MCH Research Festival 2011

Congratulations graduates!

Carrie Pettler, Sarah Charlesworth-Attie, Marlana Kohn, Julia Yoshino, Amanda Harris, Yolanda Evans, Ameera Thomas
2011 graduates Carrie Pettler, Sarah Charlesworth-Attie, Marlana Kohn, Julia Yoshino,
Amanda Harris, Yolanda Evans, Ameera Thomas.

The research festival caps two years of work for graduating students, from academic coursework, practicum experiences, and thesis projects to presentations at national meetings, publications, and, after graduation, careers in maternal and child health. Below are graduating students' thesis project presentations and first-year students' and certificate students' capstone posters.

Several of our students are well launched into their careers and unable to make today's event. Julia Lehnert is now a clinic manager at Group Health's Downtown Medical Center. Wendy Ellis is attending several job interviews in Washington, DC, one with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the other with the National Opinion Research Center. Lynette Kagihara is now an associate professor in the Department of Dental Practice at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, California.

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Thesis Projects

Below are listed the names of second-year, in-residence 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 for the Departments of Health Services or Epidemiology, 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.

Sarah Charlesworth-Attie (Epidemiology), "The epidemiology of comorbid depressive and conduct disorders in early adolescence"
Abstract (PDF)
Slide Presentation (PDF)
Wendy Ellis (Health Services), "Identifying factors associated with regional variations in utilization of mental health care among Medicaid-eligible children in Washington State"
Abstract (PDF)
Poster (PDF)
Yolanda Evans (Health Services), "Religiosity and sexual risk among African American and Caucasian youth"
Abstract (PDF)
Slide Presentation (PDF)
Amanda Harris (Health Services), "Effects of timing and duration of prenatal enrollment in Washington Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) on adverse pregnancy outcomes"
Abstract (PDF)
Slide Presentation (PDF)
Marlana Kohn (Health Services), "Food insecurity, food assistance, and weight status in US youth: New evidence from NHANES 2007-08"
Abstract (PDF)
Slide Presentation (PDF)
Carrie Pettler (Health Services), "Understanding adolescent sexual activity: An exploration of family communication and condom use among sexually active adolescents"
Abstract (PDF)
Slide Presentation (PDF)
Ameera Thomas (Health Services), "Parents' interpretation of instructions to control fluoride toothpaste application"
Abstract (PDF)
Slide Presentation (PDF)
Julia Yoshino (Epidemiology), "Postterm pregnancies: A population-based study of markers of potential long-term neurodevelopmental morbidity and other adverse infant outcomes in Washington State"
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.

Izana Anggriani (Global Health), "Tobacco use among adolescents in the United States" (PDF)

Samantha Bell (Epidemiology), "Is timing everything? Interpregnancy interval and adverse perinatal outcomes among women with a prior fetal or neonatal death" (PDF)

Samantha Benson (Health Services), "Hidden lives: Dating violence and its impact on adolescent sexual health" (PDF)

James Cannava (Health Services), "The pros and cons of community-based externships in improving access to dental care" (PDF)

Julia Dettinger (Epidemiology), "When the first year of your life depends on your mother: Maternal risk factors for infant mortality in premature babies in Washington State, 1984-2009" (PDF)

Shannon Harris (Health Services), "Intimate partner violence and pregnancy: Interventions to minimize impact" (PDF)

Stephanie Orrico (Health Services), "Identifying and addressing mental health needs in the foster care population" (PDF)

Shannon Petz (Nursing), "Assessing the availability of health promotion education for childbearing women" (PDF)

Marissa Robertson (Health Services), "Low birth weight and racial health disparity: A life course approach" (PDF)

Sabrina Sanchez (Health Services), "Pediatric health related quality of life instruments: A comparative review" (PDF)

Sarah Sowa-Crowder (Social Work), "Beyond ´normal stress:´ Depression and anxiety disorders in parents of NICU-admitted infants" (PDF)

Amy Spieker (Epidemiology), "It's all about the timing...or is it? Interpregnancy interval and subsequent fetal or neonatal death" (PDF)