Historically the dual degree program has been focused on preparing maternal and child health public health social workers.
With a new shift toward all public health topics, the program now focuses on maternal and child health, adolescent health, behavioral health, population, family and reproductive health.
The 2016-2017 Public Health Social Work Scholars include a diverse section of the campus community.
Clare Donofrio is an MSW/MPH dual degree candidate, currently in her Public Health year at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She came to Public Health Social Work after working with systems-involved and incarcerated mothers and families in underserved communities, with a specific focus on reproductive health care access and maternal health disparities. In the future, she plans to collaborate with policy makers, communities, and individuals to improve health care access and reform health care delivery in the U.S.
Hal DuBois is a second year, dual MPH/MSW student who plans to pursue a career in child welfare. He is specializing in Families and Children for his Social Work degree and Community and Population Health for his Public Health degree. Hal, also a Title IV-E student specializing in child welfare, is interested in exploring how upstream changes in health policy and targeted, early interventions on a community scale can positively impact the families he will be working with upon graduation.
Miss Gilmore is an advanced year student in the MSW program with a concentration in Macro Health. Her interests lie in expanding access to health care and increasing usage of health care services in underserved populations. Miss Gilmore has a strong background in evaluation research having contributed to studies on models of care for teen mothers and mental health care for children and adolescents. She plans to continue to examine how poverty, trauma exposure, poor education, and environmental problems among certain groups influence the current health disparity epidemic. She hopes to use this information to assist in creating the best models of health care for disenfranchised and vulnerable citizens.
Bethan McGarry graduated from Georgetown University in 2012 with a background in foreign policy and a desire to learn more about social services at home. As the daughter of immigrants from Ireland, Ms. McGarry became passionate about working with new American families, and increasing their access to health and other resources, in her role as a Case Manager in the Bronx following graduation. This experienced piqued her interest in pursuing a Masters in Social Work. Through her first year field placement at a school in Highlandtown, Ms. McGarry had the opportunity to work with many families who had arrived more recently to this country, and learn so much more about the richness and diversity of Baltimore. Now in her second year of the MSW program, Ms. McGarry will have the chance to continue working with families at Family Connections, and very much looks forward to continuing to learn and grow as a social worker and to deepen her connection to Baltimore and the communities that make it unique.
Mr. Persons is a second year dual-degree MSW/MPH student at the University of Maryland with a special interest in mental health and substance abuse. Before starting graduate school at UMB Mr. Persons was the GIS Manager at a small nonprofit organization in Simsbury, CT and was a firefighter/EMT. Mr. Persons is a panel social worker at the Maryland Office of the Public Defender District 8 in Towson, MD working primarily on cases involving juveniles being tried as adults.
Miss Riegger is a third year MSW/MPH dual degree student. She has already completed her MPH year at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and is finishing her final year in the social work program at UMB. Miss Riegger’s primary interests lie in women’s reproductive health, sexual risk taking, and sexual violence. Following graduation she is hoping to pursue research and health programming for female sex workers in Baltimore City. She is confident that the combination of her two degrees will serve her well moving forward.