It’s the year of the woman … again!

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Last year three women from the USF College of Public of Health received awards at the Florida Public Health Association Annual Conference. This year two all-female student teams received research awards. The event was held in July 24-25 in Orlando.

When Dr. Jaime Corvin planned her Global Health Assessment Strategies course syllabus, she could not have imagined that two student projects would evolve into award-winning research. But, that is exactly what happened resulting in two teams earning “best all-around” awards for their poster presentations.

On Tuesday, Noor Zaman, Waleska Santiago-Datil and Marissa Rickloff presented “Infertility Experiences Among College Students.”

COPHers Noor Zaman, Waleska Santiago-Datil and Marissa Rickloff are one of two winning student research teams at the 2018 Florida Public Health Association Annual Conference (Photo by Ellen Kent)

The following day, Carson Bell, Ashleigh Blersch and Reatta Ram presented “Bullying Among Refugee Student Populations in Hillsborough County.”

Carson Bell, Ashleigh Blersch and Reatta Ram received a “best all-around” award for their poster presentation on “Bullying Among Refugee Student Populations in Hillsborough County.” (Photo by Ellen Kent)

In addition to the two award winners, the college had a strong showing in other areas at the conference. Recruiters were on hand to speak with interested students about the college’s nationally recognized academic programs. USF Sarasota-Manatee professor Dr. Kathy Black addressed “Public Health Alignment with Age-Friendly Communities” at the college’s annual luncheon.  A plethora of USF Bulls shared their practice and their passion. And, of course, there were lots of COPH alumni in attendance.

Neil Bleiweiss, coordinator of preadmissions and outreach for USF Health Shared Student Services, speaks with prospective students about why the #USFCOPHRocks! (Photo by Natalie Preston)


(Photo by Natalie Preston)

About 150 luncheon attendees learned about age-friendly communities from USF Sarasota-Manatee professor Dr. Kathy Black. She serves as the Age-Friendly Sarasota Initiative advisor and Hartford Geriatric Social Work faculty scholar.


(Photo by Natalie Preston)


COPH alumnae Mandy Chan and Dr. Ayesha Johnson took a break from their duties at the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County to attend the FPHA Annual Conference. (Photo by Natalie Preston)

Additional poster presentations that involved other members of the COPH and USF Health communities include:

“Assessment of Student Experiences with Intimate Partner Violence at the University of South Florida”—Jessica Garcia

“Examining Barriers and Facilitators to Sex Ed Reform in Hillsborough County”—Thomas Agrusti

Recent COPH graduate Thomas Agrusti is all smiles before his poster presentation. (Photo by Natalie Preston)

“Expanding point-of-care services to the homeless and underserved in Tampa Bay”—Niraj Gowda, Kevin Ratnasamy

“The Evaluation of Cultural Competency within Student Health Services and its Impact on International Students at the University of South Florida Tampa Campus”—Emily Walters, Nnenne Moneke, Yanti Leosari, Mary Bougoulias

Part of Team #USFCOPHRocks! (Photo by Ellen Kent)

“Suffering in Silence No More: Challenges student and volunteers encounter upon returning home from international humanitarian work”—Tessa Saturday, Blake Maihack

“Hitting the target: A geospatial analysis of chronic disease risk factors in Tampa, FL”—Krystina Johnson

Doctoral student Krys Johnson presented on chronic disease. (Photo by Ellen Kent)


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Story by Natalie D. Preston, USF College of Public Health