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UMD & Partners to Bring Awareness to Community Engagement and Population Health in Maryland

March 30, 2016

Kelly Blake 301-405-9418
Audrey Hill 301-314-0780

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Researchers from the University of Maryland, College Park and University of Maryland, Baltimore—along with other academic, community, state and federal partners— are joining forces to showcase research around the theme From Community Engagement to Population Health

Public Health Research @ Maryland 2016 brings to light research and policy initiatives underway in the state to address health disparities and health equity. These efforts contribute to furthering the goals of the Affordable Care Act and inform a major initiative by the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC). The University of Maryland and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene are part of the CIC initiative to address health disparities in a comprehensive way through Big Ten university partnerships with state governments.

At the fourth annual Public Health Research @ Maryland on April 5, 2016, public health researchers and leaders will share knowledge and effective programs on how to best address pressing public health issues. A diverse series of presentations will feature Maryland county and state leaders, along with other public health experts, and highlight distinct features of Maryland’s health care system and opportunities for improvements in population health.

The one-day event is co-sponsored by the University of Maryland School of Public Health and the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, and represents ongoing partnerships between both universities to advance public health research within the state of Maryland.

Key topics on the theme of From Community Engagement to Population Health include:

  • Engaging youth to stem the tide of Type 2 diabetes to addressing health disparities
  • Creating a national movement to support “culture of health”
  • Highlights of cancer prevention and population science studies
  • Maryland’s all-payer approach to healthcare delivery, a system made possible by a 36-year-old Medicare waiver 
  • Health Enterprise Zones, created by the Maryland Health Improvement and Disparities Reduction Act of 2012, which are designed to improve population health outcomes, reduce costs and reduce disparities. 
  • Hospitals’ opportunity to extend population health through their community health needs assessments and related implementation programs.
  • The range of public health needs across the state and insights into county and city health departments’ programs and the needs of their residents 

More than 400 people are expected to attend Public Health Research @ Maryland, which will be held at the Adele H. Stamp Student Union at the University of Maryland. More than 100 students, faculty, and private researchers will present research posters on public health issues, representing collaboration across fields, University of Maryland campuses, and outside institutions. 

For more information, please visit: http://publichealthresearch.umd.edu/