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Oregon State: From Rural Oregon to Kuwait, Faculty and Students Are Examining Disparities and the Health of Diverse Populations

At this year’s American Public Health Association (APHA) meeting, faculty and students of the Oregon State University College of Public Health and Human Sciences presented research on a wide range of public health issues affecting diverse populations. For example, multiple presentations addressed food insecurity or food sources in low income, rural, and/or Latinx communities. Others examined perceptions and health consequences of body weight for cancer survivors and for adolescents in the U.S. and Kuwait. Presentation topics also included healthcare expenditures and poverty in Bangladesh and private health insurance and unmet health care need 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 men who have sex with men (MSM) were also among the diverse topics covered.

Ms. 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.” Ms. Almatkyzy is a third-year doctoral student in health promotion and health behavior at Oregon State.

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