Jeannese Castro presents at Florida Public Health Association Educational Conference

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Jeannese Castro, a 2013-14 Maternal and Child Health Leadership Trainee Scholar, presented a poster at the Florida Public Health Association Annual Educational Conference.  The event was held August 28-30 in Orlando.


Poster presentation


Ms. Castro presented “Evaluating a Community-Based Approach to Reducing Neighborhood Conflict through Positive Youth Development” with a team of colleagues who she volunteers with at the Moses House, a grassroots non-profit organization whose mission is to create and provide community-based cultural and educational programs for children from low-income families. The team includes:  Paola Gonzalez, Dr. Susan Greenbaum, Dr. Rita DeBate, Dr. Lance Arney, Shannon Richardson, and Wendy Hathaway.

The presentation focused on a positive youth development program called Girls Together. Based at Moses House, the program promotes the health and well-being of adolescent girls living in Sulphur Springs and increases self-efficacy and positive youth development through mentoring. Ms. Castro’s research concluded that Girls Together is a success with many participants stating they learned ways to resolve interpersonal conflict.

“I had a delightful experience at the conference and was pleased to hear Dean Petersen address ‘Framing the Future for the Next 100 Years of Education in Public Health’ in a town hall meeting,” Castro said.

As a trainee scholar, Ms. Castro receives a stipend, tuition waiver, and a specialized curriculum involving intensive mentoring, and leadership training in maternal and child health. Additionally, she earned an award from USF’s Student Government that assisted with travel for her presentation at FPHA.

The Maternal and Child Health Leadership Training Program sponsors the trainees and is funded by a grant from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, located in the Health Resources and Services Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services.  The program holds seminars throughout the year on cultural competence, family-centered care, and interdisciplinary practice.

The University of South Florida College of Public Health is the parent organization for Maternal and Child Health Leadership Training Program. Its academic home is the Department of Community and Family Health.

Jeannese Castro visited with Dr. Jennifer Marshall during the conference. She presented a poster on her dissertation titled “Parent Pathways: Recognition and Responses to Developmental Concerns in Young Children.” Dr. Marshall is a former trainee scholar and mentor to Ms. Castro.


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