Conference attendees view 42 research posters from faculty, students and community organizations.

2014 St. David's CHPR Annual Conference
Promoting Healthy Communities: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

About the Conference

Title: Promoting Healthy Communities: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Date: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Location: Etter-Harbin Alumni Center | 2110 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX
Registration: Registration for this event has ended.

Welcome to Promoting Healthy Communities: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, a research conference presented by St. David’s CHPR. The conference will feature podium presentations by six individuals, renowned for their work in the areas of public health, health disparities and research-based interventions. This daylong event will also include a Poster Presentation session featuring research addressing a wide array of health promotion topics. Click here to learn about St. David's CHPR.

Poster Presentation Abstracts: Click here to view the 2014 poster presentation abstracts!
PowerPoint Presentation: Click here to view the 2014 powerpoint presentations!
Brochure (includes speaker information, announcements): Click here to download the 2014 St. David's CHPR Brochure (PDF).

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Conference Registration

On-site registration will be available. Online registration closes at noon on March 24.

Registration Cost and Deadlines: All rates include a continental breakfast, box lunch, and breaks.

  • Early Bird Registration: $55.00 (Online registration open from Jan. 6 - Feb. 28, 2014)
  • General Registration: $75.00 (Online registration open from March 1 - March 24, 2014)
  • Student Registration: $20.00 (Online registration open from Jan. 6 - March 24, 2014)

Refunds: March 14 by 5 pm CST is the last day to apply for a full refund. Substitutions from the same agency are allowed at any time with prior notification to the registrar (email

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Conference Speakers

Keynote Speaker: Lawrence W. Green, DrPH, MPH

Lawrence W. Green is an adjunct professor in the department of epidemiology and biostatistics and the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, Population Sciences, at the University of California at San Francisco. Prior to this, he was director of the Office of Science and Extramural Research for the Centers for Disease Control. He has been a faculty member at UC Berkeley, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and the University of British Columbia. He was the first director of the federal Office of Health Promotion under the Carter Administration, and vice president of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. He has published broadly on program planning, evidence and evaluation issues in health services, public health and policy. His awards include the highest distinctions of the American Public Health Association, the American Academy of Health Behavior, the Society for Public Health Education, and the UC Berkeley School of Public Health Alumnus of the Year. In 2009, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

Dr. Green’s presentation is sponsored by The Jack and Laura Lee Blanton Lectureship in Nursing

Saba W. Masho, MD, MPH, DrPH

Saba W. Masho is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Population Health and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She is the Director of Community Engaged Research at the VCU Institute of Women’s Health. Dr. Masho is a principal investigator and co-investigator of multiple federally funded research projects in the area of perinatal health, provision of comprehensive care to underserved pregnant women, and health disparities. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and given several national scientific presentations.

Dr. Masho’s presentation is sponsored by The George and Diana Sharpe Perinatal Lectureship in Nursing

Lynn Rew, EdD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN

Lynn Rew is the Denton and Louise Cooley and Family Centennial Professor of Parent-Child Nursing at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. She is currently testing the feasibility of a brief intervention to enhance psychological capital in homeless young women. This intervention focuses on a population that is highly vulnerable to adverse physical and psychological outcomes and consists of group activities that help the women set realistic and attainable goals to improve their quality of life. The study is a component of Rew’s program of research addressing the health behaviors of adolescents, for which she has received more than $5 million in continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Rew’s presentation is sponsored by The George and Diana Sharpe Perinatal Lectureship in Nursing

Harold W. (Bill) Kohl III, PhD

Harold W. Kohl is professor of epidemiology and kinesiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center – Houston School of Public Health and The University of Texas at Austin. He was formerly lead epidemiologist and team leader in the Physical Activity and Health Branch of the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and initiated Active Texas 2020, a state physical activity plan for Texas. He has served as an elected trustee and is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology. He is founder and president of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health and editor emeritus of the Journal of Physical Activity and Health. Dr. Kohl is currently serving on the Science Board of the U.S. President’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.

George Demiris, PhD, FACMI

George Demiris is the Alumni Endowed Professor in Nursing at the School of Nursing, and Biomedical and Health Informatics, at the School of Medicine, University of Washington. He is the Graduate Program Director of the Biomedical and Health Informatics Graduate Program at the School of Medicine and the Director of the Clinical Informatics and Patient Centered Technologies Program . He obtained his MSc degree in Medical Informatics from the University of Heidelberg, Germany and his doctorate in Health Informatics from the University of Minnesota. His research interests include the design and evaluation of home based technologies for older adults and patients with chronic conditions and disabilities, smart homes and ambient assisted living applications and the use of telehealth in home care and hospice. He has served as the Chair of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) Working Group on Smart Homes and Ambient Assisted Living, and the Lead Convener of the Technology and Aging Special Interest Group of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA). He is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics.

Dr. Demiris’s presentation is sponsored by The Jack and Laura Lee Blanton Lectureship in Nursing.

Miyong Kim, PhD, RN, FAAN

Miyong Kim is professor of nursing and associate vice president for Community Health Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Kim is an internationally respected translational researcher who uses community-based participatory research to reduce health disparities among traditionally underserved ethnic minority populations. Her research focuses on the key areas of hypertension and diabetes control, cancer prevention and mental health. Her research has been continuously funded for the last 23 years, primarily by the National Institutes of Health. The local and global impact of her research and scholarship has changed the research methods of those working in the field of cardiovascular prevention science in vulnerable populations.

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Conference Schedule

2014 conference schedule listing the event time and program details
Time Program
8:00 - 8:30 Conference Check-in & Continental Breakfast
8:35 - 8:40 Welcome:
Lorraine Walker, EdD, RN, MPH, FAAN
Director, St. David’s CHPR
8:40 - 9:00 Opening Remarks:
Alexa Stuifbergen, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean, The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing
9:00 - 10:00 Keynote:
Community-Based Research - Past, Present, and Future
Lawrence W. Green, DrPH, MPH
University of California at San Francisco
10:00 - 10:15 Break

10:15 - 12:00

Morning Session
Moderator: Sharon Horner, PhD, RN, FAAN
The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing

A Collaborative Approach in Reducing Perinatal Disparities: Experience from the Richmond Healthy Start Initiative
Saba W. Masho, MD, MPH, DrPH
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Health Promotion in Homeless Populations
Lynn Rew, EdD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN
The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing

12:00 - 1:30 Poster Session & Lunch (provided)
1:30 - 3:15 Afternoon Session
Moderator: Namkee G. Choi, PhD
The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work

Evidence-based Practices for Increasing Physical Activity
Harold W. (Bill) Kohl, PhD
University of Texas Health Science Center – Houston School of Public
Health and The University of Texas at Austin

Using Technology to Facilitate Community-Based Interventions to Support Older Adults
George Demiris, PhD, FACMI
University of Washington School of Nursing & School of Medicine
3:15 - 3:30 Break
3:30 - 4:00 Academic and Community Partnerships to Promote the Health of Underserved Communities
Miyong Kim, PhD, RN, FAAN
The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing



Click here to download the 2014 St. David's CHPR Brochure to learn about the speakers, announcements and a full schedule of the conference events (PDF).

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Conference Co-Sponsors

  • The St. David's Excellence Fund for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research
  • The Jack and Laura Lee Blanton Lectureship in Nursing
  • The George and Diana Sharpe Perinatal Lectureship in Nursing
  • The Charles and Elizabeth Prothro Regents Chair In Health Care Management – Dr. Reuben McDaniel, Jr.
  • Sigma Theta Tau International – Epsilon Theta Chapter
  • Center for Social Work Research

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Continuing Education Hours Available

Nurses, social workers and licensed professional counselors may earn continuing education contact hours by attending the entire conference. There are 5.0 contact hours for Nursing continuing education, and 5.5 CEUs for Social Work continuing education.

Please visit our website for the most up-to-date information regarding the number of CE hours available, requirements and our accredited providers.

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Scholarships Available

Application Deadline: February 28, 2014
Download the Scholarship Application (Word)

A small number of registration scholarships are available for non-profit community agency staff members. To apply for a scholarship, please download the online application and e-mail the completed form to Scholarship applications will be accepted through February 28, 2014, and notifications of awards will be made via email by March 7, 2014.

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Call for Poster Presentations

Abstract Deadline: February 10, 2014
Download the Poster Presentation Abstract Template (Word)

Faculty, community members, and graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to submit abstracts for review. Poster presentations are invited on topics addressing ANY aspect of health disparities, health promotion, or disease prevention research in underserved populations. Posters may report preliminary results of work in progress. Scholarly presentations consistent with the mission of St. David's CHPR will be selected, and the first author will be notified via email by February 21, 2014.

Please Note: Poster Presenters must register and pay for the conference.

Requirements for submission are as follows:


  • Format: One page, single spaced, Times 11-pt, 1” margins, 500 words maximum (Download & Use Poster Abstract Template - Word Format)
  • Organization: Purpose; Methods; Findings; Conclusions
  • Cover Letter: Request to submit, author(s) name, credentials, affiliation, address, phone, email, where previously presented (if appropriate) and a permission to publish statement as follows:
    • If selected, I agree to present a poster at the St. David's CHPR Conference on April 2, 2014. I give permission for the abstract and a photo of the poster to be used for distribution in all forms of media [print, electronic, website, video].
  • First Author: First author can be selected only once; first author will be contact person


  • Format: Maximum size to fit a poster board of 4’ x 6’; tacks will be provided
  • Handouts are optional and must be provided by the author (25 copies suggested)


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Transportation and Parking

Parking at The University of Texas at Austin is extremely limited, and we encourage participants to consider using the public bus and UT Shuttle systems. More information on public transportation can be found at the Capital Metro Website.

Public parking is offered, when available, for a fee at Trinity, Brazos and San Jacinto parking garages on campus – all of which are within walking distance of the Alumni Center.

  • Trinity Garage – 1815 Trinity Street
  • Brazos Garage – 210 E. Martin Luther King Boulevard
  • San Jacinto Garage – 2401 San Jacinto Boulevard
  • Cost: $15 (4-8 hours); $18 (8-24 hours)

More information about public parking on campus, including maps and cost, can be found at UT Austin Parking and Transportation Service Website.

Registrants with state-issued disability placards or license plates can access handicapped parking spots located in front of the Alumni Center. Those who wish to do so must obtain a special parking permit at a campus guard kiosk. Guard kiosks near the Alumni Center are located on San Jacinto Boulevard at East 20 ½ Street and at San Jacinto Boulevard and East 24th Street. Kiosks open at 7:30 am daily.

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