(COLLEGE STATION, TX) — In honor of National Public Health Week this week, Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health faculty, staff and students participated in the second annual research poster symposium and student poster contest.

Twenty-six individuals – 12 faculty-staff and 14 students – participated in the event, which provides an opportunity to highlight and share the range of HSC-SRPH research and outreach activities with colleagues and the community. HSC-SRPH is the first and only school of public health in the United States to have a rural focus.

Student posters were judged by representatives from each of the school’s departments: Environmental and Occupational Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Health Policy and Management, and Social and Behavioral Health.

First place went to first-year M.P.H. student Evan Ehsani for “A Comprehensive Approach to Improve Disease Self-Management in Heart Failure Patients with Metabolic Syndrome.” Contributors were Gabriel Anzueto, Ranjita Misra, Nalini Ramaswami, Allison Pritchett, Ashok Balasubramanyam and Julie Lager.

Second place went to second-year M.S.P.H. student Mark Kelinske for “Metal Concentrations in Maternal Tissue, Drinking Water, and Herbal Remedies: An Exploratory Exposure Assessment.” Contributors were Thomas McDonald, K.C. Donnelly, Robert Taylor and Paul Boothe.

Third place went to second-year M.S.P.H. student Rebecca Price for “Distribution of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in the Blood Serums in Pregnant Women and Their Newborns in Brownsville, Texas.”

All three winners are students in the HSC-SRPH Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. The posters will be on display in the school’s Classroom Building through Friday, April 6.

— Rae Lynn Mitchell