Mr. Andrew Conway, a third-year family science doctoral student at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, was selected to present his research at the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health poster session at this year’s American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting in Philadelphia. Family science assistant professor Dr. Amy Lewin co-authored the study and serves as Mr. Conway’s advisor.
Mr. Conway’s research, “Unexplored Adverse Childhood Experiences of Latinx Immigrant Youth,” fills a knowledge gap about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and their relationship to health outcomes in the Latinx immigrant population. His research aims to expand ACEs to include measures of adversity that are informed by social context in Latinx immigrant youth.
To understand the prevalence of traditional ACEs and identify previously unexplored Latinx immigrant-specific ACEs, Conway and Dr. Lewin surveyed Latinx immigrant youth receiving services from Identity — a local nonprofit organization that provides wellness programs for Latino youths and their families. They identified several Latinx immigrant youth-specific ACEs including measures that explore their documentation history, reasons for leaving their home countries, levels of exposure to gang or state-sanctioned violence and their experiences on their journeys to the US.
Mr. Conway says presenting at APHA is especially valuable as a family science public health researcher. “Presenting at APHA is a really great opportunity to showcase some of the ideas that we’ve been working on in family science and to highlight what family science as a discipline brings to public health,” said Conway. “Especially since family science is not a traditional part of public health.”Friday Letter Submission, Publish on June 14