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Sally Peprah

"A multifaceted approach to cancer prevention, that takes into account characteristics of individuals and the context in which they live, is essential to effectively address cancer disparities."

Sally Peprah
PhD'18, MSPH

Sally Peprah graduated from the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Peprah trained and worked as a pharmacist in Ghana, where she is originally from. Her initial exposure to public health was through her work with Johns Snow Inc on the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) DELIVER Project. In 2013, she obtained a Master of Science Public Health degree in International Health with a concentration in Health Systems and Policy here at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Spurred on by her interest in applying rigorous research methods to address health inequities, she decided to pursue a doctoral degree in the Department of Epidemiology.

Her current research in cancer epidemiology focuses on cervical cancer among high-risk groups in Maryland. She is utilizing spatial epidemiology to examine variation in incidence by counties in Maryland overtime and how that is influenced by the racial composition, socioeconomic status, health care access and health seeking behavior within each county, including Baltimore city. This examination at the local, instead of the state, level will help to better target available resources to sub-populations at highest risk for disease.

Further, Peprah's research within the local population of HIV-infected women seen at Johns Hopkins explores the clinical and socio-demographic determinants of utilization of cervical cancer screening services within this high-risk subgroup. She hopes that her findings will inform evidence based interventions that ensure routine and appropriate screening among HIV positive women engaged in care.