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2020 - 2021 Past Seminars

May 19 – PFRH Master Essay Presentations – PART IV

Nika Elmi - Meeting the Reproductive Health Needs of Female Sex Workers in Côte d’Ivoire: Protecting the Human Right to Dignified Health

Morgan Majed - A Qualitative Analysis of Reproductive-Aged Females Acceptance of Contraception Methods and Initiation in the Emergency Department

Abigail Wulah - Exploring the Impact of Teacher Training on Teacher’s Comfortability and Capability to Implement Teen Pregnancy Interventions in an Urban Setting


May 17 –PFRH Master Essay Presentations - PART III

Paris Lowe - Experiences of Racism in Prenatal Home Visiting Services:  A Qualitative Analysis

Rachel Milkovich - Uncovering Dynamics of Emergency Contraceptive Use through a Contraceptive Autonomy Framework: A Mixed Methods Analysis on EC Use Among Young Women in Nairobi, Kenya

Ellie Qian - The Association Between Antenatal Care and Eclampsia Symptoms in Ethiopia: Findings from a Population-based National Survey

Kalai Willis - The Evolution of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Campaigns in sub-Saharan Africa between 2014-2020: A thematic analysis

Olga Zasztowt - Medicaid for Reimbursement of Doula Services: A Case Study in Maryland 


May 12 – PFRH Master Essay Presentations - PART II

Nuria Gallego Marquez: Sexual Violence Affecting Female Sex Workers in Côte d’Ivoire: A Human Rights and Public Health Issue

Lena Kan: Improving Health Referral Rates among Children, Adolescents, and Mothers in Kibaha, Tanzania through a Pilot Study of a Large-Scale Digital Referral System: A Process Evaluation

Gabriela Marmolejos: Perceptions of Integrated Care for Pregnant Women with Opioid Use Disorder: A Qualitative Study with Subject Matter Experts

Ishaan Pathak: Covid-19: Impacts on Fertility Trends and Population Dynamics in America

Tamia Ross: Unjust Deliveries: Understanding Racial Disparities in Low-Risk Cesareans among Women of Advanced Maternal Age


May 5 – PFRH Master Essay Presentations PART I

Haley Brahmbhatt: Pathway from In-utero Exposure to Lead, Cadmium and Mercury, Altered DNA Methylation, to Childhood Risk of ADHD: A Multi-level Literature Review

Rachelle Ciulla: Expansion of Public Insurance to Cover Doula and Midwifery Care in the United States

Rebecca Goins: “I have gone to three funerals by sixteen”: Youth Homicide and Fatality in Wyandotte County, Kansas. Preventable deaths in Wyandotte County, Kansas youth and strategies to reduce them

Stacy Lu: Infant Feeding Experiences Among Parents with Disabilities: An Integrative Review

Mariam Salama: Implementing Sexual & Reproductive Health Services at the Acute Stage of Crisis: Challenges and Barriers to Rapid Response


April 28 – 15th Annual Paul A. Harper Lecture - Translating Adolescent & Young Adult Health Research into Clinical Practice and Health Policy

Charles E. Irwin, Jr., MD, Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco


April 14 – Census 2020 Context, Quality and Privacy: Preliminary Discussions


Mary Jo Hoeksma, MPA, Director, Government and Public Affairs at Population Association of America/Association of Population Centers

Thomas Louis, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

V. Joseph Hotz, PhD, Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Duke University


Li Liu, MB, PhD, MHS, Associate Professor, Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Co-sponsored by the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health and Hopkins Population Center.


March 31 – Conversations with our PFRH Master’s Alumni: Where are they now?

Grace Guerrero, MSPH '19, Program Manager, Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs

Claire Silberg, MSPH '20, Program Officer, JHSPH, Population, Family and Reproductive Health, Gates Institute

Danielle Gaskin, MSPH '20, Sr. Research Program Coordinator, JHSPH, Population, Family and Reproductive Health, Early Childhood Services Research Program

Caitlin Murphy, MSPH '16, Special Assistant to the Health Officer, Prince George's County Health Department

Meredith Nicholson, MSPH '18, Research Coordinator, GMHC (Gay Men's Health Crisis)

Elizabeth Wieand, MSPH '11, Lead Policy Advisor, Health Resources and Services Administration

Breanna Watson, MSPH '20, Deputy Director, Queens Comprehensive Perinatal Council



March 10 – A Wager on Trends in Global Food Prices for 2011-2020:  Who Won and What Does it Mean?

Presenters (order of appearance)

Li Liu, MBBS, PhD, MHS, Associate Professor, PFRH
David Lam, PhD, MA, Professor of Economics & Director, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan
Stan Becker, PhD, Professor Emeritus, PFRH
Dana Sarnak, MPH, PhD Candidate, Research Assistant, PMA, Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, PFRH
John Bongaarts, PhD, Distinguished Scholar, The Population Council


March 3 – Concepts of Invisibility of Black Male Health and Implications for Policy

Presented by the Departmental Student Alliance

Keon Gilbert, DrPH, MPA, MA
Associate Professor, Co-Director, Institute for Healing Justice & Equity
University Faculty Senate Secretary
Saint Louis University
College for Public Health and Social Justice
Department of Behavioral Science and Health Education


February 24 – Harnessing the Transformative Power of Art, Music, Science for Public Health

Presented by Center for Adolescent Health


Lori Rose Benson, Executive Director and CEO, Hip Hop Public Health

Joni Holifield, Founder and President, HeartSmiles

Young Elder, Heartbeat and CAH Youth Advisory Board Member

Charles Leak, Heartbeat and CAH Youth Advisory Board Member


Trina Brooks, MHS, Community Relations Director, Center for Adolescent Health


February 10 - Maryland Infant Mortality Study: A Focus on Rural Populations and Programs

Sandra Crouse Quinn, PhD, MEd, Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Science and Senior Associate Director of the Maryland Center for Health Equity, School of Public Health at the University of Maryland
Marian Moser Jones, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor and Graduate Director in the Department of Family Science at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, College Park, MD
Edmond D. Shenassa, ScD, MA, FACEAssociate Professor of Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Maryland, College Park
Marie Thoma, PhD ‘09, MHS ‘09, Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Science in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland
Deborah Quint Shelef, MPH ’06, PhD candidate in Maternal and Child Health at the University of Maryland School of Public Health


January 27 - Racial discrimination across the life course: Integrating social and biological approaches

Juan Del Toro, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Learning Research and Development Center, University of Pittsburgh


December 16 - Child Maltreatment, Youth Violence and Adult Domestic Violence: Framing a Shared Research Agenda

Deborah Daro, PhD, Senior Research Fellow, Chapin Hall

December 2 - Public Health in the Biden Administration

Panel discussion
Leana Wen, MD, ScM, 
Emergency Physician, Public Health Professor at George Washington University
Joshua Sharfstein, MD, Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Moderator: Robert Blum, MD, PhD, MPH, Professor, PFRH


November 18 - Optimizing Measurement for Reproductive Coercion: Local and Global Lessons Learned

Karen Grace, PhD, MSN, CNM, FACNM, Research Program Coordinator, PFRH, Adjunct Faculty, Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies
Charvonne Holliday, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, PFRH
Shannon Wood, PhD, ScM, Assistant Scientist, PFRH
Michele Decker, ScD, MPH, Associate Professor, PFRH, Bloomberg Professor of American Health


November 4 - Building the evidence for telehealth use in sexual and reproductive health care
Presented by the Department Student Alliance
Terri-Ann Thompson, PhD Senior Associate Ibis Reproductive Health


October 28 - Embedding Equity in Research and Evaluation

Porsche Boddicker-Young, PhD Research Scientist in the Early Childhood Development department Child Trends

A Child Health Seminar 


October 14 - Modelling Age Patterns of Under-Five Mortality in Both High- and Low-Income Countries

Michel Guillot, PhD, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences

A Population and Health Seminar, Co-sponsored by Hopkins Population Center


October 7 - A New Model for North South Partnerships: Inclusion and Equity


Michelle Hindin, PhDDirector, Population Council’s Reproductive Health Program, Population Council

Adesegun Fatusi, MD, PhDVice-Chancellor, University of Medical Sciences, Ondo, Nigeria

Elizabeth Omoluabi, PhDDirector, Centre for Research Evaluation Resources and Development, Nigeria


Beth Fredrick, Senior Associate, Population, Family and Reproductive Health, Executive Director, Advance Family Planning (AFP), The Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Caroline Moreau, MD, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Population, Family and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 


September 30 - The Health Impact of Police Stops Among Vulnerable Youth
Presented by the Center for Adolescent Health

Dylan B. Jackson, PhD, MS, Assistant Professor



September 23 - Adverse Birth Outcomes among Women of Advanced Maternal Age with and without Health Conditions in Maryland

Blair Berger, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Carrie Wolfson, Doctoral Candidate 


September 16 - Race and Reproduction
Presented by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health

Johanna Schoen, PhD, Professor of History & Associate Department Chair - Rutgers University, Specialty: Modern US: Women’s and Gender History; History of Medicine, Author of two books: Choice and Coercion: Birth Control, Sterilization, and Abortion in Public Health and Welfare in the Twentieth Century and Abortion After Roe.
Ayah Nuriddin, MA, MLS, PhD Candidate, Department of the History of Medicine, VP of Diversity and Inclusion, Graduate Student Association, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Karen Thomas, PhD, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Staff,Historian and Communications Associate and author of Health and Humanity: A History of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 1935-1985


September 9 - Stories of Our Faculty Part II

Saifuddin Ahmed, MBBS, PhD’96, Professor, Christina Bethell, PhD MPH, MBA, Professor,  Bob Blum, MD, PhD, MPH, Professor, Alison Gemmill, PhD, MPH, MA, Assistant Professor, Susan Gross, PhD, MPH, Associate Scientist, Tamar Mendelson, PhD, MA, Professor, David Paige, MD, MPH, Professor, Jose “Oying” Rimon II, PgDip, MA, Senior Scientist, Donna Strobino, PhD, Professor,  Allison West, PhD, MSW, Assistant Professor


September 2, 2020 - Stories of Our Faculty - PART I

Duff Gillespie, PhD, Professor, Michele Decker, ScD, MPH, Associate Professor, Terri Powell, PhD, MA. Associate Professor, Phil Anglewicz, PhD, MA, Associate Professor, Beth Fredrick, Sr. Associate, Charvonne Holliday, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Sally Safi, PhD’19, MSPH’14, Assistant Scientist, Dylan Jackson, PhD, MS, Assistant Professor, Shannon Wood, PhD’19, MS, Assistant Scientist