The Spring 2023 Public Health Innovations Conference

Thursday and Friday, April 20th and 21st 

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 and Zoom Meeting Information

Thursday, April 20th: Virtually via Zoom

8:00 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:15 am - 11:50 am

Oral Presentations 

11:50 am

Break for lunch

12:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Oral Presentations

Friday, April 21st: In-person on CWRU campus 

Biomedical Research Building 

Auditorium 105 and Lobby

2109 Adelbert Road 

8:15 am

Breakfast, Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:30 am - 11:00 am

Oral Presentations 
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Lunch and Poster Session

12:00 pm

Keynote Panel Discussion: Learning from East Palestine: Professional Perspectives on Environmental and Occupational Health Disasters

1:20 pm - 4:30 pm

Oral Presentations

A downloadable pdf of this agenda is available here

Zoom information:

Meeting ID: 920 5454 8833
Passcode: MPH

For more information about the Spring 2023 Public Health Innovations Conference, please be in contact with Andrew Morris, MPH, Director of Community Based Education at

Practicum Posters

Brianna Austin Menopause: As Viewed Through a Health Policy and Global Health Lens
Camilo Beltran Obesity in the Hispanic/Latino Community in Cleveland 
Derick Casiano  Evaluating the Impact of a Community-Engaged Cancer Research Training Program
Tina Fong 2021 Overdose Death Trends in Cuyahoga County
Penelope Halkiadakis  Strengthening the Community Justice Action Fund Violence Prevention Index
Sahana Kannan An Optimal Search Filter for Retrieving Articles Reporting Select Adverse Event Rates among Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients in Real-World Settings
Anika Krishna Understanding Psilocybin ("Magic Mushrooms") in the Context of the Modern "Psychedelic Renaissance"
Margaret Leever  Gender Marker & Name Change Clinic 
Sajan Patel Research for Health Strategy Development at United Way of Greater Cleveland
Carly Rankin  Assessing Nutritional Needs of Patients Diagnosed with TMD and/or Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders
Priyanka Sehgal Arts and the Discharge Lounge
Anika Seth

Pregnancy and Birth Correlates Associated with Maternal Use of Benzodiazepines

Farah Shemisa

Early Ages of Healthy Stages Coalition: Community Capacity Survey

Jessica Suratkal Cleveland African American Prostate Cancer Project (CAAPP): Listening Tours
Lisa Tan

Developing a Trauma-Informed Health Education Program for Youth Who are Incarcerated

Scott Trask Educational Materials for MPox, HIV/AIDS, and STIs
Pranav Vasu What is (Un)flavored? A Scoping Review of Cigarillo Flavor Measurement 
Ayush Vyas  Design, Implementation, and Execution of a Department-Wide Informational Site