AUA School of Public Health Alumnus Wins Best Poster Award in Italy

YEREVAN, Armenia – An alumnus of the American University of Armenia School of Public Health (AUA SPH) was awarded the Prize for Best Poster in the ASPHER Young Researchers Forum, a pre-conference event at the 8th European Public Health Conference that took place in Milan, Italy, from October 14 to 17, 2015. Armine Abrahamyan, who holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from AUA SPH completed in 2015, received the 500-Euro prize for her winning poster presentation. . The Young Researchers Forum was organized by the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER) and Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR). After a highly competitive selection process, ASPHER and CIHR selected 10 abstracts for oral presentations and 20 for poster presentations from 15 countries from Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Four of the 20 poster presentations selected were based on master thesis projects completed by 2015 AUA MPH graduates Gohar Abelyan, Armine Abrahamyan, Zaruhi Grigoryan, and Samvel Mkhitaryan. The young researchers presented their work and answered questions from an audience of prominent public health researchers.

Abrahamyan’s poster, “Pediatric Palliative Care in Armenia: A Qualitative Analysis of the Needs of Adolescents with Cancer and their Parents,” co-authored with Drs. Tsovinar Harutyunyan and Sarah Kagan, explored for the first time in Armenia the pediatric palliative needs of adolescents living with cancer. Abrahamyan was awarded a Short-Term Conference and Travel Grant by the Galouste Gulbenkian Foundation to attend the conference.

Abrahamyan has joined the Center for Health Services Research and Development (CHSR) at AUA School of Public Health in March 2014. She completed her Master of Public Health internship on the topic of pediatric palliative care at the Open Society Foundations—Armenia. She had also worked as a psychotherapist in the Department of Pediatric Oncology and Chemotherapy of the National Oncology Center in Yerevan for several years.

The AUA School of Public Health works actively to improve population health and health services in Armenia and the region through interdisciplinary education and development of public health professionals to be leaders in public health, health services research and evaluation, and health care delivery and management.

Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia and affiliated with the University of California. AUA provides a global education in Armenia and the region, offering high-quality, graduate and undergraduate studies, encouraging civic engagement, and promoting public service and democratic values.