UMass Boston Students Stand Out

College of Nursing and Health Sciences | May 25, 2011
Pictured, from left to right: Karen Burns-White (Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center), Hermine Poghosyan, Dany Hilaire, Assistant Professor Li


College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS) students Hermine Poghosyan, Julie Lynch, Julio Toro, Georges Chick, Joelle Chateauneuf, Dany Hilaire, and Albert Kim presented at the Seventh Annual Junior Investigators' Health Disparities Research Poster Session on May 12th, 2011. The session was sponsored by the Harvard Catalyst program for Faculty Development and Diversity and Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center's Initiative to Eliminate Cancer Disparities in partnership with the HMS Office of Diversity and Community Partnership Medical School.

Julie Lynch, PhD candidate, MBA, RN presented three posters at the session, including one on the subject of “Changes in Clinical Research Protocols to Expand Diversity in Lung Tumor Tissue Analysis.” Her research mentors were Christopher Lathan, MD, MPH, and Patricia Reid Ponte, DNS; both are from the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center.

Julie regards the experience of disseminating the results of her research through participation in scientific poster sessions as “an important and valuable part of my PhD education at UMass Boston and Dana Farber Cancer Institute.”

Julio Toro, RN, OCN presented “A Study Using a National Database to Evaluate Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening.” His research mentor was Assistant Professor Mary Cooley, PhD, APRN.

Julio had the opportunity to explain his dissertation research to professionals attending the session. “A surgeon interested in health disparities, a nurse who worked at the Pentagon in health policy, a community based researcher working with Hispanics, and a psychologist interested in fatalism in Hispanics were among those in attendance at the presentation. They provided me with constructive feedback and ideas to further my research,” Julio commented.

Georges Chick, RN, BSN, describes the opportunity to present as “a time for reflection; a chance to appreciate the work that has been done; a window to connect to the audience; a means to generate more questions; and a moment when the impact of the project can make a difference.”

Georges presented on "Characterizing Cardiovascular Risk in Central Kenya; Kenya Heart and Sole: The Afya Njema Project." His research mentor was Assistant Professor Eileen Stuart-Shor, PhD, APRN, FAHA, FAAN.

Hermine Poghosyan, PhD candidate, MPH, BS presented on the “Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Surgical Treatment for Early Stage Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer.” Dany Hilaire, BS, RN presented a poster on “The Utilization of Lay Health Advisors in Cancer Screening in Haitian Communities.” Their research mentor was Assistant Professor Lisa Kennedy Sheldon.

Joelle Chateauneuf, MSN (Class of 2011), RN, presented “Kenya Heart and Sole: Quick Look Guide for Cardiovascular Disease Patient Evaluation.” Her research mentor was Assistant Professor Eileen Stuart-Shor.

About the College of Nursing and Health Sciences:

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences is becoming New England’s expert in health disparities, health policy, exercise sciences, and oncology care. A leader in combining education innovation with clinical practice, the College is engaged in collaborative partnerships with more than 200 healthcare and fitness organizations through which students can pursue internships and gain clinical/practical as well as research experiences. Serving a remarkably diverse student body through its undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral programs, the College is achieving its vision of educating knowledgeable providers of skilled nursing care, building awareness of the benefits of exercise and fitness, analyzing and informing health policy, and increasing the health and fitness of diverse urban populations.

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