PHHS Students at the 2015 Student Research Conference

Each year, the UM-Flint Student Research Conference (SRC) provides the opportunity for UM-Flint undergraduate and graduate students to share their faculty-mentored research, scholarship, and creative activities. The conference showcases multi-disciplinary research from the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and applied sciences. Students present their scholarly work either in 15-minute oral presentations, hour-long poster sessions, demonstrations, or performances. Additionally, student presenters have the opportunity to have their manuscripts published in the annual conference proceedings.

This year’s Student Research Conference took place on March 27, 2015 at the Riverfront Event Center on campus, and Public Health and Health Science student and conference participant Janet Xiong, took time to give us an overview of the event! Check out her story below…

My experience at the Student Research Conference (SRC) was intriguing. I was able to not only present my research project, but learn about the research that other students were involved in. I was able to attend an oral presentation and view the poster of several projects. I feel that the oral presentations was such a great component to this conference, because there was great discussion generated and slide presentations that were visually appealing and informative. The posters sessions were an interactive way for students to share about their research as well as gain the knowledge about other students’ research projects.

I created a poster to showcase the research project I have worked on alongside Dr. Gergana Kodjebacheva. The research is titled “Interventions to Improve Child-Parent-Provider Communication: a Systematic Review.” The purpose of this research was to review literature that has implemented interventions to improve the communication between a child, parent, and provider. Communication is a crucial factor in producing effective health systems in medical and clinical environments. In pediatric care, we aimed to discover the communication interventions that have been implemented so far. We researched on six different databases (PubMed, CINAHL, PsychINFO, Cochrane, EMBASE, and ERIC). 4,163 articles later, we found that 37 of these studies were aligned with our criteria. Each of these studies had varying sample sizes, designs, target groups, and intervention strategies.

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After reviewing each study, we found that many studies targeted the provider and/or parent with the communication interventions, but very rarely, was there studies that targeted children. Interventions targeting providers, such as role-playing sessions, seminars, and educational materials for medical providers, hoped to improve providers’ interpersonal, patient-centered interviewing, and counseling skills. Interventions targeting parents, such as receiving instructions or information prior to a health situation involving their child and family-centered rounds, intended to improve parent satisfaction, communication, and/or treatment expectation. We found only one study that worked to improve the communication of children–by having them watch videos that showed effective communication between a child and a physician. The videos were used to help the children imitate the communicative behaviors of talking about their health.

The implication of my research project with Dr. Kodjebacheva is the implementation of more interventions and clinical training to enhance health communication among children, parents, and providers, and hence, improving the health care system.

After my poster presentation, there were closing remarks by Andre Louis, who was an important planner of the event. Then, a nice lunch was availble to all student researchers, which was a great way to relax and absorb the opportunity we were all given–to share and learn about research. Overall, my experience at the SRC was a enjoyable and I am sure that all students and faculty involved felt the same!

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Janet was joined fellow PHHS student Jeremy Blankenship who also presented at the conference.  Jeremy’s project and a summary of his experience can be found below:

Project Title: Disparities of Incidence by Race and Ethnicity for Childhood Cancer in Michigan Presenter(s): Jeremy Blankenship, Graduate student Faculty Sponsor(s): Gregana Kodjebacheva, Public Health and Health Sciences

“The Student Research Conference was the first time that I have been able to present scholarly research outside of the classroom. The experience was extremely valuable to me. I proved to myself that I could work as a part of a research team with Dr. Gergana Kodjebacheva and present it in a professional scholarly manner. My confidence level is so much higher now that I have successfully presented at the Student Research Conference.

Dr. Kodjebacheva has gone out of her way to assist me in developing research skills by answering all my questions, giving me feedback, suggesting improvements, or helping me with SPSS. Working with Dr. Kodjebacheva as a Graduate Research Assistant and working on childhood cancer research has influenced my decision to pursue a second masters degree in public health and to pursue other research opportunities in the future.”

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For more information on the Student Research Conference, as well as a program with listings on more details on the projects from Janet and Jeremy please click here!

Genesys Heart Institute and UM-Flint Video Project

Last month we asked you to view a teaser of a video that PHHS participated in, and now we are ready to unveil! Are you interested in winning a cash prize? Click on the link below for the Application for the Genesys Heart Institute and UM-Flint Video Project for information and important deadline dates. GHI and UM-Flint PHHS Video Project Download_v4

Please email Dr. Shan Parker at shanpark@umflint.edu with any questions!

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Calling All Heroes Blood Drive!

Calling All Heroes!

Graduate students in the SHPS Department of Public Health and Health Sciences are partnering with the American Red Cross for the 3rd Annual Calling All Heroes Blood Drive. In an effort to promote greater participation by our students, staff, and faculty, this year we are issuing a challenge to see which academic unit on campus can save the most lives. Throughout this year’s blood drive, we will be tracking donations by donor academic unit. The academic unit with the largest turnout will win a special prize as well as bragging rights for the next year!

This is a great opportunity to show that UM-Flint cares about the greater Flint community. Attending will also be a lot of fun. Students, staff, and faculty are invited to participate in our superhero themed event, where you can take super selfies, win prizes, and of course donate blood. Show your school spirit and help us maintain our title as having sponsored the single most successful blood drive in our local community, shattering the records of MOTT, Kettering, and Baker colleges.

The 3rd Annual Calling All Heroes Blood Drive will be held in the Happenings Room, UCEN March 26, 2015 from 11:00 am to 5:45pm. To register in advance GO TO:

http://www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation

ENTER Sponsor code: umflint (case sensitive)
SELECT: schedule an appointment to donate

PHHS Alumni published in the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Online Journal

Dr. Ray Elmblad

Dr. Ray Elmblad

Recent Doctor of Anesthesia Practice (DrAP) graduate, Dr. Ray Elmblad has featured in the Online Journal of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

Dr. Elmblad was previously named the 2013 Practice Doctoral Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Foundation. Dr. Elmblad earned the title through his study on the association between workplace incivility and professional burnout in Michigan Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). The project was part of Elmblad’s capstone requirement for the DrAP program. Gergana Kodjebacheva, assistant professor of health care administration, and Lynn Lebeck, clinical assistant professor of anesthesia and former anesthesia program director were Elmblad’s capstone advisors. A previous article with more in-depth information on Dr. Elmblad can be found here!

PHHS students published in Journal of Undergraduate Research

Public Health and Health Sciences students Denise Martin and Tina Sabo have published articles in the University of Michigan-Flint’s Journal of Student Research. Both Denise and Tina submitted their works as part of the 2014 Meeting of Minds conference. Under the guidance of Faculty Sponsor Dr. Gergana Kodjebacheva, Denise Martin published her article ” SCHOOL-BASED COMMUNITY GARDENS IN FLINT, MICHIGAN. A Proposed Nutrition-Based Intervention to Decrease Childhood Obesity Rates,” and Tina Sabo published her article “Children on Boundless Playgrounds: Attendance and Play Activities.”

The Journal of Student Research can be read online here!

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