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Public Health Poster Forum Focuses on Building Resilience

The annual event features Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health student research on sustainable health programs and public health workforce resilience.

Public Health Poster Forum Focuses on Building Resilience

What: Public Health Poster Forum: Building Resilience
When: Friday, April 1, 1-5 p.m.
Where: College of Nursing, 1305 N. Martin Ave., Room 117, Tucson, and online

Reporters and editors: Two graduate students are available for interviews. Cody Welty can discuss his research project, “Vaping and Sleep as Predictors of Adolescent Suicide,” and Isabel Fangman, keynote speaker coordinator for the event, can discuss her research project,“Analyzing the Seasonal Change of the Heavy Metal Sediment Content.”

Building Resilience is the theme of this year’s Public Health Poster Forum, an event organized by students in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. The forum will highlight student research and projects, with a focus on sustainable health programs and resilience in the public health workforce.

The Public Health Poster Forum allows students from diverse academic backgrounds to gain experience presenting their research and applied projects in public health and learn networking skills. The event will be held in-person and online and is free and open to the public.

This year’s event includes three University of Arizona guest speakers who specialize in resilience. They are:

  • Greg Collins, PhD, MPH, associate vice president for resilience and international development and research professor in the Arizona Institute for Resilience and International Development, has extensive experience in international resilience work. His presentation, “The Rise of Resilience in International Development,” will outline the rise of resilience and an analytic, programmatic and organizing concept in the field of international development. Collins will explore the importance of health as a subset of shocks and stresses that impact communities globally and many aspects of resilience.
  • William Simmons, PhD, is a professor of gender and women's studies and director of the Human Rights Practice Program in the UArizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. His presentation, “Resilience and Posttraumatic Growth among Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh,” will look at how the Human Rights Practice Program is working with a multinational team to develop a protocol to measure resilience and posttraumatic growth among the Rohingya refugees. Many people from Rohingya fled ethnic cleansing in their native Myanmar and now reside in the world's largest refugee camps in Bangladesh. The program focuses in particular on resilience among Rohingya youth and measuring the effects of a participatory public art intervention developed byArtolution, a global nonprofit organization that seeks to strengthen communities experiencing crisis through collaborative art-making.
  • Nicole P. Yuan, PhD, MPH, is an associate professor in the Zuckerman College of Public Health. Her presentation, “Uncovering Resilience in Narratives from Young People Living in Southern Appalachian Communities,” will focus on a study on self-identified low-point life experiences and positive and negative responses among Appalachian young people. The findings may help inform the development of strength-based and resilience-focused interventions for Appalachian young people and communities.

The event also features a virtual roundtable panel discussion on resilience in collaboration with Maria Guadalupe Valdez, MPH, the host of the “What’s Up Public Health” podcast. Participants are encouraged to listen to the roundtable podcast before the event on Spotify or Apple Podcasts. Panelists include UArizona Health Sciences faculty and public health professionals.

For more information, visit the Public Health Post Forum website.