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Preconference Workshop


IAPHS will offer pre-conference workshops in connection with the 2023 Conference to be held in Baltimore, Maryland, October 2-5, 2023. Workshops will be held Monday, October 2. Additionally, virtual workshops will be held in weeks prior to and following the conference. 




Student Member – $45
Student Non-Member – $55
Regular Member – $115
Regular Non-Member – $150

Unpacking the Relationship between Education and Dementia in Diverse Populations: A Primer on Data, Measurement, and Research and Funding Opportunities

Monday, October 2, 2023 at 8:30AM – 12:30PM EDT

Session Chairs:
Pamela Herd, Georgetown University
Katrina M. Walsemann, University of Maryland, College Park

About 6.1 million older U.S. adults have dementia, a number that is projected to more than double by 2060. While education is strongly predictive of dementia onset, we still have much to learn as to why more education is so protective or how the relationship differs across diverse populations. Read more

Advancing Equity and Inclusion in Research Using Community-Engaged Approaches

Monday, October 2, 2023 at 8:30AM – 12:30PM EDT

Session Chair: Rachel Bergmans, University of Michigan

The overarching goal of this workshop is to equip participants with tools and strategies that they can implement within their research to advance equity and inclusion. Content for this workshop is rooted in community-engaged research principals and anti-racist pedagogical practices. Read more

National Center for Health Statistics: Realizing the Power of Data through Linkages

Monday, October 2, 2023 at 8:30AM – 12:30PM EDT

Session Chairs:
Jessie Parker, National Center for Health Statistics at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Jonathan Aram, National Center for Health Statistics at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has a longstanding data linkage program that integrates data from national population and provider surveys with key sources of health outcomes and health care utilization information. Read more

Strengthening Research for Action at the Intersection of Environmental & Social Determinants of Health

Monday, October 2, 2023 at 8:30AM – 12:30PM EDT

Session Chairs:
Allison Appleton, Oregon Health & Science University, School of Nursing
Hector Olvera-Alavrez, Oregon Health & Science University, School of Nursing

Social and environmental health risks do not exist in isolation and instead co-occur, particularly among populations that experience health inequities. Pervasive environmental injustices highlight the need for rigorous interdisciplinary socio-environmental research and effective strategies to improve health equity. Read more


Innovative Research Methods and Approaches to improve Community Health and Population Sciences Research

Monday, October 2, 2023 at 1:00PM – 5:00PM EDT

Session Chairs:
Priscah Mujuru, National Institutes of Health
Nancy Jones, National Institutes of Health

Health disparity issues among sex, gender, and gender minority (SGM) are often addressed in research that include communities and population sciences. In tandem with this year’s theme on understanding and closing the gap in population health disparities related to sex, gender and gender minority, an innovative approach to research is required. Read more

Introduction to Cognition Data Resources in the Health and Retirement Study

Monday, October 2, 2023 at 1:00PM – 5:00PM EDT

Session Chair: Amanda Sonnega, University of Michigan

With the recent availability of high-quality nationally representative information on dementia in the United States and around the world, population scientists are increasingly turning their attention to asking and answering important questions related to cognitive aging at the population level. This workshop provides an introduction to the rich data resources of the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) that support this kind of research.

Gender-Responsive Monitoring and Evaluation for Women’s Reproductive, Sexual, and Maternal Health

Monday, October 2, 2023 at 1:00PM – 5:00PM EDT

Session Chairs:
Anju Malhotra, Global Financing Facility and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Rosemary Morgan, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Integrating gender into monitoring and evaluation (M&E) for sexual, reproductive, and maternal health is vital not only to catalyze collective action to advance gender equality, but also to hold leaders accountable on commitments in this critical space of women’s and girls’ rights. Many working in this space have long known that “we measure what we treasure, and we treasure what we measure.” Read more


Leveraging a New Public Resource: Using the Florida State University (FSU)-University of Michigan (UM) O*NET Data Linkage Project to Study Population Health

Monday, October 2, 2023 at 5:30PM – 7:30PM EDT

Session Chair: Dawn Carr, Florida State University

This workshop will describe the new Florida State University (FSU)-University of Michigan (UM) Occupational Information Network (O*NET) data linkage project, give researchers an overview of what O*NET measures are and why they are useful for scholars across disciplines, and provide examples based on publicly available population surveys (e.g., Current Population Survey). Read more

Positionality for Population Health Researchers: Exploring the Role of Our Social Identities in Quantitative Research

Monday, October 2, 2023 at 5:30PM – 7:30PM EDT

Session Chairs:
Jen Cruz, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Jocelyn Chu, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Who we are, who we are in community with, and where we are from all play a role in the science we do- from the research questions we ask to the evidence we use to back our claims. Positionality refers to how our social identities and lived experiences not only influence the choices we make throughout the research process but also how those factors shape how others view us, our work, and the power we hold in a specific research context. Read more




Student Member – $45
Student Non-Member – $55
Regular Member – $115
Regular Non-Member – $150

Population Data for Population Health

Thursday, September 7, 2023 at 10:00AM – 2:00PM MDT

Session Chair: Norm Thurston, NAHDO

NAHDO will provide an overview of all-payer claims database (APCD) and hospital discharge database (HDD) programs, including the strengths and weaknesses of SDoH and demographic data within these systems and how these data are integrated with other population health data sources (e.g., geographically aggregated socioeconomic and environmental factors). Read more

Honoring Culture and Equity in Research and Evaluation: Using the I.M.P.A.C.T. Framework

Thursday, September 14, 2023 at 10:00AM – 12:00PM MDT

Session Chairs:
Sharon Attipoe-Dorcoo, TERSHA LLC and Texas Woman’s University
Norma Martinez-Rubin, Evaluation Focused Consulting

This 2-hour workshop will offer participants a means to examine what being “culturally responsive” and “equitable” is in current research and evaluation practice. Read more

Stories are Science, Stories are Policies: Lessons, Challenges, and Opportunities when working with Health Equity Storytellers

Thursday, September 21, 2023 at 10:00AM – 2:00PM MDT

Session Chairs:
LaShaune P. Johnson, Creighton University
David O. Fakunle, Morgan State University
Sarah Lux, Creighton University

Join, Drs. LaShaune Johnson (a sociologist and poet), David Fakunle (a public health storyteller), and Sarah Lux (an educational researcher) as they guide participants through their journeys of utilizing storytelling as a powerful tool for ethical community engagement, culturally-responsive art and rigorous population science. Read more

Shifting Power and Advancing Equity in Population Health

Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 10:00AM – 2:00PM MDT

Session Chairs:
Jeff Jordan, Population Reference Bureau
Amanda Burgess, Johns Hopkins University

The public health field has been engaging in efforts to better understand the historical power dynamics and shift power. Colonialism and its legacy are part of our shared human history. Read more

So You Want to Write a Book: The Nuts and Bolts of Publishing with a University Press

Thursday, October 26, 2023 at 10:00AM – 2:00PM MDT

Session Chairs:
Naa Oyo A. Kwate, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Robin Coleman, Johns Hopkins University Press

This workshop demystifies the process of publishing a sole-authored book with a university press. We will cover such topics as: the risks and rewards of book writing; developing an appropriate subject; research funding; identifying target audiences; identifying possible publishers; how editors work; the book proposal; and the peer review and production process. Read more

Spatial Techniques for Population Health & Health Equity Research

Thursday, November 9, 2023 at 10:00AM – 12:00PM MDT

Session Chairs:
Dustin Duncan, Columbia University
Kat Theall, Tulane University

The increasing focus on population health and health equity research will require projects that examine and address the geographic contexts where we live, work, play, worship, and socialize, among other salient geographically based contexts. Read more


Workshops should be designed to engage the audience in a focused learning, skill-oriented interactive experience. For each workshop, some didactic presentation content is acceptable, but the emphasis should be on engaging with the audience and aimed at filling a current gap in knowledge or practice. Case studies, simulation, small group exercises, and sharing of tools and resources is strongly encouraged. Workshops will be held in 2 hour or 4-hour time blocks.  Proposals will be solicited from the IAPHS membership and reviewed by the Professional Development Committee, in conjunction with the Program Committee Chairs.

In Person and Virtual Workshops are available.


Content: The content of the workshop should be relevant to either one or more of the conference topics or fit within the mission of IAPHS. There should be clear learning objectives listed as part of the submitted proposal.

    • Priority will be given to workshops that have potential to advance the impact of interdisciplinary IAPHS research and translation in concordance with the mission of IAPHS, supports and provides additional educational support to advance a new and novel interdisciplinary approach or topic, addresses an ongoing training gap or challenge within IAPHS.

 Structure: The structure of the workshop session should be designed to include elements of didactic and interactive learning methods that provide a high-quality learning experience for the attendees. The workshop should be organized to successfully achieve its learning objectives.

 Impact: The attendees of the workshop should have gained knowledge, skills, or experiences that they can practically apply at their home institutions. Thus, the workshop should explicitly describe how the listed learning objective will be translated into “take-homes” for attendees.

 Faculty: The proposal should describe the qualifications of the faculty/facilitators to lead the workshop session (i.e. their involvement in the implementation or research in a given topic should be described as part of their biographic data).