West Coast University Week 7 Smoking and Tobacco Use Discussion

Discussion Prompt 1: Please go to the following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: http://www.cdc.gov/DataStatistics/. On the top of the website, you will see a section titled “Data & Statistics by Topic.” In that section, please select the topic that is related to your final project (select another topic only if you cannot find anything related to your final project). For your chosen topic, find data reported by state and answer the following questions:

  1. Which state or states appear to have the highest and lowest rates of the outcome you were looking at? Provide a few numbers to explain the magnitude of the public health problem.
  2. Based on #1, what policies or practices do you think should be implemented to lower the public health problem in the state(s) that have the highest rates? Hint: You can base your answer on reputable websites that discuss current interventions in that given state.

Discussion Prompt 2: Imagine you are an evaluation consultant for a public health organization. The organization wants you to conduct a study to identify risk factors for a specific disease outcome in the community it serves. The organization wants you to conduct the study on a very tight budget, which will limit the number of participants you can include in your study. What would you say to the executive board of the organization to effectively convince the members that you need more money to conduct a larger study?

  • Discussion Prompt 3:Choose two (2) healthcare associations that interest you and to which you could present your research topic for this class.
  • Describe the research that is presented at the annual conferences for the two associations you chose. Which formats do the presentations take (verbal presentations, panel discussions, or poster presentations)?
  • Would these conferences be good venues for you to present your final research project?
  • Respond to at least two of your classmates’ or instructor’s posts. Which of the two associations/conferences your classmate posted do you believe would be the best venue for the chosen research project? Why?


The two healthcare associations that interest me are the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). The National Cancer Institute have several scientific meetings and lectures throughout the year mostly as a panel discussion, but include verbal presentations as well, regarding bioinformatics, information technology, cancer genomics, global health, cancer health disparitiies, population sciences, cancer epidemiology, genetics, and cancer prevention. The American Association for Cancer Research holds an annual meeting that consist of verbal presentations, panel discussions, and poster presentations. They are divided into different groups like: general session abstracts, invited speaker abstracts, ongoing clinical trials, poster session abstracts, poster spotlight session abstracts with a wide range of different topics. These meetings are held multiple times a year in different locations throughout the world (although mostly in the U.S.). These venues would be great for me to present my final research project because my topic is finding alternatives to immusuppressive therapy for organ transplant recipients. The reason there should be more research conducted on an alternative is because many cases of immunotherapy lead to some form of cancer. These two associations would be the ideal place to present this topic to.


National Cancer Institute. (2020). Retrieved from https://www.cancer.gov/“>https://www.cancer.gov/

American Association for Cancer Research. (2020). Retrieved from https://www.aacr.org/“>https://www.aacr.org/

Hi Class,

The two healthcare associations that interest me and where I would like to present my research topic to are the California Healthcare Interpreter Association (CHIA) conference and the American Public Health Association (APHA). CHIAs annual conferences have research presented in poster presentations, verbal and panel discussions during their networking, exhibition and educational workshop sessions. CHIA conferences always present medical and medicolegal research information regarding the use of interpreters not only in the U.S. but all over the world. This conference is an amazing conference to present my final research project to because my research involves how the quality of care increases when professional interpreters are used for limited English proficient patients (LEP). Adding to CHIAs already extensive research presentations regarding interpreters will be a great benefit for me and for the conference.

The American Public Health Association (APHA) also has annual conferences in where research is presented in posters and they also have verbal discussions during their networking and exhibitions. APHA is one of the largest public health expositions in where more than 13k public officials and leading health organizations come together and share their scientific program content, work and ideas of what’s been working for them and what programs are showing promise that can be incorporated into other health organizations in all aspects of care (APHA, 2020). This conference would also be a great place to present my findings since its one of the largest public health sectors where thousands of healthcare organizations come together. Sharing my research would be beneficial for all of them in taking it back to their employees and incorporating it into their daily work. APHA is all about promoting and protecting the health of the people and by knowing that my research adds to the promotion and protection of patients by providing a professional interpreter to increase the quality of care for LEP patients would be greatly beneficial for them and for me to share my findings.


American Public Health Association. (2020). Retrieved from: https://www.apha.org/about-apha“>https://www.apha.org/about-apha

California Healthcare Interpreter Association. (2020). Retrieved from: http://www.chiaonline.org/“>http://www.chiaonline.org/

Jacobsen, K. H. (2017). Introduction to health research methods (2nd ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.