Public Health Sciences Annual Poster Session Gains Momentum
The Department of Public Health Sciences hosted its second annual Springboard and Global Health Scholar Awards Poster Session, showcasing innovative public health projects by 34 M.P.H. and M.D./M.P.H. students who tackled critical public health issues around the world.
The grants, totaling more than $80,000, provided funding for students who wish to pursue innovative public health research or practice through global public health research, service, or public health field work.
Traveling to 16 countries, including the U.S. and locally in Miami, the students’ projects were not only invaluable to the communities, but also promoted best practices in public health. Student projects included implementing culturally competent health promotion interventions in Central and South America, preventing HIV in homeless women in Miami-Dade County, improving outreach and enrollment in support of the Affordable Care Act and helping reduce the rate of infant mortality among African-American communities in Miami.
Evidence of its rapid growth, the program awarded more than double the number of grants from the previous year.
“We are very proud of our students,” said José Szapocznik, Ph.D., professor and Chair of Public Health Sciences, after the February 4 event in the Clinical Research Building. “We know that these future public health leaders will continue their work to improve the health of our most needy and vulnerable populations at home and throughout the world.”