Public Health represents St. Kate's at 2021 American Public Health Association Conference

St. Catherine University’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program was well-represented at the American Public Health Association (APHA) conference this year, which took place Oct. 23-27, 2021 in Denver, Colorado and virtually. Faculty participated in two oral panel discussions and three poster presentations. MPH graduate students and alumni were co-authors on many of the presentations.

Faculty members Liz Allen, PhD, MPH and Kari Hartwig, DrPh participated in a panel discussion on community-based primary healthcare. Allen presented "I have learned to stand up for myself and demand my rights: Community health volunteers are changing social norms," which also included student Maren Knep MPH’22. Hartwig presented "A community-academic partnership for program assessment of a pediatric post-surgical rehabilitation program: The case of the plaster house in Tanzania."

Allen also presented two posters. "Treating and preventing infectious diseases in low and middle-income countries: Does technology really work?" included MPH alumnae Katie Meinhover ’20 and Inga Mumukunde ’19 as co-authors. "To work in a field centered in he alth equity and social justice, public health curriculum reform is essential" included fellow MPH faculty Leso Munala, PhD, with substantial support from student Kieu My Phi MPH’21.

Munala presented a poster entitled "Parental influence in the involvement of their daughter’s age disparate transactional sex relationships in a rural sub-county in Kenya," co-authored by Hamdi Ali, MPH’19.