Summer 2009 – UNC SPH students learning around the country

September 02, 2009
By Y. Zamimiri 

Anne Hakenewerth, a PhD student in the Department of Epidemiology, traveled to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) this past summer as an Epidemiology Scholar. The Epi Scholar program is specifically designed for epidemiology graduate students who are interested in health disparities. Her 10-week project for the Bureau of Epidemiology Services included describing NYC disparities in screening, incidence, and mortality for certain cancers. In addition to cancer research, she worked on numerous disparities projects including infectious diseases, injury-related hospitalizations, psychological distress, illegal cigarette sales, asthma, and referral and access to early intervention services. Hakenewerth, being one of only ten scholars, got up close and personal with top DOHMH researchers. “It was exhilarating to witness first-hand how widely DOHMD epidemiologic research intersects with public policy in the City of New York.” She describes her experience as unforgettable and would recommend the Epi Scholar program to anyone interested.
Yasmeen Zamimiri is a junior BSPH student in the department of Health Policy and Management. She works in the SPH Office of Student Affairs as a Student Assistant.