School of Public Health student to present research on race and ethnicity’s role in healthcare at the American Public Health Association Meeting and Expo

Jordan Ceglar, a senior in the West Virginia University School of Public Health, is one of the few selected students to present at the Delta Omega poster session at the American Public Health Association Meeting and Expo from Nov. 6-9.

“It was great to see such time and dedication pay off,” Ceglar said. “More than anything, I was ecstatic to learn that I would be able to present and share my findings with the attendees at this year's conference.”

His presentation is titled "Racial and Ethnic Differences in Eating Disorder Treatment Seeking Behavior in a Pregnant Population." 

“For me, it is not about having a publication to add to my CV, but it is about making sure that everyone receives the fair and equitable care they deserve,” Ceglar said.

While the goal of Ceglar’s project is to look at the differences in eating disorder treatment-seeking behavior in a pregnant population, he wants to raise awareness that this is not the only area of healthcare that needs attention.

“I want people to recognize that it is far better to take on the responsibility of seeing differences in many facets of life that various races and ethnicities experience,” he said. “If we can see these differences, we can also work together to fix them.”

Ceglar’s project was completed in collaboration with his research team: Assistant Professor Elizabeth Claydon, senior author and research mentor; WVU biology student Donovan Weekley; Assistant Professor Constinia Charbonnette; and Associate Professor Christa Lilly.

“This would not be possible without the exceptional work and guidance of my collaborators,” Ceglar added. “I have gained a wealth of knowledge in their respective fields and want to share my appreciation for each one of them and their amazing work thus far.

“I would not have had the opportunity to present this project at APHA without them and the School of Public Health.”

Learn more about the School of Public Health’s role at the 2022 APHA Meeting and Expo here and make plans to attend the Mix and Mingle event on Monday, Nov. 7, by submitting your RSVP here (all SPH students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends are welcome to attend the Mix and Mingle). 


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