NHPHA Annual Meeting: Rising Stars and Silent Auction Wrap-Up

The Annual Meeting in early April was a great success, and NHPHA was very pleased with the Rising Stars students in our midst. The winners of the Student Poster Session were Sage Lincoln and Vanessa Grunkemeyer. 

Sage LincolnSage Lincoln, an undergraduate student at Colby-Sawyer College, conducted a project entitled “Improving Sexual and Reproductive Health While Reducing Stigma in College Students at Colby-Sawyer College.” Sexual health becomes increasingly important as young adults gain independence. However, due to the current state of sexual education in the United States, many individuals are not properly educated on sexual health topics or safe practices. This hypothetical intervention project considers a mandatory sexual education graduation requirement at the college level, supplemental education opportunities outside of the classroom, and additional resources for students. The potential intervention is designed for implementation at Colby-Sawyer College to improve health outcomes in the college-age population. Completion and evaluation of this program could influence other colleges to implement similar programs to benefit their student populations.

VanessaVanessa Grunkemeyer, a graduate student at UNH, conducted a project entitled “Assessment of Biosecurity at Live Poultry Vendors in NH.” Every year thousands of hatchling poultry birds are sold at secondary vendors, such as feed and garden stores, in NH. These birds represent a public health risk primarily because poultry can asymptomatically shed multiple species of enteric bacteria, including nontyphoidal Salmonella spp., that are potentially zoonotic. This project consisted of the development and application of an assessment tool to evaluate the biosecurity at second-party live poultry vendors in NH. The ultimate goal in analyzing the data from these assessments is to identify areas for improvement in biosecurity to reduce the risk of disease transmission from these birds.

IMG 4946The Rising Stars Pre-Session this year was a Career Panel of public health professionals who work in a variety of capacities all over the state. We hosted Victoria Adewumi, MA, Public Health Specialist I/Community Liaison at the Manchester Health Department; Ashley Conley, MS, CPH, CHEP, Director of the Infection Prevention Department at Catholic Medical Center; Katrina Hansen, MPH, Chief of Infectious Disease Surveillance Section for Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services, DHHS; Melissa Schoemmell, MPH, Program Coordinator at Community Health Institute/JSI; and LCDR Torane Hull (TW), RN, MSN, MPA, CPH, CDC Public Health Adviser for the United States Public Health Service, NH Immunization Section at Bureau of Infectious Disease Control for New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services, DHHS. The panel was well received by the students who participated, particularly the round-robin discussion at the end. This is a great way for students to learn what types of public health exist in NH, as well as the variety of paths one can take within public health.

IMG 5751This year, NHPHA hosted a First Annual Silent Auction at the Annual Meeting. The auction launched one week prior to the meeting, via an online platform, culminating in an in-person live auction. We were thrilled with the support from local businesses and artists. We were able to offer gift certificates to restaurants, passes to movie theatres and entertainment venues, tickets for games and adventures, local artwork, handmade crafted items, wine tastings, and so much more! Thank you to our supportive donors and to everyone who bid! It was a new and exciting addition to the Annual Meeting, and we were thrilled with its success.


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