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9th Annual Jean Mills Health Symposium


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Keynote Presentation: 9:15-10:15


Janice C. Probst, MS, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Health Services Policy and Management, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina. Dr. Probst leads the Federally-funded South Carolina Rural Health Research Center. Dr. Probst received her undergraduate training at Duke University and her graduate training at Purdue University (MS) and the University of South Carolina (PhD).  Dr. Probst has extensive experience in health services research, with an emphasis on rural and vulnerable populations.  She has more than 90 papers in the peer reviewed literature. Dr. Probst received the 2008 National Rural Health Association “outstanding researcher” award for her work in rural minority health.  Her contributions were recognized in 2013 at the University of South Carolina’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, with the Social Justice Award for faculty. 


Response Panel: 10:45 11:45

Dean Stephen Thomas, ECU College of Allied Health Science
Dean Sylvia Brown, ECU College of Nursing
Dean Greg Chadwick, ECU School of Dental Medicine



Luncheon Presentation: 11:45-1:00


Bambang Parmanto, PhD is a Professor of Health Information Management, Biomedical Informatics, and Clinical Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh. His research has been in the areas of telehealth, mobile health (mHealth), persuasive technologies, and data mining. He leads the development of many telehealth systems at the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Telerehabilitation, including an interactive telerehab system called VISYTER, a novel mHealth for enhanced wellness called iMHere, and a smartphone-based mental health intervention called smartCAT.  He is the recipient of the 2010 American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)’s Triumph Research Award.  His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA), National Science Foundation (NSF), Microsoft Research, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Veteran Administration (VA), Department of Defense (DoD), and by State of Pennsylvania.


Concurrent Session #1: 1:00-2:00



Healthy Homes
Andy Yakim, Enbergy Services Supervisor, GUC


Use of Social Media, Apps and Electronic Records to  Enhance Health and to Track Health and Health Care
Dr. Sarah Ferrell, Development Executive, Apple Education, Apple, Inc


A Community-University Partnership: Understanding, Preventing and Treating the Unique Mental Health and Illness-Related Problems of Minority Youth
Jeannie Golden, Beverly Sheaffer, Phyllis Hazel, Julie Harris, Kristen Alston, Shenae Whitehead, and Ruth-Ann Styron

A model for enhancing school-based mental health services through community-university partnerships was developed in rural North Carolina for minority students in middle and high school who otherwise would not have access to mental health services. Presenters will discuss unique aspects of mental health and health-related problems that might be encountered by minority students, including lesbian/gay/bi-sexual/transsexual (LGBTQ), Hispanic and African-American minorities. Presenters will focus on issues related to being invisible minorities, coping with overwhelming familial issues, involving parents in school-based counseling, stress reduction/relaxation training and the psychological effects of chronic illnesses. Presenters will describe effective ways to collaborate with other professionals and parents and to use evidence-based treatment approaches with minority students to help ameliorate these health disparities.


Concurrent Session #2: 2:15-3:15



The Use of a Personal Fitness Device in Conjunction with Online Social Networking as an Effective Delivery System for Occupational Therapy Community Practice
to Enhance an Individual’s Personal Occupation and Self-Efficacy

Chelsea Kapp and Leonard Trujillo

Participants wore a pedometer tracking device and participated in an on-line social support group daily.  Data was collected through the pedometer tracking device including steps taken and distance traveled.  Participants completed an on-line survey measuring health and wellness three separate times.  Correlation calculations were used to determine maintenance of physical activity over time (as indicated by steps taken and distance traveled).  Correlation calculations were also used to determine maintenance of healthy behaviors over time as indicated by health and wellness survey scores.  Data analysis indicated a strong positive correlation between all surveys and pedometer data for participants.  The use of the electronic pedometer and inclusion of the social media message board demonstrated a positive outcome of sustained fitness and healthy eating over a nine month period.



Cultivating Campus-Community Health Partnerships:  Promoting Healthy Families Across Generations with IGCC-Fit
Kerry Anne Littlewood, Deborah Moody, Shawan Sutton, Laurie Potter, and Andrea Bristol

The Lucille W. Gorham Intergenerational Community Center (IGCC) is a unique partnership among the West Greenville Community, the City of Greenville, East Carolina University, Pitt Community College and several nonprofit organizations. IGCC is committed to identifying and addressing the health and wellness needs of the community through innovative programs designed for all individuals across the life course. This presentation will focus on a program designed to promote healthy families across generations called IGCC-Fit. This program focuses on serving 300 youth, 100 adults and 100 seniors by providing the following services: 1) physical activities, 2) nutrition assistance, 3) education, and 4) community support and engagement.  The goals of the program are to 1) improve access to affordable, healthy food options, 2) increase opportunities for safe physical activities in the community, and 3) reduce health disparities, including: obesity, hypertension, and diabetes. IGCC Staff and Community Members will first describe the program start up, including issues that were most challenging for the community. Second, IGCC Staff will describe some of the outcomes and the innovative ways they have promoted health in the community, including staff/community softball games, walking club, and line dancing classes. Last, staff will discuss next steps and future plans. 


Expansion of Motivating Adolescents with Technology to CHOOSE Health (MATCH) to Fifteen Schools in Tier 1 Counties: Program Success and Expansion Challenges
Lauren Needell, Yancey Crawford, Suzanne Lazorick, George T. Hardison, and Xiangming Fang

Childhood obesity remains one of the most pressing public health epidemics in the United States, especially in rural settings and among minority groups. Middle school is an opportune time for intervention because students are developing decision-making skills and building life-long habits. Motivating Adolescents with Technology to CHOOSE Health (MATCH) represents a community-academic partnership aimed at reducing and preventing childhood obesity. Since 2007, 7th graders in low-resource, high-obesity schools in rural North Carolina have participated in MATCH and results thus far have been promising. Recently published pilot results from a single site show reductions in weight status as measured by a decrease in BMI z-score for overweight students. Foundation funds are in place for three years to expand MATCH, providing a rich opportunity to enhance implementation and continue studying its feasibility for widespread expansion. During the 2012-2013 school year, MATCH was expanded from six schools to fifteen with the majority of the schools being classified as Tier I (Tier 1 counties are considered “distressed” based on NC Department of Commerce rankings for economic wellbeing). From this expansion, several challenges, both expected and unforeseen, have emerged as the expansion progresses.