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 - 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.
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.
- 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