Maternal & Child Health

Scholars

MCH Leadership Scholars, 2018-2019

PhD Student

I have an underlying passion to understand and reduce breastfeeding disparities and health disparities among the African American community. I chose to focus on MCH because far too many African American women, infants and children suffer disproportionately from preventable diseases and even death, which can be improved with breastfeeding practices. Focusing on MCH provides an opportunity to end these preventable issues and improve the health and well-being of this community.

My dissertation research seeks to explore what at least two generations of African American women communicate about infant feeding, the meaning each generation ascribes to that communication, and the extent this communication contributes to the youngest generation breastfeeding for at least 6 months.

I am currently working with a local community organization and virtually tutors at-risk high school students, living in Miami, Florida. My leadership trajectory has steadily progressed over the years as I have taken on more responsibility.

Ultimately, my future goals are to contribute to the knowledge set of Maternal and Child Health as well as to develop culturally specific breastfeeding intervention programs that aim to support, protect and promote breastfeeding, while also empowering marginalized populations.

PhD Student

I believe that individual health is on a continuum, which essentially begins prior to conception; thus, studying the determinants of health should focus on the life cycle and the various contributing factors to the health of mothers and babies, as well as Public Health in general. For these reasons, I believe that maternal and child health is at the heart of Public Health and it is critical that MCH leadership which includes policy, research, and the implementation of sustainable programs and services, address the multi-faceted determinants of maternal and child health.

My research interest lies in the resettlement experiences of African refugees and how these experiences impact health. More specifically, I am currently looking at the impact of resettlement on women’s reproductive health decision-making.

My dissertation topic will aim to identify the reproductive health experiences of Congolese refugee women in the resettlement context.

I currently coordinate trainings on Family Planning and sexual health within the refugee communities. I also volunteer as an advisor on the board of a grassroots-led organization for refugee and African women.

My future goals are to lead in research and community efforts in developing sustainable reproductive health programs for resettled refugee women and their families.
MPH Candidate, Maternal and Child Health

I am currently an MPH student with a concentration in maternal and child health.

I have first-hand seen and experienced the hardships of being not only a woman in the United States of America, but also an African-American woman. Society is so hard on women and standards are continuing to negate us. This constant cycle of oppression leads to negative effects in women’s health and in turn  their children’s health. I believe that as a nation if we do not focus on improving the lives of the very individuals that give life we are halting our own progress.

My current research interests are sexual/reproductive health and family planning. Specifically, I am interested in exploring these topics amongst middle class and impoverished women. I am also interested in the rates of STD’s amongst African-American females and the use of LARC among impoverished women.

In addition to my passion for women and children, I also recognize the trials and difficulties faced by impoverished individuals as a whole. In response to that I created a non-profit organization, Blessed Hands Blessed Hearts.

I have always been an advocate and leader in addressing the issues of Maternal and Child Health. As an undergraduate at USF, I was the secretary of the Undergraduate American Medical Women’s Association.

In the future I hope to become the program director for a state maternal and child health program, such as WIC. Additionally, I hope to work in policy with a goal of changing national policies regarding reproductive health and family planning. Overall, I plan to use my experiences and skills gained to help ensure that women and children around the world are living in communities where they can thrive and succeed while having all the support they need.

MPH Candidate, Maternal and Child Health 

I chose to focus MCH because of my desire to help and participate in community development within the Black communities both here in the United States and abroad.

My research interests include racial disparities, especial within the African and African American community, mental health and wellbeing, and community development.

I am currently an implementer of a pilot study with the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) and Tampa Housing Authority.

My future career goals are going into full time ministry with my local church and doing missionary related work in the continent of Africa. Part of this missionary work, I believe, will comprise of community related service and development. This is why I have pursued a dual degree in social work and public health.

MPH Candidate, Maternal and Child Health

I chose to focus on MCH because I am passionate about building resilience across the life course to improve the health, safety, and wellbeing of children.
 

My future career goals are to attain a job working towards promoting health and safety for children in a community setting to ensure all children are receiving the adequate care they need. I am also interested in increasing prevention in the field of human trafficking, where women and children are disproportionately affected.

Past Scholars

  • Tara Foti
    PhD Student, Community and Family Health
  • Rachel Logan
    PhD Student, Community and Family Health
  • Eden Cunningham
    MPH Candidate, Public Health Education
  • Mary Hill
    MPH Candidate, Maternal and Child Health
  • Zaire Totty
    MPH Candidate, Maternal and Child Health






  • Kimberly Hailey
    MPH Candidate, Maternal and Child Health

  • Maria My-Phuong Huynh
    MPH Candidate, Epidemiology and Maternal and Child Health

  • Grace Liggett
    MPH Candidate, Maternal and Child Health

  • Estefania Rubio
    MPH Candidate, Epidemiology and Maternal and Child Health

  • Manuela Thomas
    MPH Candidate, Maternal and Child Health

  • Maryouri Avendano
    MPH Candidate, Epidemiology and Maternal and Child Health

  • Shana Geary
    MPH Candidate, Epidemiology and Maternal and Child Health

  • Nanah Fofanah
    MPH Candidate, Maternal and Child Health

  • Stacey Griner
    PhD Student, Public Health

  • Nathanael Stanley
    DrPH Student, Maternal and Child Health

  • Laketa Entzminger
    MPH Candidate, Socio-health Sciences

  • Jessica Gipson
    MPH Candidate, Maternal and Child Health

  • Amelia Phillips
    MPH Candidate, Maternal and Child Health

  • Ariana Bentz
    MPH Candidate, Maternal and Child Health

  • Mahmooda Khaliq Pasha
    DrPH Student, Maternal and Child Health

  • Jeannese Castro, BA
    MPH Candidate, Maternal and Child Health

  • Nicole Demetriou, MSN
    MPH candidate, Global Health Practice

  • Salem Mengistu, BA, BS
    MPH candidate, Global Health Practice

  • Laura Merrell, MPH, CPH
    PhD Student

  • Lindsay Womack, MPH
    PhD Student

  • Erika Thompson
    PhD, 2016

  • Latrice Holt
    MPH, 2014

  • Randi McCallian
    MPH, 2014

  • Latoya Hill
    MPH, 2013

  • Elizabeth Baker
    PhD

  • Erica Hesch Anstey
    PhD, 2013

  • Nicole Brasseur
    MPH, 2013

  • Emily A. Dunn
    MA/MPH, 2013

  • Aimee Eden
    MPH/PhD, 2012

  • Alison Nelson
    MPH, 2012

  • Jennifer Marshall
    PhD, 2013

  • Paul Milford
    MSW, 2013

  • Megan McLaughlin
    MPH, 2012

  • Jordana Frost
    CLC, MPH, 2011

  • Natalie Rella
    MPH

  • Terry Ann Harriott
    MPH

  • Melissa Mercado-Crespo
    PhD, 2012

  • Natalie Hernandez
    PhD, MCH/EPI, 2012

  • Anthony D. Panzera
    PhD, MCH/EPI, 2014