MCH Research Festival 2009

Congratulations 2009 graduates!

This spring marks the tenth annual Maternal and Child Public Health Research Festival, which showcases second-year students' thesis projects and certificate students' capstone projects.

Julia Richmond, Janice Bell, Travis Nelson, and Jessica De Bord
Julia Richmond, Janice Bell, Travis Nelson, and Jessica De Bord
at the 2009 Research Festival.

Many of the results from this year's thesis projects were practical and useful. Allison Klune found public health nurses educated their clients on sleep and car-seat safety, but not on handgun safety and recommended increased education of nurses about proven measures to prevent pediatric injuries. Yvonne Lin found high prescription drug use among children and adolescents who are obese and recommended alternatives to weight management to reduce risk for over-medication among this population.

One students' thesis project results led to changes in her clinical practice. Julia Richmond, a pediatric dentist, found that parents and caregivers poorly understood the term "general anesthesia." Now, when asking a parent to agree to the procedure, she describes the process: "your child will be put to sleep, a tube will be put down his throat, and an anesthesiologist will be present."

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Thesis Projects

Below are listed the names of second-year, in-residence MCH students, who presented their thesis projects at the festival, with links to project abstracts and slide presentations.

In addition to completing the MPH degree requirements of the Department of Health Services, students in the in-residence program develop specific professional competencies for careers in MCH through their choice of educational pathways, research topics, and practicum fieldwork.

Sharlene Joachim
Sharlene Joachim (Health Services), "Investigating Low Referrals to Part C Early Intervention in King County"
Abstract (PDF)
Slide Presentation (PDF)
Allison Klune
Allison Klune (Health Services), "The Experiences and Feelings of Public Health Nurses Surrounding Pediatric Injury Prevention"
Abstract (PDF)
Slide Presentation (PDF)
Brooke Latzke
Brooke Latzke (Health Services), "Baseline Spirometry Quality in the Primary Care Setting"
Abstract (PDF)
Slide Presentation (PDF)
Yvonne Lin
Yvonne Lin (Epidemiology), "Association of Body Mass Index and Prescription Drug Use in Children from the Medical Expenditures Panel Survey, 2003-2006"
Abstract (PDF)
Slide Presentation (PDF)
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Yosuke Miyashita (Health Services), "Isradipine Effectively Lowers Blood Pressure in Hospitalized Children with Acute Hypertension"
Abstract (PDF)
Slide Presentation (PDF)
Julia Richman
Julia Richman (Health Services), "Beyond Reading Recognition: Understanding Pediatric Oral Health Literacy"
Abstract (PDF)
Slide Presentation (PDF)
Jane Yi
Jane Yi (Health Services), "Adverse Birth Outcomes among Foreign-born vs. US-born Korean Women Compared to Non-Hispanic White Women"
Abstract (PDF)
Slide Presentation (PDF)
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Capstone Projects

Below are listed the names of students who presented posters of their capstone projects at the research festival, with links to those posters. The capstone is an analysis of a community-based preventive intervention program that is designed to integrate students' knowledge and skills developed in the MCH courses with fieldwork.

These students completed the requirements for a graduate certificate in maternal and child health.

Jessica DeBord (Health Services), "Down Syndrome Prenatal Testing and Counseling" (PDF)

Nila Gregory (Health Services), "Advocating for Infants: Ensuring the Safety of Infant Formula" (PDF)

Jeanene Johnson (Epidemiology), "Born too Soon: Is it a Family Affair? Preterm Delivery in Sisters" (PDF)

Lynette Kagihara (Health Services), "The Health Home Model: Family-Centered Dental Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs" (PDF)

Travis Nelson (Health Services), "Social Determinants of Early Childhood Caries" (PDF)

Sarah Reed (Health Services), "Celebrating the Homecoming Is Not Enough: The Impact of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder on Veterans' Families" (PDF)

Bonnie Strelitz (Health Services), "Understanding Racial Disparities in Sexually Transmitted Infections among US Adolescents" (PDF)

Angela Tang (Epidemiology), "Born too Soon: Is it a Family Affair? Preterm Delivery in Sisters" (PDF)