Stacy Woods is a second-year PhD student in Environmental Health Sciences. Originally from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, she received her BS from the University of Florida in Entomology and Nematology, with minors in Religious Studies and Women’s Studies. After a year of volunteering in Central America and Southeast Asia, Woods returned to Florida to work as a medical entomologist at the Florida Medical Entomology Lab. Her experiences working with people from all backgrounds on mosquito safety and control issues led her to consider a career in public health, and she returned to school in 2010 to pursue her MPH at the Bloomberg School.
During her master’s studies, Woods focused on methodology and biostatistics classes, particularly on geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial statistics. Visual representations like GIS maps make science accessible across language, cultural, social and educational differences, creating a unique data-translation technique for public health communication to community members, policymakers and public health professionals. Woods utilized these techniques in her post-MPH work with the Johns Hopkins Center to Reduce Cancer Disparities, where she worked with Drs. Jean Ford and Darcy Phelan to interpret and present the data from the Cancer Prevention and Treatment Demonstration, a large cohort study investigating the effect of patient navigators on improving the utilization of Medicare-covered cancer screening services for Black/African-American older adults in Baltimore City.
Woods began the PhD program in Environmental Health Studies in 2011 to pursue her passion for biostatistics and GIS in research focused on environmental justice. In her first year Woods worked at the Johns Hopkins Center for Child & Community Health Research on a project investigating the association between drug markets and STI transmission in Baltimore City. She continues to work on outside research projects. She says she simply would not be here without the support of Eddie and Sylvia Brown. Woods feels an immense responsibility to them as well as to her adopted city to make a tangible and sustainable difference in the public and environmental health in Baltimore City.