Jean Marie Place: Outstanding Student Research

              Each year the South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (formally know as the Public Health Institute) awards one student, from the South Carolina Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting, with the Outstanding Abstract Award.This year Jean Marie Place, a PhD student at the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health in the Department of Health Promotion, Education and Behavior, was presented with the award for her oral presentation: Postpartum Depression: Where do we go from here?  This years Annual Meeting was held in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on May 25, 2011.

            Ms. Place first came to South Carolina to pursue a Master Degree in Social Work and Public Health after graduating from Utah State University with a Bachelors degree in Anthropology. It was during her time in the University of South Carolina’s masters program that she realized her interest in mental health and its importance to ones physical health. Ms. Place is currently interning in Omaha, Neb., with the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) in their Maternal and Child Epidemiology Program, while still working on her PhD. In her current work she is creating surveillance for prenatal depression in Douglass County, one of the biggest counties in Nebraska. She is hoping that they can educate people about universal screening to increase its presence and that the idea will make its way to South Carolina.

      In Ms. Place’s presentation she touched on postpartum issues specifically dealing with the Latina population. After traveling to Brazil and Mexico multiple times she realized how few programs existed for these women. Main points addressed included the importance of networking and how to make more people aware of the work needing to be done on Latina prenatal studies. She also believes that the work and research she has done can be applied to South Carolina and its growing Latina population by increasing universal screening of early depression through collaborative groups that will advocate.      

            “My experience going through the PhD. program has been inspiring,” said Place, reflecting on her work. “My advisor has been inspiring and it is good to get recognition for my work.”

            The Outstanding Abstract Award is given to the author with the highest scoring student abstract submitted to the Contributed Papers Committee of SCPHA’s Annual Meeting. The committee carefully evaluates each abstract according to a uniform criterion.

Presentation – Postpartum Depression: Where do we go from here? 

Abstract – Postpartum Depression Among Mexican and Mexican-American Immigrant Women: Building Collaborative Relationships

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