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Dr. Kanika Turner (MD/MPH 2014) is one of three graduating medical students to receive this year's John H. Gladney diversity award, a recognition given to students who promote and enhance diversity in the School of Medicine through academic performance, extracurricular or community activities, and organizational and committee involvement.
In the last four years, these students have led interest groups, spread the message of diversity on campus, mentored high school youth, hosted health fairs and educated medical fellow students about diversity-related issues in St. Louis and beyond.
Working with a variety of people in the community gave Turner a different perspective. "It's more about being approachable," she said. "It has shaped the scope of my practice. . . . This award goes hand in hand with my passion for family and community medicine." Read more about the awards HERE.
(Dr. Turner is 4th from the left in the photo.)
Catherine (Kate) Morrison (MPH 2007) is joining City Fruit, an organization in Seattle, WA that promotes the cultivation of urban fruit in order to nourish people, build community and protect the climate. She will succeed City Fruit's founder as its second executive director. Kate is passionate about ensuring access to nutritious food as part of the foundation of a healthy, productive community. She has been involved in efforts to build community markets in low-access areas, to promote awareness of food deserts, to address senior hunger issues, and to create safe neighborhood parks. In other experience, she has traveled to nearly all 50 states working with local coalitions and organizations to create public health policy focused on health education, healthcare distribution, and Alzheimer's disease. She is an experienced political organizer, having worked on ten campaigns through four states. Read more about Kate and City Fruit HERE.
A new study led by Dr. Elizabeth A. Dodson (CPHSJ - PhD 2008, MPH 2006), research assistant professor at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, describes ways to offer safe, accessible spaces for all road users, including pedestrians and cyclists, through the use of elements such as sidewalks, curb cuts, and designated bike lanes. The study was published in Preventing Chronic Disease.
The Topeka City Council passed its Complete Streets resolution in 2009. Researchers led by Dr. Dodson, interviewed members of the council and other Topeka residents to determine key reasons for passage, including personal narratives to describe the limitations residents faced in getting around, as well as stories about the benefits experienced by people in Complete Streets communities elsewhere. "People often have limited choices for how they get from place to place," Dr. Dodson said. "I agree with the participant who noted, ‘Everyone should be able to choose how they get around.' Lessons learned from the process of passing the Complete Streets resolution in Topeka can apply to other communities." To read more, click HERE.