The Spring 2024 Public Health Innovations Conference

Thursday and Friday, April 18th and 19th

This conference is hosted by the Master of Public Health Program in the School of Medicine's Department of Population & Quantitative Health Sciences. It is the primary forum through which MPH students present the results of their community-based practical experiences and research projects. These experiences - collectively referred to as the Culminating Experience - are the centerpiece of the CWRU MPH program. The conference gives students the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired through their academic coursework to a problem involving the health of the community.  Bringing together students, faculty, alumni, and community partners, the Public Health Innovations Conference is an opportunity for students to showcase the results of that work.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, April 18:  Virtual Session

In-person option in Wood Building, WG-73

Click to Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 955 7300 3565
Passcode: MPH

Time Virtual Session
8:00 am - 8:15 am

Opening Remarks

8:15 am - 12:00 pm

Oral Presentations 
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Break for Lunch

12:30 pm - 4:15 pm

Oral Presentations

Friday, April 19: In-Person on CWRU Campus

Live stream Guest Presentation and Keynote Presentation

Biomedical Research Building
Auditorium 105 and Lobby
2109 Adelbert Road

Time Session
9:00 am - 9:15 am

Breakfast, Welcome, and Opening Remarks

9:15 am - 10:15 pm

Oral Presentations 
10:30 am - 11:15 am

Guest Presentation: Framing the Future: Education for Public Health 2030

Shan Mohammed MD, MPH
Clinical Professor, Department of Health Sciences
Assistant Dean for DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging) Educational and Student Initiatives
Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Poster Session

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Keynote Presentation: On Contextology and Sense-Making: Evolving Skills for a Changing Public Health Landscape

Scott Frank, MD, MS
Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences
Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Director Emeritus, Master of Public Health Program
School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University

Dr. Frank Biography

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm


1:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Oral Presentations

Downloadable Agenda

For more information about the Spring 2024 Public Health Innovations Conference, please be in contact with Andrew Morris, MPH, Director of Community Based Education at

Practicum Posters

Presenter Title
Harlie Custer Can the Federal Incident Command System Be Used to Address Racism as a Public Health Crisis?: Laying the Groundwork
Sumyukta Dore Learning to Work with Big Data: A Practicum Geared Toward Understanding Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Psychiatric Readmission Risk
Justin Dvorak, MD Adult Solid Organ Injury: Who Needs Admission?
Ava Fan Promoting Health through Education for 6-8th Graders
Viraj Gorthi Intersections of Naturopathy and Science
Rohan Govind Identifying Factors and Interventions Contributing to Nutritional Inaccess Across Varying Socioeconomic Status Backgrounds
Estefania Hernandez Substance Use, Sleep Duration, and Health among Adults in Ohio
Elena Igic Impact of Simple Intervention on Hand Hygiene Compliance from Two Hospital Units Using Electronic and Manual Data Collection Methods
Julia Joo Familiarizing with TriNetX and Open-Angle Glaucoma
Erika Kura Centering Lived Experiences of Human Trafficking Survivors to Close Wraparound Service Gaps
Bhavya Mahesh The Role of Community Engagement in Increasing Prostate Cancer Screening Rates
George W. Matar, MD Assessing Satisfaction with Care for Sexual Minority Groups in an Urban Clinic
Sarah Mathew Surveying OB/GYN Prescribing Practices for Postpartum Patients
Drake McFaul Exploring the Relationship between Social Vulnerability and Influenza Vaccine Uptake: Insights from Ohio’s 2023-2024 Flu Season
Sekinat Mumuney Understanding the Role of Antibody-bound Microbes in the Female Reproductive Tract during Vaginal Dysbiosis
Anirudh Muralidharan Nourish: Utilizing Food Resource Management Techniques and the Social Cognitive Theory to Improve Cooking Skills among SNAP-Eligible Adults
Joe O'Brien The Use of Ultrasound in the Diagnosis of Acute Dyspnea in the Emergency Department
Chineme Onwubueke MamaStrong
Liz Stanley Gap in Sexual Dysfunction Management between Men and Women Seen in Primary Care
Zenobia Tayeb, MD Assessing the Effectiveness of a Train-the-Trainer Model of a Family- and Community-based Research Intervention for At-risk Youth with Type 1 Diabetes
Shilpa Thandla Improving Utility Assistance and Resource Access