October 29, 2018

Maternal and Child Health (MCH) doctoral student Dane de Silva was recently selected as a 2018-2019 MCH Student Fellow for the MCH section of the American Public Health Association (APHA). Dane is one of thirteen people selected across the country, from a competitive field of applicants. The goal of the MCH Student Fellows program is to foster the development of leaders in science, program, and policy related to the health of women, children, and their families. Moreover, the program seeks to influence national policy development related to maternal and child health and to inform fellows about the national legislation, budget issues, and policy related to maternal and child health.

As a new fellow, Dane will participate in business meetings, serve on various Section committees, and work on Section policy statements. Additionally, Dane will take an active part in MCH section activities at the national level. He will be matched with a mentor in the MCH field and will be attending the APHA Annual Meeting located in San Diego, CA in November. The theme of the meeting this year is "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now" where Dane will be among other public health professionals in the field.

Dane De Silva is a second-year Maternal and Child Health doctoral student hailing from Vancouver, Canada. It was there that he completed his Master of Public Health in Maternal-Child Health and Epidemiology at the University of British Columbia. Prior to UMD, he was a data analyst and national coordinator of a perinatal database in Canada geared toward quality improvement of managing pregnancies at high risk of very preterm birth and was involved in an implementation project to implement guidelines into practice. Dane's research interests are primarily in reproductive and perinatal epidemiology, and include patient education, birth planning, pregnancy complications, poor birth outcomes, and health disparities.

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