Mercy Chikhosi Nyirongo ’14 , a Master of Public Health graduate and founder of Wandikweza, was recently chosen as a 2019 African Visionary by the Segal Family Foundation, which supports individuals working on sustainable solutions to local challenges. In partnership with the Segal Family Foundation, Wandikweza has 150 community health workers serving more than 9,000 people by providing preventive and promotive healthcare. Wandikweza is also working with World Connect to construct a youth health information center to promote youth productivity and reduce incidences of HIV/AIDS among youth. The center will be ready by June 2019.
Dr. John Abenojar ’17, a PhD in Health Services graduate, recently received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Social Work at University of Michigan. He is director of social services for Sunrise Senior Living and was honored for his distinguished career in senior care throughout North America and the United Kingdom.
Dr. Cynthia J. Hickman ’16 ’09, a PhD in Health Services and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, presented the keynote address at the reception honoring 2018 patient care assistant summer externship graduates at CHI St. Luke’s Health, St. Luke’s Foundation, Texas Medical Center in Houston.
Dr. Harold Taitt ’15, a PhD in Health Services graduate, recently published “Global Trends and Prostate Cancer: A Review of Incidence, Detection, and Mortality as Influenced by Race, Ethnicity, and Geographic Location” in the American Journal of Men’s Health.
Dr. Pius Omolewa ’12, a PhD in Health Services graduate, recently published “The Impact of C-SSRS (Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale) Usage on Quality of Care in John George Psychiatric Hospital (San Leandro, CA): A Medical Care Evaluation Study” in California Healthcare News. Dr. Omolewa is director of nursing, behavioral health services, at Alameda Health System in California.
Angela White ’18, a BS in Health Studies graduate, has been named the executive of the board of directors for the nonprofit Raising a Village. White is a new patient coordinator at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Dr. Obinna Oleribe ’16, a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) graduate, recently co-authored “Is the Prevalence of HIV Wrongly Estimated in Nigeria? Some Insights from a 2017 World AIDS Day Experience from a Nigerian Nongovernmental Organization,” “Gaps and Strategies in Developing Health Research Capacity: Experience from the Nigeria Implementation Science Alliance,” and “Public-Private Partnership in In-Service Training of Physicians: The Millennium Development Goal 6-Partnership for African Clinical Training (M-PACT) Approach” in the Pan African Medical Journal.
Dr. Kyle Riding ’13, a PhD in Public Health graduate, has been promoted to assistant professor of medicine at the University of Central Florida.
Dr. Jonas Nguh ’13, ’11, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and PhD in Public Health graduate, received the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s 2018 Certified Nurse Award in the Nurse Executive – Advanced category. He also received a 2018 Social Impact Award from the British Council.
Deborah Millstone ’11, an MS in Health Informatics graduate, was promoted to division clinical specialist – computerized physician order entry for the Hospital Corporation of America’s East Florida Division.
Dr. Cynthia J. Hickman ’16, ’09, a PhD in Health Services and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, presented “Social Influence on Nutritional Health With Daycare Advocates” at the Gingerbread House Learning Center in Rosenberg, Texas.
Dr. Anne Drabczyk ’05, a PhD in Public Health graduate, received the Basil L. King Endowed Teaching Chair from Indian River State College (Florida) in recognition of her outstanding teaching. She will receive a stipend and funds to implement her project that will help students in IRSC’s healthcare management program benefit from professional development and service learning activities.
Dr. Leo Parvis ’98, a PhD in Health Services graduate, received the 2017 Building Community Award from Dunwoody College of Technology for his outstanding commitment to diversity and cultural awareness.
Dr. David Florkowski ’12, a PhD in Public Health graduate, has been named dean of the faculty of health at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey, British Columbia.
Dr. Karin Lightfoot ’16 , a PhD in Public Health graduate, has been named interim director of the School of Nursing at California State University, Chico. The position will become permanent after 1 year.
Dr. Victor Beauvil ’12 , a PhD in Public Health graduate, has been named chair and program director of the School of Respiratory Therapy at Mandl School, The College of Allied Health in Manhattan, New York.
Dr. Raymond Chimezie ’13, a PhD in Public Health graduate, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to advance his dissertation research on primary healthcare in Nigeria. He will be spending a year teaching and researching in Nigeria. Dr. Chimezie has also published a book, Primary Healthcare in Nigeria: Overview, Challenges, and Prospects. He is a teacher in the West Contra Costa Unified School District in California.
Mercy Chikhosi Nyirongo ’14, a Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate, was recently featured in Africa University Today highlighting her success with Wandikweza, her organization that trains community health workers to assist government health workers.
Dr. James Worthy ’14, a PhD in Public Health graduate, coauthored “Analysis of the Community Benefit Standard in Texas Hospitals” with Dr. Cheryl L. Anderson, a faculty member in the School of Health Sciences, in the Journal of Healthcare Management.
Tadd Greenfield ’11, a Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) graduate, has been appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer for Regional West Health Services in Nebraska.
Dr. Stacey Pilling ’15, a PhD in Public Health graduate, recently published “Barriers to Perinatal Care Among Migrant Women Farmworkers in Northern Ohio” in the Universal Journal of Public Health. The paper was coauthored by Larissa J. Estes, a faculty member in Walden’s School of Health Sciences.
Dr. Ceabert Joseph Griffith ’15, a PhD in Public Health graduate, is now a certified health education specialist by the National Commission for Higher Education Credentialing, Inc.
Susan Bartholomaus ’14, an MS in Health Informatics graduate, has been appointed director of patient care services at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa.
Dr. Wendy M. Whitner ’05, a PhD in Health Services graduate, has been named to the Board of Examiners for the 2015 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology. Dr. Whitner is an assistant clinical professor at Towson University in Maryland.
Dr. Vanessa Hiratsuka ’13, a PhD in Public Health graduate, was awarded the Jens Peder Hart Hansen award from the American Society of Circumpolar Health at the 16th International Congress on Circumpolar Health in Oulu, Finland.
Dr. Grace Gachanja ’12, a PhD in Public Health graduate, was awarded the Excellence in Abstract Submission on an International Topic award by the American Public Health Association. Dr. Gachanja’s submission, Healthcare Professionals’ Perspectives on HIV Disclosure of a Parent’s and a Child’s Illness in Kenya, will be announced at the annual meeting in Chicago in November.
Martha Hall ’08, a Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate, was recently appointed health officer for Lenawee County, Michigan.
Dr. Melissa Thomas ’07 ’05, a PhD in Public Health and Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate, and Scholar of Change video contest winner, recently received the 2015 Distinguished Health Educator Service Award from the Ohio Public Health Association.
Dr. Tyra Norris-Ellis ’08, ’11, an MS and PhD in Public Health graduate, was recently named director of the High Blood Pressure Program at the Greater Southeast Affiliate of the American Heart Association in Marietta, Georgia.