About the Neal Halfon Public Health Trainee Symposium

The annual MCH Symposium has served as a forum for students in the Maternal and Child Health Center of Excellence (CoE), the University of California-Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (UC-LEND) training program, and other UCLA students doing public health work to present their research, internship insights, and engage in sharing knowledge and experiences that have occurred over the academic year.

2024 Symposium Posters

Feasibility of a Parent IEP/ 504 Plan Toolkit: Empowering Families Navigating the Special Education System

Shanmugapriya Dakshnamoorthy, MD 
Megan Lane, MD
Bobby Verdugo, LCSW
Ilaina Blum, MA/MFT
Karin Best, PhD
Irene Koolwijk, MD, MPH

A research poster presented at the 2024 Neil Halfon Symposium

Monica Aguilar, MPH 
Maricela Cervantes, MPH
Adelle Xitlali Gutiérrez, MPHc

A research poster presented at the 2024 Neil Halfon Symposium

Andi Levenson, CHES, MPH/MSW Candidate

Comparing Attitudes of Contraceptive Use and Pregnancy Outcomes Between Urban and Rural Areas; Arriel Alvarez MS, Carina Gregorio MPH, Brianna Murillo MPH

MaKayla L. O’Guinna, DO
Anna Ginthera
Shadassa Ourshalimian, MPHa
Ryan G. Spurriera, MD
Pradip P. Chaudharia, MD

Comparing Attitudes of Contraceptive Use and Pregnancy Outcomes Between Urban and Rural Areas; Arriel Alvarez MS, Carina Gregorio MPH, Brianna Murillo MPH

Arriel Alvarez MS
Carina Gregorio MPH
Brianna Murillo MPH

Developing Evaluation Measures for Telehealth Medical Homes Serving Neurodiverse Populations; Carly Hyde, Madie Dunlap, Julianna Rava, PhD, Kashia Rosenau, PhD, Emily Hotez, PhD

Carly Hyde
Madie Dunlap
Julianna Rava, PhD
Kashia Rosenau, PhD
Emily Hotez, PhD

Radical Raving: Exploring harm reduction perceptions and strategies in EDM communities; Claudia Martinez MPH MSW, Darla Mirsky MSW, & Angelo Quiroz-Branscum MPH MSW

Claudia Martinez, MPH, MSW
Darla Mirsky, MSW
Angelo Quiroz-Branscum, MPH, MSW

Kyani Young, MPHc
Candace Gragnani, MD, MPH 
Angel Emodi, BS 
Susan Lowe, LMFT, PMH-C
Sayida Peprah, PsyD 
Eden Patton, MD, MPH 
Pearl Omo-Sowho, BS 
Matthew Hing, MDc, PhD
Asaiah Harville, IBCLC
Grace Deukmedjian, MD, MSc
Priyanka Fernandes, MBBS, MPH

Davida Schiff, MD, MSc
Erin Work
Bridget Foley, DO
Rachel Applewhite, MPH
Hafsatou Diop, MD, MPH
Latisha Goullaud
Munish Gupta, MD,MMSc
Bettina Hoeppner, PhD
Peacock-Chambers, MD
Corrie Vilsaint, PhD
Judith Bernstein, PhD, MSN
Allison Bryant, MD, MPH

TOWARDS GENDER-INCLUSIVE PRACTICES AT UC-LEND CLINIC

Laurel Mayeda
Katharine O’Brien

Towards Equity in Maternal Health: Policy Considerations for Improving Prenatal Care Among Black Women in California and Beyond – An Analysis and Pathways Forward

Joy Ohiomoba, MD, MPP
Michelle Gallardo, MD, MPP
Dailyn Rodriguez, MD, MPP
Channelle Ndagire, MD, MPP

Maternal and Child Health Outcome Improvements in Kisii, Kenya: A Difference-in-Difference Analysis

Supraja Saravanakumar
Olivia Peters
Anne Kerubo
Kevin Aulla
Barbara Muffoletto

October 2021 Recap

Dr. Brymer's plenary talk can be viewed below:

Student researchers Diana Alfaro, MPH Community Health Sciences and Sophia De-Oliveira MPH Community Health Sciences then presented their virtual research presentation “Shoo Away the Blues”. Their presentation can be viewed below:

Student researchers then presented their posters from 3:00pm-5:00pm in the CHS Courtyard.

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The Intersection of Housing and Reproductive Justice: Impact on Maternal and Child Health and One’s Decision to Start a Family
By Delia Melendrez Gomez MPH Community Health Sciences

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Learning for Equity MasterClass: An Advocacy and Social Movement Building Intervention for BIPOC California Youth
By Dome Enrico Lupac MPH Community Health Sciences

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Lessons Learned from the Adolescent COVID-19 Vaccine Implementation
By Rachel Kamran MPH Community Health Sciences

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The Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Dimensions of Wellness on Undergraduate Students
By Angel Forte B.S Candidate, Anthony Sandoval B.S. Candidate, Giao Nguyen B.S. Candidate, Yalianis Cruz B.S. Candidate

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A Novel Approach to Youth Health Advocacy: The COVID-19 Youth Task Force
By Sabrina Rodrigues MPH Community Health Sciences

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Filipino Family Health Initiative: A Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluating an Evidence-Based Parenting Program among Filipino Families
By Samantha Macam MPH Community Health Sciences & MSW Candidate

May 2021 Recap

Child, Family & Community Health. Shame & The One Word Solution in Ending the Cycle of Violence
Annalea Forrest | MPH/MSW Student – Community Health Sciences

Investigating Disparities in Service, Education and Healthcare Impacting Latinx Autistic Communities

Kristal Orta Martinez | Ronald E. McNair Research Scholar

Hillsides: ACEs Project
Elizabeth Lupercio | MPH/MSW Student – Community Health Sciences

The Intersection of Truancy and Mental Health

Paulina Sepulveda – MPH Student | Health Policy & Management

Mixed-Methods Process Evaluation of MCH Routine Home Visitation in Kenya
Nilpa Shah – MPH Student | Community Health Sciences

UCLA Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Research Group

Yunjoo Shin – MPH Student | Community Health Sciences

Reducing Barriers to Obtaining Health Services in SPA 6

Sarah Homsy – MPH/MSW Student | Community Health Sciences

Secondary Analysis of Variables of Self-Reported Mental Health in US Colleges

Nancy Le & Jason Timmerman – Pathways for Students into Health Professions Trainee

Filipino Family Health Initiative: Implementation of an Evidence-Based Parenting Intervention with Filipino Families

Trixy Joy Manansala – MPH Student | Community Health Sciences

Evaluating Midnight Stroll: An HIV Care and Prevention Outreach Program

Katianna Chang – MSW/MPH Student | Community Health Sciences

The Future of Child Well-Being: Transforming Policy Ecosystems for Health

Hallie Young – MPH Student | Community Health Sciences

Reproductive Health, Pregnancy & Birth Outcomes 

Thriving While Black
Aleetia Miller | MPH Student – Community Health Sciences

CSEC Youth & Barriers to Care

Emily Murray | MPH Student – Community Health Sciences

Cedars Sinai Case Study

Julia Koerber – MPH Student | Epidemiology

Identifying Gaps in Prenatal Syphilis Screening and Treatment in Kern County, CA

Eunhee Park, MPH – PhD Student | Community Health Sciences

Meeting Youth Where They're At: Planning and Evaluating a Digital Youth Advisory Board

Andrea Renteria – MPH Student | Community Health Sciences

Improving Reproductive Health Services in Medical Hub Clinics for Adolescents in Foster Care through Youth Engagement and Health Navigator Pilot Program

Elizabeth Agredano & Nayelie Benitez Santos – MS Epidemiology Students

Determining the Impact of Immigration Policies on Reproductive Health

Becca Woofter – PhD Student | Community Health Sciences

LGBTQ Inclusivity in Sex Education for California Teens

Lacey Howcroft – MPH Student | Community Health Sciences

Preeclampsia, Maternal Hypertension & Childhood Cancer Risk

Lexie Askins – MPH Student | Epidemiology

Advancing Reproductive Health & Justice Through Research, Organizing & Advocacy

Bri-Ann Hernandez MPH Student | Community Health Sciences

Maternal Disparities by Race: An Analysis of the OB/GYN Patient Experience at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Payton Lawton – MPH Student | Health Policy & Management

Effects of COVID-19

Evaluation of Access to Healthcare During COVID-19
Amy Bui | MPH Student – Community Health Sciences

How is COVID-19 Negatively Impacting Children in California?

Jennifer Archuleta | PhD Student – Community Health Sciences

Differences in Educational Experiences for Low SES vs High SES Students During COVID-19

Richard Tirado, Eric Jue & Apsara Chopra – Pathways for Students into Health Professions (PSHP) Trainees

Differences Between High Anxiety and Socioeconomic Status in UCLA Undergraduate Students During COVID-19

Kevin Jimenez, Sydney Huynh, & Tayloneei Jackson – Pathways for Students into Health Professions (PSHP) Trainees

Neurodiverse College Students and Anxiety During COVID-19

Ada Chung, Julie Grassian, Pearl Omo-Sowho – Pathways for Students into Health Professions (PSHP) Trainees

Risk Perception among Expecting Mothers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Jacqueline Carranza – MPH Student | Community Health Sciences

Evaluating Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes Program Delivery Models to Establish a Community of Practice in the Time of COVID-19

Telma Menendez – MPH Student | Community Health Sciences

Impact of COVID-19 on Newborn Screening

Ressie Ascueta – MPH Student | Community Health Sciences