Deanna Barath with Dr. Richard Besser

PhD candidate Deanna Barath with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Dr. Richard Besser in front of her winning poster at Public Health Research at Maryland day.

April 30, 2018

PhD candidate in Health Services Deanna Barath has been selected as one of this year’s AcademyHealth Diversity Scholars Network Recipients.

The selective and prestigious program funds travel and registration for five students to attend the group’s annual research meeting, pre-meeting methods workshops and an interest group pre-conference session of the scholar's choice.

One of the network’s core components is mentoring, and it supports the professional development of underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups in the field of health services research.

Barath will be presenting her paper titled, “Integrating Local Health Departments to Reduce Suicidal Ideation and Intentional Self-Inflicted Injuries Among People with Substance Abuse Disorders” at a pre-conference session and at the conference's poster session. She is also presenting a poster based on a rural health report she helped produce titled, “Navigating an Enhanced Rural Health Model for Maryland.”

"I’m incredibly honored to be part of the AcademyHealth Diversity Scholars Network. Attending and presenting at research conferences is a big part of my career development plan but the financial burden is often a barrier," she said. "The travel support included in this award will help me get to Seattle, WA this summer to present my research."

Since arriving at UMD, Barath was a teaching assistant and a frequent guest lecturer for HLSA300, an undergraduate health policy course in the Public Health Science program. 

At this year’s Public Health Research at Maryland day, Barath was awarded first place for her poster, “Health Matters: Where do Mid-Shore Residents Go For Care?

In fall of 2017, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced she was one of 40 students awarded a four-year fellowship through the foundation's Health Policy Research Scholars program. 

Barath has served as the project coordinator for a rural health community assessment in Maryland. She is currently a University Senator and research assistant in the "Hospital And Public health interdisciPlinarY research" (HAPPY) Lab

Barath received her Master of Public Health and Bachelor of Exercise Science degrees from Florida State University, earned a Six Sigma Green Belt certification from the Florida Sterling Council, and is a trained facilitator.

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