Poster submissions were not limited to students or faculty. Several DFPM staff members presented research work, either as part of their work duties or as part of their own studies in other departments. Mayumi Kasai, a Physician Assistant (PA) Studies employee who is pursuing an Education Doctoral degree (EdD), presented research on how to support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in the PA programs. She credits the success of her research to the supportive nature of PA division leadership. “The PA division always encourages students, faculty, and staff to engage in research,” she said. “I hope to contribute to improving the PA program based on my research.”
The program was capped by keynote speaker Gbenga Ogedegbe, MD, MPH, who spoke on the challenges of health inequity and shared anecdotes about his experiences turning the results of research into powerful moments of change in individuals and health systems. “Find passion in what you do, it is so important,” he advised the researchers attending the summit. “Be open-minded and flexible in your scientific journeys. Be brave and don’t be afraid to explore other opportunities.”
During the poster session, participants were encouraged to rank the posters, followed by a period of voting where competing posters were made available online for those who weren’t able to attend the summit in-person. Three posters were voted best in their respective categories: “An Indoor Air Quality Pilot Project: Comparing Pre and Post Renovation Levels of PM 2.5 and Radon in Salt Lake City Homes,” submitted by Chandler Cottam of the Occupational and Environmental Health Division, won best Master’s candidate-level poster. “Process Evaluation of a Hypertension Disparities Dashboard,” submitted by Emmanuel Adediran of the Public Health Division, won best PhD-candidate level poster. And Olanrewaju Onigbogi, MD, MPH, submitter of the poster “Association Between Psychosocial Factors and Co-morbid Heavy Cigarette Smoking and Alcohol Use in a Homeless Population,” won the award for best MD/Post-doc level poster.