COPH Innovation Expo

2nd Annual Midwest Public Health Innovation and Research Expo

Friday, October 28, 2022 

The Midwest PHIRE is made possible through the College of Public Health Innovation Fund and is co-sponsored by The Great Plains IDeA-CTR and the University of Nebraska Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Congratulation to Midwest Public Health Innovation and Research Expo Poster Awardees!

In alphabetical order by investigator’s last name

kirkpatrick_and_zheng-1.jpg    Ciera Kirkpatrick, PhD 

Assistant Professor of Advertising & Public Relations
University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications
Co-Author: Sungkyoung Lee
#momlifeisthebestlife: How Social Media’s Portrayals of Motherhood are Harming New Mothers


lubisi-1.jpg    Julie Lubisi, Doctoral Student

Health Promotion, College of Public Health, UNMC
Co-Authors: Iftikher Mahmood, Wael ElRayes, Md Golam Hafiz, Farhana Ul Hoque, and Shireen Rajaram
Evaluation of the GBV Response among the Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh


sun_and_zheng-1.jpg    Xinyu Sun, Doctoral Student

Biostatistics, College of Public Health, UNMC
Co-Author: Su Chen
Do we need multiple testing adjustment in both discovery and replication cohorts?

Xiaoqing Wang (not pictured)
PharmD and MPH Student, Colleges of Pharmacy and Public Health, UNMC
Co-Authors: Alfred Anzalone, Cheng Zheng, and Ran Dai
Understanding COVID-19 recurrence events using National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C) Enclave data


The all-day event took place in UNMC’s Maurer Center for Public Health on the Omaha campus and enabled faculty, students and stakeholders to meet collaborators and community and clinical partners, showcase their research, hear updates from UNMC College of Public Health Innovation Fund investigators, and brainstorm innovative ideas for federal funding.

PHIRE Save the Date October 28, 2022


Previous Innovation Expo Information
1st Annual Innovation Expo  

Friday, November 12, 2021

The Innovation Expo provides a venue for College of Public Health faculty to meet collaborators, showcase their research through oral presentations, and hear updates from Innovation Fund investigators.

The event featured presentations on:

   • Building Teams
   • Assessing Connections within the Agricultural Community
   • Improving Future Responses to Floods
   • Effects of Drought on Suicide in Nebraska
   • Student Research
   • Patient Barriers to Accessing Health Care
   • Global Health Research

Schedule at a glance:

  • Morning Sessions
    • Theme: Working Together
    • Welcome and introduction to sessions
      • Session 1—Teams and Connectedness
      • Session 2—Collaborative Approach to Natural Disasters  
  • Afternoon Sessions
    • Theme: JEDI Code—Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
    • Welcome back and introduction to sessions
      • Session 3—Collaboration with Public Health Students
      • Session 4—Identifying Health Disparities and the Humans Affected
      • Session 5—Strong Community Partnerships

For detailed time schedule: PDF