Over 500 attendees converged on the Adele H. Stamp Student Union on April 3, 2018 for the sixth annual Public Health Research @ Maryland, hosted by the UMD School of Public Health and our University of Maryland Baltimore partners. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation CEO and President Richard Besser addressed a crowd that required a simulcast to an overflow room. His talk, titled “Changing How America Thinks About Health,” touched on many issues of health equity and economics that drive our nation’s health, well beyond access to health care providers and medical facilities. Four panel discussions—two concurrent sessions in the morning and two in the afternoon—inspired robust discussions about technology and healthy behaviors; health literacy as a public trust-building tool; the opioid epidemic; and the question of “Do data matter?” in which audience members responded to panelist questions using a mobile app.
On April 6, 2017, the School of Public Health hosted around 400 attendees at the fifth annual Public Health Research @ Maryland day. Posters were submitted by more than 100 researchers on the theme of Action for Health Equity from many campuses around theregion and across the country, together with research partners from federal, state and local organizations and private and NGO research groups. A few of the many participating universities and institutions include George Washington, Georgetown, Pittsburgh, University of Texas, UCLA, and the University of British Columbia, along with The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Truth Initiative, Eco-Healthy Child Care®, and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral level presenters received awards.
The 2016 Public Health Research@Maryland, with the theme From Community Engagement to Population Health, hosted more than 450 people.The goal was to showcase research collaborations supported by SPH and other public health institutions. Many of the featured panelists and speakers discussed the role of community-based health in public health campaigns. Dr. Dean Schillinger, professor in the UCSF School of Medicine and international, was one of the keynote speakers. He gave a presentation about a youth-led health literacy campaign to raise awareness about pre-diabetes in children of color. This campaign featured poetry and music from young activists from different communities.
On April 9, 2015, more than 550 attendees participated in the third annual Public Health Research@ Maryland day, held at the Stamp Student Union. The year’s theme, The Changing Climate and Health, which focused on how climate change and health care reform are changing population health, brought together leading researchers from the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore campuses, along with experts from county, state and federal health agencies, private research and consulting organizations, non-profit organizations and corporate entities. Distinguished University of Maryland Professor Dr. Rita Colwell presented the morning PHR@ MD keynote, which detailed her research linking cholera outbreaks to weather patterns. American Public Health Association Executive Director Georges C. Benjamin at Public Health gave the afternoon keynote and detailed ways that public health can address health disparities and the many social determinants of health to achieve the status of the “healthiest nation in a generation.”
The second annual Public Research @Maryland Day was held on Tuesday April 8, 2014. With a focus on “Leadership for 21st Century Public Health,” the event recognized contemporary leaders in public health working on issues such as obesity prevention, heath care access, behavioral health, infectious disease and cancer prevention. We also celebrated the 50 years of progress made since the first Surgeon General's report on Smoking and Health in 1964 in reducing diseases and deaths due to tobacco product use. The event benefited from co-sponsorship by the Public Health Service Commissioned Officers Foundation for the Advancement of Public Health.
On April 4, 2013, the University of Maryland School of Public Health in College Park, in collaboration with the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, launched the first annual Public Health Research@Maryland day. The event was part of the “MPowering the State” initiative, a partnership between the University of Maryland, Baltimore and College Park campuses designed to maximize strengths and resources through linking programs and forming collaborations. Over 400 participants attended. Renowned epidemiologist Dr. D.A. Henderson, who led the global effort to eradicate smallpox, gave the keynote: Smallpox: the Death of a Disease.
Public Health Research@Maryland day is co-sponsored by the University of Maryland School of Public Health (in College Park) and by the University of Maryland School of Medicine's Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (in Baltimore), with support from MPowering the State, and the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Officers Foundation for the Advancement of Public Health.