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2010 SUMR Scholars

Monica Amoo‐Achampong
University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2012
Major: Health and Societies: Concentration International Health

Monica is a member of the Class of 2012 in the College of Arts and Sciences at Penn. She is majoring in Health and Societies with a concentration in International Health and is working toward a minor in International Relations. She is also a member of Penn’s Varsity Cheerleading team. As a SUMR scholar, Monica worked with LDI Senior Fellow Rebecca Stein, PhD to understand the importance of teamwork on the efficiency gains of hospitalists in the medical setting. She also worked with Gretchen Suess, PhD of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships on the Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative to map and evaluate the nutrition environment surrounding West Philadelphia high schools.

Monica is interested in a career that uses health research to improve health policy abroad and help minimize health disparities among countries. Her goal is to better understand the dynamics of international politics and economics to propose ways to increase successful health outcomes. She intends to pursue her PhD and possibly a MPH after receiving her BA from Penn. In her free time, Monica enjoys fitness, cheering, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Final Presentation:
In Hospital Network Formation: The Importance of Team Work on the Efficiency Gains of Hospitalists

Evaluating the Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative (AUNI)

Sade Bell

Emory University, Class of 2012
Major: Biology

Sade is a biology major and pre-medical student. At Emory, Sade serves as the vice president of the Georgia Beta chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honor Society, among other leadership roles. In her spare time, Sade enjoys traveling, socializing with friends and volunteering at the Emory Catholic Center. Sade career goals include working on a preventative healthcare policy and serving as Dean of Medicine at a prestigious institute.

During SUMR, Sade worked with Jasmine McDonald, PhD and Cara Zayac on the "Enhancing Genetic Literacy in African-Americans" project. Sade also worked with Ebbing Lautenbach, MD, MPH, MSCE and Dr. Pam Tolomeo on their project "The Longitudinal Dynamics of MRSA Colonization and Infection and Prevention". From her SUMR experience, Sade hopes to gain an understanding and experience in epidemiology research, both in the field and in bench work. With the skills and knowledge gained at SUMR, Sade aspires to develop a mini-project that she can continue at Emory University towards the development of an Honors Thesis project.

Final Presentation:
Improving Genetic Literacy in the African American Community

Epidemiology and Prevention of MRSA Transmission in the Community

Luke Bingaman
Temple University, Class of 2011
Major: Public Health/Pre-Medicine

Luke is a member of the class of 2011 at Temple University in the College of Health Professions. He is majoring in Public Health, while fulfilling his pre-med requirements. During SUMR, Luke worked with Anje Van Berckelaer, MD on a project evaluating the state and county-level factors affecting access to specialty care from community health centers.

Luke has research interests in social inequality, access to care, and underserved communities. Luke plans to go to medical school with the possibility of pursuing an MD/PhD or MD/MPH. His career goal is to work in underserved communities domestically and internationally providing exceptional healthcare to the least likely recipients. Furthermore, Luke hopes to spend significant time in health services research in pursuit of a more influential improvement for the underserved and unrepresented. Aside from academia, Luke's favorite activities include sports, running, and playing guitar.  

Final Presentation:
The Factors Affecting Access to Specialty Care from CHCs on a State-and County-Level

James Calderwood
University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2011
Major: Health Care Management

James is in the class of 2011 in the joint degree program Nursing and Healthcare Management. He is working towards a BSN in the Nursing School and his BSE in Wharton with a concentration in Healthcare Management. James worked with Gretchen Suess, PhD examining West Philadelphians access to fresh fruits and vegetables as part of the Urban Nutrition Initiative at the Netter Center.

James is passionate about nutrition and healthcare in underserved populations, particularly international. Through taking part in numerous research studies and trips domestically and abroad, he has witnessed the importance of sufficient education and access to proper nutrition in the overall health and wellbeing of a person. He hopes to further understand the most effective ways low-income, urban populations obtain fresh food and the method by which its access can be improved by the end of the program. Upon graduation, he hopes to pursue healthcare management in the developing world.

Final Presentation:
Evaluating the Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative (AUNI)

Maricruz Cisneros
Arizona Western College, Class of 2011
Major: Biology Pre-Med

Maricruz is biology Pre-Med major at Arizona Western College. She plans to obtain her MD and become a family practitioner. Eventually Maricruz would love to utilize her medical knowledge to conduct health services research.

Maricruz is very passionate about helping low-income minorities who are at higher risks of poor outcomes due to being uninsured. She is also very interested in helping to develop a system, in which all low-income Mexican students would be able to receive a free-college education, as in the United States. During SUMR she was involved on two research projects.

Maricruz worked with Cara Zayac, MPH on exploring the issues of uncertainties with prenatal diagnosis with a new technology called comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) microarray. This project will also consisted in viewing patient and provider perspectives towards this technology. She was also involved in developing educational materials for patients and families about Genome-wide Array-Based Testing.

In her second project Maricruz worked with Anje Van Berckelaer, MD, a family doctor at Penn trained at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, in conducting a needs assessment among community health centers in Philadelphia about care transitions from the Community Health Centers to the hospital and back.

During her free time Maricruz enjoys spending time with her family, meeting new people, and especially dancing. Her greatest role model is Dr. Oz, who she plans to meet some day.

Final Presentation:
Referral Tracking and Completion in a Community Health Center

Uncertainty and Prenatal CGH Microarray Testing: Patient and Provider Perspectives

Michelle Fang
University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2012
Major: Health and Societies

Michelle is a member of the class of 2012 in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is a double major in Biology and Health and Societies, with a concentration in Health Care Markets and Finance. Michelle worked with Amy Hillier, PhD on a research project to measure and model the food and activity landscape in Philadelphia, with the goal of ultimately increasing access to healthy foods and improving activity environments. For her second project, she worked with Alison Buttenheim, PhD to investigate whether farmers' markets are an effective way to increase fruit and vegetable consumption in low-income neighborhoods, where there are few other retail food options.

Michelle is very interested in environmental health, particularly in underserved urban communities. From conducting research in the field, she has seen that people’s physical activity can be dictated by the condition of nearby parks and children’s choice of foods can be largely shaped by the food availability in their neighborhoods. Michelle hopes to attend medical school after graduation and one day become an advocate for improving the health of urban communities.  

Final Presentation:
Measuring the Impact of Philadelphia's Farmers' Markets

FED-UP With Childhood Obesity: Food and Exercise Diaries for Urban Places

Tracey Fredricks
University of Michigan, Class of 2010
Major: Sociology, sub-concentration: Health and Aging, Minor: Gender and Health

Tracey is a graduate of the University of Michigan Ann Arbor's College of Literature, Science, and Arts. She majored in Sociology with a sub-concentration in Health & Aging and minored in Gender & Health. Tracey worked on two mentor projects with Sophia Jan, MD, Karen Glanz, PhD, and Ann Gianola, MA. With Dr. Jan she worked on the project Where are they now? Where she examined the sources of healthcare for young adults with sickle cell disease after leaving pediatric sickle cell centers. With Dr. Glanz and Ann she worked on the Melanoma: Go Grant. Where she will be examining and studying the effects of Genetic Testing, Counseling and Adherence to Melanoma Prevention Behaviors.

Tracey is interested in studying further and combating the issues of disparities plaguing minority communities. She hopes to one day use the research she conducts to evoke policy and advocacy of these marginalized groups. Shortly after SUMR, Tracey was hired as a Research Coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania.

Outside of education and research, Tracey is interested in varying forms of community service. She also seeks joy from movies, music, and dancing.

Final Presentation:
CDKN2A/p16 and MC1R Genetic Testing, Counseling and Adherence to Melanoma Prevention Behaviors

Transition Readiness for Adolescents and Young Adults with Sickle Cell Disease

Estevana Isaac
University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2012
Major: Health & Societies

Estevana is a pre-med student in the School of Arts & Sciences, pursuing a BA in Biology and a minor in English. Estevana was raised in Jamaica, NY and is alumni to the Bronx HS of Science. She enjoys committing her time to the Minority Association of PreHealth Students (MAPS) as President, where she is able to share her ideas with a committed Executive Board. She also enjoys vocational writing in her spare time.

SUMR was Estevana's first step in pursuing an MD/PhD in health services research or an MD/MPH. She is seeking a career which will allow her to actively engage in health services research as well as help mold and shape national and international health policy. As a researcher, it is her goal to fully understand why there has been a reported “over-diagnosis of Schizophrenia” and “under-diagnosis of affective disorders among African Americans.” Whether it is a misinterpretation of the patient’s symptoms, a language barrier, a lack of empathy or a cultural misunderstanding, research shows that minority patients do not receive the same quality of healthcare as white patients. This occurrence is often linked to a lack of diversity among doctors. Estevana's dedication, sincere compassion and most importantly her desire to provide leadership in this area inspires her to act now.

Final Presentation:
Racial Disparities in Outcomes for Patients Diagnosed with Schizophrenia and Treated in a Psychiatric Hospital Setting

Farihah Khan
University of Florida, Class of 2012
Major: Biology (Pre-Pharmacy)

Farihah is a member of the class of 2012 at the University of Florida. She is majoring in Biology and also on the pre-pharmacy track. Post graduation, Farihah hopes to earn her PharmD so that she may travel abroad and help those in need.

Farihah’s interests lie in community service. She loves to help out any way she can. Farihah has a particular interest in feeding the homeless and volunteering in hospitals.

During SUMR, Farihah worked with Susmita Pati, MD, MPH on a Health Insurance Improvement Project and a Pediatric Preventive Care Project in an effort to create sustainable solutions to eliminate disparities in healthcare. Faihah also worked with Michael Bader, PhD on a project that examines the influence of where people move and how it affects their health.

Final Presentation:
Influence of Racial Residential Segregation and Residential Preferences on Health Disparities

Tailored Pediatric Preventive Care Project

Monique McDermoth
University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2010
Major: Liberal and Professional Studies Post-Baccalaureate Program

Monique is a 2009 graduate of Princeton University where she majored in Sociology with a certificate in African-American studies. At the University of Pennsylvania, she was in the Liberal and Professional Studies Post-Baccalaureate Program. During SUMR, Monique worked with Karin Rhodes, MD and Glenda Wrenn, MD examining the intersectionality of resiliency in the Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) community with other psychosocial health concerns and risks. After graduating in 2010, Monique took on a Health Services Research Position as a Family Health Advocate at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice.

Monique hopes to pursue an MD/PhD in Epidemiology, focusing on African-American community based medical research and becoming an emergency room doctor starting in the fall 2011. In her spare time, Monique enjoys practicing Spanish, traveling to Spanish-speaking countries, and one day hopes to teach Medical Sociology in a Spanish-speaking country.

Final Presentation:
The Independent Protective Effects Of Social Support And Resilience On The Relationship Between Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) And Self-Rated Health

Renee McDougall
University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2012
Major: English, concentration in Creative Writing, Minor: Biology

Renee is a member of Penn’s class of 2012 in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is majoring in English, with a minor in Biology. She is also a pre-veterinary student.

Outside academics Renee is a member of Penn’s varsity Track and Field team. Renee has a great interest in developing a career that focuses on the overlap between veterinary medicine and human medicine, using this common ground to contribute to medicine as a whole.

She plans on obtaining her VMD and potentially an MPH, or a degree that would allow her to use health policy research to explore the critical interaction between these two sides of medicine. She is also interested in youth advocacy and the interaction between the community and intervention programs, health policy, and the proper medical treatment of adolescents, both mentally and physically. She hopes to integrate these lifelong interests into her career.

As a part of the SUMR program Renee worked with LDI fellow Anne Teitleman, PhD, CRNP on an HIV prevention intervention for teenage girls in the Philadelphia area. She also worked with LDI fellow Kristen Feemster, MD, MPH on the virologic, socio-demographic, and clinical factors that are associated with and influence the outcomes of pediatric H1N1 influenza, and the choice to utilize pediatric healthcare services.

Final Presentation:
Investigating the Epidemiologic Characteristics of Novel H1N1 Influenza in Kids

Stand UP Together! : Creating a Prevention Intervention for Teens

Edernst Noncent
University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2012
Major: Biological Basis of Behavio

Edernst Noncent is in the Class of 2012 at Penn, majoring in Biological Basis of Behavior. He is interested in pursuing an MD/PhD in Neuroscience after college. Specifically, he is interested in how neuroscience discoveries can be put to use toward policy. He worked with Dr. James D. Park and James Guevara MD, MPH for SUMR, aiming to connect his interests to his projects. In his spare time, he enjoys music, graphic design, and breakdancing.

Final Presentation:
Autism Intervention in Philadelphia

Public Opinion about Paying People to Quit Smoking

Fahim Pyarali

University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2011
Major: Economics

Fahim Pyarali is at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Economics. During SUMR, he worked with Maureen McCunn, MD, MIPP, FCCM in an effort to receive an IRB grant for a survey. This survey was distributed to anesthesiologists for the purpose of recognizing the best uses of various anesthetics in particular circumstances. He also assisted fellow scholar Jeffrey Tillus with identifying global trauma training programs.

As an Economics and Pre-Med student, Fahim is interested in learning more about how international health investments can spark economic development in resource-deprived environments. He aspires to provide individuals in underserved areas direct clinical assistance, but also hopes to create a sustainable program in which these individuals can realize their ambitions of becoming a medical professional. He is currently a managing editor for the Penn Bioethics Journal, and a member of Penn Students for International Development. In his spare time, Fahim enjoys running and volunteering.

Final Presentation:
Acute Trauma Care Anesthesiology Practices in the US

A Service Needs Assessment for PA Citizens with Autism

Laura Riley
Emory University, Class of 2011
Sociology, Minor: Women's Studies

Laura majored in Sociology with a minor in Women’s Studies on the pre-med track at Emory University. Laura worked with Amy Hiller, PhD to investigate the routes that high school juniors and seniors take to get to school and the food choices they make along the way and see how this affects their health. Laura also worked with Douglas J. Wiebe, PhD studying the impact that neighborhoods and daily experiences have on the stress felt by urban adolescents and young adults.

Laura is interested in researching environmental racism, seeing how access to things such as green space and access healthy foods contributes to both the mental and physical heath of inhabitants in urban areas. Laura is a firm believer that race is not a biologic al construction, rather a social construction. Because of this belief Laura wishes to obtain a MD/MPH or MD/PhD and dedicate her career to addressing the health inequalities experienced by minorities. In addition to her studies, Laura loves music and is a self proclaimed recreational shopper. Laura was accepted to Emory University’s Masters in Public Health Program at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health.

Laura was accepted to Emory University’s Masters in Public Health Program at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health.

Final Presentation:
Food and Activity Landscapes: Perspectives on Field Data Collection

Measuring and Enhancing Stress Resilience in Youth in Dental Clinic Settings

TaNisha Roby
Spelman College, Class of 2011
Major: Sociology, Minor: Public Health Science

TaNisha is a member of the class of 2011 at Spelman College, a historically black, liberal arts college for women in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a Sociology major and has a double minor in Public Health Science and Environmental Health. During SUMR, TaNisha worked with Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH, Sarah Green, MPH and Erica Davis (BEAT) on a pilot study to develop and validate a standardized measure of perceived nutrition environment, as well as evaluate the relationship between perceived nutrition environment and observed nutrition environment. Additionally, TaNisha worked with John Holmes, PhD examining online discussion tools (discussion boards, blogs, and chat rooms) that are targeted to racial and ethnic minorities and how such issues as access to care, patient-provider communication, trust in health systems, and concerns about disparities are discussed.

TaNisha was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. After the completion or her undergraduate education, she will be pursuing graduate studies in Epidemiology and Biostatistics focusing on narrowing the disparities in mortality experienced by minorities domestically and abroad. TaNisha has a passion for serving minority communities, especially youth. She works to encourage Latin American youth labeled as high risk for dropping out of high school, pregnancy, drug abuse and gang violence to realize the benefits of high school completion and higher education. She is also a mentor to a group of African American female high school seniors at two high schools in Atlanta, Georgia, helping them discover themselves as high achieving women through engaging discussions on life in academia, overall professionalism and entrepreneurship.

Final Presentation:
Mining Health-Related Internet Discussions for Patterns of Use by African Americans: Evidence of Disparities in Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

Perceived Nutrition Environment Measures Study (NEMS) and The BEAT Institute: Development and Validation of a Tool to Assess Perceived Nutrition Environments

Jeffrey Tillus
University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2012
Major: Economics

Jeffrey is a member of Penn's class of 2012 in the Wharton School of Business. He is majoring in Economics with a double concentration in Healthcare Management & Policy and Finance.

During SUMR, Jeffrey worked with LDI Senior Fellow Maureen McCunn, MD, MIPP, FCCM on a project evaluating the training of global trauma care. In addition, Jeffrey worked with LDI Senior Fellows Mark Neuman, MD and Guy David, PhD on a project assessing patient selection for care in ambulatory surgery.

Jeffrey has research interests in health disparities, especially regarding the Haitian population, as well as inefficiencies of healthcare systems in the developing world. Aside from research, Jeffrey is a member of the University Scholars Program and the UMOJA Executive Board.

Final Presentation:
A Systematic Review of Global Trauma Training

An Analysis of the Use of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures Before and After the Initiation of Medicare Coverage

Joseph Umanzor
University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2012
Major: Sociology on a Pre-medicine track

Joseph is a member of the Class of 2012 in the College of Arts and Sciences at Penn. He is majoring in Sociology with a concentration in Health and Medicine on the Pre-Medicine track. He is also a brother of the only Latino fraternity at Penn, La Unidad Latina Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity Inc. During SUMR, Joseph worked with LDI Senior Fellow Tulia Falleti, PhD to analyze the civic participation in health councils in Brazil and the health care system in Argentina and Brazil.

Joseph is interested in exploring the health care disparity that Latinos experience in and out the United States and find solutions to this problem. He believes that a good physician must understand human relations in order to help others. He wishes to obtain MD/PhD in the humanities field and eventually become a surgeon to help his community. In his leisure time, he enjoys going to the movies, meeting new people, cooking with friends, and trying hobbies.

Final Presentation:
Local Community Participation in Public Health in Argentina and Brazil


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