GradImpact: Improving Women’s Access to Pre-Natal Healthcare & Maternal Support

    As a graduate student at Wayne State University, Jisha Panicker, B.D.S., M.P.H. worked as an intern with the Henry Ford Health System’s Women Inspired Neighborhood (WIN) Network: Detroit to improve women’s access to pre-natal healthcare and maternal support. Her local engagement produced award-winning research with direct impact on Detroit’s health services and the lives of women and families.


    In Fall 2016, Panicker received the Public Health Education and Health Promotion (PHEHP) Student Award from the American Public Health Association (APHA) for her presentation: “Creating a sustainable group prenatal care model for the Women Inspired Neighborhood (WIN) Network: Detroit at the Henry Ford Health System.” She was one of ten top-ranked poster abstracts presented during the PHEHP section of the APHA Annual Meeting. Panicker's project sought to address the high infant mortality rate in Detroit despite its strong healthcare systems by creating a consortium of healthcare professionals in an enhanced group prenatal care (GPC) model.


    Panicker graduated from Wayne State with her M.P.H. degree in October 2016. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in dental surgery and plans to, “address issues in oral health disparities and implement sustainable community-based disease prevention and health promotion strategies to promote affordable and accessible oral health care.” To learn more about Panicker and her research, visit the Wayne State University website.

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