2012 HRSA Trainees
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Public Health Traineeships support students in graduate educational programs in accredited schools of public health for training in public health fields with a severe shortage.
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
- Optimized methods for statewide tuberculosis cohort review at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
- Research assistant at the Office of Public Health Practice and Training at JHSPH.
- Evaluated a substance abuse prevention program for Native American youth in New Mexico
Public health topics of focus while attending JHSPH: epidemiology, biostatistics, infectious diseases, and public health practice
Benefits of the HRSA grant: The HRSA grant has allowed me to gain practice experience while pursuing my MHS. The opportunity to apply my skills to real-world public health problems has greatly enriched my graduate training and expanded my interest in public health practice.
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
- Served as a teacher trainer and health educator in Peace Corps South Africa from 2007-2009:
- Collaborated with school leaders and teachers to implement the new curriculum
- Founded and facilitated Bokgoni Girls Club, a life skills and reproductive health education project for 8th Grade students
- Crafted grant applications and assisted with research projects as the Executive Intern at Family Health and Birth Center in Washington, DC.
Public health topics of focus while attending JHSPH: I have mainly focused on Child Health, particularly on how a child's health, early environment and development impact her school readiness and later school performance.
Benefits of the HRSA grant: I was honored to be chosen as one of the HRSA Public Health Traineeship Grant recipients. Winning the award has enabled me to more fully dedicate myself to my studies and has motivated me to pursue leadership positions in the field of Public Health.
Marian Homan Dickinson
Hometown: New Knoxville, OH
- Researched, wrote, piloted, and published a curriculum for low-risk drinking in adults titled Minimize Risk~Maximize Life.
- Volunteered at peace and reconciliation center in Northern Ireland for one year, facilitating cross-community groups.
- Developed, coordinated, and delivered alcohol, tobacco, other drug, and violence prevention for middle school and high school students as an Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist.
Public health topics of focus while attending JHSPH: Sustainable food systems, faith-based food youth curriculum, and program evaluation.
Benefits of the HRSA grant: The HRSA grant has opened me up to additional learning opportunities. I have been able to accept an internship position that will provide me with the training and job experiences I need to move forward in the field of community food systems.
Asheville, North Carolina
- Abell Award in Urban Policy Recipient
- Regional Director, North Carolina Jaycees
- Dolores Aubrey Sullivan Award in Public Policy
Public health topics of focus while attending JHSPH: Policy of Health Information Technology and its role in improving health systems.
Benefits of the HRSA grant: The HRSA grant allows me to fulfill the DrPH program requirements at JHSPH while also pursuing HIT-focused classes throughout the Johns Hopkins system. Without the additional monetary support, I would not be able to simultaneously be exposed to classes on health policy and HIT systems.
Hometown: Glen Ridge, NJ
- Coordinator of the Growth & Nutrition Clinic at the University of Maryland for toddlers with feeding difficulties.
- Health Educator for an obesity prevention, health promotion research study for middle school girls in Baltimore City Public Schools.
- Research Assistant at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future.
Public health topics of focus while attending JHSPH: Environmental Sustainability, Food Systems, School Food, Nutrition and Program Evaluation.
Benefits of the HRSA grant: The HRSA grant helped fund my MPH and allowed me to focus on gaining the skills and experience to improve health and reduce disparities in urban communities.