UP-CPH Students and Faculty Bag Best Paper Awards in the 49th Asia Pacific Consortium for Public Health (APACPH) Conference

SEOUL, REPUBLIC OF KOREA -- Five students and a faculty from the College of Public Health, University of the Philippines Manila werecited for papers presented during the 49th Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health (APACPH) held in Seoul last 17-19 August 2017.

-by Carl Abelardo T. Antonio
23 August 2017

Strong UP-CPH Contingent (from L to R): Dr. Amiel Nazer Bermudez, Yves Miel Zuniga, Prof. Buenalyn Mortel,
Sophia De Chavez, Richard Christoffe Reyes, Dr. Sharon Villanueva, Dorothy Ortega, Frances Evangeline Vista, and
Dr. Carl Abelardo Antonio

Jenalynne Mareah Chua (BSPH, 2017) was one of the five recipients of the Young Investigator Travelers Award (YITA). The YITA provides funding to promising investigators to encourage and promote quality of research in public health.

Sophia de Chavez (BSPH 2017), Frances Evangeline Vista (BSPH 2015), and Dr. Amiel Nazer Bermudez (faculty, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics) were given Outstanding Oral Presentation awards, while Yves Miel Zuniga (BSPH 2016) and Richard Christoffe Reyes (BSPH 2017) received Outstanding Poster Presentation awards. A total of 14 papers for oral presentation, and 10 papers for poster presentation

Papers from CPH accepted for presentation in the 49th Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health Conference

Oral Presentation

Title Presenter
1. Vulnerability of villages in a municipality in a watershed area in the Philippines to a leptospirosis outbreak: Application of a multicriteria method in climate change vulnerability assessment Amiel Nazer Bermudez
2. Microbial characterization of healthcare-associated infection-causing bacteria isolated from alcohol dispensers in a tertiary hospital in Manila Eli-Claire Suarez
3. Factors associated with the willingness of parents/guardians to avail of a dengue vaccine for their 9-14 year olds Ma. Sophia Graciela Reyes
4. Socio-cultural determinants affecting hypertension and the implementation of the Wellness Program for Senior Citizens in Quezon City, Philippines Glaiza Calayo-Garvilles
5. Gradients in wealth quintile and access to maternal care services in the Philippines. Carl Abelardo Antonio
6. An assessment of the physico-chemical and microbiological quality of ice blocks sold in selected wet markets located in the City of Manila Javier Alfonso Torres
7. Effects of different rice varieties on the weight, blood glucose, and triglyceride levels in Sprague Dawley rats Jenalynne Mareah Chua
8. Stakeholder perceptions on the challenges of financing debilitating illnesses Carl Abelardo Antonio
9. Factors contributing to the delay in the initiation of treatment of patients enrolled in the TB DOTS Program in a highly-urbanized city in the Philippines Frances Evangeline Vista
10. Men having sex with other men (MSM) clan membership in the Philippines: Challenges and opportunities towards HIV/AIDS prevention and control Ernesto Gregorio Jr.
11. Association of exposure to graphic health warnings with the smoking intention of nonsmoking college students in a government tertiary school in Metro Manila Sophia de Chavez
12. Prevalence and patterns of electronic cigarette use among senior undergraduate students in select universities in Manila Mary Joy Dimatatac
13. Prevalence of soil-transmitted helminth infections in school-aged children from a lake sub-watershed area in the Philippines Amiel Nazer Bermudez
14. Promoting emergency and disaster preparedness in selected Philippine higher education institutions in Metro Manila and its challenges Buenalyn Teresita Ramos-Mortel

Poster Presentation

Title Presenter
1. Job stress and obesity among BIR employeesin Butuan City Kim Cochon
2. Prioritizing maternal and child health through paid maternity leave policies in the workplace: A scoping review Arianna Maever Amit
3. Determination of maternal and child nutritional status of a low-income community in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines John Oliver Estadilla
4. Detection of A baumannii complex in selected fomites in the Medicine and Surgery wards of a public tertiary hospital Richard Christoffe Reyes
5. Estimation of the association between indoor rat infestation and leptospirosis using Bayesian multilevel modeling Kim Cochon
6. Knowledge, attitudes and practices of university students related to HPV infection and vaccination Ernesto Gregorio Jr.
7. Determining the factors that influence the condom use self-efficacy of female undergraduate students in the Philippines Yves Miel Zuniga
8. Suggested guidelines and optimal timing of cord clamping for improved maternal and infant health and nutrition outcomes: A scoping review Lauren Rose Tamondong
9. Factors associated with acceptance of mass drug administration to control morbidity due to soil-transmitted helminthiasis in preschool-age children in areas of high susceptibility in San Juan City, Philippines Joram Nelson Vivo II
10. Determinants of electronic cigarette use among senior undergraduate students in select universities in Manila Mary Joy Dimatatac

Young Investigator Travelers Award (YITA)

The Young Investigator Travelers Award (YITA) provides funding to promising investigators to encourage and promote
quality of research in public health. It provides economy round-flight ticket, accommodation and registration fee waived to
the awardee.

  1. Lihua Hu (Nanchang University)
  2. Chintha Rupasinghe (University of Colombo)
  3. Sherly Saragih Turnip (Universitas Indonesia)
  4. Rajini Sooyanarana (Institute of Public Health, Malaysia)
  5. Jenalynne Mareah Chua (University of Philippines)


Outstanding Oral Presenters

  1. Frances Evangeline Vista from the University of the Philippines
  2. Ajchara Seeya from Mahidol University
  3. Thilini Agampodi from Rajarata University of Sri Lanka
  4. Nam Tran from the Institute for Social Science Research
  5. Sattamat Lappharat from Chulalongkom University
  6. Indira Rezki Wahyuni from University of Indonesia
  7. Xiao fei Nie from Wuhan University
  8. Kenneth Lo from the Chinese University
  9. Mohammad Hasnat from School of Medicine and Public Health
  10. Naruemon Auemaneekul from Mahidol University
  11. Mi Hee Noh from Korea University
  12. Kimiyo Kikuchi from Kyushu University
  13. Amiel Nazer Bermudez from University of the Philippines
  14. Chiyoung Hwang from Kyoto University School of Public Health
  15. Sophia de Chavez from University of the Philippines
  16. Chunlan Guo from the Chinese University of Hong Kong
  17. Kavinda Dayasiri from University of Colombo

Outstanding Poster Presenters

  1. Sai Vaibhav Devarapalli from Mahatma Gandhi Medical College, Punducherry
  2. Yves Miel Zuniga from the University of the Philippines
  3. Hyun Jin Kim from the Catholic University of Korea
  4. Sol Lee from Korea University
  5. Hedaya Alblewi from King Salman Armed Forces Hospital Tabuk
  6. Hazanuddin Ishak from Hasanuddin University
  7. Ji Hyun Yang from Yonsei University
  8. Noer Bahry Noor from Hazanuddin University
  9. Wiam Rigati from University of Indonesia
  10. Yu-Chin Hsu from China Medical University
  11. Richard Christoffe Reyes from the University of the Philippines
  12. Kyi Mar Wai from University of Tokyo
  13. Tsai Chin-Chuan from I-Shou University
  14. Boonma Soontaraviratana from Naresuan University
  15. Reni Suhelmi from Hasanuddin University
  16. Shiao-Ying Jung from Beitou District Health Center, Taipei City
  17. Van Rooyen Belinda from King Salman Armed Forces Hospital Tabuk
  18. Jin Young Nam from Yonsei University