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Medical College of Wisconsin Doctoral Student Receives National Award at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting

Milwaukee, Nov. 26, 2019 – Abdul R. Shour, MSP, a doctoral candidate in Public and Community Health at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), received the Greg Alexander Outstanding Paper Award at the 147th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA) in Philadelphia this month, in honor of his scholarly contribution to improving maternal and child health. At the meeting, he presented on the association between prepregnancy diabetes and average birth-weight infant mortality by pregnancy body mass index in the United States.

Shour is a doctoral candidate with a master’s in sustainable peacebuilding from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. For the past 10 years, Abdul has worked both locally and internationally including at the Milwaukee Health Department and the Center for Accountability and Rule of Law in Sierra Leone to address issues related to infant mortality and high government corruption, Ebola and medical malpractices and sexual- and gender-based violence. His current dissertation research focuses on women’s exposure to intimate partner violence and its impact on pregnancy and birth outcomes. Shour is interested in using mixed-method approaches and community engagement as tools to provide holistic evidence and tailored interventions to support systems and policy level changes affecting women and children in the U.S. and in lower and middle-income countries.

Shour’s faculty mentor is Laura Cassidy, PhD, MA, professor and director of epidemiology in the Institute for Health and Equity at MCW. Other collaborators and mentors of Shour’s research include Leonard Egede, MD, MS, professor of medicine, chief of the division of general internal medicine, and director of the Center for Advancing Population Science (CAPS) at MCW; Rebekah Walker, PhD, assistant professor of medicine; Ronald Anguzu, MPH, doctoral candidate in public and community health; Zhuping Garacci, MS, CAPS biostatistician; Anna Palatnik, MD, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology; Aprill Dawson, PhD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine, and Alice Muehlbauer, MSP, of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The Greg Alexander Outstanding Paper Award is sponsored by APHA and the Association of Teachers and Mental Health to recognize exceptional student authors in the field of maternal and child health. The collaborative effort advances research related to maternal and child health populations, promotes academic contributions and achievement in maternal and child health among graduate students and fosters the development of leaders in science, practice and policy related to the health of women, children and families.

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