2020 OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting

October 12 & 13, 2020
Attendance is virtual, no travel required

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Monday, October 12, 2020

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9:00 – 9:15             Welcome & Opening Remarks
Robb Hutson, MA
President, Oregon Public Health Association

9:15 – 10:15           Keynote Address: The future of public health: Tackling tough questions and messy stuff

Lisa M Carlson, MPH, MCHES
President, American Public Health Association (APHA)
Executive Administrator, Research Programs and Operations
Emory School of Medicine

Introduction: Robb Hutson
President, Rede Group
President, Oregon Public Health Association

10:15 – 10:30         BREAK

10:30 – 11:45         Concurrent Sessions #1

(A)   PANEL: Oregon Latinx Workers in the Era of COVID
Moderator/Discussant: David Hurtado
Authors: David Hurtado*, Eva Galvez*, Gladys Rivera*, Nargess Shadbeth*, Ken Rosenberg

(B)   PANEL: Firearm Injuries and Public Health in Oregon: Urban versus Rural Differences
Moderator/Discussant: Robina Ingram-Rich
Authors: Kathleen F. Carlson*, Tess A. Gilbert, Elizabeth R. Hooker, Sarah E. Shull, Susan DeFrancesco, Hanrui Huang*, Kamil Narayan*, and Holly Yoo*


Growing Healthy Together: Leveraging a parent mentor research model during the COVID-19 pandemic
Authors: Alex Foster, Kelsey Weinstein*, Thalia Padilla, Yanet Orozco Gomez, Diana Angeles-Ramos, Cynthia Martinez, Miren Diaz, and the Growing Healthy Together parent mentors

Impact of an Oregon health policy strengthening linkage to outpatient mental healthcare on emergency department length of stay among the pediatric population
Authors: Liliya Kraynov*, Amber Lin, Esther Choo

Cost-effectiveness analyses on various models of early childhood self-regulation interventions
Authors: Tao Li*, Megan M. McClelland, Shauna L. Tominey, Alexis Tracy


Examining anticipated health care stigma among adults with rare disease: The role of number of rare diseases and satisfaction and trust of physician as source of information
Authors: Chandra Char*, Veronica Irvin, Kathleen Bogart

Evaluation of Patient Initiated Antibiotic Seeking Habits for Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) as a Result of Symptom Recognition and Over the Counter (OTC) Product Use
Authors: Margaret A. Underwood*, Czarinna R. Posadas, Kendall J. Tucker, Caitlin M. McCracken, Michael J. Ray, Jessina C. McGregor

Health Care Utilization among Transgender Adults Living with Disabilities
Authors: Abby Mulcahy*, Marie Harvey, Darcy McMaughan, Laurel Kincl, Janet Lee


Defining Stress among Oregon Corrections Professionals
Authors: Jessica Ballin*, Kerry Kuehl, Diane Elliot, Meike Niederhausen, Wendy McGinnis, Carol DeFrancesco

Effective Suicide Prevention Policies
Authors: Joanne Skirving, Penny Okamoto*

Reframing for Resilience: The Differential Impact of Flourishing on College Student Mental Health\
Authors: Christina Cendejas*, Yahaira Garcia*, Lindsey Romero, Samantha Martínez, Maureen Fleming


Once we met you where you live, and now we cannot: successes and challenges in transitioning to tele-health for high-risk care coordination
Authors: Kristen Beiers-Jones*, Beth Doyle*, Tina Talamantes*

Public Health Modernization and COVID-19: Protecting Vulnerable Populations
Authors: Muriel DeLaVergne-Brown*, Heather Kaisner

Pandemic Partnerships: How Multiple Organizations Joined with 211info to Support the Community
Authors: Cara Kangas*, Michael Pope, Kristen Lacijan-Drew

11:45 – 12:00         BREAK

12:00 – 1:15           Plenary Panel – State & local response to COVID-19

Moderator: Mimi McDonell, Health Officer, North Central Public Health District


  • Patrick Allen, Director, Oregon Health Authority
  • Tricia Mortell, Washington County Public Health Director
  • Katrina Rothenberger, Marion County Public Health Director
  • Michael McNickle, Clatsop County Public Health Director
  • Sarah Poe, Malheur County Public Health Director

1:15 – 1:30             BREAK

1:30 – 2:30             Keynote Address: Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic
Bruce Goldberg, MD
Professor, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health

Introduction: Robb Hutson
President, Rede Group
President, Oregon Public Health Association

2:30 – 2:45             BREAK

2:45 – 4:00             Concurrent Sessions #2

(A)   PANEL: COVID-19 communication barriers: Implications for all public health and healthcare professionals for communication with the d/Deaf and hard of hearing communities, and the general population
Moderator/Discussant: Jessica Coughlin
Authors: Joanna Wilson*, Chandra Char*, Jana Peterson-Besse*

(B)   PANEL: Universal Healthcare—Implications for Health Impacts on Select Populations
Moderator/Discussant: Bruce Goldberg
Authors: Tom Sincic, Dan Shea*, Kevin Fitts*, Ruth Jensen (Tlingit)*


Improving Educational Equity for Oregon's Latino Youth: Perspectives from Parents' Engagement in the OSU Juntos Program
Authors: Amy Young*, Andrea Flores*, Yuridia Reyes, Guadalupe Díaz, Daniel F. López-Cevallos

The Lived Experience of Adolescents Who Support Friends With Mental Health Needs
Authors: Ashley Roach*

Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on youth with complex needs and their families in Oregon
Authors: Jennifer Schwartz*, Selby Stebbins*, Madelyn Baker


Investigating the association between fine particulate (PM 2.5) from 2017 wildfires in Oregon and rates of hospital admissions for cardiovascular, respiratory and cerebrovascular outcomes
Authors: Eleni Mora*, Makenzy Jacobson, Mary Dinsdale, Carol Trenga*

COVID's impact on non-COVID patients: Heart attacks & mental health at Samaritan Health Services
Authors: Paulina Kaiser*, Olivia Pipitone

HIV and Hepatitis C Diagnoses Among Injection Drug Use Related Hospitalizations in Oregon, 2008-2018
Authors: Jeff D Capizzi*, Jude Leahy, Denise Skrypkar, Lea Bush, Timothy William Menza


Space Force, a Ballistic Missile Defense Nightmare
Authors: Robert Goldman*, Bill Yang

Comparing rates of gun violence and firearm sales in Oregon during the Covid-19 pandemic and economic downturn with the immediately preceding calendar years (2017, 2018 and 2019)
Authors: Penny Okamoto*, Joanne Skirving

Retinal Injury from Hand-Held Laser Exposure: A Public Health Risk
Authors: Kavita V. Bhavsar*, Zachary Michel, Miles Greenwald,  Emmett T. Cunningham, K. Bailey Freund


Washington County's Equity based COVID 19 Response
Authors: Phyusin Myint*, Genevieve Ellis*

COVID-19 Response for Vulnerable Populations: Actionable Insights from Public Datasets
Authors: Ardis Cochrane*

Navigating the Complexities of a Global Pandemic: Micronesian Islander Parent Leaders' Experience in Supporting Their Families and Community in Times of Crisis
Authors: Jacqueline Leung*, Connie Kim Yen Nguyen-Truong, Kapiolani Micky

4:00 – 4:15             BREAK

4:15 – 5:45             OPHA Poster Session                               

Poster presentations are listed at the end of the program

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

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8:30 – 8:45             Welcome & Introductory Comments
Danielle Droppers, MSW
President-Elect, Oregon Public Health Association

8:45 – 9:00             Brief reports from OPHA Sections

9:00 – 10:00           Keynote Address:  A trauma informed response to climate change impacts: Building resilient, trauma informed communities to address the negative impacts of climate changes

Mandy Davis, LCSW, PhD.                                                                     
Associate Professor of Practice
Director, Trauma Informed Oregon
Portland State University, School of Social Work

Introduction: Emily York, MPH
Oregon Climate and Health Program Lead
Healthy Environments Section Chair, Oregon Public Health Association

10:00  – 10:15         BREAK

10:15 – 11:30         Concurrent Sessions #3

(A)   PANEL: Oregon EMS & Trauma data for public health practice, surveillance and research
Moderator/Discussant: Peter Geissert
Authors: Peter Geissert*, Kathleen Carlson*, Josh Roll*, Sara Hallvik*

(B)   PANEL: Structural racism, obesity, and resilience: a conversation about the impact of racism on obesity
Moderator/Discussant: Luci Longoria
Authors: Elizabeth Barth, Kerri Lopez*, Luci Longoria, Charlene McGee*, Clarice Amorim Freitas*, Conor Foley Lillie Manvel


Adapting a youth sexual health education pilot project for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities during a global pandemic
Authors: Lindsay Weaver*, Lindsay Sauvé*

Mental Health Provider Perspectives on Integrating Reproductive and Acute Mental Healthcare: A Pilot Study
Authors: Megan Cahn, Abby Mulcahy*, Kelly Gonzales


Advantages, Limitations, and Key Themes for Integrating Community Health Workers in a Large Healthcare Delivery System for Diabetes Management Among Vulnerable Populations - Qualitative Findings
Authors: Dea Papajorgji-Taylor*, Jennifer L. Schneider, Stephanie L. Fitzpatrick

Students' Perception of Clinical Judgment in Simulation: Comparing In-Person Versus Online Debrief
Authors: Kaleigh Barnett*, Michelle Collazo, Narcy Foraker*, Stephanie Meyer

Enhancing immunization expertise and building clinical skills for health professionals
Authors: Jessica Daniels*, Bryan Goodin


Understanding the complexity of allyship in Latinx communities to reduce intersectional social isolation in the Engaging the Next Latinx Allies for Change and Equity (ENLACE) Project
Authors: Nancy Vargas*, Ivan Estrada, Cynthia De La Torre, Gisselle Ortíz-Olivo, Ruby Cisneros May, Olivia Guillen, Mario Magana-Alvarez, Nili Yosha, Jonathan Garcia*

Understanding the use of Public Healthcare Programs and Impact of the 'public charge' in Oregon Latino/as
Authors: Edlyn Lopez*, Yareli Cornejo-Torres, Blair G. Darney

Improving Participation in Health Research Among Mexican and Mexican-American Women
Authors: Yareli Cornejo Torres. BS*, Edlyn Lopez, Katherin Gomez Arboledam Emily Boniface, MPH, and Blair Darney, PhD, MPH


Social Distancing, Loneliness, and Health Outcomes among Older Oregonians during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Authors: Carolyn Aldwin*, Soyoung Choun, Dylan Lee, Maria Kurth, Heidi Igarashi

The Coast to Forest (C2F) Project: Promoting Mental Health in Rural Oregon Communities During Covid-19
Authors: Marion Ceraso, Cynthia Edison, Tao Li, Dusti Linnell*, Robin Maille*, Allison Myers, Sandi Phibbs, Kasey Purcell, Madeleine Seifert     

The Convergence of Video Gaming & Gambling: COVID's Acceleration of Public Health Needs
Authors: Julie Hynes

11:30  – 11:45         BREAK

11:45 – 12:45         OPHA Awards, Annual Membership & Business Meeting      

12:45 – 2:00           Panel Discussion – Experiences of underserved populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19 in Oregon 
Moderator: Daniel López-Cevallos, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies, Oregon State University


  • Celeste Davis, Director of Environmental Public Health, Northwest Tribal Epidemiology Center
  • Deborah Riddick, Director of Public Policy and Government Relations, Oregon Nurses Association
  • Olivia Quiroz, Executive Director, Oregon Latino Health Coalition
  • LeAnn Ivers, Disability Emergency Management Council (DEMAC) of Oregon

2:00 – 2:15             BREAK

2:15 – 3:15             Keynote Address: Health Inequities: at the Intersection of Racism and COVID-19
Leann Johnson
Director, Office of Equity and Inclusion
Oregon Health Authority

Introduction: Danielle Droppers, MSW
President-Elect, Oregon Public Health Association

3:15 – 3:30             BREAK

3:30 – 4:45             Concurrent Sessions #4

(A)   PANEL: Justice-Centered Community Design to Reduce Police Violence in Black Communities
Moderator/Discussant: Caryn Wheeler
Authors: Caryn Wheeler, Erious Johnson*, Evan Manvel*, Liza Lutzker*, Lillie Manvel

(B)   PANEL: Pathways to Work: How a mass-media communication campaign can elevate meaningful employment opportunities for people with disabilities
Moderator/Discussant: West Livaudais
Authors: Joe Basey*, Megan Gerdes*, Erin J. Taylor*, West Livaudais, Coates Kokes


Epidemiology of Bone Cancer in the United States: An Updated Analysis Of The Surveillance Epidemiology And End Results Program (SEER)
Authors: Chisom Asuzu*, Ewaenosa Ukponmwan*, Iziegbe Fenemigho, Iboro Udoete, Samuel Babatunde, Elizabeth Nnakwue

The effect of Affordable Care Act on cervical cancer screening among rural women
Authors: Satyasandipani Pradhan*, S. Marie Harvey, and Jangho Yoon

WE CAN: Wellness Education for Cancer Nutrition
Authors: Stephanie Polizzi*


Medicare For All - An Update
Authors: Antonio Germann*, Samuel Metz, Ken Rosenberg

The Time is Now: Why Elected Officials Need to Hear from Public Health Experts Now More Than Ever
Authors: Jessica Nischik-Long*, Sierra Prior, Morgan Cowling*

The cost-effectiveness analysis of private and public health insurance
Authors: Seungbeen Ghim*, Tao Li, Jangho Yoon


Oregon State University Extension Service Responding to Community Needs during COVID-19
Authors: Roberta Riportella, Lynette Black, Ashley Brown, Susan Coleman, Andrea Flores, Glenda Hyde, Lauren Kraemer*, Nicole Sanchez, Leah Sundquist, Ashley Thompson

Addressing Health Disparities in Rural Communities: SHARE-NW Dashboard
Authors: Betty Bekemeier, Uba Backonja, Anne Turner, Barbara Baquero, Greg Whitman*, Melinda Schultz*         

COVID-19 Behavior Changes and Recommendations for COVID-19 Messaging among People Who Use Drugs in Rural Oregon
Authors: Jesse Guyer*, Justine Pope*, Gillian Leichtling, Judith Leahy, P. Todd Korthuis


Local modeling of COVID-19 spread and its applications
Authors: Peter Banwarth*

Considering the challenges of working with subcounty level data using Covid-19 as a case study
Authors: Mary Dinsdale*, Eleni Mora*, Carol Trenga

Effective Community Engagement and Participatory Research Methods During Covid-19
Authors: Diane Reid*, Callie Lambarth*

----Conference Conclusion----


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Assessing the Community Health Worker (CHW) workforce for professional development opportunities in rural Oregon
Authors: Oralia Mendez*, Vaishali Patil, Allison E Myers

Characteristics, experiences, and outcomes of confirmed positive COVID-19 patients served by Samaritan Health Services
Authors: Olivia Pipitone*, Paulina Kaiser

Characterization of Patients Prescribed Intravenous Antibiotics on Discharge to Skilled Nursing Facilities
Authors: Hailey N. Colangeli*, Brie N. Noble, Christopher J. Crnich, David T. Bearden, Jon P. Furuno

Collaborative adaptions made to the to the Engaging the Next Latinx Allies for Change and Equity (ENLACE) project as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
Authors: Nancy Vargas*, Roberto Orellana, Ivan Estrada, Cynthia De La Torre, Gisselle Ortíz-Olivo, Ruby Cisneros May, Olivia Guillen, Mario Magana-Alvarez, MA, M. Margaret Dolcini, Joseph Catania, Jonathan Garcia*

Colorectal Cancer Screening and Sociodemographic Disparities Among Latino Subgroups in Marion County, Florida
Authors: Kaeli Flannery*, Laura J. Ramirez Diaz*, Robin Lewy

Culinary Health Education & Fitness (C.H.E.F.) Program
Authors: Krystal Boyechko*

Educating Teens on Organ Donation: Attitudes and Knowledge Amongst Oregon High School Students
Authors: Nisha Sridhar*

Extension Support of a School-Based Physical Activity Program in Elementary School Settings
Authors: Thomas Packebush*, Kathy Gunter*

Fecal Contamination in Corvallis and Albany Waterways
Authors: Pemika Kruearat*, Sarah Rothenberg

Financing Regional System of Care Groups in Oregon
Authors: Selby Stebbins*, Jennifer Schwartz

Hawaii Keiki School-Based Health Program: Development and Implementation of a Telephone Triage and Telehealth during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Authors: Deborah Mattheus*, Margo Lalich*, Cortney Crocker*

Using Symbols to Improve Health Education
Authors: Shara Anslow*

Healthier Together Oregon: A tool for COVID recovery
Authors: Christy Hudson*

How Community Voice Builds a Better Response to a Crisis
Authors: Nancy Knopf, Heather Oberst*

Impact of ‘Protection Of Women Against Domestic Violence Act’, 2006, on Domestic Violence and Help-seeking In India
Authors: Vaishali Patil*

Integrating Pharmacy Services Into a Student-Run Clinic: Challenges and Future Strategies
Authors: Lisa Mah-Park*, Clarissa Munoz*, Dana Button*

Nuclear weapons, a threat to Public Health as severe as Covid19
Authors: John A Pearson*

Outdoor Connection: Expanding Access to the Oregon Outdoors for People with Disabilities
Authors: Anika Morkowski*

Systemic Barriers to Dispensing Naloxone in Community Pharmacies Across Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Oregon, and Washington
Authors: Mary Gray, PhD1 – Carissa Bishop, MPH*– Adriane Irwin, PharmD, MS– Jesse Boggis, MPH3 – Daniel Hartung, PharmD, MPH2 – Gillian Leichtling, BA1 – Traci C. Green, PhD, MSc3

1Comagine Health 2Oregon State University College of Pharmacy 3Brandeis University

Pivoting to respond to COVID-19: Challenges and Successes of Several Public Health Initiatives Led by a Student-Run Clinic
Authors: Dana Button*, Bin Chen*, Huong Nguyen, Lisa Mah-Park, Alyssa Hjelvik, Rachel Lockard

Presence of Heavy Metals in School Garden Soils
Authors: Taylor Munro*, Kimber Howard*, Sarah Rothenberg, OSU Exposure Science class students from 2018-2020

Program Evaluation of the System of Care Governance Structure of Linn, Benton and Lincoln Counties along five factors
Authors: Jennifer Schwartz, Ashley Vaughn*, Lyrica Stelle, Madelyn Baker, Taylor Fleming

Psychosocial Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Middle-Aged and Older Adults in Oregon
Authors: Hooker, K.*, Turner, S.G.*, Jarrott, S., Geldhof, J.

Rapid Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Rural Oregon: Supporting Communities at Increased Risk
Authors: Keshia D Bigler*, Emileigh Canales, Melissa Brewster

Resilience and Sources of Resilience for Nursing Students
Authors: Natalie MacMillan*, Kate Linehan, Kala Mayer*

Resources for COVID-19 Research
Authors: Emily Hamstra*

Sexuality Education During a Pandemic
Authors: Sasha Grenier*, Angie Foster-Lawson*

Smokefree Oregon: From information to movement building
Authors: Olivia Stone*, Jennifer Messenger

Students for Public Health Policy and Systems Change
Authors: Katie Plumb*, Heather Stuart*, Olivia Cooper*, Deicy Sanchez*, Nadia LeMay*, Stevie Dyal*, Kindal Horton*

The Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Physical Activity and Mental Well-Being in College Students
Authors: Andrew Lafrenz*

The Evolving Role of Charity Clinics Amid COVID-19: Integrating Public Health, Primary Care, and Interprofessional Student Collaboration to Safely Care for the Underserved Population
Authors: Terri Pham*, Elizabeth Mann*, Sydney Wardan, Jasmin Ortiz, Jacob Swenson, Justin Donat, Jessica Hodgen, Anna Tang, Miao Zhao

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on public health student internship experiences at Oregon State University during Spring and Summer 2020
Authors: Karen Elliott*, Briana Rockler*

Trauma and Sources of Trauma for Nursing Students
Authors: Kate Linehan*, Natalie MacMillan, Kala Mayer*

Wellness to Smiles
Authors: Molly Johnson*, Sharity Ludwig*

Campus-Community Partnership to Prevent COVID-19: Western Oregon University + Polk County COVID-19 Project
Authors: Maddie Dirren, BS*, Jenny Leon-Perez, BS*, Megan Patton-Lopez, PhD, RDN, Emily Vala-Haynes, PhD, MPH, Kristty Polanco, MPH, Jacqui Umstead, RN, BSN

Who is getting trained as a Community Health Worker in Oregon? Understanding the first-four-years of a blended (online + in-person + live virtual) entry-level program
Authors: Vaishali Patil*, Oralia Mendez, Allison E Myers

Workforce Development for Homecare Workers and Personal Support Workers: A Government / Academic Partnership
Authors: Roberta Lilly*, Ann Custer*