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The Office of Public Health Practice & Training

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. 


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Tess Gilbert

Hometown: Baltimore, MD

Resume Highlights

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.


Anne LillyAnne Lilly

Hometown: Baltimore, MD

Resume Highlights

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

Marian Homan Dickinson

Hometown: New Knoxville, OH

Resume Highlights

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.


Paul Messino

Paul Messino

Asheville, North Carolina

Resume Highlights

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.


Allison Zucker

Allison Zucker

Hometown: Glen Ridge, NJ

Resume Highlights

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.