IU researchers from schools of public health at Bloomington, IUPUI presenting at APHA meeting

  • Oct. 30, 2015


INDIANAPOLIS and BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University researchers, including faculty and graduate students in the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington and the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, will participate in the 143rd American Public Health Association annual meeting and exposition in Chicago.

Dozens of representatives from the schools will give presentations on their research covering topics such as prevention of childhood obesity through after-school programs, health disparities in transgender populations, college students and depression, community health planning, health equity, policy advocacy, nutrition, and social determinants of health. 

The conference takes place Oct. 31 to Nov. 4.

“This conference is the only annual meeting that encompasses all areas of public health, and there are over 12,000 people in attendance who come from all over the world,” said Catherine Sherwood-Laughlin, assistant chair of the Department of Applied Health and Science at the School of Public Health-Bloomington. “This is an opportunity to learn more about what our colleagues are doing in their own communities and to learn how we can learn from their experiences to improve the quality of life in our own backyards.”

The theme of this year’s meeting is “Health in All Policies.” The meeting includes 1,000 oral, roundtable and poster sessions.

“The environments in which people live, work, learn and play have a tremendous impact on their health,” according to the APHA website. “Responsibility for the social determinants of health falls to many nontraditional health partners, such as housing, transportation, education, air quality, parks, criminal justice, energy and employment agencies. Public health agencies and organizations will need to work with those who are best positioned to create policies (legal and regulatory) and practices that promote healthy communities and environments and secure the many co-benefits that can be attained through healthy public policy.”