October 2012

Kristen Lewis, a Ph.D. in Public Health student, presented her dissertation “Optimizing the Measurement of Severe Rotavirus Gastroenteritis Among Children Under 2 Years of Age in Africa and Asia” at a poster presentation at the 10th International Rotavirus Symposium in Bangkok, Thailand, in September.

August 2012

Raymond O. Chimezie, a Ph.D. in Public Health student, recently led a trip to Imo State, Nigeria, with his organization, the Nnerim Development Union, to create a borehole to supply fresh water to a community health center, a maternity clinic, an elementary school, and several public water outlets, including those in two adjoining communities.

June 2012

Raquel Battle, a Ph.D. in Health Services student who participated in the fifth annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) meeting this spring at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., completed a CGI U Commitment to Action pledge to build the Edlin Leslie Sr. Hospice in Belize, Central America, and to establish a Belizean Educational Association for Treatment of Cancer (BEAT). A native of Belize with dual citizenship in the United States, Battle plans to provide cancer treatment options, advocacy, and awareness in Belize.

Cynthia Hickman ’09, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate and a Ph.D. in Health Services student, was featured in the May issue of Nurse.com in the article “Paying It Forward: Houston Nurse Keeps the Effort Alive Through Mentorship” as part of a Nurse’s Week celebration.

Holly Allen Smith, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion Program student, was named assistant nurse manager for Vidant Edgecombe Hospital’s medical and surgical units in Tarboro, N.C., in April. Smith previously worked at the hospital as a registered nurse.

May 2012

Cynthia Hickman ’09, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate and a Ph.D. in Health Services student, was featured in the article “Pursuing Higher Nursing Degrees Online” in Advance for Nurses (March 12).

Christopher T. Taylor ’11, a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies graduate and a Ph.D. in Public Health student, is the project manager at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where he is responsible for the management of the programs, projects, and partnerships that promote campus-wide diversity and inclusion and the recruitment and retention of underserved and underrepresented student groups.

April 2012

Jennifer M. Padron, a Ph.D. in Public Health student, received a SAMHSA/CMHS scholarship to attend the ACMHA College for Behavioral Health Leadership summit “Healthy Supports, Healthy Communities: Improving the Health of Communities Through Social Supports” in Charleston, S.C., in March 2012. Padron is the director of The HOPE Project LLC, in Fort Worth, Texas, a peer-led whole health and wellness center.

February 2012

Valerie Robitaille, a Ph.D. in Public Health student, is leveraging her work as the administrative assistant at Favors Forward Foundation to measure four aspects of health to learn how volunteering can positively impact the quality of life for those who give and receive as part of her dissertation. The Pennsylvania-based foundation is a social network of volunteers who serve community members experiencing life-changing hardships like illness, death, or unemployment.

January 2012

Walden awarded Commitment to Social Change Scholarships to incoming Ph.D. in Public Health students Luswa Lukwago, the grand prize recipient, and Olufolakemi Mercy Anjorin and Master of Healthcare Administration (M.H.A.) student Jacqueline Seawright in December 2011. Lukwago’s goal is to establish a system for epidemic prevention and response at all levels in Uganda; Anjorin aims to establish a Nutrition Action Network in Nigeria; and Seawright intends to positively impact the lives of patients in Florida.

Judith Owens, a Ph.D. in Public Health student, was cast in The Witch Doctor Will See You Now, a National Geographic Channel documentary about traditional shamanic medicine set in the jungle of Peru. In Owens’ case, these methods were used to treat her asthma.

September 2011

Cynthia J. Hickman ’09, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate and a Ph.D. in Health Services student, received the Ruby Award from the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) in July 2011 at its 39th annual Institute and Conference in Indianapolis, Ind. The award is given to NBNA members who supported nursing students financially through the Cynthia J. Hickman Pay It Forward Nursing Scholarship.

June 2011

Cynthia J. Hickman ’09, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate and a Ph.D. in Health Services student, received the Ruby Award from the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) in July 2011 at its 39th annual Institute and Conference in Indianapolis, Ind. The award is given to NBNA members who supported nursing students financially through the Cynthia J. Hickman Pay It Forward Nursing Scholarship.

Edward O. Irobi, a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) student, was accepted into the 2011 NIH National Cancer Institute Graduate Summer Internship Program. The program is for minority students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher who have research interest in cancer.

April 2011

Shafia Monroe, a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) student and founder of the International Center for Traditional Childbearing, was honored during the Birthing Project USA’s Harriet Tubman Community Partnership Awards Luncheon in February. She received the Birthing Project SisterFriend of the Year award for her work to support collaboration between the two organizations to improve birth outcomes for women of color.

February 2011

Margie Parham, a Ph.D. in Public Health student, accepted a clinical faculty position in the undergraduate and graduate nursing program at Georgia State University.

January 2011

Three Ph.D. in Public Health students—Piroska Bisits Bullen, Lanise Hutchins, and Susan Nohelty—and two Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) students—Cristal Finke and Cindy Salomon—were part of an American Public Health Association delegation to Cuba in November 2010.

December 2011

Tracy Miller, a Ph.D. in Public Health student, was named state epidemiologist with the North Dakota Department of Health.

September 2010

Benjamin Banks, a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) student, was commended by President Barack Obama at the National AIDS Strategy Reception in July 2010 for his efforts to inspire people to fight for an AIDS cure.

June 2010

Jennifer M. Padron, a Ph.D. in Public Health student, was accepted into the American College of Mental Health Administration’s Learner/Mentorship program. Padron serves as consumer representative for the Via Hope, Texas Mental Health Resource steering committee, and as co-chair of the U.S. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association of Texas.

Kerri Stockwell, a Ph.D. in Public Health student, was named head women’s basketball coach and senior woman administrator at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn.

October 2009

Molly Hillig, a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) student, will be serving as a nurse at the U.S. Embassy in Bolivia. She will educate Americans coming to Bolivia about health concerns and provide education and medical care to Americans living in and near the embassy.

Jennifer M. Padron, a Ph.D. in Public Health student with a specialization in Community Health Promotion and Education, was recently selected to the State of Texas via HOPE Steering Committee and charged with developing the Texas-Certified Peer Specialist certification and training program for mental health for the 2009–2010 term. Padron was one of eight Texans appointed to serve with Assistant Commissioner for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Mike Maples. She is concurrently serving as co-chair of the U.S. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association of Texas board of directors and is co-chair of the 2010 Windows to Wellness Conference to be held in Austin, Texas, on January 7–9.

August 2009

Vanessa Briscoe, who earned a Ph.D. in Health Services, has been named the recipient of the 2009 Davis-Galloway Empowerment Award by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Metropolitan Nashville Chapter. The award is given to recognize and honor women of color across Middle Tennessee who ascend to leadership through outstanding advocacy, effective networking, and superlative community service. Briscoe is currently a research assistant and professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University.

Alex Camacho, a Ph.D. in Public Health student with a specialization in Community Health Promotion and Education, will be presenting an abstract based on his dissertation’s research in a 15-minute session at the Society for Public Health Education 60th Annual Conference in Philadelphia, Pa., in November. His dissertation research was also accepted for oral presentation at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition in Philadelphia, in November.

Shibru Fufa, a Ph.D. in Public Health student, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship to attend a specialized training session in gene mapping and linkage analysis at the Rockefeller University in New York, N.Y., in July.

Jennifer Shambrook, a Ph.D. in Public Health student with a specialization in Community Health Promotion and Education, will be speaking at the 11th Annual Australasian Research Management Society Conference held in Christchurch, New Zealand, Sept. 16–18. Shambrook works in developing nations to assist in building an infrastructure for research to stem brain drain and increase local capacity for research in these areas.

Gloria Wilson, a Ph.D. in Public Health student with a specialization in Community Health Promotion and Education, was selected as a scholarship recipient to attend the Association of Black Cardiologists’ Community Health Advocates Training: With Every Heartbeat is Life, held on July 23–25, 2009, in Washington, D.C.