The Office of Public Health Practice and Training recognizes masters and doctoral students each year for outstanding public health practice contributions. These awards are given in recognition of a practice effort that has made or has great potential to make a sustained impact on a health-related outcome. Meet our award-winning students below.
Excellence in U.S. Public Health Practice
Rachael Molitor (Masters)
Partner Organization: Maryland Department of Health, Office of Population Health Improvement
Rachael developed a strategic plan to implement the first specialty certification for community health workers (CHW) in Maryland in Chronic Disease Management: Diabetes, as part of the PHASE internship program. She researched the national status of CHW specialty certifications, held stakeholder meetings to obtain feedback, and helped draft regulations to establish CHW specialty certifications.
Roopa Kalyanaraman Marcello (Doctoral)
Partner Organization: New York City Health + Hospitals’ Healthy Beverage Initiative (NYC H+H)
Roopa developed and was instrumental in launching NYC H+H's Healthy Beverage Initiative, which eliminated all sugar-sweetened beverages from NYC H+H, the largest public health care system in the country. She is evaluating the implementation and impact of the initiative for her dissertation to help inform similar initiatives at other health systems across the nation.
Deepa Joshi (Masters)
Partner Organization: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Deepa worked with HRSA to analyze the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act’s (FERPA) impact on child fatality death reviews. She reviewed the FERPA statute, data from the child fatality Case Reporting System and conducted key informant interviews with numerous stakeholders to explore local, state and federal interventions to address barriers for collaborating with schools and accessing school records.
Gia Naranjo-Rivera (Doctoral)
Partner Organization: Peace in Schools (Portland, OR)
Gia worked with Peace in Schools in Portland, Oregon to develop, implement, and evaluate a program for the integration of mindfulness into public education to address mental health and trauma in adolescents.
Kristy McCarron (Masters)
Partner Organization: YMCA of Metropolitan Washington
Kristy worked with YMCAs nationwide to address food insecurity among children by implementing a behavior change program and building a year-round farm stand. She also coached anti-hunger programs, created a Teaching Kitchen Cohort among Ys to share best practices, and produced a resource for teaching kitchens called the Teaching Kitchen Toolkit.
Raimee Eck (Doctoral)
Partner Organization: Maryland Public Health Association
Raimee served as President of the Maryland Public Health Association, the largest public health advocacy organization in the state. In this role she led advocacy efforts for policies to improve public health in Maryland.
Margaret Hannah (Masters)
Partner Organization: One Tent Health (Washington, DC)
Margaret worked with nonprofit One Tent Health to train volunteers about how to approach HIV counseling, disadvantaged populations, and survivors of sexual assault. She also led a project focused on HIV testing and linkage to care.
Excellence in International Public Health Practice
Bolanle Akinyele (Masters)
Partner Organization: Revolving Hearts Foundation
Bolanle collaborated with the Revolving Hearts Foundation and Issachar Generation, a local Nigerian NGO, to create and implement the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Peer Educator’s Program, a train-the-trainer model that has engaged 2000 students across four schools to advance bystander CPR in Nigeria.
Roshan Khatri (Doctoral)
Partner Organization: Headwaters Relief Organization
Roshan worked in partnership with Headwaters Relief Organization to use applied storytelling as a public health intervention to engage and educate Nepalese children, families, and communities on human trafficking and its impact on its victims.
Kaley Marcis Waring (Masters)
Partner Organization: HealthServe, Singapore
Kaley helped HealthServe create an effective, ethical, and culturally appropriate mental health screening program for low-wage migrant workers living in Singapore. She helped create a tailored screening instrument to incorporate local idioms and conceptualizations of mental health and ensure patients are connected with the most appropriate level of care.
Assanatou Bamogo (Masters)
Partner Organization: African Crossroad Development
Assanatou worked with nonprofit African Crossroad Development and the Women’s Association of Ouargaye on a campaign to increase awareness of chronic disease prevention and screen for cancer and other non-communicable diseases among rural communities in Burkina Faso.
Radha Rajan (Doctoral)
Partner Organization: Johns Hopkins Center for Communications Programs, Indonesia
Radja worked on the development and implementation of a mobile app, SKATA, to promote family planning in Indonesia.
Tam Wai Jia (Masters)
Partner Organization: Kitesong Global
Tam Wai Jia established Kitesong Global, an international social venture to raise funds for and awareness of issues related to the empowerment of underserved women and children.
Excellence in Baltimore Public Health Practice
Sara Lupolt (Doctoral)
Partner Organization: Safe Urban Harvests Project
Sara collaborated with the Baltimore Office of Sustainability, the Farm Alliance of Baltimore, the UM Extension – Baltimore City, the Parks and People Foundation, and the USDA on the Safe Urban Harvests project to advance soil and agriculture knowledge and policies to promote urban agriculture.
Ainelen Radosevich (Masters)
Partner Organization: Centro SOL
Ainelen worked with Centro SOL to develop and advance ‘The Latino Childhood Healthy Weight Community Action Plan’, a patient and family centered weight management proposal that takes a community-based approach to addressing the ecological determinants of childhood obesity.
Emma Ghazaryan (Masters)
Partner Organization: Vision for Baltimore
Emma worked with Vision for Baltimore, which provides school-based eye care for public schools in Baltimore. She assessed current quality assurance measures and developed a quality assurance protocol based on other successful school-based programs.
Noa Krawczyk (Doctoral)
Partner Organization: Behavioral Health Leadership Institute
Noa helped the Behavioral Health Leadership Institute establish the Project Connections Buprenorphine Program, an opioid treatment model aimed at saving the lives of high-risk individuals in Baltimore.
Anja Fries & Monica Guerrero Vazquez (Masters)
Partner Organization: Centro SOL
Anja and Monica identified a set of pressing issues affecting the local Latinx community and worked with Centro SOL to plan and coordinate a variety of programs and projects, including one to address stress associated with uncertainty over the DACA program.