Four students from the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health received health policy and research awards at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia 2016 Student Public Health Poster Session.
“This year’s submissions were highly competitive, even more than in years past,” said Dr. Alexis Roth, assistant professor of Community Health and Prevention at Drexel. Dr. Roth mentored two of the awardees and attended the event. “The students displayed a strong command of public health research and practice. I was thrilled that 4 out of 5 awards went to Dornsife SPH students.”
Ms. Brenna Aumaier, MPH ’16, was presented a research award for her poster titled, “Towards Developing a PREP Continuum of Care for Persons who Inject Drugs”.
Mr. Jesse Goldshear, MPH ’16, received a research award for his work examining the prevalence and correlates of chlamydia and gonorrhea among persons who inject drugs in Camden, New Jersey.
Both Ms. Aumaier and Ms. Goldshear completed these research projects as their second year Community-Based Master’s Projects, with the Camden Area Health Education Center. They were funded as part of Philadelphia’s Community-Driven Research Day, an annual event that encourages collaboration between researchers and community-based organizations who have research questions that they are interested in answering about evaluating a program’s impact on healthy neighborhoods.
Ms. Brittany Koch, MPH ’16, was presented a health policy award for her work in evaluating a pediatric clinic-based food insecurity screening and referral program. Koch currently works as a graduate research assistant at Drexel-affiliated Center for Hunger-Free Communities.
Ms. Evelyn Arana, a fourth-year doctoral candidate in community health and prevention, received a research award for her poster titled “Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Mammogram Utilization among Women with Intellectual Disabilities: A Sequential Mixed Methods Approach.” Ms. Arana’s research is funded by an R36 grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ).