Jacobs Institute of Women's Health Announces 2020 Schiffer Fellows

February 3, 2020

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The Jacobs Institute of Women's Health is pleased to announce selection of two MPH students and three DrPH students as recipients of the Clara Schiffer Fellowship for Women’s Health for 2020. The fellowship will enable these Milken Institute School of Public Health students to work on projects addressing several different aspects of women's health: Black women's birth experiences, cervical cancer prevention for women living with HIV, rural health centers' involvement in women's health research, preconception health services, and use of HIV-preventing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) by Black women in DC. The 2020 recipients of the Clara Schiffer Fellowship for Women’s Health are:

Masters Fellows:
Janay Ezekwe, MPH Student, Community-Oriented Primary Care; Faculty Mentor: Jameta Barlow, PhD, MPH
Ranjani Sudarsan, MPH Student, Health Policy; Faculty Mentor: Anushree Vichare, MBBS, MPH, PhD

Doctoral Fellows:
Darla Bishop, MPH, DrPH (c), Health Policy; Faculty Mentor: Cherise Harrington, PhD, MPH
Joya Chowdhury, MPH, DrPH (c), Health Policy; Faculty Mentor: Anne Rossier Markus, JD, PhD, MHS
Hanna Tessema, MPH, MSW, DrPH (c), Health Behavior; Faculty Mentor: Shawnika Hull, PhD

The Schiffer Fellowship honors the legacy of social justice advocate and GW supporter Clara Schiffer by supporting graduate students who participate in student- and faculty-directed research designed to improve women’s health and facilitate communication around women’s health issues.

The 2020 fellows will participate in the following research projects:

  • Black Feminist Phenomenological Inquiry into Black Women’s Birth Experiences (Ezekwe)
  • Promoting HPV Self-Sampling Test Kits to Increase Cervical Cancer Screening among Women Living with HIV (Sudarsan)
  • Dissertation Research: Rural Health Centers Perceived Needs, Barriers, Challenges, and Facilitators to Involvement in Public Health and Health Services Research (Bishop)
  • Dissertation Research: Barriers to Utilization of Preconception Health Services and the Association between Women’s Receipt of Preconception Health Services and Pre-pregnancy, Pregnancy, and Postpartum Health Outcomes (Chowdhury)
  • Dissertation Research: Understanding Individual, Environmental, and Drug-related Factors Influencing Diffusion of PrEP and PrEP + Contraception among Black Women in Washington, DC (Tessema)

The Jacobs Institute congratulates the 2020 Schiffer Fellows and looks forward to their contributions to women's health at GW and beyond.