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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. 

2012 Hopkins HRSA trainee recipients

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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 Lillyal

Anne 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.


2011 Hopkins HRSA trainee recipients

Liz Coleclough

Liz Coleclough

Memphis, TN

Resume Highlights

Public health topics of focus while attending JHSPH: Psychosocial intervention and harm-reduction.

Benefits of the HRSA grant: It encourages my interest in public health practice and application. I am passionate about working in real-world settings, interacting directly with communities / clients, while handling the challenges of limited resources and complicated environments. This award supports my goal to expand public health beyond the clinical trial and to bring it into the community.


Kevin Fain

Kevin Fain

Washington, D.C.

Resume Highlights

Public health topics of focus while attending JHSPH: For my MPH studies, I focused on policy analysis as well as the risk sciences, including quantitative methods for assessing public health policies and risks. For my doctoral studies, I am concentrating further on epidemiology and biostatistics for public health policy, particularly those analytical methods used in assessing drug safety and effectiveness.

Benefits of the HRSA grant: The HRSA grant has greatly assisted me in continuing my public health studies on a full-time basis in the epidemiology DrPH program. In this way I can pursue my classes and research more thoroughly, which significantly enhances my learning and strengthens my pursuit of these public health goals.


Laura Flamm

Laura Flamm

Columbus, Ohio

Resume Highlights

Public health topics of focus while attending JHSPH:  Health education & health communication and community-based public health

Benefits of the HRSA grant: The HRSA grant enables me to continue my public health practice in Baltimore while pursuing my MSPH. Combining practice-based work with class work encourages collaborative learning in both realms.


Lisa Goldberg

Lisa Goldberg

Oakland, CA

Resume Highlights

Public health topics of focus while attending JHSPH: Epidemiology, biostatistics, public health policy formulation & evaluation, risk assessment and communication, strategic management and leadership, and public health emergency preparedness and response.

Benefits of the HRSA grant: I am very fortunate to be the recipient of the HRSA Public Health Training Grant award, which partially funds my tuition and has allowed me to attend this university. Receiving this award has enabled me to continue my academic goals of addressing health disparities among vulnerable populations in the hopes of saving and improving their lives.


Jesscia Ladd

Jessica Ladd

San Francisco, CA

Resume Highlights

Public health topics of focus while attending JHSPH: Sexual and reproductive health, epidemiology, health communication, adolescent health, infectious diseases

Benefits of the HRSA grant: The HRSA grant helped me to fund my Masters of Public Health, in which I concentrated in Epidemiology. The funds enabled me to continue to pursue my interest in this area, and in Fall 2011, I will begin her PhD in Epidemiology (Infectious Diseases). While pursuing my PhD, I plan to develop, disseminate, and evaluate new media sexual health interventions.


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.


Jeffrey Moon

Jeffrey Moon

Haddonfield, NJ

Resume Highlights

Public health topics of focus while attending JHSPH: Translating research into public health practice, quantitative health policy analysis, organizational leadership, and injury prevention

Benefits of the HRSA grant: The HRSA award imbues me with greater confidence and drive to be a leader in public health. It facilitates the freedom to take risks—not with money but with time and commitment. In turn, I am able to more deeply pursue research and networking experiences.