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LHU students’ research accepted for APHA national meeting and expo

Two Lock Haven University students and their professor have submitted an abstract for consideration for the American Public Health Association’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Expo, which has been selected to be presented during the meeting in San Diego in November.

Catherine Mohn, community and public health major; Kelsey Leach, pre-physician assistant major; and Dr. Beth McMahon, health science and community and public health professor will give an oral presentation of their abstract, “Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team: Participatory Action Research,” at the meeting.

The students and McMahon worked with the Lycoming County Domestic Violence Fatality Review (LCDVFR) team and its chair, Judge Joy McCoy, to develop their research for the abstract.

Their presentation will highlight the outcomes of the LCDVFR team and identify key risk factors, opportunities for early intervention, and identify gaps of service.

“I feel that it is important to review past domestic violence fatalities in order to identify gaps in the system and make recommendations based on review findings so that future fatalities may be avoided,” Leach said.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner every minute. In 2017, 117 victims of domestic violence lost their lives in the state of Pennsylvania.

“I am looking forward to getting the opportunity to network with established professionals in my desired field, while learning about groundbreaking research and development in public health,” Mohn said about attending the meeting.

The APHA’s meeting is the largest annual gathering of public health professionals, with more than 12,000 expected to be in attendance – making it the most influential meeting in public health, according to APHA’s website.

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