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2018 Presentations & Handouts

To access handouts for the sessions, click on the title of the session. If there are multiple handouts, they will be listed under the abstract. If there is not a handout available, it means the presenter has not provided the handout to be posted online. "No Handout" has been indicated for presentations where the presenter has notified us that there will not be a handout to post online.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

8:00 – 11:30 AM

CAH Pre-Conference

8:30 – 11:30 AM

NDPHA Meeting

  • No Handout

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM

Lunch – Welcome and Announcements

12:45 – 1:45 PM

Keynote 1: Rural Health Issues: A Federal Perspective
Tom Morris, MPA, Associate Administrator for Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

ABSTRACT: This presentation will focus on national and federal policy issues affecting rural providers and include an overview of key focus areas for the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. The session will highlight key national rural health policy issues and identify resources available to assist rural communities in enhancing healthcare delivery.

1:50 – 2:35 PM

Session 1: Findings from the North Dakota State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis (Opioid STR)
Mandi-Leigh Peterson, MA, Senior Research Analyst, Center for Rural Health, University of North Dakota
Michel Dulitz, MPH, NRP, Opiate Response Project Coordinator Grand Forks Public Health Department
Lynette Dickson, MS, RD, LRD, Associate Director, Center for Rural Health, University of North Dakota

ABSTRACT: The University of North Dakota, Center for Rural Health will discuss findings from their evaluation of the North Dakota State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis (Opioid STR) as well as the impact of project ECHO, an online medical education delivery system used to train providers participating in the Opioid STR.

Session 2: Cross-Sector Partnerships related to Public Health and Primary Care
Jane Myers, Diabetes Prevention Program Director North Dakota Department of Health

ABSTRACT: In this session you will learn about how a unique network of community and clinical partners are working together to prevent type 2 diabetes in North Dakota. With the current prevalence and predicted future burden of diabetes across the U.S., these partners are applying an evidence-based strategy that works, the National Diabetes Prevention Program. Attend this session to learn about the partners, plans, process, access and outcomes; and to find out how you can get involved today.

Session 3: On the Move Afterschool Toolkit Engages Teen Leaders in Promoting Nutrition and Fitness Behavior
Julie Garden-Robinson, PhD, RD, LRD Professor and Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist, North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service
Jan Stankiewicz, MS, MPH, Area Specialist Community Health and Nutrition, NDSU Extension Service

ABSTRACT: Interested in enriching an afterschool program to promote healthy behaviors? How about empowering teen leaders with the most recent guidance? NDSU Extension will share how the “On the Move to Better Health Afterschool Toolkit” can enhance afterschool programs and/or recreational groups with nutrition and physical activity education as well as policy, systems, and environmental changes.

Session 4: Poster Presentations:
Provider Confidence and Satisfaction with Communication Strategies to Address Vaccine Hesitancy
Kylie Hall, MPH, Project Coordinator, NDSU Center for Immunization Research and Education (CIRE)
Lauren Dybsand, MPH

ABSTRACT: Researchers at NDSU CIRE worked with a group of pediatric providers to assess communication strategies that have been recommended to address vaccine hesitancy. Providers were trained on vaccine safety and efficacy, licensure, how to refute common myths, and the use of two communication strategies. Confidence in addressing vaccine hesitancy and satisfaction with the strategies were assessed.

The Health Implications of Daily Smoking, Lack of Exercise, and Inability to Afford Medical Care on North Dakota Residents
Nathan Fix, BS, MPH, Research Specialist, Center for Rural Health, University of North Dakota
Sonja Bauman, MS, Research Specialist, Center for Rural Health, University of North Dakota

ABSTRACT: This presentation focuses on daily smokers in North Dakota, and investigates the association between the cost of consulting a doctor and exercising over the duration of one month. This presentation also explores how these factors affect a smoker's overall health. Data specific to North Dakota was selected from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (2016), for adults 18 and older, which included 14% (596) daily smokers.

Evaluation of Breastfeeding Rates, Durations, and Support in North Dakota
Amir Alakaam, PhD, MS, LN, MBChB, Assistant Professor, University of North Dakota

ABSTRACT: North Dakota has seen a steady increase in breastfeeding rates and durations over the last years. The aim of this research is to describe the current situation regarding breastfeeding, rates, durations, and support in North Dakota, explore maternity and breastfeeding practices in North Dakota health facilities, and provide a strategy to evaluate and improve breastfeeding support in this state.

Supporting Access to Health in Rural Areas
Kristen Staloch, MArch, MS, EDAC, Associate, HGA Architects and Engineers

ABSTRACT: Learn research that impacts healthcare buildings with the methods and processes of health delivery and staff space configurations. This session reviews the context for care in rural areas increases the pressures to provide greater access to better care in facilities that promote best practice design.

3:25 – 4:10 PM

Session 5: Behavioral Healthcare Workforce Solutions in North Dakota: Improving Access to Care
Shawnda Schroeder, BA, MA, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Center for Rural Health, University of North Dakota
Naomi Bender, PhD, BS, MA, Senior Project Coordinator, Center for Rural Health, University of North Dakota
Rebecca Quinn, BA, MSW, Program Director, Center for Rural Health, University of North Dakota

ABSTRACT: The perceived likelihood and impact of behavioral health workforce solutions identified by North Dakota stakeholders will be presented, as well as the role public health can play in each intervention. Peer support specialist as a new behavioral health provider will be discussed, including state credentialing, reimbursement, and how this provider can be used to provide care in high-need communities.

Session 6: Cross-Sector Partnerships related to Emergency Preparedness
Tim Wiedrich, Section Chief, North Dakota Department of Health, Emergency Preparedness and Response

ABSTRACT: The North Dakota public health and medical emergency preparedness and response system has multiple core capabilities that are implemented within the state for emergency responses that exceed normal day to day local operations. When these types of emergencies occur, well defined core response systems are implemented jointly at the state and local levels including all functions or public health and medical providers. These core response systems include but are not limited to Medical Facility Evacuation, Vulnerable Population Evacuation, Medical Sheltering, Pre-Hospital Patient Staging and Stabilization, Public Health and Medical Tactical Communications, Mass Fatality Response, Communicable Disease Outbreak Response, Patient Tracking, Cold Chain Preservation and staffing through the North Dakota Medical Reserve Corp. The public health and medical assets are provided through the State Medical Cache which contains about $15 million of medical and public health equipment, pharmaceuticals, medical transportation, cargo transportation, mobile emergency department, generators, and other assets.

Session 7: Leveraging Telehealth Approaches in Rural Public Health Practice
Brittney Crock-Bauerly, JD, Staff Attorney, Network for Public Health Law
Mei Wa Kwong, JD, Interim Executive Director, Policy Advisor and Project Director, Center for Connected Health Policy/Public Health Institute

ABSTRACT: Despite telehealth's potential to improve delivery of rural public health services, telehealth still has not been fully utilized in the public health arena. Various legal barriers have slowed wider adoption of telehealth practices among public health departments. In this session, presenters will share lessons learned and best practices for utilizing telehealth in the rural public health context.

Session 8: Poster Presentations:
Rural Mental Health: The Relationship Between Social Support and Depression in Farmers
Andrea Bjornestad, PhD, LPC, NCC, Assistant Professor and South Dakota State University Extension Mental Health Specialist, South Dakota State University

ABSTRACT: With high depression and suicide rates, the mental health of farmers has become an international concern. Little is known about the effects of social support on the mental health of farmers. This study examined the relationship between social support and depression in 185 farmers residing in the Midwest. The results and implications for rural health will be discussed.

Managing Depression Among Patients with Comorbid Diabetes: The Comprehensive Diabetes and Depression Program
Abby Wilder, BS, Clinical Assistant, Family Healthcare
Sarah Schmidt, PharmD, Pharmacy Manager, Thrifty White Pharmacy
Brody Maack, PharmD, BCACP, CTTS, Assistant Professor of Practice, North Dakota State University
Mark Strand, PhD, MS, CPH, Professor, North Dakota State University

ABSTRACT: With increasing responsibility of mental health management falling to primary care, how can we address and adequately treat depression when the primary focus is commonly on diabetes? The Comprehensive Diabetes and Depression Program aims to discuss the link between both diseases in high-risk and underserved populations, along with identifying health care gaps and discussing interventional points.

Attitude Changes of Pharmacists After Participating in an Opioid Misuse Prevention Training
Siri Burck, BS, Student, School of Pharmacy, North Dakota State University
Mark Strand, PhD, Professor, North Dakota State University
Heidi Eukel, PharmD, Associate Professor of Practice, North Dakota State University

ABSTRACT: This poster presentation is based on the Opioid Misuse Prevention project designed by faculty and students from North Dakota State University. This poster will describe the process of creating an attitudinal survey, the results of the survey, and a model for how attitudes of healthcare professionals inform their behaviors.

Efforts to Improve Patient Access to Care in a Rural Primary Care Clinic with the Development and Implementation of a Panel Managed Preventative Health Services Protocol
Kara Falk, MSN, DNP, FNP, Assistant Professor, North Dakota State University

ABSTRACT: The lack of primary care providers is a national problem, especially evident in rural areas leading to compromised patient access to healthcare. The development and implementation of a panel managed preventative health services protocol in a rural family practice clinic was trialled in efforts to improve patient access to care.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

8:10 – 9:10 AM

Keynote 2: Health in All Policies: From Theory to Practice at the Local Level
Allison Nguyen, MPH Program Manager, Office of Health Equity, Florida Department of Health - Hillsborough County

ABSTRACT: Health in All Policies (HiAP) is a framework for improving community health by ensuring that policies are sustainable, promote equity, and include a consideration of health in the decision-making process. In this session, attendees will learn about Health in All Policies and developing an initiative "from scratch", including strategies to bring HiAP to your own organization or community. Learn about directly engaging one-on-one with elected officials, educating agency staff and executive boards, and utilizing Health Impact Assessments and other pilot projects as entry points to more sustainable policy change. This session will focus on implementation at the local level, and will cover points including addressing health equity in a conservative political environment, identifying opportunities for internal and external alignment, and building partnerships with non-public health partners to improve health equity.

9:15 – 10:15 AM

Buzz Session

A buzz session consists of dividing an audience into small groups to discuss a specific topic. The session provides a unique opportunity to listen, learn, and share information. You will select three topics to attend (a horn will sound and you will switch to a different table). Each hot topic table will have a facilitator to give guidance and keep everyone on point.

11:00 – 11:45 AM

Session 9: Mental Health Issues: Suicide Follow-Up Program
Jennifer Illich, BS, Director of Operations, FirstLink
Jacki Olson, BS, Suicide Follow-Up Coordinator, FirstLink

ABSTRACT: FirstLink, in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the North Dakota Department of Health is offering the Suicide Follow-up Call Program to referring agencies or individuals.

Session 10: Cancer and Native Americans
Daanis Chosa, BA, Prevention & Policy Specialist, American Indian Cancer Foundation

ABSTRACT: Cancer disproportionately impacts American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations. While nearly every other population is experiencing a decrease in rates of cancer diagnoses and death, cancer rates are still increasing for AI/AN populations. The American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF) is committed to change the cancer story by working with tribes and partner organizations to address health inequities. Broad and comprehensive approaches are needed to sustain tribal public health as a national priority. The presenter will share information and data on the AI/AN cancer burden and review why cancer rates are higher among AI/ANs. Strategies that AICAF employs to support implementation of innovative programming will be shared. Culturally tailored cancer prevention and screening resources will be discussed in detail and shared with participants for use within their own communities and organizations.

Session 11: How to Protect Patient Information with Limited Time, Talent, and Money
Mark Schlader, HCISPP, Director of Consulting Services, NorthStar Technology Group
Ken Satkunam, CISM, CISA, President, CEO, NorthStar Technology Group Inc.

ABSTRACT: The presentation will look at the roles providers, partners (business associates), human resources, administration, and board members play in protecting health information. We will discuss the resources needed to address the most common issues in terms of time, talent, and money.

Session 12a: Native Aging in Place Program (NAPP): Developing Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) for Spirit Lake Elders
Brad Gibbens, MPA, Deputy Director and Assistant Professor, Center for Rural Health, University of North Dakota
Michelle Meyer, Senior Project Director, Center for Rural Health
Heather Lawrence, Director, Spirit Lake Nation Senior Services

ABSTRACT: This effort is to empower Native Elders to "age in place" through an effective system of "Long-Term Services & Supports" (LTSS). Since 2016, the LTSS system at Spirit Lake has been under development, progressively building a network of partners, who collaborate in offering a wide range of community-based health and social support services for Spirit Lake Elders in their homes.

Session 12b: Primary Palliative Care – Everyone's Responsibility
Nancy Joyner, MS, CNS-BC, APRN, ACHPN, Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nancy Joyner Consulting, P.C.

ABSTRACT: Palliative care is an extra layer of support for patients facing serious or chronic illness & their families. It maximizes quality of life; delivered by an interdisciplinary team. Palliative care includes seven core skills: communication, decision making, managing issues of disease, symptoms, psychosocial/spiritual care, care of the dying, and care coordination. These reflect good healthcare practice. Primary palliative care can be offered in every setting.

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Keynote 3: Movie and Discussion: The Opioid Epidemic: Seeking Solutions in North Dakota
Shawn Ryan, MD, MBA, ABEM, ABAM, President & Chief Medical Officer, BrightView

ABSTRACT: This presentation will cover a brief state of affairs in regards to the Opioid Crisis in the U.S., the general model of evidence-based treatment, and a review of the latest evidence for Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). The Continuum of Care necessary to treat Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and how it might be applied in rural areas will be discussed, including innovations that could be applicable such as telehealth/tele-consults.

2:30 – 4:35 PM

Intensive 1a: An Introduction to Substance Exposed Mothers and Infants
Maridee Shogren, DNP, CNM, Clinical Associate Professor, University of North Dakota College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines

ABSTRACT: This presentation will introduce healthcare providers to the education, behavioral interventions, and medication assisted treatment options imperative for addressing Substance Use Disorder (SUD) in pregnant women and preparing for neonatal abstinence syndrome in the newborn. Healthcare providers are encouraged to take an interdisciplinary proactive approach to addressing SUDs in women, especially during their reproductive years.

Intensive 1b: Moving Opioid Misuse Prevention Upstream: Opportunities for Pharmacists
Mark Strand, MS, CPH, PhD, Professor, North Dakota State University
Heidi Eukel, PharmD, Associate Professor of Practice, North Dakota State University

ABSTRACT: This presentation will report on a project to train pharmacists in opioid risk assessment and opioid misuse prevention within the community.

Intensive 2: Panel on Link Between Behavioral Health Tobacco Prevention, Governor Burgum's Main Street Initiative, and Tribal Tobacco Prevention
Neil Charvat, Tobacco Prevention and Control Manager
Brittany Long, Nurse Administrator, Wells County District Health Unit
Pam Sagness, Director, Behavioral Health Division, North Dakota Department of Human Services
Stephanie Jay, BS, Health Educator, North Dakota Smoke Free Project Coordinator, Tribal Tobacco Prevention

ABSTRACT: This panel will focus on the challenges and success within each entity as well as the links and relationships between them. The panelists will each share from their perspective for about the first hour. The second hour will be a facilitated discussion based on the information presented by the panelists.

Intensive 3a: Every Community is a Teaching Community: Linking Health Profession Education with Workforce Development and Recruitment
Dave Schmitz, MD, Department of Family and Community Medicine Chair, University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences (UND SMHS)
Stacy Kusler, BA, Workforce Specialist, Center for Rural Health, University of North Dakota

ABSTRACT: Offering training at your local community healthcare facility or hospital can sometimes be a daunting task. Is it worth the time and effort? What do we get out of it? In this intensive session, hear from Dr. David Schmitz and Stacy Kusler about why every community should be a teaching community, and what the eventual payoff of having a great workforce development and recruitment plan in place could be. We will discuss multiple programs being offered through UND SMHS to facilitate learning in rural and underserved communities, as well as projects that help the students understand the importance and impact of rural learning.

Intensive 3b: Workforce: Implementation and Evaluation of Career Pathways Programs: Lessons learned from the Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program
Michael Meit, MA, MPH, Co-Director, NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, NORC at University of Chicago
Larry Anderson, Job Development Specialist, Cankdeska Cikana Community College
Joseph Eltobgi, MBA, Director TMCC Heart Project, Turtle Mountain Community College

ABSTRACT: In 2015, the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program funded five tribal grantees to develop programs that provide low-income individuals with the opportunity to obtain training for occupations in the healthcare field. Tribal HPOG 2.0 grantees will share lessons learned from program implementation and the evaluation team will share findings from the first year of the evaluation.

Intensive 4a Part 1: Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles: Spirit Lake Nation Primary Prevention Against Diabetes: A Sacred Life Center Project
Tracy Charboneau, BSN, RN, Program Manager, Spirit Lake Tribe
Challsey Scallon, MS, BSN, RN, Program Coordinator Lacey Bergh, RN, Director

ABSTRACT: This is an update on the latest activities of the Spirit Lake Special Diabetes Program for Indians. The presentation is related to their culturally innovative, evidence-based, and effective approach to prevent diabetes in an economically disadvantaged rural community.

  • Additional Materials: Photos

Intensive 4a Part 2: Using Lifestyle Approaches as Clinical Treatment
Stefanie Meyer, MS, BSN, RN, Academic Coordinator/Lecturer, North Dakota State

ABSTRACT: Half of all American deaths can be connected back to preventable behaviors. Growing evidence is showing that prevention and treatment for chronic disease requires addressing multiple behavioral and lifestyle risks. Using a Lifestyle Medicine approach will position the healthcare organization to be most successful in health outcomes and cost reduction.

Intensive 4b: Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles: Stepping On
Sarah Gailfus, RN, Clinic Coordinator, Presentation Medical Center
Wade Burgess, DPT, Director of Physical Therapy, Presentation Medical Center
Karen Armstrong, BS, EFNP, North Dakota State University Extension Office Rolette County

ABSTRACT: An overview and review of the program will show how it has given confidence to people who have participated to continue living at home. It also addresses how this program has been excellent fit for the Rolla community and has provided an opportunity to collaborate with others in the community. Finally, balance and strength exercises to help reduce the potential of falls will be reviewed.

Friday, June 15, 2018

8:00 – 9:00 AM

Health Policy Panel: North Dakota Legislative Interim Committee Update
Representative Kathy Hogan, MS, North Dakota State Legislature, District 21
Representative George Keiser, PhD, North Dakota State Legislature, District 47
Senator Howard Anderson, Jr., RPh, North Dakota State Legislature, District 8

ABSTRACT: Three North Dakota legislators will discuss the 2017 legislative session and the outcomes related to healthcare.

  • No Handout

9:10 – 10:10 AM

Keynote 4: Step Out & Stay Out: Overcoming Fear and Overwhelm for Effective Leadership
Amy Shimek, RN, MSN, FNP-C

ABSTRACT: Dr. John Maxwell states that in order to lead others and lead leaders, we must first learn to lead ourselves. In a world where our business and healthcare leaders are accustomed to developing missions, visions, and strategic plans for their organizations, it is uncommon that leaders have ever taken time to write a vision for their own lives. In a culture that increasing values a faster pace and is leading to higher burn out, greater stress, and ultimately chronic disease, it is important that we get clear on our personal values and why we do what we do. Having a vision for our own life is the key to overcoming overwhelm, decreasing over commitment, and increasing joy and productivity both in our own lives and in the people that we lead.

10:15 – 11:00 AM

Session 13: Outreach Clinics: Creating Accessibility to Specialty Healthcare for Rural Families
Erin Jurkovich, Director of Professional Relations, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Twin Cities

ABSTRACT: Specialty care for children with orthopaedic conditions can be difficult to access in rural communities. To locate specialty services, many families may be forced to drive hundreds or thousands of miles taking a toll on them financially. Outreach clinics bring specialty healthcare to families with rural North Dakota providing cast removal, surgery follow-up exams, and bracing check-ups.

Session 14: Partners for a Healthy Community
Allen Anderson, RD, LRD, Public Health Team Leader, Grand Forks Public Health Department

ABSTRACT: Strategic partnerships and coalitions are an integral part of public health practice. This presentation aims to outline and describe Grand Forks Public Health's policy-driven health initiative "Partners for a Healthy Community". The initiative is primarily a worksite wellness-based initiative focused on workplace policies. Implementation strategies, partnerships formed, and outcomes achieved will all be discussed to provide the learner with the necessary tools to begin an initiative in their own communities/areas. An overview of policy, systems, and environmental change will be provided with examples of how Grand Forks Public Health has promoted this concept in the community and among health partners.

Session 15: No Excuses! Central Valley Health District, Hospital & Foundation Project to Remove Barriers and Overcome Excuses to Breast Cancer Screening
Jason Schaffer, RT (R)(ARRT), CIIP, Radiology Manager, Jamestown Regional Medical Center
Robin Iszler, BA, RN, SANE, EMT, Unit Administrator, Stutsman and Logan Counties Public Health Department
Alison Kennison, BS, Patient Financial Services Manager, Jamestown Regional Medical Center

ABSTRACT: The No Excuses Program is a public/private partnership program with Central Valley Health District (Women's Way), Jamestown Regional Medical Center (JRMC) and the JRMC Foundation for 3D mammography. It targets females between 40 and 80 who experience barriers to screening services like lack of insurance payment, time for appointments or even simple understanding of the process to be screened.

Session 16: Opioid Use Disorder in North Dakota: Where Are We At? Project ECHO and Beyond
Dave Schmitz, MD, Department of Family and Community Medicine Chair, University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences
Bryan Delage, MD, Assistant Professor Family and Community Medicine, University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences
Kamille Sherman, MD, FAAFP, Co-Director, Family Medicine Clerkship & Rural Opportunities i n Medical Education, University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences
Quinci Paine, MS II, University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences

ABSTRACT: Public awareness of the opioid crisis in America has recently increased, and there are multiple initiatives underway to address the complex issues involved. Project Echo is one way the Center for Rural Health at UND SMHS is working to address this crisis. While the impact is being felt significantly in both rural areas and urban areas, rural providers face unique challenges with regard to resources and treatment in a rural context. With the rise in deaths in North Dakota from opiate overdose increasing over the last five years and continuing to rise, solutions that work for rural North Dakota are critically important. This interactive session will provide an opportunity to discuss what is being done to approach this problem and hear feedback and suggestions on what more we can all be doing together.

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Session 17: Dental Assessments for Nursing Home Residents: North Dakota as a Best Practice
Shawnda Schroeder, BA, MA, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Center for Rural Health, University of North Dakota
Nathan Fix, BS, MPH, Research Specialist, Center for Rural Health, University of North Dakota

ABSTRACT: This presentation will discuss the importance of oral health for nursing home residents while sharing a standardized oral health assessment to be utilized for all residents upon admission. Learn how North Dakota has become a model for other states through provider collaboration, and the implementation of the standard assessment.

Session 18: Parents Lead
Jessica Rudnick, BS, MPA, Community Prevention Specialist, North Dakota Department of Health, Behavioral Health Division

ABSTRACT: Prevention science has continually shown it is more effective to target parents than it is to provide messages aimed at youth directly. In fact, youth themselves rank their parents as being the most prevailing factor in determining whether or not to drink alcohol or engage in risky behaviors. The core principles of Parents Lead are designed to support parents in not only preventing their child from underage drinking, but also in preventing other risky behaviors and behavioral health issues such as depression or anxiety. This presentation will address the various shared risk and protective factors associated with underage drinking and other issues, detail the four core principles making up the foundation of the Parents Lead program, and describe the many ways Parents Lead can be utilized and accessed by parents, professionals, and communities across the state.

Session 19: Social Math: Inspiring Behavior Change in Your Community
Andrea Huseth-Zosel, PhD, Assistant Professor, North Dakota State University
Rick Jansen, Assistant Professor, North Dakota State University

ABSTRACT: Public health professionals need to understand how to leverage health-related data to communicate to the public in order to motivate behavior and policy changes. This session will address social math use by public health professionals to communicate complicated information to the public, including determining the focus of the data, crafting effective associations, and creating visualizations.