Delta Omega selects doctoral student Jessica Shotwell to present at APHA 2019

University of Georgia College of Public Health doctoral student Jessica Shotwell will present her research as part of the Delta Omega poster session at the 2019 American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting.

Shotwell was one of twenty-nine students selected to present their scholarship and research at the meeting.

Each year, the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health and the Academic Public Health Caucus sponsor a student poster session with presenters selected from local chapters of Delta Omega at CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health.

Shotwell’s poster will represent the culmination of two years of data collection across three large, Athens, Georgia-based health care clinics on health literacy, health autonomy and shared decision making.

One of the more striking findings of her study was that women reported lower levels of shared decision making and were more likely to feel disadvantaged in their interactions with their healthcare providers compared to men.

“This idea of health literacy, the capacity to understand health information and apply it to your life, is such a strong predictor and correlate to health status and health behaviors,” said Shotwell.

“What these data show is that women don’t feel they’re afforded the same opportunities to engage and converse with their doctors compared to men.”

Shotwell said she is honored to present and share her findings with a wider range of public health professionals.

“I’ll have a platform to talk about this work more and potentially having the ability to inform others,” she said. “It’s exciting to have the ability to disseminate this important work and contribute to the public health field.”

This poster session was created by Delta Omega to encourage and recognize the public health leaders of tomorrow. The sessions will be held on Monday, November 4 and Tuesday, November 5, in Philadelphia.

– Lauren Baggett

Posted on July 15, 2019.