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Student Involvement Opportunities with the WCHPC

The WCHPC enthusiastically welcomes student participation in our work. Options for involvement with the work of the WCHPC are available; some opportunities entail paid employment, other project involvement can be structured as independent Special Studies courses (research, or practice).  Still other activities are less formal, but also serve as venues for faculty and students to collaborate.

Spotlight on Students


Matthew Goldshore, 
PhD Candidate

Matt Goldshore collaborates with WCHPC faculty on the Dyson Initiative National Evaluation (DINE) that examines the impact of the Community Pediatrics Training Initiative on both pediatric residency training and on the careers of pediatricians. Working with Cynthia Minkovitz, Barry Solomon, Holly Grason and Bernard Guyer, Matt’s efforts focus on understanding how trainees’ predisposition to engage in community pediatrics evolves during residency.  His work also will contribute to our understanding of how community pediatrics involvement unfolds after pediatricians complete training.  Matt also works in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology on studies focused on understanding the implications of obesity during pregnancy on the developing fetus.


Jennifer White,

Jennifer White is working with Donna Strobino on a WCHPC project examining factors that contribute to low birth weight outcomes at Mercy Medical Center (MMC) in Baltimore, MD. This project seeks to improve birth outcomes using a three-pronged approach that 1) examines medical records data, 2) engages with local obstetricians and 3) builds capacity with community organizations.  Knowledge of the factors that contribute to low birth weight will be used to propose recommendations and strategies for practitioners, staff and community linkages that may assist in improving birth outcomes at MMC.  In addition, Jennifer is a program specialist of health programs in the Health Department at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Current Opportunities

Listed below are several project areas where we are seeking partnerships with students in the 2012-2013 academic year.  Specific opportunities will vary over the year.  As new studies and practice activities are launched, the WCHPC website will be updated accordingly to reflect these changes and new student collaboration opportunities. 

The Division of Research, Training and Education (DRTE) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is currently recruiting public health students to participate in the development of the MCH Navigator, a new learning portal for maternal and child health professionals. Students will locate, screen, and categorize existing web-based MCH learning resources for inclusion in the MCH Navigator system. Work will be conducted independently, with orientation and regular communications between students and DRTE staff via web conferencing, telephone, and/or email. Minimum commitment 5 hrs/week; maximum 8 hours/week. Please contact Holly Grason ( if you are interested.

Dr. Michele Decker seeks a research assistant, beginning in second term, to work with her on projects focused on sexual and reproductive health among women engaged in sex work.  Activities include: analysis, dissemination, and pilot intervention development.  Please send your CV to  Kelli Hirsch at  if you are interested.

Dr. Anne Riley seeks a research assistant focused on family health policy and maternal depression policy with work to be completed as a special studies activity.  Please send your CV to Anne Riley at if you are interested.

Dr. Anne Riley seeks a research assistant to work on an ongoing project focused on conceptualizing family belonging as an aspect of health (advanced skills required).  Please send your CV to Anne Riley at if you are interested.

Dr. Wendy Bennett seeks a research assistant to participate in data collection and data entry for a cross-sectional survey about the use of internet and cell phones among women who are pregnant or in the one year postpartum, receiving care at a Johns Hopkins outpatient clinical site.  Prefer some prior experience with survey methods, data entry and database use in Microsoft Access.  Ability to speak Spanish not required but very helpful.  Please send your CV to Wendy Bennett, MD, MPH: if you are interested.

The WCHPC is offering a 3 credit special studies opportunity for 2 masters students during 3rd term, 2012-2013 to contribute to an ongoing project related to state policies in the United States relevant to women’s health.  The students will work closely with Drs. Michele Decker, Mahua Mandal, and Cynthia Minkovitz to 1) review the literature related to state policies for women’s health; 2) develop a compendium of current and historical state policies related to women’s health;  and 3) identify data sources focused on women’s health outcomes.  Weekly in person meetings with the faculty team will guide the work.  If interested, please send your resume or CV to Kelli Hirsch at



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