “Age-friendly Community Assessment: Integration of World Health Organization and GIS Methods” by Tami Cirerol and Stephanie Leonard, graduate research assistants for the Center for the Study of Aging, and Toevs;
- “Healthy Habits, Healthy U: A School Based Cancer Education Program” by Alicia Anderson, student, Caile Spear, professor for the School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Community and Environmental Health, and Mary Pritchard, professor for the Department of Psychological Science;
- “Impact of CHW Certification on Team Climate in Texas – Grandfathering versus State Certified Training” by Mark Siemon, former assistant professor for the School of Nursing, and Brenna Kreglo, student;
- “Evaluation of Public Health Competencies in Undergraduate Nursing Education” by Siemon.
In addition, the following peer-reviewed poster presentations were made by Boise State faculty and graduates:
- “Meeting the Workforce Development Needs of Public Health Agencies Through an Online Workforce Development Hub” by Janice Lung, alumni, and Anderson;
- “Vaccine Administration and Storage Challenges for Healthcare Personnel” by Pamela Strohfus associate professor for the School of Nursing and coordinator of the DNP program.
Funding for travel was supported by community partners and the College of Health Sciences.