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B-CU Student Researchers Present During the 2016 American Public Health Association Conference


Petrock College of Health Science Students Make Impactful Presentations During APHA Conference

Several students and faculty from the Joe and Barbara Petrock College of Health Sciences were among over 12,000 attendees this past week at the 2016 American Public Health Association (APHA) Conference in Denver, CO. Both undergraduate and graduate students presented during the conference, counting 2016 to be the third consecutive year that students and/or faculty presented during the conference. “This is an excellent opportunity to showcase the research efforts at Bethune-Cookman University and doing so will help us to achieve the vision of being a "small research university that happens to be an HBCU," said Dr. Adrienne Cooper, Associate Provost.

Students and faculty were selected in three different formats: poster, oral, and roundtable presentation. “Our students had the opportunity to meet public health legends and pioneers such as Dr. David Satcher (16th Surgeon General and first African-American), Dr. Camara Jones, Immediate Past President of APHA, and Dr. Apryl Brown, President of the APHA Black Caucus of Health Workers,” said Dr. Wathington, Executive Dean and Professor of the Petrock College of Health Sciences.

B-CU student, Torre Anderson, a DAPPA Junior Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Assistant and undergraduate biology major, presented at the APHA conference. Anderson gave an oral presentation that was co-authored by Erica Anderson, DAPPA Research Coordinator, and graduate student in Psychology.  Anderson presented among senior level scholars focusing on the Understanding of Complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAM) and conventional medicine as combination therapy for treatment of knee osteoarthritis pain among adults: A focus group and a systematic literature review synergy,” where he received tremendous applause and outstanding comments from conference attendees. “I cannot express how outstanding Torre' performed,” Dr. Rahim-Williams said. “You would have thought he was a well-seasoned, junior researcher, instead of this being his first presentation at an international scientific conference.” CURE Program Coordinator, Ram Nayar said, “B-CU is proud of having students like Torre’ and in fact, he should be a peer mentor for those coming behind him.”

In addition to stellar student presenters, the Master’s of Public Health program in Health Equity was invited to become a member of the Consortium of African-American Public Health Programs in 2015 and this was the second year at the conference with recruitment tools and an exhibitor booth. B-CU faculty and staff are extremely proud of the accomplishments of students like Torre and all of the students that presented during the conference.

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