Several members of the BEACH Lab visited the Big Easy for the 2014 American Public Health Association 142nd Annual Meeting held from Nov 16-19 in New Orleans, LA. Some of the highlights from the conference included:
- Stephanie Child presented a poster based on data from the Kansas City Neighborhood and Park Study entitled “Social cohesion as a mediator of the association between walkable neighborhoods and self-rated health in a Midwest city”.
- Two other students swept the Physical Activity Section student awards: Morgan Hughey won the best poster award for her abstract entitled “Differences in active transportation versus recreational users on a prominent community trail” and Gina Besenyi won the best oral presentation award for her abstract entitled “Park proximity and multiple health outcomes: Findings from the United States and Australia”.
- Gina also presented with community partner Trimease Carter from Eat Smart Move More South Carolina about “The Healthy Young People Empowerment (HYPE) Project: Facilitator’s Guide”. The guide won the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section’s public health training materials contest, a prestigious national recognition.
- Finally, Gina also presented a spatial analysis entitled “Associations of neighborhood greenness with objectivity measured physical activity in urban and rural middle school youth”.
While in New Orleans, various members of the team – including undergraduate BEACH Lab research assistant Mara Steedley – also took some time to enjoy all that this exciting city has to offer. Some of the festivities included a walking tour of the French Quarter, a swamp tour, beignets at Café Du Monde, and some fun evenings with colleagues and friends on Bourbon Street.
See you in Chicago for the 2015 APHA meeting!