Sociology Major Presents Her Research at the NH Public Health Association's Annual Meeting

Sociology major Emma Hartswick '17 reports on this recent experience:

"The New Hampshire Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting offers students a chance to present their research in public health, and related disciplines, to local and state professionals. I presented at poster at this year's annual meeting on my sociology honors thesis work, “Because it Changes You” : Why Young Adults Use Alcohol and How They Perceive Misuse Prevention Messages. This research is the capstone of my major, but also the culminating project of the two years I have worked for the Public Health Council of the Upper Valley, a local non-profit organization that facilitates collaboration among community partners to address important public health issues facing our region. My thesis aims to explore young adult alcohol use norms, and make recommendations to the Public Health Council and its partners about what type of prevention messages work best for this population. At the NHPHA Annual Meeting, the poster was well received by others studying and working on young adult substance misuse. Overall, the thesis experience has exposed me to the challenges, joys, and importance of community based research."

Her thesis presentation on campus is Friday, May 12 at 5pm in Kemeny 007.  All are welcome.