Staff Public Health Practice Awardees
Excellence in U.S. Public Health Practice
Rebecca G. Williams, MSPH
Project Title: Summer Youth Institute (SYI) on Reducing Gun Violence in America
Partner Organization: The Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research
Rebecca played a key role in the design, development, and execution of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research’s inaugural Summer Youth Institute (SYI) on Reducing Gun Violence in America: Evidence for Change hosted at the JHU Homewood Campus in July 2019. The SYI brought 51 high school-aged students representing 29 states and 48 cities together for a 4-day in-person workshop on gun violence prevention advocacy. The objective of the SYI is to engage adolescent youth and encourage them to be effective agents of change for themselves, their peers, and communities. The SYI empowers youth by strengthening their gun violence prevention advocacy efforts using evidence-based research, fostering relationships with other youth, and imparts a sustainable advocacy model that promotes healing and builds resilience. By providing them the skills and tools necessary to understand key scientific data, focus on research, and appreciate gun violence as a public health issue, the next generation is invited to be a part of the policy reform process. In turn, this form of public health practice supports the formation of strong youth relationships transcending racial, economic, financial, and geographic divides. Rebecca is currently in the process of leading the Center’s second annual SYI which due to disruptions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic will be held virtually in July 2020.
Excellence in International Public Health Practice
Project Title: MyChoice project – Revitalizing Family Planning in Indonesia
Partner Organization: The Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, Indonesia
Fitri is the Country Representative for John Hopkins Center for the Communication Programs and has worked with CCP for 25 years to improve the reproductive health of Indonesian women. Currently she is the project director for the MyChoice project, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and designed as a consumer-focused, consumer-driven approach to enhance the national family planning program in Indonesia by addressing unmet need and a skewed method mix where long acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) have fallen out of use. Working in partnership with Indonesia’s National Population and Family Planning Board (BKKBN) she developed an integrated demand-supply model to reach a new generation of Family Planning (FP) adopters focusing on factors such as consumer life stage, postpartum family planning, supply chain management, FP leadership and advocacy.
Using choice as a main theme for the overall strategy, she implemented a number of activities including:
- ICT platform, SKATA, that includes a dynamic website, smartphone app, and social media;
- Community outreach with religious groups and BKKBN field workers using an outreach app for tablets and phones;
- Evidence-based advocacy;
- Media campaigns;
- Kampung KB, a participatory community development model;
- DokterGenZ, a youth digital platform developed to engage youth with ASRH content as well as links to services;
- Digitized Balanced Counseling Strategy (BCS) to improve FP counseling at the faculty level;
- National Data Dashboard to strengthen the use of data for decision-making;
- Integrated with these activities are supply-side activities including improving Supply Chain Management and Postpartum Family Planning services.
Results include the initialization of the activities within BKKBN’s national and provincial structures, increased use of LARCs in the initial 11 districts of the project, as well as a 3-fold decrease in discontinuation rates for those counseled with the BCS methodology. Together, all of the activities work synergistically to improve the quality of life for women and their partners in Indonesia.
Excellence in Baltimore Public Health Practice
Katrina L. Brooks
Project Title: Youth Engagement and Mentorship
Partner Organization: The Johns Hopkins Center for Adolescent Health
As Community Relations Director for the Center for Adolescent Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Katrina takes great joy in serving the Center’s partners, community families and youth across Baltimore City and throughout the State of Maryland. As a Baltimore native, she gets to represent both Johns Hopkins University and her beloved Baltimore City. The past 10 years have taught her that dedication and meaningful work does pay off. Her work as facilitator and first line of support to the Center’s youth advisory and community advisory boards and citywide partnerships has helped to raise greater awareness of and increase positive practice in adolescent health and youth development. Katrina’s personal and professional mission is to ensure that every young person in Baltimore has at least one caring adult that they trust. She is honored to be part of a dedicated team of colleagues, partners and youth leaders with whom she shares that vision.
The work of the Center for Adolescent Health is increasingly evident now more than ever in its 25-year history. Katrina finds meaning in her life’s purpose as she reflects each day on the vital work of public health in ensuring that young people have opportunities to thrive, make decisions that will change their and their family’s trajectory in positive ways and most of all live to celebrate a tomorrow.
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