Panel 7


Panel 7

Panel 7: Public Health, Presentations and Q&A, Room 3202

Ava Widener, "Contraceptive Decisions Among College Women"

In the 21st century United States, unplanned pregnancy is a widespread social and public health  concern. According to a 2012 study on the effectiveness of long acting reversible contraception, out of an  estimated 3 million pregnancies yearly in the United States, as many as 50% are unplanned, and  approximately half of these result from contraceptive failure (Winner et al. 2012). College aged women are in the most  commonly affected age demographic. Considering this, my presentation will focus on analyzing the  factors behind the contraceptive decisions of female college students. In the past, studies of contraceptive  decisions among American college students have most often uncovered common motivations such as cost  and privacy as determining factors in birth control. For my research presentation, I intend to conduct a  survey of UNC students, which will focus on drawing connections between their choice of contraceptives  and their motivations for choosing those contraceptives. Specifically, I plan to focus on examining  whether in our current era, social media has become a source for determining information on reproductive  decisions.  My data will include overarching statistics on the distribution of birth control methods used  amongst my respondents, as well as data about which factors ranked highest for respondents’ choice of  birth control method. Additionally, my survey will focus on sources affecting my respondent’s  perceptions of three sample contraceptives (male condoms, birth control pills, and iuds), to further assess  the most common sources of information on this topic. Ultimately, the goal of this presentation is to draw conclusions as to the best possible means for public health officials to communicate factual information  on the topic of contraception. 

 My name is Ava Widener and I am a freshman majoring in Biology and minoring in chemistry on  the pre med track. I’m hoping to become an obstetrician gynecologist, and I am very interested in topics  surrounding women’s health. This is the main factor that led me to choose contraceptives for my  presentation’s topic. Additionally, my Tiktok page is flooded with a range of content related to  contraception, from personal accounts to pages from reputable Tiktok doctors. Considering this, as well as  the statistics on unplanned pregnancy, I thought it would be interesting to take a deeper look into  contraceptives, and what influence’s people’s choices relating to them. 

Nicole Chang, "The Future of Herbal Medicine"

Riya Jayanthi, "An Analysis of Psychopathology in Collegiate Athletes with Repetitive Concussive Injury"

Vinitha Panchikarla, "Still a Problem: Racism in Stroke Mortality"

As the fifth most common cause of death in America, stroke has been a top 10 public health issue for decades. However, the rates of its incidence and mortality have decreased because of the 20th century’s improved understanding and control of the risk factors involved with cardiovascular diseases. But, despite these advancements in the healthcare field, one setback never fails to remain consistent: racism. The black population is twice as likely to experience a stroke as the Caucasian population. Many factors associated with the black population, such as fewer educational opportunities, lower median income, unhealthy diet, etc., influence the medical care that minorities receive. In addition, people of color are at a greater risk for the traditional symptoms of stroke, including hypertension, diabetes, and obesity. To reduce the racial gap in stroke mortality, race or culture tailored programs are employed to result in greater improvement. Educating Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and emergency facilities about stroke care would save lives since every second treatment is delayed means more danger the patient is exposed to, and harder it is for them to recover. Additional research focusing on the racial disparities must be done for the future to fight this historical problem. 

Hi! My name is Vinitha Panchikarla, and I am a first-year at UNC-Chapel Hill. I am a Pre-Health Policy and Management major with minors in Biology and Chemistry in the pre-medicine track.