COPH rocked APHA in Denver

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Go west.

And, that is just what a herd of Bulls from the USF College of Public Health did on Oct. 29-Nov. 2.

The APHA chalkboard in Denver (Photo courtesy of Melanie Marshall)

USF leaves its mark on the APHA chalkboard in Denver. (Photo courtesy of Melanie Marshall)

The caravan included students, alumni, faculty and staff. They convened in and around the Colorado Convention Center for the American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting and Expo in Denver.

The mission?

Recruit students to the college, share public health research and celebrate the college on Halloween!

Over the course of three days, hundreds of prospective students visited with COPH admissions staff and current students. They learned about the college’s newly accredited concentrations in genetic counseling, nutrition and more!

USF COPH at APHA in Denver

COPHers shared academic program information with prospective students, as well as insight on college and campus life. Some of the booth representatives included: (from left) Kamala Dontamsetti, admissions director, DeAnne Turner, doctoral student, Humberto Lopez Castillo, doctoral student, Kristen Slusser, USF Health pre-admissions recruiter, Vinita Sharma, doctoral student, and Miguel Reina Ortiz, assistant professor. (Photo courtesy of Humberto Lopez Castillo)

More than 40 COPH researchers presented at this year’s annual meeting. The strong showing was due in large part to the high number of accepted presentations from USF’s Florida Prevention Research Center (FPRC).

Led by Dr. Carol Bryant, the FPRC is one of 26 Prevention Research Centers established as part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s network of centers of excellence in public health research. In addition to ongoing research on its planning framework, Community-Based Prevention Marketing (CBPM), which blends aspects of social marketing and community engagement, the FPRC mentors graduate students in public health, anthropology and other disciplines committed to bringing about social change. FPRC had 10 presentations at the conference, presented predominately by student researchers. The presentations focused on CBPM for policy development and systems change frameworks, development of an asthma mobile app, and systematic literature reviews and mixed methods research on colorectal cancer.

Additionally, two FPRC graduate research assistants were selected to represent the USF College of Public Health at the 2016 Student Leadership Institute of the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). The Student Leadership Institute is a skill-building and networking opportunity for student leaders at ASPPH-member institutions. This year’s highly interactive and empowering session focused on inclusive leadership.

FPRC students and staff who presented at APHA include: (From left) Bria Thomas, Korede Adegoke, Aldenise Ewing, Coralia Vazquez-Otero, Laura Baum, and Tali Schneider. Not pictured are Bria Thomas and Belinda- Rose Young.

FPRC students and staff who presented at APHA include: (From left) Bria Thomas, Korede Adegoke, Aldenise Ewing, Coralia Vazquez-Otero, Laura Baum, and Tali Schneider. Not pictured are Bria Thomas and Belinda- Rose Young. (Photo by Natalie Preston)

An annual tradition, the college’s APHA reception drew alumni from the east and west coasts, online students and a few locals.

2016 APHA reception in Denver Latoya Hill and Lauren Vance

MPH alumna Latoya Hill traveled from Richmond, Va. and Lauren Hill flew in from Phoenix. (Photo by Natalie Preston)

It was Halloween night, but that didn’t stop more than 150 Bulls from venturing out to Rock Bottom Brewery in Downtown Denver.  This year’s venue included a microbrewery and pool tables. Both were a huge hit with attendees!

2016 APHA reception in Denver Tessa McKay and Sydney Agnew

These students attended APHA for the first time. Undergraduates Tessa McKay and online student Sydney Agnew vow to return again—next time to present! (Photo by Natalie Preston)

 

2016 APHA reception in Denver Jason Salemia and Jean Paul Tanner

COPH alumnus Dr. Jason Salemi and doctoral student Jean Paul Tanner dueled it out on the pool table. (Photo by Natalie Preston)

 

Superheroes Robin a.k.a Natalie Preston and Superman a.k.a. alumna Pete Stewart were on the scene. (Photo courtesy  of Pete Stewart)

Superheroes Robin a.k.a Natalie Preston and Superman a.k.a. alumnus Pete Stewart were on the scene. (Photo courtesy of Pete Stewart)

“The official party ended around 9 p.m.,” said Natalie Preston, COPH’s director of engagement and constituent relations. “However, the after party continued for several more hours!”

2016 APHA reception in Denver after party 2

The “after party.”  (Photo courtesy of Jason Salemi)

“It was the perfect setting, in a great city on a fabulous night,” Preston said.

Related media:
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Story by Korede Adegoke and Natalie D. Preston, USF College of Public Health

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