Student Experience

MPH students at day of service

Congratulations to our 2021 Paul Ambrose Scholars!

Students are designated "Paul Ambrose Scholars" upon successful completion of the Symposium and community project. The designation brings with it the connection to an exceptional network of program alumni who describe participation in the program as a quintessential experience in their training and development as a public health leader. To contact scholars about their community projects select the scholar directory within each listed year of scholars.

Amisha Kumar

Amisha Kumar

BIO: I am an Integrated Graduate Studies Student (IGS) at Case Western Reserve University. In my undergraduate studies, I pursued a B.A. in Chemical Biology and a minor in Chemistry. In my current graduate studies, I am working towards a Masters of Public Health. I hope to further my education by pursuing a MD. I am honored to be part of the Paul Ambrose Scholars program where I aspire to expand my knowledge about Public Health and preventive medicine. 

PROJECT: Clinical trials are an essential component to progressing the field of medicine to enhance treatment and build targeted drug therapies that overall prevent disease. Public Health plays a critical role in clinical trials when in conveying the rationale, process, safety and importance of clinical research. I will be working with Dr. Vanita Aroda’s research team at Harvard Medical School to further understand the intersection between Public Health and clinical research by refining the educational outreach methods used among ongoing clinical trials relating to diabetes, aging and cardiovascular disease.

Gabri’el Shabazz 

Gabri’el Shabazz 

BIO: I am a Gates Millennium Scholar who received her bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University. I am currently completing her MPH at Case Western Reserve University. Outside of the classroom, I work as Community Health Coordinator for a local nonprofit in Cleveland, OH. I have a passion for improving access to health care, disease prevention, and eliminating racism as a public health crisis. I am interested in pursuing a profession in Preventive Medicine to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable and underserved populations. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, exercising, and reading. 

PROJECT: The purpose of the project is to address adolescent sexual health by developing and implementing a youth-driven health communications initiative that promotes increased HIV testing among adolescents and young adults ages 15-24 living in Cleveland, Ohio. The project will: explore how youth and young adults engage in dialogue about HIV testing; identify factors that contribute to youth and young adults obtaining an HIV test; develop targeted messages that support HIV testing among youth and young adults; and assess the extent to which these messages impact HIV testing among youth and young adults within the community.

Amrutha Yarlagadda 

Amrutha Yarlagadda 

BIO: My name is Amrutha Yarlagadda and I am a 3rd year undergraduate Economics student getting my MPH degree through an integrated studies program. I am on the Healthcare Policy and Management track hoping to work at the intersection of health law, policy, and economics in the future. I am interested in learning more about various aspects about public health including adolescent development, government-run insurance programs, and more! I also love to hike and read in my free time. 

PROJECT: The purpose of my community-based project is to advance new knowledge on the relationship between redlining, social determinants of health, and public health crises in Cleveland from a historical lens and use this information to recommend specific action steps the Cuyahoga County Board of Health should take in order to respond to the redlining crisis within the county, specifically the most redlined neighborhoods. Since the long-term impact of the community project is to improve access to health care and improving quality of care, specific objectives that will be addressed in this project will be to increase the proportion of schools with policies and practices that promote health and safety and increase the proportion of adults who get recommended evidence-based preventive health care. After locating the most significantly redlined neighborhoods in Cleveland, I will take compare policies and programs implemented by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and the City of Cleveland to address the effects of redlining in these neighborhoods with policies on a federal, state, and city level, including cities with a similar history of redlining such as Detroit and Philadelphia.


Student Engagement Sessions

Would you like to host a session? Have a talent or skill you would like to share with your fellow students? Just reach out to the MPH student reps (Samantha WaddellAmisha KumarAmjed AlsulailyGabriel Shabazz) or Tara Hannum to schedule your event.

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