COPH students awarded Florida Public Health Association scholarships

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Vickie Lynn, a doctoral student and research assistant in the Department of Family and Community Health, and Tobi Ozoya, a master’s student in the Department of Global Health, both received 2015 Graduate Student scholarships from the Florida Public Health Association. College of Public Health alumna Ruchi Pancholy, a master of public health graduate of the Public Health Practice program, also received the scholarship.

“I am honored and grateful to have received the scholarship,” Lynn said. “The scholarship gives me the opportunity to focus on my academic studies. The Florida Public Health Association is a great resource and asset for students who live and work in Florida.”

Vickie Lynn and Oluwatobi Ozoya FPHA Scholarship Recipients

Tobi Ozoya and Vickie Lynn, recipients of the graduate scholarships from the Florida Public Health Association. (Photo by Anna Mayor)

“Receiving this scholarship is positive feedback that I am on track to meet my goal of making a meaningful impact in preserving population health,” Ozoya said.

The Florida Public Health Association awarded Lynn and Ozoya each $500 scholarships to use toward their graduate study endeavors. Awards are given to FPHA members who intend to remain in Florida and work in the public health field after earning their degree.

“Upon graduation I hope to secure an academic position and continue my research here in the state of Florida,” Lynn said. “My research interests include examining Integrated Care service delivery in order to reduce transmission of HIV and increase quality of life for people living with HIV and other chronic health conditions.”

Lynn is a double alumna of USF, already having earned her master of social work degree and master of public health degree. She plans to graduate with her PhD in 2017.

Ozoya earned his undergraduate degree in medicine and surgery from Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, Osogbo in Nigeria and will graduate with an MPH from the COPH this fall semester.

“With this scholarship I plan to maximize opportunities outside the classroom that will position me for greater contribution to resolving population health challenges,” Ozoya said.

The FPHA is a membership based group serving public health professionals and students throughout Florida. The group provides professional development, as well as advocacy and networking opportunities.

In August it hosted the 2015 FPHA Annual Educational Conference in Orlando. The conference brings together public health professionals from across the state.

The COPH hosted a luncheon at this year’s conference with keynote speaker Dr. Julie Kornfeld, assistant dean for public health in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Kornfeld spoke on Business Skills for the Public Health Workforce: Innovating Delivery and Adoption (see Dr. Kornfeld’s presentation).

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(From left) Dr. Rita DeBate, COPH associate dean of academic and student affairs, with Dr. Julie Kornfeld at the 2015 FPHA Annual Educational Conference. (Photo by Natalie Preston)


COPH alumna Linda LaComb-Williams, an MPH graduate, was awarded the FPHA’s 2015 Meritorious Service Award at this year’s conference. View her award profile.

Several COPH students also presented posters at the event including:

 Chighaf Bakour Association between sleep duration and asthma in Florida Youth
Nathanel Stanley The Medicinal Garden: A Method of Achieving Social, Environmental, and Economic Sustainability through Community-Based Ecotourism
Malinee Neelamegam Sleep Quality and cognitive function
Kate LeGrand Health Workers perspective: Tuberculosis and it’s covariates in Hillsborough Co.
Wei Wei He Influence of passive smoking on perinatal depressive symptoms
Alyssa Fedgo Social and Biological Dynamics of Infertility and Assisted Reproductive Technology: An Exploratory Study
Alyssa Moffitt Measles and Influenza Testing
Jamie Morano Vaccines go Electric
Adam Slotnick Crime is a Public Health Problem: 2010 Florida County Level Predictors
Montray Smith BSN Students Participation in a Hospital Based Decontamination Exercise


COPH at FPHA 2015

(From left) COPH students Adam Slotnick, Alyssa Fedgo, Weiwei He and COPH associate professor Dr. Troy Quast show some USF pride at the conference. (Photo by Natalie Preston)

Gregory Danyluk FPHA

Dr. Gregory Danyluk, immediate past president of FPHA and COPH alumnus, strikes a bullish pose. (Photo by Natalie Preston)

To learn more about FPHA or to apply for 2016 scholarship opportunities, visit the FPHA site.

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Photos from the FHPA 2015 conference.

Story by Anna Mayor, USF College of Public Health