The American Public Health Association’s annual meeting is happening now in Boston! Today we bring you a perspective from a current student who is attending, Meredith Curtis (you can read more about Meredith in our recent newsletter — she’s our featured student). Meredith writes:
The annual APHA meeting has just begun and already it has been an energizing and inspiring morning. Along with fellow Penn MPH students Beth Stelson and Ashley Kraybill, I started the morning by attending a town hall meeting about preventing gun violence in our communities which featured moving words from parents who had lost children to gun violence in Boston MA and Newton, CT. We also heard insightful policy analysis from the president of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. They reassured us that the tide is turning steadily towards supporting common sense public health approaches to gun safety including universal background checks but that we must continue to advocate for these measures. With the session over, we hustled over to the other end of the enormous convention center to listen to the opening and welcoming address by public health notables from the APHA. It is overwhelming to know that we are just 3 of the 14,000 attendees here in this room today — and that everyone shares concern for our nation’s health. More to come since the national anthem is starting now!
Kate Volpicelli, MPH’13, also presented her Capstone project yesterday at an APHA roundtable session, “Challenges and success stories in international health.” Kate’s project used Demographic and Health Survey data from Peru to analyze sociodemographic correlates of mothers’ care seeking and home treatment for child diarrheal illness. Kate facilitated a lively discussion with public health practitioners and researchers on several aspects of her study, including urban vs. rural differences in care seeking, demand-side interventions, and how mHealth might address this “last-mile” public health problem.
You can check out a growing photo album of Penn at APHA on our Flickr page.