2020 Health Disparities Posters

Two researchers present a research poster

The Tenth Annual Health Disparities Poster Competition, originally scheduled for Thursday, March 26th, 2020, was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This event, sponsored by the Schools of the Health Sciences, gives young researchers an opportunity to present their work and expand their scientific professional skill set. The term “disparities” applies to differences in health status in any studied population compared to the comparable majority (or more commonly studied) population.  We showcase work in disparities based upon race or ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, age, and other parameters.

We reached out to the individuals that were selected to present their posters at the competition.  We invited them to send us a copy of their poster.  Twelve posters are featured here.

If you have any questions, please contact our office at diversity@hs.pitt.edu.

2020 Health Disparities Posters

"Outcomes of a student led smoking cessation program at a women's shelter for victims of domestic violence"

A.  L. Zahn, PharmD candidate; C. C. Alibeckoff, PharmD student; Sharon Conner, PharmD; Raquel Buranosky, MD, MPH

1) Describe the tobacco use behaviors of participants of a recently implemented student-led smoking cessation program (est. 2018) at a women's shelter. 

2) Analyze the outcomes of the program. 

Chloe C. Alibeckoff, PharmD student, class of 2021.  Category:  First Professional
Co-presenter:  Amy L. Zahn

"Utilization and disparities in outpatient aphasia rehabilitation in Western Pennsylvania"

Objective: The purpose of this study is to quantify treatment intensity in clinical practice for future comparisons to clinical research. 

Robert B. Cavanaugh, MS, CCC-SLP, PhD student; Christina Kravetz; William S. Evans

Robert B. Cavanaugh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Communication and Science Disorders.  Category:  Doctoral

"Evaluation of a mobile safety center's impact on pediatric home injury prevention"

Leah Furman; Stephen Strotmeyer, PhD, MPH; Christine Vitale, RN, MSN; Barbara A. Gaines, MD

Objective: Here we present an evaluation of the impact of a mobile safety center (MSC) on home safety knowledge, practices, and device use among caregivers with children in the home. 

Leah Furman, School of Medicine, class of 2021   Category:  Doctoral

"Impact of service learning placement on pharmacy student knowledge, attitudes and confidence in helping patients navigate accessing Medicare part D"

Griffith,KL, Steinkopf M., Connor, SE

ObjectiveThe objective of this study was to compare knowledge, attitudes, and confidence of first year pharmacy students in a service learning course who were placed at a Medicare Part D enrollment sites (placed) to students who were not placed at Medicare Part D enrollment sites (not placed).

KL Griffith, School of Pharmacy.  Category: First Professional

"Healthcare professionals and disability education"

Gudenburr CA, Connor SE

Objective: To review existing literature on the topic of disability education in health professionals (PDF) in order to better understand the impact of educational interventions on the knowledge, attitude, and skiills of these individuals in care for the underserved.

Casey A. Gudenburr, PharmD student, class of 2022. Category:  First Professional

"Evaluation of a new community organizing program at a Latino advocacy non-profit in Pittsburgh, PA"

Caroline Harpel, BA

1.  To clarify program goals and desired outcomes.
2.  To conduct a formative process evaluation. 
3.  To develop tools for outcome measurement in subsequent program evaluations that Casa could autonomously conduct. 

Caroline Harpel, Graduate School of Public Health,Behavioral and Community Health Sciences. Category: Masters

"The role of community service in ACGME-accredited dermatology residency training programs

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Victoria S. Humphrey, BS, Jonathan J. Lee, MD, Alaina J. James, MD, PhD, FAAD

Objective:  We assessed the participation of dermatology residency training programs in CS and the perceptions of dermatology program directors (PD) concerning the importance and benefits of CS within dermatology training.

Victoria S. Humphrey, School of Medicine, Class of 2021.   Category: Doctoral  

“Skin color representation in peer-reviewed dermatology publications: JAAD case reports"   

Victoria S. Humphrey BS, Carlos Morillo-Hernandez, BS, Alexis Holmes, BA, Sarah A. Wack, BS,  Alaina J. James, MD, PhD, FAAD

Objective:  Analyze skin color representation in JAAD case reports. 

Victoria S. Humphrey, School of Medicine, Class of 2021.   Category:  Doctoral

“Knowledge and attitudes about genetic testing among black and white women with breast cancer”

Maura K. McCall; Sikemi Ibikunle; Yolanda Murphy; Kenneth Hunter; and Margaret Rosenzweig

Objective: An examination of the influence of race on symptoms and subsequent dose intensisty during BC chemotherapy is currently uderway.  Prior to embarking on a large descriptive evaluation of genetic and racial variations in symptom phenotype during BC chemotherapy, we sought foundational information to determine racial differences in: 
1.  feasibility (consent) and acceptability of collecting genomic samples
2.  genetic literacy
3.  concerns of genomic research

Maura K. McCall, Category: Doctoral

Disparities in chronic disease management in a large Medicaid program"

Amy Raslevich, MPP MBA; Marian Jarlenski, PhD, MPH; Natasha Parekh, MD, MS; David Kelley, MD

Objective: To assess temporal changes in hypertension and diabetes control before and after Pennsylvania Medicaid expansion, and to analyze racial disparities in these outcomes before and after Medicaid expansion.

Amy C. Raslevich, Graduate School of Public Health, Health Policy and Management.  Category:  Doctoral

"Discrimination and substance use patterns among youth of color in urban neighborhoods with concentrated disadvantage"

Lynissa R. Stokes, Ph.D., Namita Dwarakanath, MPH(c), Barbara J. Fuhrman, Ph.D., Elizabeth Miller, MD, Ph.D, and Ashley V. Hill, DrPH, MPH

Objective: To compare gender differences in associations between discrimination and past 30-day substance use in a sample of predominantly black youth.

Lynissa R. Stokes, PhD, post-doctoral assignment, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC;
Department of Pediatrics

Place, power, and premature mortality: A rapid scoping review on the health of women in Appalachia

Jessica R. Thompson, MEd; Lauren R. Risser, CHES; Madeline N. Dunfee, MEd, MPH; Nancy E. Schoenberg, PhD; Jessica G. Burke, PhD

Objective:  To promote sub-analyses and the study of explantory factors for women in the region, we sought to determine the state of the literature on women's health in Appalachia since the year 2000.

Jessica R. Thompson, MEd, PhD Candidate, Graduate School of Public Health, Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Category: Doctoral

We would like to thank the university faculty who volunteered their time to review the abstracts and judge posters this year.  Our success is because of you! 

Abstract Reviewers:  

Eleanor Feingold, PhD, Interim Chair and Professor, Graduate School of Public Health, Human Genetics

Leah A. Jacobs, MSW, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work

Noble A-W Maseru, PhD, MPH, Professor, Graduate School of Public Health, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences

Emma J. M. Barinas-Mitchell, PhD, Assistant Professor, Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health

Channing L. Moreland, EdD, Wellness Pavilion Director, Homewood Community Engagement Center
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences


Ellen Cohn, PhD, CCC-SLP-ASHA-F, Professor, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Thistle I. Elias, DrPH, MPA, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Public Health, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences

Emily Guhl, PhD, Post-doctoral assignment, Graduate School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiolgy

Leah A. Jacobs, MSW, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work

Claudia M. Kregg-Byers, PhD, MPH, RN, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Health & Community Systems

Megan Marron, PhD, Post-doctoral assignment, Graduate School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology

Noble A-W Maseru, PhD, MPH, Professor, Graduate School of Public Health, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences

Channing L. Moreland, EdD, NCC, Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Department of Rehabilitation, Science and Technology, Clinical, Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling

Sharon Taverno Ross, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Health & Physical Activity

Day of event judging:  Ms. Tammy Dennis and Ms. Elizabeth Born, Office of Academic Career Development.

Competition coordinators: Mario C. Browne, MPH, CHES, CDE, Director, and Mary Ann Merranko, Administrative Assistant, Office of Health Sciences Diveresity