Fall 2021 Public Health Innovations Conference

The Fall 2021 Public Health Innovations Conference was held on Friday, November 19th. The conference, hosted by the Master of Public Health Program in the School of Medicine's Department of Population & Quantitative Health Sciences, 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, is the centerpiece of the CWRU MPH program. It 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.

Six graduating MPH students (Richard Bailey, Jennifer Creutzinger, Margaret Ferretti, Nilanjana Majumdar, Adebanjo Solaru, and Alena Sorensen) presented their public health capstone research projects on topics that included neurocognitive concussion testing, continuous glucose monitoring, pregnancy loss support services, COVID-19 surveillance and policy, and teledentistry. Additionally, a virtual poster session featured student practicum projects and other related research. Another highlight of this semester's conference was a keynote panel discussion on COVID-19 and mental health in our communities. Panelists included Amy Korsch-Williams of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Peggy Keating of Neighborhood Family Practice, and Jae Williams of Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. The panel was moderated by Dr. Kristina Knight of the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences. 

The Spring 2022 Public Health Innovations Conference will be held in mid-April. For additional details or questions, please contact Andrew Morris, MPH, Director of Community Based Education at andrew.morris@case.edu.

Practicum Posters

Radhika Amin: Support for Older Adults in Long-Term Care

Richard Bailey: PREEMIE PROGRESS: A Video-Based NICU Intervention

Olivia Battistoni: CDPH COVID-19 Case and Outbreak Investigation

Lauren Borato: Nourishing Beginnings: An Innovative Cross-Organization Collaboration to Improve Maternal and Infant Health

Ellen Brinza: Ankle-Brachial Index Screening for Peripheral Artery Disease in Uganda: Building a Training Model and Exploring the Feasibility and Acceptability of Implementation Strategies

Jennifer Creutzinger: Assessing Currently Available Resources to the Cleveland Clinic’s Women’s Health Institute and Creating a Comprehensive Resource Guide

Namya Gaekwad: Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Catchment Area Project

Ibrahim Iskandarani: Health Coach and Healthy Food Promotion

Sarah Limbacher: Establishing a Community Walking Group: Barriers, Facilitators, and Lessons Learned

Nilanjana Majumdar: When Pandemic Strikes: Case Identification and Reporting in a Local Public Health Department

Rachel Schafer: Implicit Bias Training for Medical School Educators

Adebanjo Solaru: Lessons in Emergency Response: Managing the COVID-19 Pandemic In Cleveland

Chloe Van Dorn: Increasing Access to Behavioral Health Care

Emma Wallens: The Role of Distributors in Arkansas Farm to Institution (FTI) Programs: A Comparative Analysis of Barriers and Facilitators to Participation 

Lauren Wooster: School Discipline Among Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in U.S. Public Schools

Other Featured Work

Amisha Kumar, Varun Aysola, Frederick Schumacher, & Sarah Markt: Review of the use of Mendelian Randomization with Smoking and Cancer