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C. Sylvia and Eddie C. Brown Community Health Scholarship Program

Current Brown Scholars

Sara Daniel

EPIDEMIOLOGY

Hopkins Info

Email: sdanie40@jhu.edu

Advisors: Lorraine Dean and Bryan Lau

Previous Universities

University of Illinois at Chicago (MPH)

University of Chicago (AB)

Research Interests

Implications of trauma, violence and stigma on pregnancy intentions, sexual and reproductive health decision-making, care-seeking, and outcome

Why She Chose Hopkins

In seeking advanced training on epidemiological and statistical methods, she was drawn to JHSPH’s commitment to impactful research, emphasis on rigorous methodological training, and leading faculty members.

How Her Work Advances Health Equity

She engages in research that informs interventions and policies addressing the needs of underserved and vulnerable populations, particularly those who have experienced trauma.

Fun Fact

She an avid fan of crosswords and salsa dancing.

Lois Dankwa

HEALTH POLICY AND MANAGEMENT

Hopkins Info

Email: dankwa1@jhu.edu

Advisor: Jill Marstellar

Previous Universities

University of Pennsylvania (BA)

Georgetown University (MS)

Research Interests

Teamwork and collaborative decision making, comparative effectiveness

research, implementation science, care management for high-need patients

Why She Chose Hopkins

She wants to use research and analysis methods to contribute towards healthcare solutions for high-need patients in US cities. Studying JHSPH will equip her with these tools and allow her to test hypotheses, develop models, and examine outcomes more comprehensively. She is also excited to be mentored by female faculty who are committed to shaping health care solutions and creating care management approaches.

How Her Work Advances Health Equity

A research focus on techniques to provide consistent care to severe and chronically ill individuals will amplify meaningful solutions to gaps in services for patients who remain underserved by health services unable to meet their needs.

Fun Fact

She loves to exercise and am hoping to expand her green thumb.

 

Jessica Dozier

POPULATION, FAMILY AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

Hopkins Info

Email: jdozier6@jhmi.edu

Advisor: Charvonne Holiday

Previous Universities

Emory University (MPH)

University of Michigan (BA)

Research Interests

Sexual and reproductive health, community-engaged research, MCH, SRH stigma

Why She Chose Hopkins

JHSPH is the optimum place to hone the skillset necessary to ethically engage communities, effectively translate research to practice, and develop evidence-based interventions to tackle the most pressing sexual and reproductive health concerns in Baltimore and around the globe 

How Her Work Advances Health Equity

She aims to help create empowered, healthy, and equitable futures for underserved women and girls by advocating for evidence-based policies, uplifting the voices and priorities of communities, and seeking to disrupt oppressive systems of power that contribute to poor sexual and reproductive health

Fun Fact

She is an AmeriCorps VISTA alumna.

 

Henri Garrison-Desany

EPIDEMIOLOGY

Hopkins Info

Email: mgarris7@jhmi.edu

Advisor: Terri Beaty

Previous Universities

Harvard University

Research Interests

Gender-related mental health multi-omics and environmental interaction

Why He Chose Hopkins

Hopkins has a dedicated genetic epidemiology program with rigorous training and research along with diverse funding mechanisms, and a clear timeline for program completion

How His Work Advances Health Equity

Genetic and epigenetic work with diverse populations often not included in molecular studies of disease

Fun Facts

He works part-time as a florist

 

Darriel Harris

HEALTH, BEHAVIOR AND SOCIETY

Hopkins Info

Email: darriel@jhu.edu

Advisor: Debra Roter

Previous Universities

Duke University (MDiv)

The George Washington University (MA)

Morgan State University (BS)

Research Interests

Faith-based Health Communications; neighborhood health effects; health disparities

Why He Chose Hopkins

He wanted to study where he was born, and where he was already serving

How His Work Advances Health Equity

His work will allow audiences who haven’t indulged status quo health communications to hear and embrace health information in a form that is meaningful and more germane to them.

Fun Fact

In his spare time, he writes, preaches, and cuts a little rug.

 

Deja Knight

INTERNATIONAL HEALTH

Hopkins Info

Email: dknigh12@jhmi.edu

Advisor: Haneefa Saleem

Previous Universities

Wesleyan University (BA)

The University of Iowa (MA)

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (MPH)

Research Interests

HIV, opioids, social determinants of health, health equity, and interventions

Why She Chose Hopkins

At Hopkins, her advisor and others in the department engage in similar research as she does, conducting research domestically and globally. She knew that Hopkins was the right place for her to continue developing her skills and obtain new skills that she will use to change the world.

How Her Work Advances Health Equity

She always intends for her public health interventions to reach those who are the most vulnerable and low-resourced. She work directly with communities, specifically assessing their assets and barriers to ensure that her interventions are accessible and appropriate. By doing so, and by reaching those who need public health intervening, she is closing disparity gaps in this country.

Fun Fact

She love doing adventurous things! She bungee jumped off the world's highest manmade bridge. She also went Shark Cage Diving during that trip as well. Her next goal is to go sky diving.

Quiana Lewis

POPULATION, FAMILY AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

Hopkins Info

Email: qlewis1@jhu.edu

Advisor: Terrinieka W. Powell

Previous Universities

Yale University (MPH)

Fisk University (BA)

Research Interests

Youth raised by grandparent or second-generation caregiver

Adolescent Resilience

Youth aging out of the foster care system

Why She Chose Hopkins

In addition to the institution's stellar research reputation, she was drawn to the supportive faculty and staff with whom she would train

How Her Work Advances Health Equity

She believes that every young person should have a fair chance to live their healthiest life. Therefore, she wants to ensure that systems, policies, and programs support the positive development of the nation's most vulnerable youth.

Fun Fact

She used to play the harp, but dreamed of being a dancer for the Alvin Ailey Dance Company. Note: She never actually trained as a dancer, so this was only a dream.

 

Nicole McConico

MENTAL HEALTH

Hopkins Info

Email: nmcconi1@jhmi.edu

Advisor: Johannes Thrul

Previous Universities

Harvard University (MEd)

NC Central University (JD)

Howard University (BA)

Research Interests

Child abuse and neglect, vulnerable children and youth within child serving systems

Why She Chose Hopkins

The only place where she could utilize her backgrounds in law, social services, mental health, and prevention science to conduct meaningful and impactful research to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and families.

How Her Work Advances Health Equity

Her work seeks to reduce inequities in risk for child abuse and neglect and inform child abuse prevention interventions and strategies.

Fun Fact

She has a twin sister and they are polar opposites

 

Obie McNair

HEALTH, BEHAVIOR AND SOCIETY

Hopkins Info

Email: omcnair1@jhmi.edu

Advisor: Roland Thorpe

Previous Universities

UNC- Chapel Hill (MPH)

Tougaloo College (BA)

Research Interests

Black men’s health with a focus on MSM, HIV & STD prevention

Why He Chose Hopkins

It produces the best researchers… if he wants to be the best, this is where he should be.

How His Work Advances Health Equity

His work ensures that disenfranchised communities are able to access the necessary resources which in turn will allow them to take better care of their health.

Fun Fact

He is a native of Mississippi, but was born in Maryland.

 

Joelle Robinson

HEALTH, BEHAVIOR AND SOCIETY

Hopkins Info

Email: jrobi142@jhmi.edu

Advisor: Roland Thorpe

Previous Universities

Columbia University (MPH)

Spelman College (BA)

Research Interests

Intersection of food systems and community participatory research

Why She Chose Hopkins

She had a desire to deepen research skills/expertise while continuing community based work close to home.

How Her Work Advances Health Equity

Her work aims to bridge government and community experience by implementing community participatory action research to directly inform the development and transformation of social policies.

Fun Facts

She is a thrill seeker; past activities include shark cage diving, bungee jumping, skydiving. She hopes to one day swim with a whale shark.