Persistent and Emerging Issues in Population Health Science

The Nittany Lion Inn at Penn State University, University Park, PA
September 19-21, 2016

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Support for this conference series is provided by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


Conference Program & Agenda

Monday, September 19, 2016

Noon - 5:00 Conference Registration
Noon - 1:15 Professional Development Roundtables for Population Health Researchers
Alumni Lobby
1:30 - 2:30Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Initiated Research Programs Panel
Ballroom ABC
  • Lisa Dubay, Senior Fellow at the Urban Institute & Co-Project Director of the Urban Institute Research Hub for Policies for Action

  • C.B. Mamaril, Senior Research Scientist, University of Kentucky College of Public Health

  • Matt Trujillo, Research Associate, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
2:30 - 3:00Break
3:00 - 4:15 Concurrent Panels (CP)

CP 1: Where We Live Work & Play: Emerging Research in Housing, Neighborhoods & Health

Alumni Fireside Lounge

  • Jason N. Houle, Dartmouth College and Gregory Sharp, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (Moderators)

  • Christopher R. Browning, Jodi Ford, Bethany Boettner, and Catherine A. Calder, Ohio State University, Routine Activity Spaces and Physiological Stress among Urban Youth: A Dynamic Assessment

  • Marah A. Curtis and Emily J. Warren, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Urban Families: Housing Tenure and Health

  • James R. Elliott and Kevin T. Smiley, Rice University, Beyond Residential Neighborhoods: How Commuting Shapes Unequal Exposures to Industrially Produced Toxins

  • Danya Keene, Yale University, Affordable Housing Access and Diabetes Management

CP 2: New Directions in Religion & Population Health Research: Biomarkers, Chronic Illness and Intersections with Race/Ethnicity

Penn State Room

  • Roger Finke, Penn State University (Moderator)

  • Terrence D. Hill, University of Arizona, Preeti Vaghela, Florida State University, Christopher G. Ellison, University of Texas-San Antonio and Sunshine Rote, University of Louisville, Processes Linking Religious Attendance and Telomere Length

  • Reed DeAngelis, Gabriel A. Acevedo, Christopher G. Ellison and Colton Daniels, University of Texas-San Antonio, Goal-Striving Stress, Mental Health, and the Buffering Effects of Perceived Divine Control

  • Christopher G. Ellison, Reed DeAngelis, and Metin Guven, University of Texas-San Antonio and Terrence Hill, University of Arizona, Exploring the Interaction Effects of Age, Race, and Religiosity on Allostatic Load

  • Andrea L Ruiz, Penn State University, The Noxious Effects of Childhood Abuse on Physical Health over the Life-Course: The Role of Religious Change
4:30 - 5:45

Keynote Session: Inequality, Violence, and the Criminal Justice System in the United States: A Population Health Perspective

Ballroom ABC
  • Shiriki Kumanyika, Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, Research Professor in Community Health and Prevention at the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health & Immediate Past President of the American Public Health Association (Moderator)

  • Thomas Abt, Senior Research Fellow for the Innovation in Citizen Security Project with The Growth Lab at the Center for International Development (CID) at Harvard University and Harvard Kennedy School [PDF of Presentation]

  • Andrew Papachristos, Associate Professor of Sociology, Yale University

6:00 - 7:30 Networking & New Research: An Opening Reception & Interdisciplinary Poster Session
Atrium and Ballroom DE

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

9:00 - 10:15

Keynote Address: "Evidence and Action: Turning Population Health Science into Population Health Improvement"

Ballroom ABC
  • Susan Dentzer, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Network for Excellence in Health Innovation, Former Senior Health Policy Advisor, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Former Editor-in Chief of Health Affairs, and Former on-air Health Correspondent for PBS NewsHour [PDF of Presentation]
10:15 - 10:30Break
10:30 - 11:45 Concurrent Panels (CP)

CP 3: Community-Clinical Models to Advance Population Health Equity Through a Social Determinants of Health Framework

Alumni Fireside Lounge

  • Marc Gourevitch, NYU School of Medicine (Moderator)

  • Stacy Lindau, University of Chicago and NowPow, LLC, Integrating Social Needs Screening and Community Referral into Clinical Practice: The Chicago Experience

  • Nadia Islam, NYU School of Medicine, Implementing Million Hearts for Provider and Clinical Transformation (IMPACT) Project: Bridging Access to Care among South Asian Immigrant Populations

  • Lorna Thorpe, NYU School of Medicine, Evaluating the Harlem Health Advocacy Partnership: Place-based Initiative to Reduce Chronic Disease Disparities

  • Joseph Ravenell, NYU School of Medicine, Reducing Colorectal Cancer and Hypertension Disparities in Black Men through Barbershops and Churches

CP 4: Adolescence: A Critical Life Period for Promoting Population Health

Assembly Room

  • Jeremy Staff, Penn State University (Moderator)

  • Julie Maslowsky, University of Texas-Austin, Not Just Risk for Risk’s Sake: Planning and Risk/Benefit Assessment in Adolescent Health Risk Behaviors

  • Lindsay Hoyt, Fordham University, Sizing up Peers: A Biopsychosocial Approach to Studying Pubertal Influences on Health

  • Emily Hendrick, University of Texas-Austin, Adolescent Mothers’ Educational Attainment as a Pathway to Reducting the Risk of 2nd Generation Teenage Pregnancy and Childbearing

  • Adam Lippert, University of Colorado-Denver and Sarah Damaske, Penn State University, Growing Up and Wearing Down: Work, Family, and Stress-Related Immunity Dysfunction among Young Adult Women

CP 5: How Families Shape Obesity

Penn State Room

  • Selena E. Ortiz, Penn State University (Moderator)

  • Molly A. Martin, Penn State University, Elizabeth O. Ananat, Duke University and Megan Lemmon, Penn State University, Does Increasing Income Lead to Greater Childhood Obesity? Evidence from a Natural Experiment

  • Zhe Zhang, Corinne Reczek, and Cynthia G. Colen, Ohio State University, Boomerang Kids and Mother’s Health: Young Adult Residential Patterns and Maternal BMI Trajectories during Midlife [PDF of Presentation]

  • Erin Powell Baumgartner, Rice University, Michelle Frisco and Jennifer Van Hook, Penn State University, Kindergarten Entry: A Gateway to Education and a Gateway to Weight Gain for Children of Immigrants
11:45 - 1:15 Lunch
1:15 - 2:30

Keynote Panel: Ending Racism in America: Agendas From and For Science

Ballroom ABC
  • Yonette F. Thomas, New York Academy of Medicine, Association of American Geographers, and University of Miami - Miller School of Medicine (Moderator)

  • Courtney Cogburn, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Columbia University School of Social Work

  • James Jackson, Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, & Research Professor in the Research Center for Group Dynamics, University of Michigan

  • Shiriki Kumanyika, Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, Research Professor in Community Health and Prevention at the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health & Immediate Past President of the American Public Health Association

  • Michael Yudell, Associate Professor and Chair, Community Health & Prevention, Drexel University
2:30 - 2:45Break
2:45 - 4:00 Concurrent Panels (CP)

CP 6: Substance Use: An Emerging and Alarming Population Health Problem

Assembly Room

  • Zachary F. Meisel, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Pennsylvania (Moderator)

  • Ryan K. Masters, Andrea M. Tilstra and Dan Simon, The University of Colorado-Boulder, Is an Epidemic of Pain, Suicide, and Overdoses Reducing U.S. Life Expectancy?

  • Shannon M. Monnat, Penn State University, High in the Heartland and Beyond: Explaining Spatial Differences in U.S. Drug Overdose Mortality Rates [PDF of Presentation]

  • Sarah Stoddard, The University of Michigan, Adolescent Substance Use and Neighborhood Context

CP 7: Emerging Evidence about How Education Influences Health & Mortality

Alumni Fireside Lounge

  • Steven Haas, Penn State University (Moderator)

  • David Baker, William C. Smith, Ismael G. Muñoz, Haram Jeon, Tian Fu, Juan Leon, Daniel Salinas, and Renata Horvatek, Penn State University, The Population Education Transition Curve: Education Gradients across Populations’ Exposure to New Health Risks

  • Mark D. Hayward, Phillip Cantu, and Connor Sheehan, The University of Texas-Austin and Isaac Sasson, Tel Aviv University, Do Recent Declines in U.S. Life Expectancy Mean Bad News for Healthy Life Expectancy

  • Pamela Herd and Frederico Rey, The University of Wisconsin, The Role of Early Life Experiences in Shaping the Gut Microbiome: A Study Incorporating the Microbiome into the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study
4:00 - 4:15Break
4:15 - 5:30

Keynote Panel: Environmental Justice, Risk & Population Health: Persistent Patterns in Environmental Emergencies

Ballroom ABC
  • Dorothy Daley, Professor, School of Public Affairs & Administration and the Environmental Studies Program, University of Kansas (Moderator)

  • Merlin Chowkwanyun, Donald H. Gemson Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University

  • Abdul El Sayed, Executive Director & Health Officer, Detroit Health Department, City of Detroit [PDF of Presentation]

  • Dan Fagin, Professor of Journalism and director of the Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program, New York University and Author of Tom’s River (via Skype)
5:30 - 7:00Reception

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

9:00 - 10:15

Keynote Panel: Opportunities & Challenges for Universities to Advance Population Health in the U.S.

Ballroom ABC
  • James S. Marks, Executive Vice President of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Moderator)

  • David Lakey, Associate Vice Chancellor of Population Health, The University of Texas System & Senior Vice President for Population Health, UT Health Northeast

  • Marc Gourevitch, Chair, Department of Population Health, NYU School of Medicine

  • Neil Sharkey, Vice President for Research, Penn State University

10:15 - 10:30Break
10:30 - 11:45 Concurrent Panels (CP)

CP 8: Taking Heterogeneity Seriously in Population Health

Assembly Room

  • Carlos Mendes de Leon, University of Michigan (Moderator)

  • Alison Buttenheim, University of Pennsylvania, Behavioral Phenotyping to Optimize Design and Delivery of Financial Incentives for Smoking Cessation during Pregnancy

  • Amar Hamoudi, PhD, Duke University, Seeing, Believing, and Behaving: Heterogeneous treatment effects of an information intervention on household water treatment

  • David Rehkopf, Stanford University, Using machine learning to examine heterogeneity of treatment effects: an epidemiologic and biostatistical perspective

CP 9: Innovative Approaches to Population Health Research

Alumni Fireside Lounge

  • Carolyn Cannuscio, University of Pennsylvania (Moderator)

    Jonathan Daw and Ashton Verdery, Penn State University, Finding a Donor: The Role of Social Kinship Network Processes in Racial Disparities in Living Donor Kidney Transplantation

  • Summer Sherburne Hawkins, Vito Cormun and Kit Baum, Boston College, Using Big Data to Examine the Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Disparities in Breastfeeding

  • Corina Graif, Penn State University, Big data analytics and large scale networks for communities and health: Challenges and opportunities

CP 10: Emerging Research on LGBTQ Health & Health Disparities

Penn State Room

  • Bridget K. Gorman, Rice University (Moderator)

  • Gilbert Gonzalez, Vanderbilt University, Differences in Mental Health and Substance Use by Sexual Orientation: Results from the NHIS

  • Alexa Solazzo, Bridget Gorman, and Justin Denney, Rice University, Cancer Screening Utilization among U.S. Women: How Mammogram and Pap Test Use Varies Among Heterosexual, Lesbian, and Bisexual Women

  • Zelma Tuthill, Rice University, Racial Disparities in Self-Rated Health Status among Gay/Lesbian, Bisexual, and Heterosexual Men and Women
11:45 - 1:00

Lunch and Closing Remarks

Ballroom ABC
  • Yonette F. Thomas, New York Academy of Medicine, Association of American Geographers, and University of Miami - Miller School of Medicine