The Spring 2022 Public Health Innovations Conference

Thursday and Friday, April 21 and 22, 2022.


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 21st

8:00 am Opening Remarks 
8:15 am - 12:15 pm Oral Presentations 
12:15 pm      Break 
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm  Oral Presentations 

Friday, April 22nd

8:00 am Opening Remarks 
8:15 am - 12:15 pm Oral Presentations 
12:15 pm      Break 
1:00 pm 

Keynote Presentation: Dale Robinson Anglin Vice President, Program, The Cleveland Foundation 

2:15 pm - 4:30 pm  Oral Presentations 

A downloadable pdf of this agenda is available here


Join by Zoom:
Meeting ID: 962 0966 7825
Passcode: MPH

Virtual Poster Session Posters will be available for viewing online below, beginning Thursday, April 21st 

For more information about the Spring 2022 Public Health Innovations Conference, please be in contact with Andrew Morris, MPH, Director of Community Based Education at

Practicum Posters

Varun Aysola  Measuring Socioeconomic Status
Rhea D'Silvia  The Analysis & Development of Network Guidelines for a Mental Health Referral System in Cuyahoga County
Kiran Desai Occupational Analysis of Opioid Overdose Fatalities in Cuyahoga County
Emily Durbak Treating for Two: Outcomes Research in Cardio-Obstetrics
Alisha Giri Nutrition Incentive Programs in Grocery Retail: Core Elements for Implementation Based on a Statewide Approach in Ohio
David Gueye UniteUs Ohio: Bridging the Gap & its Ability to Reduce Negative Social Determinants of Health Outcomes in Cleveland, Ohio
C.J. Hill Assisting Research in a Quality Improvement Project
Anushree Iyengar Investigating Telomere Length as a Risk Factor for Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease
Yasvi Iyer Evaluating the Socioeconomic and Environmental Determinants of Health: 
Recruiting Patients for CLARIFY Biobank & Evaluating the Impact of Healthcare Organizations on Climate Change
Jim Leslie  Assessment of UH Rainbow Primary Care Provider Awareness and Value of Screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in the Office Setting

Rebecca Miller
Health Communication to Improve Health Outcomes: A Comprehensive Training for Health Professional Students Centered on Targeting Social Disparity and Improving Health Literacy
Will Patterson

'Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (More LGBTQ content)': A needs assessment of medical school curricula

Joshua Rayham Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center Community Outreach Experience

Halle Rose 
Treating Trauma as a Public Health Issue: Integrating Principles of Trauma-Informed Practice at the Organizational Level to Improve Community Health Outcomes
Jillian Schulte Healthcare Navigation & COVID-19: Within Cleveland’s Bhutanese-Nepali Refugee Community
Gabri'el Shabazz
Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Data Collection, Analysis, and Application of Adolescent Health Principles
Jenish Venancius

Analyzing the Effect of Tree Ordinances on Public Health

Amrutha Yarlagadda 

Evaluating Access to Health-Related Resources for Food-Insecure Populations