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Oregon State: Faculty and Students Present Research on Disparities and the Health of Diverse Populations at APHA

At this year’s APHA meeting, faculty and students of Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences presented research on a wide range of public health issues affecting diverse populations. Multiple presentations addressed food insecurity or food sources in low income, rural and/or Latino communities. Others examined perceptions and health consequences of body weight for cancer survivors and for adolescents in the United States and Kuwait.

Presentation topics also included health care expenditures and poverty in Bangladesh and private health insurance and unmet health care needs in South Korea. An analysis of Medicare Health Outcomes Survey data examined the prevalence and determinants of cardiovascular disease among Asian American and Pacific Islander Medicare Advantage beneficiaries. Understanding factors that impact health in rural Oregon was the focus of a presentation on medical mistrust among young adult Latinos and presentations on stigma experiences and the rural context of cancer survivorship. Tick-borne diseases, cooperative Extension’s responsiveness to aging challenges, and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) adoption among African American MSM were also among the diverse topics presented.

Gulaiim Almatkyzy was awarded a 2019 Public Health Education and Health Promotion (PHEHP) Student Award for her poster titled “Impact of body weight on adult Hispanic breast and colorectal cancer survivors’ health-related quality of life.” Gula is a third-year doctoral student in health promotion and health behavior at Oregon State.

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