Doctoral student receives American Public Health Association fellowship

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Phylicia Bediako, a doctoral student in the Department of Health Policy and Administration, has been honored with a student fellowship from the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA).

The fellowship offers graduate students an opportunity to learn more about the maternal and child health field and to be actively engaged in APHA MCH Section activities. This includes participating in business meetings, serving on various section committees and working on section policy statements, among other activities. Additionally, student fellows are matched with a public health mentor in the MCH field who is serving in a leadership role in the APHA MCH Section. They also participate in a leadership skills development training series.

Bediako’s research interests center on health disparities and variations in disparities across different global populations and settings. Her current research focuses on disparities in sexual and reproductive health outcomes for underserved and minority populations. She is particularly interested in understanding why and how different groups develop risky behaviors related to poor sexual and reproductive health outcomes.

Bediako is also a pre-doctoral trainee in the Prevention And Methodology Training (PAMT) program offered by the Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center and the Methodology Center at Penn State and funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In the PAMT program she is working with methodology and prevention science mentors to understand the determinants of risky behavior and disparities in sexual/reproductive health outcomes using causal inference methods.

Bediako received a bachelor of science in public health (health policy and management) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before coming to Penn State. She worked for four years as a business operations intern for UNC’s Department of Housing and Residential Education. She also interned at Maimonides Medical Center in the Management Information Systems Department and served as a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Intern on the DELTA PREP, a CDC-funded project that focused on domestic violence prevention.

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Last Updated January 09, 2015