Sunday, October 24 - Wednesday, October 27, 2021
9:00am - 5:00pm
Are you attending APHA 2021? We hope you'll join us for one of our virtual poster sessions! While the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association will take place in Denver, Colorado (and online) October 24the–27th, virtual poster sessions begin the week before the event. All times listed below are in Mountain Time.
Jessica McDuff, a project director in Altarum’s Center for Behavioral Health, will deliver three presentations:
People with intellectual disabilities (ID) often experience social isolation and have limited opportunities for community participation. These issues have been intensified by the ongoing pandemic. Special Olympics implements sports, fitness, and wellness programming for individuals with ID. Altarum was enlisted to conduct a multi-site evaluation of health and wellness interventions in six states. This presentation will address findings related to the socio-emotional wellness of participants during the pandemic and provide an analysis of program effects on socio-emotional wellness.
Primary care practitioners (PCPs) write almost half of opioid prescriptions, yet they are ill-equipped to identify patients at risk for adverse opioid events. This presentation will share results from an education and quality improvement program aimed at helping Michigan PCPs increase their screening of patients at risk for opioid misuse. Recommendations for future interventions and trainings, included medication-assisted treatment, will be discussed.
Physical and behavioral health (BH) providers nationwide struggle to navigate the laws that govern the exchange of Protected Health Information (PHI)—particularly when sharing BH information. In partnership with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Altarum worked to identify barriers to BH information sharing and created a PHI consent tool and trainings to help both payers and providers deliver quality health care by increasing the exchange of BH information. Lessons from the program will help others understand what tools they can use to address similar issues within their states.
During the week of the annual meeting, Sheryl Mathis, MSW, MPH, director of the Altarum’s Center for Women’s Health, will moderate a virtual session for the Women’s Caucus with co-host Stacey Plichta of CUNY School of Public Health.
This session covers the health concerns of women from adolescence to later ages. Panelists will discuss the reproductive health of teenagers in Kenya, gaps in care during the postpartum period, gastrointestinal symptoms across racial/ethnic groups in mid-life, and the findings of an analysis of breast cancer screening in older women.
You can also catch a short video that Altarum produced for an Office of Population Affairs project that will screen on-demand during the APHA Film Festival.
This is a public awareness and promotional video for the Link Study, an applied research study to improve the quality and coordination of substance use disorder (SUD) and family planning services. It includes women and men speaking candidly about their struggles with SUD and their need for family planning services, including contraception and testing for sexually transmitted infections. The video serves to educate the public, while also appealing to SUD and family planning providers who are interested in being part of the study's cross-training to improve screening, referrals, and community linkages for individuals with these needs.