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Public Health PhD student, Shilpa Patel, presents at Prevention Research Centers Annual Conference

ASPH/CDC/PRC Minority Health Fellows Present During PRC Annual Meeting The Prevention Research Centers (PRC) 2011 Annual Conference, hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), was held April 11 -14 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Atlanta, GA. ASPH staff attended the event, as did the current ASPH/CDC/PRC Minority Health Fellows who presented on their current research activities at CDC-funded PRCs.

Following the working sessions on Wednesday, the three second-year fellows presented their specific research dissertation projects for which the fellowship has enabled them to develop and/or expand. The formal presentations included:

  • Ms. Janelle Armstrong-Brown, doctoral candidate, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill PRC/ University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Public Health, "The Impact of the Landscape on Physical Activity and Diet among African American Church Members"

   Mentors: Dr. Marci K. Campbell and Dr. Eugenia Eng Ms.

  • Belinda Hernandez, doctoral candidate, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston PRC/ University of Texas School of Public Health, "Conducting Adolescent Sexual Health Research among a Military Population: Lessons Learned"

  Mentor: Dr. Christine Markham

  • Mr. Dustin Duncan, doctoral candidate, Harvard University PRC/Harvard School of Public Health, "Influence of Neighborhood Crime on the Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior, and BMI of Urban Adolescents: A Spatial Analysis"

             Mentor: Dr. Steven Gortmaker

In addition, two of the first-year fellows conducted poster presentations. Mr. Jorge Banda, University of South Carolina PRC/ University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health, presented his fellowship project, "Measuring Park-Usage and Park Environments in Low-Income, Rural Communities."

While on behalf of the New York University PRC,  Ms. Shilpa Patel, New York University PRC/ New York University School of Medicine, presented the poster, "Project RICE: Preliminary Findings from a descriptive study within  the New York City South Asian and Korean Communities."

Since 2002, ASPH has administered the ASPH/CDC/PRC Minority Health Fellowship Program.  To date, the program has provided opportunities for 42 underrepresented minority students to conduct doctoral-level research under the guidance and mentorship of prevention research experts at CDC-funded PRCs.

ASPH appreciates the support received from the CDC/PRC Program Office, in particular Dr. Jo Anne Grunbaum, Research and Evaluation Team Lead, as well as the CDC/PRC Mentors who have contributed to the ongoing success of this program.  

To learn more about the program please visit the ASPH website.  Note photo of Ms. Patel.