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5th Annual Undergraduate Conference on Health and Society

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Day at a Glance:

  • Welcome/Breakfast in Slavin 112, Fishbowl: 8:30-9:15
  • Panel A Presentations in Harkins Hall: 
    9:30 – 10:50
  • Panel B Presentations in Harkins Hall: 11:00 – 12:15
  • Lunch in Slavin 112, Fishbowl: 
    12:30 – 1:30
  • Panel C Presentations in Harkins Hall:
    1:45 – 3:00


Panel A1: Mediating Health: Communication Technology and the Popular Imagination
9:30 – 10:50 am
Location: Harkins 305

New Media Epidemiologies and the 'Communication' of Disease: Electronic Support Groups vs. Self-Monitoring Apps in the Construction of Lay Knowledge
Emily Lim Rogers, Sarah Lawrence College

Conspicuous Consumption and Comparison Leading Towards Cosmetic Cures 
Joanna Rydzefski, Providence College

A New Heroine: Transforming the Public Image of the Army Nurse During World War II
Vivek Vishwanath, Yale

The Notebook: An Accidental Alzheimer's Awareness Campaign  
Danielle Waldron, Providence College

Faculty Discussant: TBD

Panel A2: Defining (Un)Healthy: Licit & Illicit Substances

9:30 – 10:50 am
Location: Harkins 312

Bounced between two cultures: Study of smoking behavior of Korean Americans
Loan Nguyen, MCPHS

Factors that influence the use of electronic cigarettes among college students: a meta-analysis of student-generated surveys
Brianna Ericson and Joe Tashjian, Roger Williams University

Defining Obesity
Meghan McInnis, Providence College

Talking about 'The Problem" Institutional Discourse on Drug Addiction and Strategies to Combating Illicit Substance Abuse in Midcoast Maine
Joseph Rosen, Bowdoin College

Faculty Discussant: Todd Olszewski, Providence College

Panel A3: The Affordable Care Act and Insurance Marketplaces 
9:30 – 10:50 am
Location: Harkins 308

A Generational Choice: The Millennials’ Likely Decision to Forego Enrollment in the New Health Care Exchanges 
Aleah George, Providence College

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Insuring Younger Americans
Regina Dello Russo, MCPHS

State Medicaid Programs: A Trifocal Examination of the Controversy 
Meredith Daly, Providence College

Comprehensive State-Mandated Insurance Coverage of Infertility
Danielle N Petrilli, Providence College

Faculty Discussant: TBD

Panel B1: Challenges in Contemporary Global Health Practice

11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Location: Harkins 305

(Re)Imagining Cocaleros as a Social Health Movement: Mobilizing Around Cocaine Eradication in Bolivia and Colombia
Danielle McColgan, Smith College

Assessing the Readiness of Nairobi Deaf Youth to Accept a Best-practice HIV/AIDS Intervention
Ke'ala Morrell, Brown University

Mental Health in Jamaica: An Approach to Awareness and Treatment in Children
Sam Curran and Lilly Naqvi, Roger Williams University

Faculty Discussant: Tuba Agartan, Providence College

Panel B2: Gendered Dimensions of Health
11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Location: Harkins 312

Does Medicalized Abortion Mean Safe Abortion?: An Examination of the Consequences of Current Texas Abortion Discourses and their Historical Antecedents
Calla Hastings, Bowdoin College

Barriers Latin American Immigrant Women Face in Accessing Reproductive Health Services in The United States
Isabel Odean, Sarah Lawrence College

Domestic Violence in the Spotlight: From the Private Sphere to Popular Culture
Taylor Rinefierd Providence College

Faculty Discussant: Jessica Mulligan, Providence College

Panel B3: Experimenting with Ethics: Consent, Privacy, and Economic Inequality
11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Location: Harkins 308

Corrected for the Children & the Taxpayer: The Sterilization of Women in Correctional Facilities Today, Context & Considerations for Public Health
Michelle Bailhe, Brown University

Malawi’s Tobacco Paradox: Short Term Survival Versus Long Term Languish
Nikhil Sangave, MCPHS

A Hippocratic Oath for Facebook: How Social Media Raises Fundamental Questions about Trust, Communication, and Identity in Medicine
Daniel Coppersmith, Brown University

Faculty Discussant: Jennifer Tebbe-Grossman, MCPHS University

LUNCH (Slavin Center 112, Fishbowl): 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Members of the Providence College Health Care Club will be available to guide presenters and guests to and from our lunch in the Slavin Center.

Panel C1: Care Management 2.0: Changing Care Models

1:45 – 3:00 pm
Location: 305

Welcome Back, It’s Not so Nice to See You: An Analysis of Pilot Programs and Solutions to Prevent America’s Hospital Readmissions
Alexandria McPherson, Providence College

Collaborative Primary Care Practice in the Community: Inclusion of the Paramedic
William Donovan and Anthony Primavera, MCPHS

Electronic Health Records and Rural Communities
Kaitlin Bischoff, Providence College

The Evaluation of Wellness Programs for Our Returning Veterans
Alexandra Rawson, Providence College

Faculty Discussant: TBD

Panel C2: Creating Healthy Environments: A Role for Measurement, Planning and Assessment
1:45 – 3:00 pm
Location: Harkins 301

A Comparative Analysis of Healthy, Local Food Initiatives in Massachusetts and Rhode Island
Alexandra Male, Providence College

Estimating the Prevalence of Hepatitis C in Rhode Island
Elizabeth Kinnard, Brown University

Primary Care Physician Shortage
Sara A Gorham, Providence College

Public Transportation: Perceptions of Cleanliness Contributing to Poor Health
Dashka Bernard, MCPHS

Faculty Discussant: Thomas Sorger, Roger Williams University

​Undergraduate Conference 

Our annual conference provides students and faculty at PC with an opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards of organizing an academic conference. Each year, PC students participate as full partners in peer reviewing paper proposals. Students also develop hands-on experience in event planning, as student workers coordinate food, hospitality, registration, and host dozens of attendees from colleges and universities throughout the region. Since 2011, funding for this initiative has been provdied through the Office of Institutional Advancement and the Canavan Family Endowment. We are deeply indebeted to the Canavan family for their continued support, which fosters a lively debate about health policy and medical ethics at PC.

In recent years, the conference has attracted a range of students from colleges and universities across the nation. Conference panels featured presentations by students from Providence College, Brandeis, Brown, UCLA, Connecticut College, University of Houston, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, University of New Hampshire, Sarah Lawrence, Stonehill, Tufts, and Yale. Presenters will have the opportunity to meet dozens of students with similar interests and to hear a variety of papers on historical and contemporary issues in health care.

Digital Publishing

An online repository of student presentations from past conferences can be found at the PC LIbrary's Digital Commons site. Papers are organized by panel topic. Each year, we will add student papers to this site, providing students with the ability to share their work with a wider audience beyond those in attendance at the conference. Presenters interested in publishing their papers online should contact Hailie Posey​, the College's Digital Publishing Services Coordinator.

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