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PFRH Announces 2024 Award Winners


Congratulations to the talented and dedicated faculty, staff and students who were recognized with awards for their contributions to our community and academic excellence this year. 

2024 PFRH Citizenship Awards 

The PFRH Citizenship Award recognizes individuals for their many contributions to our PFRH community. Congratulations to this year’s winners, thank you for your continued above-and-beyond dedication to PFRH. 

Student Citizenship Awardees: Rachel Michel and Emily Lasher

Faculty Citizenship Awardee: Sally Safi

Staff Citizenship Awardee: Christina Cherel


PFRH Master's Essay with Distinction Award

The PFRH Master's Essay with Distinction Award recognizes Master’s Essays of exemplary quality. These award-winning essay presentations can now be viewed, along with all of the 2024 presentations, on our Master’s Essay page. Congratulations to the 2024 awardees: 

PFRH Master’s Essay of Distinction Award Winners Xiaoyu Che, Emily Lasher, and Colby Mallett

PFRH Master’s Essay of Distinction Award Winners Xiaoyu Che, Emily Lasher, and Colby Mallett

Xiaoyu Che 
Title: Maternal Mediterranean-style diet adherence during pregnancy and metabolomic signature in postpartum plasma: Findings from the Boston Birth Cohort

Emily Lasher
Title: Prenatal Melamine, Aromatic Amine, and Psychosocial Stress Exposures and Their Association with Gestational Diabetes in a San Francisco Pregnancy Cohort

Colby Mallett
Title: Disparities in Cervical Cancer Prevention for Black women


The Paul A. and Esther C. Harper Award

This award recognizes excellence in a doctoral dissertation. Congratulations to this year’s winners: 

Anaise Williams
Dissertation title: Understanding the relationship between intimate partner violence and going against the economic norm in low- and middle-income countries
Advisor: Michele Decker

Sam Beckwith
Dissertation title: Exploring early adolescent gender norms expectations with vignette-based data: A methodological inquiry
Advisor: Robert Blum


Maternal and Child Health Center of Excellence Field Placements

The Johns Hopkins Maternal and Child Health Center of Excellence awards five MSPH students with a $10,000 stipend to support field placement in a partnering organization. This year’s awardees and their field placements are: 

Nicole Brennnick,  Maryland State School Health Council 

Kayla Lin,  Office of Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs in the Maryland Department of Health 

Mairead Minihane,  Maryland Maternal Health Innovation Program (MDMOM)

Daniela Schrider,  Maryland Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Maryland Department of Health 

Mackenzie Simon-Collins, High Five for P to 5, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine