Team-Spotlight

Team Spotlight

This newsletter’s team spotlight features four graduating student research assistants who supported numerous Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) projects and programs over the past year. Through one-on-one training and mentorship, these master’s students have worked diligently to apply the skills, knowledge, frameworks and strategies learned in classes to the community-based work of the PRC.

“These students have worked diligently on community projects, and we are very proud of them,” said Tulane PRC Director Carolyn Johnson. “It’s great that our center is housed in a university because one of the most rewarding aspects of academia is seeing students learn and grow in the real world. We’re excited to see what the future holds as these students take the next step in their careers as public health professionals.”

Maggie Heidepriem (left bottom), who will earn her MPH Health Policy, started worked for the PRC as an office assistant more than two years ago when she was a sophomore in the Tulane bachelor of public health program. She’s supported many of the center’s day-to-day tasks, such as keeping the office’s educational materials and supplies organized. She has also provided engaging and timely content for the PRC’s social media pages on a regular basis, engaging with the PRC’s partners and keeping an eye on national and local trends and events.

Maddie Monahan (upper right), an MPH graduate of the Nutrition and Food Security Program, has worked on the PRC’s core research project, Movin’ for LIFE (Lasting Improvements for Fitness and Energy), for more than a year. As the social marketing intern on the project, Maddie was responsible for keeping the Movin’ for LIFE program’s online presence – website and social media – current, visible, and interesting. She also worked with Movin’ for LIFE staff to develop content for health-promotion materials and supported the planning and implementation of the Movin’ for LIFE 5K and Family Health Fair in summer 2017. She is a co-author on a poster presentation of the Movin’ for LIFE social marketing work at the Society of Behavioral Medicine annual meeting on April 11.

Pasangi Perera (upper left), an MPH graduate from the Epidemiology Department, has provided very important evaluation support to the PRC’s training programs for the past year by entering and organizing attendance data and survey results for the PRC’s various seminars, workshops, and webinars. Pasangi also conducted analysis of attendance data over a 5-year period to examine various trends and factors related to the success of the PRC’s Health, Racism, and Communication Seminar Series, held in partnership with the Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health. That study, co-authored by Pasangi, will be presented at the Society of Behavioral Medicine annual meeting on April 11.

Alinda Young (right bottom), an MPH graduate in International Health and Development, contributed to multiple PRC projects and could often be trusted to complete tasks that were critical to those projects. Alinda was essential in entering a variety of data for the PRC’s core research, Movin’ for LIFE. She also conducted intercept interviews with attendees of the Movin’ for LIFE 5K and Family Health Fair in summer 2017 to help obtain information about what motivated the attendees to be healthy and what possible steps they might take in the future to do so. The results of those surveys be presented at the Society of Behavioral Medicine annual meeting on April 11.

April 2018

Topics:   training

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