On Tuesday, Mr. Tony Mazzaschi, ASPPH senior director of policy and research, participated in Public Health Research @ Maryland day at the University of Maryland, College Park Campus. The event was co-sponsored by the University of Maryland School of Public Health and the epidemiology and public health department of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Other universities in the state also participated.
The introductory featured presentation was by Dr. Dean Schillinger, founding director of the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations. His presentation focused on the results of a youth-oriented health literacy campaign in the Bay area focused on diabetes prevention. That was followed by a presentation by Ms. Carolyn Miller of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on their “Culture of Health” Initiative.
Following a panel discussion on the Maryland Cancer Survivorship Cohort being organized by the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center, a large poster session was held featuring the work of students from universities in the state. The lunch period also featured numerous networking discussion tables on a range of topics.
The featured afternoon session focused on population health. Dr. David Mann discussed the implementation of Maryland’s Health Enterprise Zones. It currently focuses on five areas of the state and involves a broad range of projects attempting to improve health and reduce disparities. Dr. Walter Ettinger, senior VP and chief medical officer of the University of Maryland Medical System, made an impressive presentation on the System’s efforts at population health management. While focused entirely on their patient base, it is a holistic effort to improve outcomes and promote wellness. Dr. Joshua Scharfstein of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health concluded the session by putting population health and health care delivery improvement efforts in context as part of continuum of creating a culture of health.
The session ended with a panel of county health officers discussing local population health improvement efforts.