Last week, the American Public Health Association held its annual 2016 conference in Denver at the Colorado Convention Center, with a focus on “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Ensuring the Right to Health”. More than 12,000 public health practitioners, educators and students descended on the Mile High City from across the nation and globe, and more than 100 of the Colorado School of Public Health’s faculty, students and alumni showcased the school’s work at more than 120 presentations and research abstract exhibits over the course of the five-day conference.
Doctoral students of ColoradoSPH at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus were recognized by the APHA’s professional section for Injury Control and Emergency Health Services (ICEHS). Ms. Lauren Pierpoint, an epidemiology PhD student at ColoradoSPH, was awarded the APHA ICEHS Student Oral Presentation Award for her research and presentation on the epidemiology of injuries that resulted in athlete withdrawal from high school sports in those who were either cleared to play or were not medically disqualified to compete, while ColoradoSPH alum and current Epidemiology PhD student, Mr. Patrick Carry received the Honorable Mention Award for the 2016 Student Paper Competition. Carry was recognized for a paper based on his epidemiology MS thesis that focused on the performance of a wearable inertial measurement tool as an accurate system to assess postural stability. His research and findings could be applied to the independence and well-being of Parkinson’s patients and others who are at risk of falling and fall-related injuries — such as construction workers, athletes, or older adults and patients with head injuries.
Another PhD candidate in epidemiology at CU Anschutz, Ms. Danielle Ostendorf, also won an award from the APHA’s professional section for Physical Activity. Ms. Ostendorf was recognized for Outstanding Student Research in Physical Activity for her poster presentation of research related to people who lost weight and were able to keep it off. She and her colleagues used a device called ActivPAL to measure standing versus sitting, and found that weight loss maintainers spent far less time sitting and were more active overall.