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Student & Alumni Achievements

Penn State: Three DrPH Students Among National List of ‘Students Who Rocked Public Health in 2019’

At the end of each year, the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice (JPHMP) celebrates students who are advancing population health. This year, Penn State Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) students Ms. Kyungha (Katie) Kim, Mr. Nirmal Ahuja and Ms. Aditi Sharma are among the Students Who Rocked Public Health in 2019.

JPHMP editors judge nominees’ work based on the timeliness, inclusiveness and overall impact.

Ms. Kim earns a spot among the winners for her work related to the opioid epidemic. She is recognized for her research on two topics: “The factors affecting persistent opioid medication use among pediatric patients” and “the effects of medical cannabis legalization on opioid-related behaviors.”

Mr. Ahuja and Ms. Sharma both earn an honorable mention on the year-end list. The Journal recognizes Ahuja’s tuberculosis (TB) research and patient navigation work. In a mixed method study, he comprehensively explores the role of social support on medication adherence among adult tuberculosis (TB) patients living in urban areas of Mumbai, India. At Penn State Cancer Institute, he is highlighting the need for patient navigators and sharing insight about their roles and responsibilities as part of an advocacy initiative under the Cancer Navigation and Survivorship Network.

Ms. Sharma launched a Community-Based Diabetes Management Program among the Nepali-Speaking Bhutanese Population in Harrisburg. The pilot program aims to improve health of Nepali-speaking Bhutanese immigrants. The culturally-tailored program includes diabetes education and cooking workshops. The grant-funded project increases participants’ diabetes knowledge, improves health outcomes and equips individuals with the skills needed to make informed decisions about meal planning and portion control.

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