College of Health shines at 2023 OPHA Conference

Austin Hall and LINC in the fall fog. Photo by Maia Farris Tkachuk.

College of Health shines at 2023 OPHA Conference

More than 500 public health professionals and students attended the two-day Annual OPHA Conference and Meeting in October, the premier event for Oregon’s public health professionals. The conference offered the latest in public health research and trends, focused learning sessions, thought-provoking speakers and networking opportunities.


Faculty, students and staff in the College of Health all were involved in the conference, and several faculty and graduate students gave presentations about their research. In addition to giving oral presentations, students also made poster presentations. 

Four graduate students received the Outstanding Student Poster Award and a one-year OPHA membership: Ivan Estrada, Courtney Jost, Mikala Kowal and Divya Reddy for their poster titled: Toward a New Paradigm in Global Health Research: Sustainable Community and Empowerment (SCOPE).

The college also hosted a social event that brought together 61 attendees and provided a platform for networking, fostering meaningful connections among the diverse group of participants.

Presentations by faculty

Transforming Academia for Equity (TAE) initiative
Authors: Katherine MacTavish,* Jonathan Garcia, Cynthia Mojica, David Rothwell, Stephanie Grutzmacher, Marie Harvey, Ashley Vaughn, Erika Carillo,  Allison Myers, Ricardo Contreras, Jey Blodgett, Frida Endinjok, Cesar Arredondo Abreu, Esmeralda Julyan

Getting the Gorge Smoke Ready: Improving Community Readiness and Response for Smoke Events in the Columbia River Gorge
Authors: Lauren Kraemer,* Livi Plihal, Claire Rawson, Paul Lindberg

A Call to Action: Intersectional LGBTQ+ Inclusion in a Public Health Context
Authors: Jey Blodgett,* Shauna Tominey

Developing a Tailored Colorectal Cancer Screening Communication for Latino Adults in Linn/Benton County         
Authors: Kari-Lyn Sakuma,* Cynthia Mojica,* Lizdaly Cancel,* Christine Mosbaugh,* Gisselle Ortiz-Olivo

Linn-Benton 2022-23 Latino Family Food Security Needs Assessment          
Authors: Tina Dodge,* Megan Patton-Lopez, Gabriela Esquivel

An Examination of COVID Vaccination Acceptance and Resistance in Oregon's Latinx Communities Three Years into the Pandemic  
Authors: Roberta Riportella,* Marc Braverman, Mario Magaña, Amy Young, Tina Dodge

Youth Mental Health in Oregon During the First School Year of the COVID-19 Pandemic      
Authors: Linda Fenske,* Shauna Tominey

Presentation by students

Relationships Between Athletic Training Skillset and National Emergency Department Utilization
Authors: Collin Peterson*

A Systematic Review of Access to Safe Abortion from the Perspectives of Health Providers in Ghana
Authors: Maxwell Tii Kumbeni,* Paschal Awingura Apanga, S. Marie Harvey

Effect of Medicaid Expansion on Health Service Utilization During the Postpartum Period Among Low-Income Women in Oregon
Authors: Satyasandipani Pradhan,* S. Marie Harvey, Linh Bui, Jangho Yoon

COVID-19 Crisis Impact on School-Based Dental Sealant Programs in Oregon: De-implementation, Re-Implementation, and Adaptations
Authors: Eiman AlEissa,* Joseph A. Catania, Peggy Dolcini, Jonathan Garcia, Bruce Austin

Different Forms of Cannabis Use as Risk Factors for Driving Under the Influence of Cannabis in Oregon  
Authors: Cesar Arredondo Abreu,* Kari-Lyn Sakuma