Public Health Faculty and Graduate Students Participate in Industry Conference

Dr Roberson and graduate students at CSTE conference

Assistant Professor of Public Health Emily K. Roberson, Ph.D., MPH, along with Master of Public Health (MPH) students Stephanie Buzzotta and Desiree Tupas attended the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) Annual Conference from June 10-14, 2018 in West Palm Beach, Florida. 

Roberson gave a presentation entitled, "Using Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System Data to Investigate Prescription Opioid Use during Pregnancy and Birth Outcomes in Hawai‘i" on June 10, as part of the conference's Maternal and Child Health Symposium. 

Buzzotta and Tupas are currently completing MPH Field Training internships in epidemiology, based in state health departments. In attending the CSTE Conference with Roberson, Buzzotta and Tupas were able to attend plenary sessions with leaders in the field of public health and participate in workshops, oral breakout sessions, roundtable discussions, and poster presentations on a broad range of topics, including informatics, infectious diseases, immunizations, environmental health, occupational health, chronic disease, injury control, and maternal and child health. They were also able to engage in networking opportunities designed for early career epidemiologists. Both students will be graduating from the MPH program in December 2018, so attending the CSTE conference additionally helped them identify post-graduation employment opportunities, and even helped them secure job and informational interviews with state and local public health agencies following the conference. 

Buzzotta shares, "Through presentations, I was able see real-life application of many concepts and skills I have learned throughout my public health education. In addition, the conference facilitated networking with other public health professionals and sharing of ideas. I was also lucky to obtain supplemental information which will help me with my MPH Capstone and my current intern position at the at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of Infectious Disease Control. After receiving my MPH, I hope to have a career in epidemiology and attend future CSTE conferences." 

Tupas similarly expressed, "Being a Student Disease Investigator at the Hawai‘i State Department of Health, my attendance at the CSTE Conference this year both galvanized and affirmed my work in foodborne disease surveillance by allowing me to learn new ideas and approaches in applied epidemiology. Having meaningful conversations with experts and influencers not only inspired my goals to have a career in epidemiology, but it also allowed me to establish new relationships with researchers that I communicated with after the conference to discuss issues I am interested in.”

Both students received partial funding from the Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee to support their travel to the CSTE Annual Conference.

Pictured: Desiree Tupas, Emily K. Roberson, Ph.D., and Stephanie Buzzotta