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Student & Alumni Achievements

Vanderbilt: MPH Student Research Takes Top Honors at Tennessee Public Health Association

Ms. Nicole Quinones, a student in the Vanderbilt University Institute for Medicine and Public Health MPH Program, received top honors at the Tennessee Public Health Association (TPHA) Annual Meeting on Thursday, September 13 in Franklin, Tennessee.

Out of 48 posters from seasoned public health researchers to students of all levels, Ms. Quinones’ work, “Disparities in Health & Access to Care for Pregnant Sexual Minority Women of Reproductive Age,” earned her the honor of 2018 Outstanding Poster Presentation Award. The research is based on her work with co-authors and mentors Dr. Gilbert Gonzales, assistant professor in the department of health policy at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and Ms. Laura Attanasio, assistant professor in the department of health policy and management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, School of Public Health and Health Sciences.

As the top poster presenter, Ms. Quinones was invited to give a 15-minute oral presentation to TPHA annual meeting attendees.

A second-year student in the Vanderbilt MPH Program’s Health Policy track, Ms. Quinones is a David Satcher Public Health Scholar with an interest in reproductive health policy. She is a native of Memphis, TN and received her bachelor degree in Urban Studies from Rhodes College.

TPHA is the official professional organization for those engaged or interested in public health services in the state of Tennessee and it is endorsed by the Administration of the Tennessee Department of Health. It is an affiliate member of the American Public Health Association and the National Association of County and City Health Officials. This year’s meeting brought together approximately 500 health professionals representing diverse service areas to meet and share ideas around the theme “The Healthiest Tennessee: Enduring Accomplishments that Matter for Our Future.”

[Photo: Ms. Nicole Quinones]