Congratulations to Avinav Batra
Recently, Avinav competed in the poster competition at the Missouri Public Health Association’s annual conference. Avinav’s poster titled “Understanding Characteristics Associated with Low SES and Smoking in Southwest Missouri” took first place. Joining Avinav at the conference were fellow students Jemina Shikany, Joanna Schafer, Travis Fisher, Samantha Bley, and Christie Oestreich.
Congratulations to Jemina Shikany and Philomina Amofah
Jemina's poster was selected as the top in her category at the Missouri State University Interdisciplinary Forum. The poster was entitled "Public Health Traveler's Issues and the Healthcare System in Yemen" and was based on a project she did in the MPH course International Health and Infectious Disease.
Philomina won for her oral presentation at the same forum. It was based on research funded by the Healthy Living Alliance and was entitled "What are our children eating?: An assessment of children's diet in a Missouri community."
What does a person do with a MPH from MSU?
Here is a bit of news from Genevieve Chavez, a 2012 graduate of the program:
"I am a medical case manager at AIDS Project of the Ozarks. My main job is to do everything I can to help people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) focus on medical care and medication adherence. This may include providing rental assistance, attending doctor’s appointments, paying for HIV medications or a myriad of other support activities. My job is essential because PLWHA can have almost normal life spans with proper treatment. In addition, adherence to an HIV medication regime can reduce the transmission of HIV by up to 93%. Some of my other duties include facilitating a support group for women living with HIV/AIDS, doing HIV and STI testing at our downtown weekend outreach and teaching a safer sex group on the Cox North Psychiatric Unit. The way I think and process while doing my job is a credit to the Public Health Program. Some days I think, “I learned that in class”, but most days I don’t notice because the knowledge has been integrated into the way I function as a professional."