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April 21, 2021

Four K-State Master of Public Health students awarded Public Health Training awards

Submitted by Ellyn Mulcahy

This year, K-State Master of Public Health students were awarded four of the five annual Midwestern Public Health Training Center awards. The Midwestern Public Health Training Center Internship Program is a supervised practice experience, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in which the student demonstrates public health competencies in real-world public health practice.  The four students will receive a stipend of $3,500 upon completion of their internships.

Emily Gilbert-Esparza will focus on creating a COVID-19 testing program specifically for Riley County with the Riley County Health Department. The program will help provide COVID-19 testing, expand testing sites via mobile testing units, and provide vaccine clinics to those individuals from more locations that are not included comprehensively in the current plan for Riley County.

Peter Maier will work with the epidemiology department in the Clay County Health Center in Clay County, Missouri. Maier aims to acquire skills that support data analysis, data mining and data visualization using statistical and epidemiological software. Specifically, Maier will analyze data to investigate maternal health outcomes that are associated with COVID-19 infections.

Lindsay Mason will work with the Riley County Health Department RADxUP project to reach vulnerable and underserved populations, particularly in regards to testing and vaccination for COVID-19. Mason's project will focus on creating outreach materials to increase turn out for testing and vaccination events.

Yibo Liu will work with the Riley County Health Department to survey Riley County community residents about their perceptions about COVID-19 and the COVID-19 vaccine. Based on their findings, Liu will create a health communication campaign to provide health education and to motivate the Riley County community to get vaccinated.

For more information about student projects and public health practice, please visit the Master of Public Healthwebsite

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