Upon successful completion of the initial Fellowship year, Fellows have the opportunity to participate in an alumni network of Fellows for Life as part of the national Albert Schweitzer Fellowship – an interdisciplinary pipeline of emerging professionals who are dedicated and skilled in meeting the health and human service needs of underserved communities. Browse the list below to learn more about all the amazing projects our Fellows have completed since 1997!
Kevin Baidoo & Nnaemeka Echibiri (TF) University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine Kevin and Meka implemented their project in the Woodland Hills School District, where they mentored adolescent boys and taught classes about dating violence and healthy attitudes towards themselves and their partners.
Nicholas Bender Chatham University (EF) Falk School of Sustainability Nick improved the eating habits of senior citizens at Vintage Senior Community Center in East Liberty. He cooked meals and discussed healthy alternatives and the environmental consequences of our food choices.
Rahel Birru University of Pittsburgh (EF) Graduate School of Public Health Rahel worked at Magee Womens Hospital, Manchester Academic Charter School, and with Community Kitchen Pittsburgh to educate mothers and children about the potentially harmful health effects of chemicals commonly found in beauty products and processed food through lessons, safe product samples and demonstration meals.
Elizabeth Bondarenko (TF) University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Elizabeth helped women improve their well-being at the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh. She led group classes on topics such as yoga, relaxation, values clarification and goals-setting, in addition to facilitating a family movie night.
Sarthi Dalal & Kiran Kaur (EF) Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Sarthi and Kiran worked with students between the ages of 5-21 at Pressley Ridge Day School in Greensburg. They engaged students in a dialogue about health, wellness and the environment while encouraging exercise and sustainable choices through activities, games, and projects.
Tara Devezin & Simon Yohannes (EF) University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs & University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine Tara and Simon ran their program at the Jeron X. Grayson Community Center in the Hill District. They served as role models and taught adolescent boys and girls how to pursue their career goals, cook healthy and affordable meals, and to understand social and environmental justice issues through classes, field trips, and projects.
Jun Elegino & Tanush Sahay (TF) Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Jun and Tanush’s project focused on HIV and STD prevention among the homeless LGBTQ youth population in Pittsburgh. They worked with the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh, where the pair provided sexual health education classes and screening for HIV and other diseases.
Tamala Gondwe (EF) University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health Tamala collaborated with Acculturation for Justice, Access and Peace Outreach to support to the African immigrant and refugee population in Northview Heights. She led health seminars, taught refugees about available health resources, and showed them how to shop in American grocery stores.
Ashley Harris & Krystin Paul (TF) University of Pittsburgh, School of Law Ashley and Krystin implemented their project for girls aged 12-17 at the Gwen’s Girls after school programs in Penn Hills and the North Side. They mentored the girls, taught them skills for conflict resolution, helped with college applications, and engaged their students in service projects for the elderly.
Andrea Joseph (TF) University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work Andrea worked with 6 th -12 th grade students at the Student Achievement Center in Homewood, where she taught skills regarding “emotional regulation” and provided one-on-one and group mentorship to students facing detention or suspension.
Jason Lucarelli (TF) Chatham University, Counseling Psychology Jason provided mentoring and counseling to LGBTQ youth with a holistic approach through the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh. His project culminated in a conference designed by and for LGBTQ youth.
Taylor Staiger (TF) University of Pittsburgh, School of Law Taylor assisted newly settled refugees adapt to life in Pittsburgh through the Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Pittsburgh. She helped her population learn such essentials as shopping for food and clothing, opening a bank account, and taking public transportation.
Kendra Strobel (EF) University of Pittsburgh, School of Law Kendra ran a support group for teenage girls diagnosed with diabetes at the Carnegie Library in Homestead. Group topics included the environmental causes and consequences of diabetes, information about free or inexpensive supplies, and mental health issues like depression and stress.
Kali Stull (TF) University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health Kali provided opportunities for women incarcerated at the Allegheny County Hail to improve their physical and emotional health. Kali led yoga classes and discussions of such topics as violence and sexuality. She also addressed the continuation of health care after the women are released from jail.
Anne Wang (TF) University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine Anne worked with new moms and dads at The Learning Center at Genesis in Bellevue. She taught prenatal lessons and held workshops regarding smoking cessation for parents and newborn care, including feeding and safe sleeping.
Lauren Woolley (TF) University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy Lauren worked with FOCUS Pittsburgh to implement medication management and education services at a free health clinic in the Hill District. She helped patients understand their prescriptions and disease states through the Community Trauma Outreach project. TF = Traditional Fellow EF = Environmental Fellow
Jamil Alhassan, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine Working at the Hill House with sixth to eighth grade boys, Jamil will launch an after school program to provide information about healthy lifestyles, smoking cessation, environmental health, critical thinking, and leadership. Community Site: Hill House
Anna Bondar, University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy Working at Birmingham Clinic on the Southside, Anna proposes to assist uninsured, underinsured refugee and immigrant patients with information about procuring medication at discounted prices through patient assistance programs. Community Site: Birmingham Clinic
Dan Carlson and Wade Wolowiec, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine at Seton Hill Expanding projects that former Schweitzer Fellows have implemented with students at Pressley-Ridge School – Greensburg, Dan and Wade will focus on health promotion, recycling, the importance of exercise, energy saving habits and energy conservation with students ages 5 to 18. Community Site: Pressley-Ridge School – Greensburg
Rachel Cornelius, Carlow University, School for Social Change Working in Beaver County with women at the Women’s Shelter and Clinic, Rachel will provide simple interventions aimed at strengthening the parent/child relationship in the face of tough circumstances, Rachel hopes to increase positive interactions in the family. Community Site: Women’s Center in Beaver County
Mohini Dasari and Salla Rapakko, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine Mohini and Salla will develop an HIV testing and education program about sexually-transmitted infections and sexual health for women at the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, and they will be working with the Allegheny County Health Department to provide HIV screening. Community Site: Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh
Kyle Duff, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine Kyle will work with middle school age boys who are students at Woodland Hills Junior High School and will teach them about dating violence prevention and healthy relationships. Community Site: Woodland Hills Middle School
Annie Fiscus, University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work Working with the Homewood Children’s Village, Annie will provide sessions for high school students and increase knowledge of building self-esteem, reducing the risk of being a victim of violence, and developing healthy relationships and knowledge about the environment. Community Site: Homewood Children’s Village
Justin Forzano, University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public & International Affairs By providing elementary school age children an afterschool “soccer club” in Wilkinsburg, Justin will promote positive self-image, leadership, and environmental education and will work through the Boys and Girls Club and Wilkinsburg Middle School. Community Site: Wilkinsburg Middle School
Cari Goss, Point Park University, School of Communication Cari proposes a project to assess older adults who are patients at the Duquesne University School of Nursing Community Based Health and Wellness Center regarding their mental health and help them access basic needs. She also will provide a referral system for these patients. Community Site: Duquesne University School of Nursing Community Based Health and Wellness Center
Karla Kendrick and Breonna Slocum, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine Working at the Woodland Hills Junior High School, Karla and Breonna will teach girls about Intimate Partner Violence, setting boundaries and methods for establishing healthy relationships. Additionally Karla and Breonna will discuss healthy eating, exercise, and assertive communications. Community Site: Woodland Hills Junior High School
James Lin, University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine Working at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Blind, James will provide preventative oral health care to blind children at the school. He will also demonstrate effective oral healthcare techniques for parents and caregivers to use with the children. Community Site: SW PA School for the Blind
Sobie Maduka and Leah Swanzy, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine Working with African-American women in Homewood, Sobie and Leah will provide classes to build physical fitness habits and will also provide healthy cooking classes at the Homewood YWCA and the Women’s Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh. Community Site: Homewood YWCA and the Women’s Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh
Margaret McGannon, Duquesne University, School of Law Margaret will assist inmates at the Allegheny County Jail by helping them with transportation, housing, and other determinants of health as they transition out of jail. Community Site: Allegheny County Jail
Jonathan Ross, University of Pittsburgh, School of Law Working with Community Action Southwest in Washington County, Jonathan will teach female heads of households about financial health including budgeting, taxes, and savings. He also will recruit professional women to mentor these women. Community Site: Community Action Southwest in Washington County
Hana Uman, Chatham University, Food Studies With Pittsburgh Community Kitchen, Hana will educate high school and adolescent students about healthy food and food waste. Students will learn about where food comes from and how to empower themselves and their communities through food justice. Community Site: Pittsburgh Community Kitchen
Austin Van Horn, University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy Working with patients from Matilda Theiss in the Hill District, Austin aims to improve patients’ transition from the hospital by assisting them in managing complex conditions to maintain health. Austin will also work with other pharmacy students to help patients with follow-up care, medication regimes and discharge plans. Community Site: Matilda Theiss in the Hill District
Tess Wilson, Chatham University, Creative Writing Tess will work with patients struggling with eating disorders in UPMC’s COPE program. Tess will provide writing workshops as a vehicle for building self-esteem and reflection. Community Site: UPMC’s Center for Overcoming Problem Eating
Kathlene Babalola and Mildred Duvet, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Kathlene and Mildred created a curriculum, developed in partnership with Futures Without Violence/Project Connect, and taught young women at Woodland Hills Jr. High School how to recognize the signs of Adolescent Relationships Abuse in their own relationships and in those of their peers. Community Site: Woodland Hills Jr. High School
Utsav Bansal, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Working at the Birmingham Free Clinic, Utsav worked to improve the longitudinal outcomes of healthcare delivery by following up with patients between visits and working closely with the Latino Family Center. Community Site: Birmingham Free Clinic
Kelly Beck, University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Kelly implemented an accessible Mindfulness Stress Reduction Group for people with disabilities at the Three Rivers Center for Independent Living in Wilkinsburg. Community Site: Three Rivers Center for Independent Living
Jade Coley, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health Jade implemented a healthy relationships and self-worth program using poetry, journaling and selected works with African American girls ages 12-18. Community Site: TBD
Matthew Doty and Matt Grana, Seton Hill University Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Matt and Matt addressed the importance of healthy lifestyles through exercise and nutrition programs as well as outdoor activities with students at Pressley Ridge School – Greensburg. Community Site: Pressley Ridge School – Greensburg
Nancy Fang, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Nancy taught students at Woodland Hills Junior High School about healthy nutrition and exercise in an after-school program in order to combat childhood obesity. Community Site: Woodland Hills Jr. High School
Marie Linebaugh, University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work Marie facilitated healthy relationship and teen dating violence prevention sessions with refugee middle school/high school youth at the Prospect Park Family Center and Hilltop Computer Center. Community Site: Prospect Park Family Center and Hilltop Computer Center
Chelsea Kennedy-Snodgrass and Kieren Lupo, Seton Hill University Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Chelsea and Kieren built a garden with school age children in after school and summer camp programs in Greensburg to develop nutritional knowledge and healthy eating habits. Their project also increased environmental awareness through hands on craft projects and composting. Community Site: TBD
Margaret Lott, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Margaret taught fitness and health education classes for women at the Homewood YWCA in order to prevent obesity and chronic disease. Community Site: Homewood YWCA
Danielle Mayer, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy Danielle addressed the self-esteem of adults suffering from mental illness and limited support systems by motivating them to keep control of their illness through individual and group information sessions about medications. She conducted this project at Mercy Behavioral Health Center. Community Site: Mercy Behavioral Health Center
Michelina Pollini, Point Park University School of Arts and Sciences Through theatre workshops and classes at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in Lawrenceville, Michelina worked with patients, siblings, and guardians to provide social, imaginative play, and theatre arts education opportunities. Community Site: Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Afshan Rizvi and Daniel Suter, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Afshan and Daniel held interactive small group sessions to address stress management, nutrition, and chronic disease with adult men aged 21-65 who are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Community Site: TBD
Tyler Rubright, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health Through training of air and water monitoring, along with health effects training, Tyler increased awareness of data transparency to citizens impacted by Marcellus Shale drilling. Community Site: SW Pennsylvania Environmental Health Group
Jenn Sloan, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health Jenn implemented a project at the Birmingham Clinic in Pittsburgh’s South Side that aimed to integrate a social services help desk to meet the needs of patients, such as utilities assistance, job training and emergency groceries for the uninsured adults the clinic serves. Community Site: Birmingham Free Clinic
Wesley Speary, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Wesley’s project addressed water and air quality issues, trash accumulation and neighborhood safety hazards with adolescents in Wilkinsburgh. The project involved cleaning up a property in Wilkinsburg, implementing green infrastructure such as rain-gardens, bioswale plants, and trees and environmental education. Community Site: TBD
Natalie Suder, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health Through in-home health assessments and health education sessions, Natalie worked to improve the health of abused and neglected children living in Beaver County. The personalized health education that each child receives will focus on communicable disease prevention and environmental health. Community Site: TBD
Rebecca Tyers, Chatham University Because siblings of children with disabilities face unique emotional health and developmental challenges, Rebecca implemented Sibshops, a recreational and informational support group for child and adolescent siblings of children with disabilities in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. Community Site: TBD
Ryan Winstead and Sophia Yang, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy Because many patients often improperly use medication or lack access to the medication they need, Ryan and Sophia implemented individual counseling sessions that empower inmates to take charge of their health at the Allegheny County Jail for inmates aged 30 – 60. Community Site: Allegheny County Jail
Caroline Zieth, Chatham University Through facilitating girls’ groups with African American girls at Gwen’s Girls in East Liberty and the North Side, Caroline Zeith is implementing a holistic curriculum which includes mindfulness, art, yoga, media literacy and advocacy projects aimed at combating the deleterious effects of sexualization. Community Site: Gwen’s Girls
Peter Asante, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Jacquelyn Collura, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Resident in Pediatrics, Adult & Child Psychiatry Environmental Fellows Asante and Collura will implement a program called “Singing and Coping” with medically under-served youth in Hazelwood who are living with asthma. Through this program, they will teach youth with asthma to sing, culminating in an a capella performance. Their overarching goal is to teach breath control and skills to assist with understanding and coping with asthma; allow an outlet for emotional expression; and form a sustainable mentorship group within the community. Community Site: Center of Life in Homewood
Heather Bernard and Judy-April Oparaji, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Environmental Fellows Bernard and Oparaji will conduct a program focusing on nutrition education and physical activity for elementary school children and parents living in the Homewood area. Through educational sessions, physical activity, and a community garden, they hope to prevent long-term chronic diseases. Community Site: TBD
Lauren Cirrincione, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy Cirrincione will focus on the management of latent tuberculosis within refugee populations receiving treatment at the Squirrel Hill Health Center. Community Site: Squirrel Hill Health Center
Monique Constance-Huggins, University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work Constance-Huggins will provide cognitive-behavioral therapy-based classes to low income mothers at a welfare-to-work agency. Her project seeks to improve the well-being of these mothers by addressing negative affect, empowering them to make better decisions, and helping them to improve their employment outcomes. Community Site: Re-Employment Transition Center
Bradley End and Babak Shahrak, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Environmental Fellows End and Shahrak will implement an education and mentoring program for middle and high school students in Braddock focused on promoting nutrition, physical fitness, and college aspirations. In partnership with both the PAL mentoring service and the Gathered People’s Movement, the project seeks to present college and a career in health sciences as exciting and achievable goals. Community Site: Community Center and Carnegie Library of Braddock
fAe gibson, Chatham University, Physical Therapy gibson will work to improve the health and well-being of greater Pittsburgh’s LGBT population, focusing on stress reduction and preventative wellness with breathing and rhythmic movements (Qigong) as an adjunct to receiving mental health care. Community Site: Persad Center
Sandra Goldring, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Goldring will work to help Spanish speakers overcome barriers to using free health care services like SALUD and SALUD Para Ninos through group sessions. These sessions will address the importance of health maintenance. Community Site: Birmingham Free Clinic
Rachel Goode, University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work Environmental Fellow Goode will work with African American women who value spirituality in the Northside and East Liberty communities of Pittsburgh, focusing on serving individuals who struggle with recurrent weight and obesity concerns. Her project will involve focus groups, individual support, and a support/psychoeducational group offering instruction on emotional coping skills, stress management, and appetite awareness. Community Site: Mount Ararat Baptist Church; The Pittsburgh Project
Arthur Hawkins, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Environmental Fellow Since the incidence of obesity in autistic children is 2-3 times that in the general populations, Hawkins will address the importance of daily exercise with autistic children through team sports. Through basketball, football, and baseball, Hawkins hopes to teach healthy exercise habits as well as responsibility, communication, persistence, and passion. He hopes the children will carry these skills and their team sport experiences with them through out the course of their lives. Community Site: Abroad; Autism Speaks; Ringgold School District; YMCA in Charleroi, PA
Stephanie Johnson, Duquesne University School of Law Environmental Fellow Johnson will work in the Penn Hills, Homewood, and Wilkinsburg areas on developing knowledge of the effects of foreclosures and short sales on affected communities. Her project will include seminars and counseling on the the financial and health effects of financial defaults. Community Site: TBD
Jeffrey Kiser, West Virginia University School of Medicine Kiser will establish a depression and anxiety prevention program for international students who attend West Virginia University in Morgantown. His program will focus on building a sense of community among the school’s diverse international student population through cultural expression and communication skills development. Community Site: Bridges International
Jessa Koch and Alicia Lichvar, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy Koch and Lichvar are creating and conducting a life skills group for male inpatient residents with substance abuse disorder at the The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center in Pittsburgh’s Northside. This group will have several core components, including job preparation, healthy stress management, and conducive expression through art. It is aimed at helping this population develop positive emotional responses and self-confidence in their social, physical, and mental health that will lead them to a safe and prolonged recovery. Community Site: Harbor Light Center
Beth Koh, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Environmental Fellow Koh will work to improve the overall health and academic achievement levels of special education students at Pressley Ridge Day School in Greensburg. Her project will involve a healthy fruits and veggies school garden, yoga in the classroom, and the Railyard physical fitness program, which will represent the osteopathic notion that being healthy constitutes a total well-being of the body, mind, and spirit. Community Site: Pressley Ridge Day School –Greensburg
Hilary Michel and Emily Rosenberger, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Michel and Rosenberger will work to improve the physical and mental well-being of adolescent girls who are victims of homelessness and/or abuse and neglect. They plan to implement a curriculum that focuses on sexual health, anger management, self-efficacy, and health literacy. Community Site: Dithridge Shelter
Gabrielle Paoletti, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Environmental Fellow Paoletti will provide an exercise and empowerment program for underserved adolescent girls in the Pittsburgh area. The program will focus on exercise, healthy eating, and building confidence. Through bike rides and hikes in local parks, as well as to areas surrounding Pittsburgh, the program aims to help participants overcome physical and psychological challenges and develop an appreciation for the environment, positive relationships with adults and mentors, and enhanced confidence and self-esteem. Community Site: Pittsburgh Youth Leadership
Ritika Parris and Michelle Sarin, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Parris and Sarin will work with adolescent girls who have behavioral and/or emotional challenges. Their program will involve interactive sessions on nutrition and wellness; counseling and education on sexual health and health care system navigation; and the promotion of self esteem and self expression in the form of a final creative project. Community Site: Friendship Academy – East Liberty
Alicia Roberts, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Environmental Fellow Roberts will work to empower female high school students in East Liberty through a series of discussions on topics including college preparation, environmental concerns, self-esteem, and peer pressure and high school challenges, career development. Community Site: Mt. Ararat Baptist Church; Propel Charter School
Craig Bieltz, Duquesne University School of Pharmacy Michele Doan, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy Environmental Fellows Bieltz and Doan aim to establish an asthma clinic that provides underserved patients in McKeesport with counseling and education on how to correctly treat asthma and avoid asthma triggers. Community Site: 9th St. Clinic.
Victoria Chang-Mishra and Emily Sandfort, Chatham University Chang-Mishra and Sandfort’s project will focus on improving access and holistic knowledge of preventative gynecological healthcare within underserved populations of women in 3-4 selected residential centers within Pittsburgh’s South Side. Although their home base will be the Birmingham Clinic, they will attempt to build lasting bridges between these women and the most convenient clinic for their needs. Community Site: Birmingham Free Clinic
Benjamin Cobb and Patrick Emelife, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Cobb and Emelife will develop a smoking cessation program for incarcerated adolescents and men using an evidence-based, medically-oriented approach. They will implement their program at Allegheny County’s Shuman Juvenile Detention Center in Highland Park and at East End Cooperative Ministry’s Men’s Shelter in East Liberty. Community Site: Shuman Detention Center, East End Men’s Shelter
Stephanie Dalness, Chatham University Dalness will work to empower pre-adolescent girls who are predominately African American at various Gwen’s Girls facilities throughout Pittsburgh. Her project will focus on enabling girls to better understand the connection between their bodies and minds by promoting an understanding of how biological processes influence psychological stability. Community Site: Gwen’s Girls
Cristina Elgin, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy Elgin aims to prevent opoid overdose within the Wilkinsburg community by implementing a naloxone prescription program with the help of Metro Family Practice and Prevention Point Pittsburgh. Community Site: Metro Family Practice, Prevention Point Pittsburgh
Christy Gamble, Duquesne University School of Law Environmental Fellow Gamble will work with Hill District minority high school students through the Kassi Leadership Program, which is designed to show teens that they can influence environmental policy in their community and state. Gamble will provide after-school mentoring, skills, and education regarding the effects of the environment on health. Community Site: The Hill House Association
Cynthia Grady and Dahlia Raymond, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Grady and Raymond aim to prevent teenage pregnancy in Allegheny County by working with adolescent females ages 12 to19 from underserved backgrounds. The duo will implement focus groups targeting adolescent females who are at risk for becoming pregnant in their teenage years, as well as adolescent mothers who are at a higher risk for subsequent pregnancy. Community Site: TBD
Ashley Hill, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health Hill will work to improve underserved adolescents’ nutritional health and communication skills by implemeting educational sessions, cooking classes, structured journaling, and physical activity at the Hosanna House in Wilkinsburg. Community Site: Hosannna House
Veronica Jarido, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Environmental Fellow Jarido aims to improve health, wellness, and self-esteem in young African-American girls ages 11-18 who are living in the Hill District. Jarido’s programming will focus on nutrition, exercise, and journaling/blogging. Community Site: The Hill House Association
Ted Lee and Sebastian Shteremtal, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Lee and Shteremtal plan to provide asthma education and care referral services to 4th and 5th grade students and teachers. Community Site: TBD
Evelyn Little and Laura Thomas, University of Pittsburgh Little and Thomas will create a nutrition education curriculum geared towards elementary-aged school children in the Pittsburgh area. They hope to target Allegheny County children participating in food assistance programs that are funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Division of Food and Nutrition. Community Sites: TBD
Steven Phillips, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Environmental Fellow Phillips will work to improve the health and well-being of students with autism spectrum disorders by teaching them about healthy diet and exercise. Community Site: Pressley Ridge School
Ruth Plasterer, University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Ruth will partner with the Birmingham Free Clinic in Pittsburgh’s South Side to launch a program that offers free occupational therapy services to the uninsured clients who receive other medical health services there. Community Site: Birmingham Free Clinic, Squirrel Hill Health Center
Jennifer Saint-Preux, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Saint-Preux will work to build self-esteem and creativity—as well as promote physical exercise—among incarcerated female youth through a dance workshop program. Community Site: Lydia’s Place, Shuman Detention Center
Samantha Teixeira, University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work Environmental Fellow Teixeira will work to address the environmental health hazards posed by vacant buildings and abandoned lots in Pittsburgh’s Homewood area. She will work with area youth using PhotoVoice—a photography-based education, expression, and advocacy tool—to strengthen these youth’s ability to advocate for environmental change in Homewood. Community Site: Operation Better Block ,Inc., Homewood Children’s Village
Danielle Almony and Sara Ward, Chatham University – Physician Assistant Studies Program, 2nd Year Almony and Ward aim to improve the health of underserved individuals by developing and delivering a wellness program for patients participating in the East Liberty Family Health Care Center’s Outreach Program. Almony and Ward’s program will include individual and group sessions focused on nutrition and exercise, making better choices, and substance abuse. Community Site: East Liberty Family Health Care Center
Mark Balceniuk, Duquesne University – Physical Therapy, 2nd Year Balceniuk aims to address the health and well-being of Pittsburgh’s underserved senior citizens by working with community center residents regarding exercise, prevention of chronic and life-threatening diseases, and nutrition. Balceniuk will also incorporate field trips for the senior citizens. Community Sites: TBD
Dacia Beard, University of Pittsburgh – Graduate School of Public Health, 2nd Year Beard plans to address the well-being of incarcerated women by empowering them to make better decisions in their lives. Beard will meet with them in groups and individually and will address topics such as identifying personal standards; setting goals; and acknowledging risks, rewards and outcomes. Community Site: Allegheny County Jail
Tiffany Behringer, University of Pittsburgh – School of Medicine, 4th Year Behringer will provide street medicine services to homeless individuals through Operation Safety Net; in the process, she will assess barriers to the homeless population’s use of mental health and drug abuse rehabilitation services. In an effort to create better outreach efforts, Behringer plans to present her findings to healthcare providers and other personnel at Mercy Behavioral Health, Light of Life, and Harbor Light. Community Site: Operation Safety Net
Matthew Blinky, University of Pittsburgh – Occupational Therapy, 2nd Year Blinky aims to improve the health and well-being of underserved Hill District residents by implementing an educational program about nutrition, physical activity, and food preparation. Community Site: Jubilee Kitchen and Clinic
Cyndi Caldwell, University of Pittsburgh – School of Law, 3rd Year Caldwell aims to improve the outcomes of women served by the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh Civil Law Project. As a certified legal intern, Caldwell will represent victims of domestic violence under supervision. She aims to help victims obtain justice, autonomy, restoration and safety. Community Site:Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh Civil Law Project
Cara Crisson and Hollie Dean, Carlow University – Counseling Psychology, 2nd Year Crisson and Dean aim to empower people who have been living on the streets by focusing on mental health issues through the Wellspring Drop-In Center in downtown Pittsburgh. In a group setting, Crisson and Dean will provide information to this homeless population about symptoms and treatment of mental health and substance abuse. Community Site: Wellspring Drop-In Center
Jamie Eastman, University of Pittsburgh – Graduate School of Public Health, 2nd Year Eastman aims to address the health of visually impaired children of varying ages by developing a curriculum and delivering classes in health and sex education.Community Site: Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children
Patti Ghubril, Seton Hill University – Master of Arts in Art Therapy Ghubril’s project, Art and Soul, will involve Northside women in a collaborative art project to build self-esteem and resiliency and encourage expression both individually and collaboratively. Her project will culminate in the installation of the women’s collaborative art project. Community Site: The Pittsburgh Project
Aditya Iyer, University of Pittsburgh – School of Medicine, 2nd Year Iyer aims to address the needs of refugee youth by providing afterschool classes for refugee high school students from Alderdice and Brashear High Schools. The classes will focus on teaching English in ways that relate to the healthcare needs of refugees from Burma, Pakistan, Bhutan, and Burundi. Community Site: Vision Outreach Center
Adia Kelly, University of Pittsburgh – School of Medicine, 2nd Year Kelly aims to address the reproductive and prenatal health of underserved Hispanic and Latino women by helping to provide them with improved ob/gyn educational services. Her project will involve hospital visits prior to delivery conducted in Spanish, and will focus on the importance of prenatal care and STD prevention. Community Site: Squirrel Hill Health Center
Alison Levine and Lindsay Proud, University of Pittsburgh – School of Medicine, 2nd Year Levine and Proud’s project will provide health education to disadvantaged teens in underserved communities in Pittsburgh, and will involve these teens in community service. Issues addressed throughout the project will include healthy relationships, risky behavior, nutrition and exercise, decision making, and communication skills.Community Site: TBD
Sherwin Matian, University of Pittsburgh – School of Dental Medicine, 4th Year Matian aims to improve the oral health of Pittsburgh’s geriatric population by preparing targeted materials and holding educational sessions. Community Sites:Squirrel Hill Health Center; Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh;Riverview Towers
Jonelle Saunders, Carnegie Mellon University – Healthcare Policy and Management, 2nd Year Saunders aims to provide health instruction to girls in 3rd-5th grades in underserved communities in Pittsburgh, focusing on personal strength and wellness. Saunders will work with Strong Women, Strong Girls to implement her project at community sites such as Rainbow Kitchen Community Center and Homewood Brushton YMCA. Community Site: Strong Women, Strong Girls
Shipra Sharma, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine at Seton Hill in Greensburg, PA – Osteopathic Medicine, 2nd Year Sharma aims to address the health of at-risk adolescents and young women by implementing education sessions addressing issues such as reducing risky behaviors, HIV/STD prevention, effective partner communication, and safety in personal relationships. Community Site: Hilltop Community Healthcare Center;Alma Illery Medical Center
Rebecca Frye Public Health Braddock Elementary School: Increasing availability to fresh and locally grown organic foods for elementary school children by working with Grow Pittsburgh.
Umar Salimi Medicine Eight ONTRACK: (Open New Treatment Referrals Care and Knowledge) clinics within Allegheny County. Identifying barriers & creating a peer support program for homeless people re. drug abuse and mental health issues.
Ximena Marinero Law Site: Neighborhood Legal Services Association Providing referrals to and conducting training sessions for the Hispanic community with a focus on overcoming language and cultural barriers to access legal services.
Mirat Shah and Benjamin Meza Medicine Catholic Charities and Jewish Family and Children‘s Services (Bhutanese Refugees living in Pittsburgh) Conducting workshops to address health issues for Bhutanese Refugees with a focus on interactive and community produced educational material.
Penelope Morrison Anthropology Brazilians living in Pittsburgh Including but not limited to the Squirrel Hill Health Center: Focusing on mental health issues relating to cultural displacement via interviews, while increasing visibility of the Brazilian immigrant population.
Deeba Mahmood and Dionne Okafor Medicine Chronic Disease Prevention Program at the Allegheny County Health Department Outreach to elderly and those at high risk for chronic disease. Providing colon cancer screenings & education to promote bone and heart health.
Chinyere Ogbonna Medicine Jubilee Association’s Health Clinic & Operation Safety Net Setting up permanent TB and Hep B screening program for homeless and jobless adults who visit soup kitchen.
Brodie Parent and Megan Quimper Medicine Allegheny County Jail Working with inmates and jail staff, to coordinate care and after incarceration care for mental health and substance abuse inmates
Claudia Ramirez Medicine Birmingham Free Clinic Working with the Latino population to address musculoskeletal issues, particularly chronic pain. Recruiting PT/OT students and professionals to donate time and access to equipment.
Sarah Krahe and Melissa Ruminksi Pharmacy Bright Heights Center, Northview Heights Senior Community Center and Swissvale Senior Center Working with the Appraise of Family Services of W.PA to develop solutions for noncompliant elderly patients; providing empowerment and education re. Medicare.
Swati Shroff Medicine Birmingham Free Clinic Helping to start OB/GYN clinic to provide both preventative and acute reproductive care services & educate women re. health and child development
Lynette Staplefoote Public Health Hosanna House, Kingsley Association, Hill House, Hillcrest Church, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh Working with African American high schoolers, offering afterschool weekend and summer workshops re. healthy lifestyles
Wazo Myint and Mamie Thant Biochemistry and Physics Catholic Charities and Jewish Family and Children’s Services Discovering barriers to access to mental healthcare for Burmese refugees. Leading training to create network of community “health liasons”.
Semara Thomas Medical Healthy Start sites in Oakland and The Hill District Providing education for mothers re. healthy child development
Addie Weaver Social Work Family Services of Western Pennsylvania & community mental health clinic in New Kensington Identifying barriers to accessing mental healthcare for rural populations and assessing viability of new integrated model of care.
Alexandra Jensen and Jennifer Senge Dental Medicine Dental Clinic for Disabled: Educating parents & caregivers of special needs children on oral health and preventative measures
Christopher Berger, Vanessa Thomas & Niketa Williams University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Chris, Vanessa and Niketa will bring health and literacy education for Burmese refugees who have relocated to Pittsburgh. They will work through the Jewish Family and Children’s Services. Stemming from suggestions from the Director of Refugee Services, Leslie Aizenman they propose the development of a series of workshops and outreach programs intended to educate and demonstrate basic principles related to the following topics: nutrition, women’s health, personal hygiene, patient right in health care, lifestyle habits (exercise, smoking, alcohol), first aid, children’s health, and an introduction to the various clinical settings. All workshops will follow the core format of Example (demonstration of health concept), Explanation (discussion of health concept), and Exercise (role-playing to demonstrate comprehension of the health concept). These workshops will be targeted and adapted for both children and adults.
Elizabeth Cole, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine Elizabeth will design and develop an educational program for parents of young children on the etiology and risk factors of early childhood caries and will then implement this program in the Head Start programs and other pre-schools in Pittsburgh.
Laura Drewencki, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Part of Laura’s project will center on an assessment of the needs of seniors in Pittsburgh. In an attempt to pinpoint what their most crucial needs are, and what is preventing them from being met she will survey patients who seek care at the Squirrel Hill Health Center. Her project would entail identifying local seniors who would be interested in and benefit from regular, in-home visits to address whatever that particular senior most needed, without him or her having to travel. This will entail one or more of the following: weekly blood pressure and blood glucose readings, education on a pertinent health topic, screening for signs of depression and other diseases, providing information on local social services and community opportunities, and counseling on medications, health insurance, and nutrition. A
ndrea Goldin, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine Andrea plans to work with a pediatric dentist at the School of Dental Medicine to develop a program to teach parents and their children how to establish and maintain optimal dental health with a focus on early childhood carries. In addition to the educational aspect of this program Andrea will assist her patients in finding local affordable dental care.
Anya Gushchin, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Anya’s project will identify the population of patients currently with no access to regular eye care in Allegheny County and create a mechanism to connect patients to ophthalmologists/eye care providers. She will focus especially on patients in the community who cannot afford to come to an academic center for regular eye exams. Her goals are to continue to utilize portable equipment to examine patients in their home/nursing home/assisted living facilities as part of Guerilla Eye Service (GES); create a manual from the existing GES model that will continue to train groups of students and residents to triage eye symptoms based on level of care needed; establish a community relationship with primary care offices where eye care services could be added or expanded; create an accessible web address and phone directory that patients and care providers can access when they have eye care needs; and provide appropriate referrals for further care, specifically connect patients to UPMC Mercy and discount retailers for glasses and eye medications.
Kimberly Henderson, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing Kim would like to work with the Adult African American underserved population, within community and health care clinic settings to provide a focus on cardiovascular disease prevention. She will provide group and individual counseling regarding risk factor reduction, medication management and recognition of the early signs of myocardial infarction and stroke.
Christine Leeper & Jaime Moore, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Jaime and Christine will work with the patients and staff of the Birmingham Free Clinic in the South Side of Pittsburgh. Within this population, they will focus on those patients who come to the Birmingham Clinic after having been discharged from the hospital, either after a visit to the Emergency Department or as an inpatient. The project aims to assist patients in navigating the convoluted process of identifying, understanding, and applying for critical health services available to them. By talking both with patients about their experiences and with hospital staff about the procedure they follow for uninsured patients, they hope to gain some insight as to what major barriers exist and, ultimately, hope to be able to lower or remove these barriers.
Charlie Miller & Jonathan Misner, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine Charlie and Jonathan will design a presentation that is targeted for a high school level audience, that will discuss the reasons why people start using spit tobacco and ways to quit. Their hope is to adapt the presentation to fit different age groups and to then present it to specific groups where spit tobacco use is most prevalent such as rural communities and athletic teams, especially baseball.
Denis Nnadi, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health Denis will focus on bringing smoking cessation programs closer to the African American community in Pittsburgh. Through a program he’s designed and previously implemented he will encourage those who wish to quit, to use the resources available. He hopes to tap into the existing relationship forged by the Centre for Minority Health and the Hosanna House.
Oluseyi Ojeifo, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Oluseyi will work with children who participate in the Hill House’s after school program and summer camps to help them learn how to lead healthy lifestyles. The children in these programs are in grades K-12, with group divisions based on age. For each group, she will create a curriculum that will highlight nutrition and fitness. Educational sessions will cover the food pyramid, fitness, adequate television and computer time, family history, physician and dentist checkups, immunizations, resources for the uninsured, sleep hygiene, and other pertinent topics. She will also include subjects that constitute health concerns specific to each age group. For example, with the elementary school children she will emphasize safety, with middle school children, self-esteem and mental health, and high school children, healthy romantic relationships and substance abuse. Activities that will reinforce these points include cooking lessons, trips to the grocery store, aerobic/dancing/sports sessions, creating a family health tree, making pamphlets for their families, movies, skits, and more. Overall, Oluseyi hopes to positively impact the short- and long-term health of children who may not learn how to lead healthy lifestyles otherwise.
Maria Amalia Pesantes, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health Amalia’s project will aim to contribute to the existing effort of informing the Pittsburgh Latino population about existing services available for them and providing culturally sensitive health education. She plans to do this by helping with designing and implementing creative ways of distributing and sharing health services information with the Latino community. Her project will organize health talks and conduct outreach activities at events with high participation of Latinos (Religious Festivities, Cinco de Mayo and Feria de Salud). Amalia plans on establishing a group of bilingual students to participate in these outreach activities. In this way, the activities will serve a double purpose: to inform the Latino population about health services and health promotion and; raise awareness among the student population of the needs of Latinos in Pittsburgh and the ways they can help. In Pittsburgh, there are highly qualified health educators but most of them do not speak Spanish, Amalia plans to contact some of these professionals and invite them to give talks where she and other bilingual students will serve as translators.
Nicole Shirilla, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Nicole will work through a program in Oakland’s Roselia Center that allows students to reach out to teens provide meaningful health and wellness education. Workshop topics include: healthy relationships, stress management, alcohol, drugs, and tobacco, nutrition for mother and child, money management, safety and first aid, infant CPR, infant massage, and benefits of physical activity. Greer Tiver, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health Greer will design and implement a light fitness and relaxation program for Family House guests. Family House is a Pittsburgh organization committed to providing a “home away from home” for patients and families of those receiving serious treatment in Pittsburgh medical facilities who travel a significant distance. As they come from all 50 United States, as well as countries all over the world Greer thinks that a structured, social environment in with emphasis on relaxation and care for one’s body could be beneficial for all guests. She will begin with walking groups, providing good, low-impact cardiovascular activity, as well as a chance to become familiar with the local parks and neighborhood in which guests are staying. Another relaxation tool will be basic yoga, including stretching and especially relaxation breathing exercises. For parents with children, walks will be directed toward local playgrounds. Greer will tailor all sessions to the participants’ interests and needs. On some of the meeting days, there will be on meal planning, as good nutrition is another area that is surely disrupted by living and cooking in a new setting.
Jillian R. Wein, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Jillian’s project will educate Somali refugees in the Pittsburgh area about their healthcare and welfare opportunities and rights. By interviewing the families with whom she has an existing relationship, Jillian will assess the communities gaps in knowledge and better tailor her goals to their specific needs. She envisions one on one sessions with refugees, group meetings, and ultimately a written protocol or guide to be widely distributed throughout the Somali community. Jillian hopes to collaborate with the Pittsburgh Refugee Center which has worked closely with the Somali community in the past.
Rami Zanoun, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine & the Graduate School of Public Health Rami’s project will involve working with the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh to identify health issues of concern to the Muslim community. He intends to work with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine to identify faculty interested in giving talks in those areas of interest.
Steven Zona, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy Steven is working with Students And Latinos United Against Disparities (SALUD) at the Birmingham Free Clinic to focus on the treatment provided to Latino patients there. His project will provide increased medication access along with an educational program designed to inform them on taking the next steps regarding their prescribed medication after they leave the clinic. This project will emphasize culturally competent care to empower these patients to take control of a part of their own health care.
Valarie Blake, University of Pittsburgh, School of Law Valarie’s project was an educational program in Pittsburgh public schools that informs both elementary aged children and their parents about childhood mental illness. The project taught children the basic signs and symptoms of varying mental illnesses and also encouraged kids to seek help from an adult if they are experiencing these symptoms. Also, the project educated the parents on mental illnesses that may occur in childhood, types of mental health treatment, accessibility to mental health treatment, and the consequences of not seeking treatment for their children’s mental health needs.
Rachelle Busby, University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy Rachelle worked at an underserved clinic in McKeesport, PA serving uninsured and homeless populations. This community is in need of free health care due to many individuals and families living below the poverty line and/or uninsured. For her project, Rachelle assisted in providing free or low cost medications to patients in the clinic. In addition, she counseled each patient on how and when to take medications, and other medication specific precautions and side effects. A volunteer program for student pharmacists was implemented in the fall to increase student participation and continue providing patient care in underserved clinics.
Alejandra Camacho-Soto, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine Alejandra worked with a large population of Latinos from a small area in Mexico who are living in Pittsburgh. Alejandra created culturally sensitive links to the medical community with this population and to more broadly improve health care conditions of Hispanics in Pittsburgh.
Vanessa Chan, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine Vanessa created a running and fitness program for kids with ADHD and anxiety disorders. The children were recruited form a local University pediatric psychiatry outpatient clinic. Each week, the children in the group met with Vanessa and ran specific workouts. The children also received logs so they could do exercises throughout the week on their own, encouraging them to incorporate exercise into their daily lives. The goal of this program was to expose children with anxiety and ADHD to healthy methods of coping with their high levels of stress and anxiety.
Ana Devlin and Stacey Edick, Chatham University Physician Assistant Program Ana and Stacey developed an outreach project aimed at increasing knowledge and acceptance of hospice and palliative care in a medically underserved community in the Pittsburgh area. The goal of the project ws to help expand access to hospice and palliative care by addressing barriers of awareness and perception. Culturally sensitive informational materials about end-of-life care were developed in conjunction with a local hospice organization. Ana and Stacey then identified community and church groups who were receptive to brief presentations about these issues. They provided education and facilitated discussions on issues surrounding end-of-life care.
Sachin Kale and Matthew Taylor, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine Matthew and Sachin designed and implemented a project looking at the homeless population of Pittsburgh and their access to follow-up health care following inpatient care. The project worked through Operation Safety Net, a program that provides free health care to the homeless population of Pittsburgh by going to them in the streets. The project began initially with a survey conducted through Operation Safety Net, interviewing the homeless about what they have done following hospital stays, including their access to adequate shelter and food and to follow-up care and medication. Once an adequate number of surveys were conducted to achieve a picture of the true access to healthcare follow-up among the homeless, Matthew and Sachin attempted to implement a proper intervention to address what they learned from their survey.
Julie Lauffenburger, University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy Julie provided pharmaceutical services at the Squirrel Hill Health Center, a primary care center directly serving immigrant and other underserved populations through culturally-responsive care. The main goal of her project was to improve patients’ overall medication knowledge in medication instructions and usage—improving overall health literacy. However, she also helped to improve the patients’ access to medications, finding ways to make them more affordable. In individual appointments with patients, Julie provided additional community resources to aid them in obtaining the medications they need and answer appropriate pharmacy questions. She also developed educational programs at the center to educate larger groups of patients in specific health topics, such as pharmacy medication directions, disease states, and Over-the-Counter medications.
Alissa Mittereder, University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy Alissa designed an asthma education program for adults and children at the Alma Illery Medical Center. She worked with patients on a weekly basis to help educate them about their condition, demonstrate how to use their medication devices, reduce the number of asthma exacerbations and complications, and to help patients to be more in control of their disease. Alissa worked closely with the physicians at the clinic to refer asthmatic patients and to provide information to patients about their prescribed asthma regimens. Topics including asthma triggers, exercise with asthma, and asthma as a disease were also addressed. Additionally, she held weekly smoking cessation classes in the spring for patients at the clinic.
Ross Petrini, University of Pittsburgh, School of Law Ross created a stem of educating middle aged elderly on the decisions that face them in their elder years. Ross provided individuals with the knowledge to plan for their future and make informed decisions in the areas of Medicare, Medicaid, as well as any other long-term care options that may be present.
Andrew Thompson, University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine Andrew worked on a community project aimed at spit tobacco cessation with local high school student athletes. After identifying teams or groups of athletes at risk, Andrew gave cessation presentations and counseling to individuals. Andrew visited the teams at practice and at games to give the presentations and support them.
Renee Walker, University of Pittsburgh, Public Health Renee addressed the decline in participant involvement in a community-based intervention. She provided outreach to the participants of the Healthy Black Family Project at Hosanna House, Inc., sponsored by the Center for Minority Health at the University of Pittsburgh. In this capacity, Renee helped identify barriers to participation in the health education and health promotion activities of the Healthy Black Family Project. These activities were geared towards reducing the burden associated with type 2 diabetes and hypertension among the African American residents of the East End neighborhoods of Pittsburgh, PA. Additionally, Renee worked with participants to identify culturally appropriate and culturally relevant topics for monthly workshops.
Theresa Wiehagen, University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Theresa designed and implemented a curriculum to address the issue of healthy lifestyle choices for single mothers who are living in poverty. She worked with women who were residents at Sisters Place in Clairton, PA, which provides safe and affordable housing and supportive services to help families move toward self-sufficiency. Theresa worked on a six-week curriculum for the women that tackled topics such as domestic violence and creating a healthy environment for themselves and their children.
Chi Zheng, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine Chi’s project included assisting the staff of the newly-founded 9th Street Clinic in McKeesport to provide services for patients in the Monongahela Valley. He also worked to involve his fellow students in this service-and-learning opportunity in incorporating it as a part of their medical education. The second aspect of Chi’s project dealt with helping patients at the well-established Birmingham Clinic to gain access to medication and specialty care through hospital charity-care programs, state-subsidized low-premium insurance plans, and medical assistance and disability.
Rebecca Altman, University of Pittsburgh, Public Health Rebecca designed and implemented a women’s health curriculum for inmates at the Allegheny County Jail. Topics for the class included Hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS, Safer sex/Sexually transmitted infections, Healthy Pregnancy/Reproductive Anatomy, Family Planning, and Diet/Nutrition. Classes took place two to four times a month at the jail, with 20-30 women at a time. Community practitioners frequently co-taught with Rebecca, in an effort to provide some kind of continuity of care for women, post-release. Rebecca also developed a resource guide for newly-released women and a peer education program.
Glaivy Batsuli and Jean Lin, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine Glaivy and Jean worked with the Sarah Heinz House on the Northside to implement creative ways for a group of middle school aged children to learn to enjoy walking.
Jessica Buck and Erin McDermott, Chatham College, PA Program Jessica and Erin worked with the East Liberty Family Health Care Center in providing self-management training for the clinic’s type II diabetic patients.
Meredith Dixon and Brandi Swanier, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine Meredith and Brandi worked with the Shuman Juvenile Detention to initiate a project that brought these youth into contact with positive, diverse, and creative examples of personal expression and reflection through literature, film, music, art, and community role models.
Narges Farahi, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine Erin Imler, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine Erin’s project was centered on a HRSA grant for diabetes self-management at Matilda Theiss, a federally qualified health center in the Hill District of Pittsburgh. Erin did group visits for patients with diabetes centered on topics such as: understanding the disease and its complications, what tests should be checked and why, nutrition, and physical activity. Erin also arranged ophthalmology care through the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s Ophthalmology Interest Group, who will be doing eye exams and glaucoma screening in patients with diabetes.
Sarah Krier, University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health Sarah conducted an ethnographic study of Health Advocates in Reach (HAIR), a lay health advocate project run by the Center for Minority Health at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health which is based on the premise that barbershops and salons exist as social foci in many African American communities. The Center for Minority Health trains barbers, salon operators and staff at nine establishments to serve as lay health mentors or guides by answering health-related questions, distributing literature, advising people where to seek answers, and encouraging customers to take preventive steps such as scheduling regular appointments and screenings with doctors. This public health initiative is part of a multiyear effort to improve diet, increase physical activity, and reduce stress among Pittsburgh’s African American community, a community which confronts racial disparities for diabetes and heart disease. Through using medical anthropology techniques, Sarah’s project examined the “cultures” of the different barbershops in hopes of facilitating the creation of even more culturally compatible initiatives in the African American communities of Pittsburgh. By matching the cultural characteristics of minority populations with public health interventions designed to affect individuals within the group, receptivity to and acceptance of health information and programs will be enhanced.
Azadeh (Azi) Masalehdan, University of Pittsburgh, Social Work Azadeh worked with Family Services of Western Pennsylvania, a community mental health agency. This project investigated barriers to treatment and methods of treatment engagement with adolescents who have been identified as needing mental health services. Azadeh interviewed 30 adolescents in the Highlands School District who are evaluated as a part of the government sponsored Student Assistance Program (SAP).
Megan Benedict, Megan Bergseth, Heather Misja, Chatham College Physician Assistant Program East Liberty Family Health Care Center: Health care education with homebound elderly. Jeanne Cooper, University of Pittsburgh BSN Program Education of social and health related issues for Somali Bantu women.
Sidney Coupet, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine McKeesport Hospital: Outreach program to educate about preventive medicine and public health practices.
Tressa Esty, Natalie Larkin, Adam Yesenosky, Chatham College Physician Assistant Program Auberle: Developing positive self image, communication skills in at-risk youth.
Lauren Fields, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy Birmingham Clinic: Improving pharmaceutical care delivery to homeless and underserved.
Anna Binney McCague, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine HIV education and testing for adolescents.
Barbara Nightingale, Duquesne University/Biology Hilltop Community Healthcare Center: Community outreach for new health center in urban underserved community
Kia-Jacquelyn Omotalade, University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health Prevention Point Pittsburgh: Health and well being of African-American Intravenous Drug Users in Pittsburgh.
Sarah Pope, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Create an educational program for the parents of children with special healthcare needs.
Shelley Bhattacharya, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health Shelley worked with the elderly to create an integrated model to address health and social needs.
Sarah Eli, Chatham College PA Program Sarah worked towards overcoming the barriers to health care and patient education in an urban health center.
Elizabeth Hillier, Chatham College PA Program Elizabeth worked towards overcoming the barriers to health care and patient education in an urban health center.
Tonilee Lucchino, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Social Work Tonilee’s project included education of pregnant teens on parenting and life skills.
Brian Miller, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Brian’s project consisted of a healthy lifestyles program for school-age children.
Ginger Moyer, Chatham College PA Program Ginger worked towards overcoming the barriers to health care and patient education in an urban health center.
Ijeoma Muo, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Ijeoma’s project included nutrition education among low income, overweight mothers and children in underserved communities.
Robert Reynolds, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy Robert worked on the identification and management of patient pharmaceutical needs in the Program for Health Care to underserved populations. S
ara Sakamoto, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Sara’s project consisted of a healthy lifestyles program for school-age children.
Shirlee Hopper-Scherch, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health Shirlee’s project involved childhood obesity prevention in low-income neighborhoods.
Aaron Skolnik, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Aaron’s project consisted of utilizing the emergency room setting to assess and address health needs that might better be met through prevention, education and routine primary care.
Vincent C. Hsieh & Young-Sin Kim, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Hill District Community Collaborative: Planned to develop community service project on nutrition for senior citizens at local center and to work on the culturing relationships between the young and the old. The project was never developed due to lack of interest among older adults. However the fellows discovered the senior citizens interest in computer technology and it will be the basis for the development of a new project.
Christina Stuber, University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work Early Head Start: Worked directly with the children enrolled in Early Head Start Program with hopes to increase pre-literacy among children ages 0-3 in order to better prepare them for school. Christina created pre-literacy packets with age appropriate books and activities, reading milestones to measure skills, fact sheets for parents, and information on local library’s children’s programs.
Margie Snyder, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy DREAM (The Diabetes Risk Assessment, Education and Management Program): Margie educated newly diagnosed and/or poorly controlled patients at a local health care center. She trained patients on the use of their blood glucose meters, arranged for patients to receive services at no cost, taught healthy eating skills, checked patients’ blood pressure and performed foot exams. In addition, her project also included advising patients on self-management skills and the importance of keep a personal log of their glucose numbers.
Lestina Price, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Westinghouse High School: Lestina conducted a series of workshops called “Sisters can we talk?” where she encouraged adolescent girls to realize and achieve what they want out of life. She also educated them on certain topics ranging from defining dreams, self-esteem, STD’s, contraception, time management, and delayed gratification.
Michelle Katz, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Women’s Center and Shelter: Michelle’s project focused on creating a sustainable and responsible HIV testing program for women who had suffered from domestic abuse. She conducted HIV testing and counseling with twenty-five woman from the shelter.
Tia Chirico, Anissa Boyle & Shalee Johnson, Chatham College PA Home Safety and Disaster Preparedness in the Elderly Population: Project included identifying the need for home safety modifications, the extent of elderly people’s knowledge and awareness of home safety and disaster preparedness issues. They developed a study on subjects recruited from a local senior citizen center and held informative sessions on disaster preparedness in the home.
Lauren Jane-Clare Alder, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Site: Carrick High School Project: Build community service awareness and opportunities with high school students by involving them in mentoring middle school students to perform a community service at local elementary schools. The students will be fundraising and then using the money to provide KidCare Kits-photographing and fingerprinting each elementary school student for identification purposes for authorities to utilize in case of an emergency.
Susan Bellack, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy Site: Rx Council Project: Assist in the work of the Rx Council of Pittsburgh, which provides emergency prescription assistance to the indigent. Help assess existing formats of communication and delivery of services.
Julian Escobar & Melisha Krejci, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Site: Latin American Cultural Union (LACU), Birmingham Clinic Project: Help Hispanics in Pittsburgh reduce the language barrier with health care professionals through education outreach programs.
Lara Hall Blosser, Chatham College, Physician Assistant Studies Site: Cornerstone Project of Fayette County Project: Help develop and deliver breast cancer awareness education and treatment in a low-income community.
Shavonne T.D. Ramsey, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine & the Graduate School of Public Health Site: Family Health Council Project: Develop and facilitate a program for teens on self development, decision making, planning for the future, obesity, radical weight changes, exercise and nutrition, and responsible behavior.
Jessica Lynn Smith & Katherine Kerry Sutherland, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Site: Operation Safety Net Project: Create a “buddy” system between medical students and the homeless who are clients of Operation Safety Net, a walkabout/treatment program.
Laura Warren, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Site: POWER House (PA Organization for Women in Recovery) Project: Develop a weekly program for older women with alcohol or substance abuse problems.
Genevieve Williamson, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Site: PACT (Pittsburgh AIDS Center for Treatment) Project: Create a Wellness through Art and Expression group. The group will provide a stipend to several women (identified by their physicians and ancillary staff as women who miss many but not all of their visits) who participate in monthly free dinner meetings and bring with them art ‘journal’ entries about their experience with HIV and AIDS and their struggle to remain adherent.
Shelly Abramowicz, University of Pittsburgh School of Dentistry Allegheny County Health Dept: Serve elementary schools in oral health education and promotion program.
Robyn Bates, University of Pittsburgh School of Bioengineering Create an interactive computer-based data system for area agencies and health care providers serving the homeless.
Lara Lyn Bryan, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Womansplace of McKeesport: Develop bimonthly clinic and resource center for women victims of violence.
Misty Carlson and Kimberly Chu, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine McGee Hospital: Develop a program to promote breastfeeding to pregnant teens.
Sherri Chong and Mohammed Ganni, University of Pittsburgh School of Dentistry Area High Schools: Bring the American Lung Association’s Not On Tobacco program to area high schools, working with school nurse practitioners.
Stephanie Fantauzzo, Chatham College Occupational Therapy Program Womansplace of McKeesport: Promote wellness programs for the children of women victims of violence.
Refaat Hegazi, University of Pittsburgh Nutritional Epidemiology Program Neighborhood Living Project: Develop a program to address obesity for people with mental illness.
Jereme Mellenthin, Chatham College Physician Assistant Program Jewish Community Center: Link Russian-speaking immigrants with available health care and other social services.
Sarah Oblender and Mark Reardon, Chatham College Physician Assistant Program and University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pennsylvania Bidwell Low-Income Senior High-Rise Residency: Develop programs that bring computers and internet access into the lives of elders in assisted living and retirement homes.
Aderonke Omotade, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Medical Explorers Program: Assist junior and senior high school African American students with skills building and information about the health professions.
Michael Rest, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Braddock Excellence in Asthma Therapy and Education (BREATHE): Assist in development of the in-home education component on asthma affecting children in the Monongahela Valley.
Andrew Rozmiarek, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine The Hub: Work with homeless youth to identify health and lifestyle issues that affect their health.
Robyn Slack, Chatham College Physician Assistant Program Roselia House: Assist pregnant teens by providing prenatal classes and teaching computer education.
Sing Tsai, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Mon Valley Neighborhood Physicians Forum: Assist geriatric patients develop support systems for their health care.
Christine Volk, Chatham College Physician Assistant Program YWCA-East Liberty: Develop patient education materials on depression for senior citizens.
Yarone Zober, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Neighborhood Legal Services: Develop a legal education program on housing issues in poor and working class neighborhoods in Pittsburgh.
Maria Abraham, Chatham College Physician Assistant Program Our Lady of Loreto Parish/Ursuline Center: Conduct a nutritional needs assessment/intervention of underserved elderly. Opeolu Adeoye, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Westinghouse High School: Mentor African American high school males in math and science.
Jody Bovard, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Women’s Center and Shelter: Re-structure referral system for women in sheltered living.
Lance Brunton, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Allegheny Valley School: Assist obesity reduction in adults with mental retardation.
Ronna Campbell, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Children’s Hospital-Braddock: Design interventions to help children with asthma lead healthier lives.
Sharon Carmody, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Allegheny County Jail: Establish medical student clinical opportunities at county jail.
Marci Chew, University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work Whale’s Tale: Conduct an intensive reading program for children.
Kimberly Dovin, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Clairton Health Center: Identify barriers to contraception and design educational interventions for teens.
L. Nadine Gracia and Aba Ewusi, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine East Liberty Family Health Center: Educate African Americans on risks/management of C/V disease.
Sarah Hardner, Chatham College Physician Assistant Program Bethlehem Haven: Design preventive health care education for abused women in sheltered living.
Ingrid Kanics, Duquesne School of Occupational Therapy Parent Network for Post-institutionalized Child: Provide support services for families who have adopted children from overseas.
Melissa Lewin, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Center in the Woods: Provide health care education for low income adults in rural environment.
Katina Robison, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Salvation Army Detox Center: Identify barriers to recovery for women in detox.
Meredith Rogers, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, CHIP Program: Promote access to health care for children.
Erin Shomaker, Duquesne School of Nursing Design a support program for the extended family of pediatric oncology patients.
Nia Sipp, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine/Public Health Shuman Center: Build on an existing STD prevention program.
Alison Slinchak, Chatham College Physician Assistant Program Roselia Center: Provide information on pre-natal care to pregnant adolescents.
Rana Snipe, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine/Public Health Provide STD & sex education to teen girls.
Ramona Todinca, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Hosanna House: Provide dental education and care to seniors.
Suzanne Atkinson, University of Pittsburgh, Medicine Site: Operation Safety Net Project: Involved staff and guest education at a number of local homeless shelters on topics including TB and HIV awareness and improving access to healthcare resources.
Alda Gonzaga, University of Pittsburgh, Medicine Site: ARC of Allegheny County Project: Focused on access to changing healthcare resources for children with disabilities in Pittsburgh. Specifically, she is working to develop creative and effective ways to educate families about new changes in children’s healthcare coverage, namely the required switch from conventional Medicaid to Medicaid managed care
Kerri Last and Shelly Moore, Clarion/Slippery Rock Universities, Nursing Site: Venango Area Health Awareness Coalition Project: Healthcare education and awareness in several rural communities in Western Pennsylvania. They are conducting a survey to assess perceived healthcare barriers in these regions, educating grade-school students and teachers with the American Heart Association’s Heart Power program, and compiling a pamphlet of community healthcare services.
Luke Osborne, University of Pittsburgh, Medicine Site: Orr Compassionate Care Center Project: The development and implementation of a guest-focused survey and database that will aid in the improvement of the Orr Center and ultimately improve quality of care for former guests.
Terry Starrett, University of Pittsburgh, Nursing Site: Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank Project: Assess baseline literacy levels and develop educational materials at low literacy levels which involve a variety of health-related topics: healthy eating, diet, hypertension, high cholesterol.
Linda Von Bloch, Chatham Physician Assistant Site: Bethlehem Haven Project: Extended a previous fellow’s project, called Healthy Relationships, through which homeless women at the shelter talk and learn about fostering safe and meaningful relationships.
Aimee Todorovich, University of Pittsburgh, Dentistry Site: Pressley Ridge Project: Worked closely with a small group of children with autism to address the barriers that these children face to adequate dental care. Her project involved home visits to introduce and familiarize the children with what might occur in a routine dental visit.
Darnell Ramsey, University of Pittsburgh, Social Work Site: Hill District Youth Services Project: Volunteered as a summer camp counselor and after-school mentor with a group of at-risk male youths in his own community. His project specifically addressed issues such as personal hygiene, literacy and creative writing education, conflict resolution, and African-American history awareness.
Karena Ribar, University of Pittsburgh, Law Site: Southwestern PA Area Agency on Aging Project: To improve access to medico-legal resources and advice for elderly individuals in underserved communities throughout Western Pennsylvania.
Alaine Clarke, Slippery Rock/Clarion Nurse Practitioner Site: Home Community North of Pittsburgh Project: domestic violence awareness and education through local religious communities.
Elizabeth Cuevas, University of Pittsburgh, Medicine Site: Orr Compassionate Care Center Project: Assessed the spiritual needs of the guests and forming regular group meetings to address these needs.
Breyon Justice, University of Pittsburgh, Dentistry Site: East Liberty Community Health Care Center Project: Assessed ways to bring dental services to the community. His project involved some surveying of the area, working on HPSA designation, and potentially dental education for the community.
Fran Krantz, University of Pittsburgh, Medicine Site: The Women’s Center, a shelter in Pittsburgh Project: Involved assessing the health care needs of the women, being trained to work at the site, and trying to integrate women’s health with internal medicine at the site.
Sarah Parker, University of Pittsburgh, Medicine Site: Schuman Center Project: An educational program involving well-woman care such as gynecologic exams/Pap tests. Also, she provided educational classes on things such as STDs and testing.
Mitsu Anderson, Ankur Doshi & Matthew Suffoletto University of Pittsburgh, Medicine Site: Shuman Center Project: Asthma education, screening, and monitoring
Sima Bajpayee, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy Project Area: To work with youth in rural and underserved areas to strengthen their skills in science and foster interest in the health professions. Site: Hosanna House
Rebecca Bayer, Chatham College, Physician Assistant Program Project Area: Utilization of music as an intervention for Alzheimer’s Disease. Site: Orr Compassionate Care Center
Sarah Hamilton Boyles, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Project Area: Prenatal education and evaluation to an underserved population experiencing increased infant mortality. Site: Healthy Start and/ Magee Satellites
Robert Denshaw, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Project Area: Establishment of increased access to necessary services and treatment protocols for patients served by an established drug detoxification center. Site: Salvation Army Public Inebriate Program
Lisabeth Culbertson Ernharth, Chatham College, Physician Assistant Program Project Area: Working with homeless individuals to assess their utilization of services provided by the Orr Compassionate Care Center. Site: Orr Compassionate Care Center
Deborah Goldberg, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Project: Identification of the gaps between the deaf community and health care services as well as to establish education/intervention to address these areas. Site: Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf
Vadim and Alla Kipiller , Chatham College Physical Therapy Program Project: Assessment of health education needs of the poor elderly. Site: Heritage House
Jennifer Klebes, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Project: Identification of domestic violence issues and development of information guides for abused women. Site: Neighborhood Legal Services
Allsion Kliber, MD, Family Practice Resident, Forbes Regional Hospital Project: Improving access and continuity of care in a clinic operated within an economically depressed community . Site: New Kensington Community Health Center
Nathan Kottkamp, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Project: Development of crisis intervention education for volunteers working with victims of domestic violence. Site: Bethlehem Haven
Catherine Kruljac, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine Project: Development of an intervention plan to increase primary dental care for patients with craniofacial conditions. Site: University of Pittsburgh Craniofacial Clinic
Alysia Mason, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health Project: Establishment of a health promotion/disease prevention program within the auspices of an established public health ministry group. Site: St. Paul Baptist Church
Patrick Perri, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Project: Outreach to the homeless population regarding tuberculosis/hypertension/diabetes identification and treatment. Site: Operation Safety Net
April Rhodes, University of Pittsburgh School of Occupational Medicine Project: Establishment of a community/academic advisory group to identify gaps in the provision of nutrition services to those in need. Site: Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
Allison Satinsky, University of Pittsburgh School of Dentistry Project: Identification of education needs as well as access to care issues regarding dental services provided in a clinic which serves a low socio-economic, minority population. Site: Mathilda Theis Community Health Center
Heather Surdic, Chatham College Physical Therapy Program Project: Injury prevention and education for the special needs school aged child. Site: Special Olympics