Welcome to our new PRC members

Drew Crenshaw (he/him) is a doctoral student working as a Research Assistant with Peg Allen on the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) Accreditation Success Stories project. He grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Master of Public Health with a concentration in Environmental Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Before joining the PhD program, he worked as the Program Manager for the UAB Center for the Study of Community Health, where he implemented research activities for their core project, Community Health through Engagement and Environmental Renewal, as well as other projects that focused on community health in urban settings. Crenshaw also worked as an Urban Conservationist at UAB, helping to expand conservation efforts across the university. His research interests include examining the impacts of sustainable development practices, climate change, and the built environment on individual and community health.

Angeline Gacad (she/her),MPH is the Project Manager for Maura Kepper’s lab which focuses on employing innovative methods for measuring health behaviors and social determinants of health within an interdisciplinary context to investigate factors that influence obesity, and cardio metabolic risk in pediatric populations. Prior to this role, Angeline was a program evaluator at the Healthy Youth Development – Prevention Research Center where she collaborated with state, county, and community organization leadership to evaluate and improve health programming for youth and young adults. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Angeline holds an MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the Brown School at Washington University in St Louis and a BA in Global Interdisciplinary Studies from Villanova University. Her professional interests center on the intersection of health equity, chronic disease prevention, implementation science, and youth development. In her free time, she enjoys fiber arts, reading, and spending time with her cat, Ember.

Mariam Balogun is a first-year MPH graduate student specializing in Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Brown School.  With a work background as a Hospital Pharmacist, her research interests cut across pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacovigilance,  health economics and outcomes research;  and, healthcare policy and financing,   During her time at the PRC, she will be working on a project with Prof. Amy Eyler to explore the knowledge of international graduate students regarding health insurance and the US health system. This will involve conducting focus groups and analyzing data. She will also be conducting literature searches and analyzing existing data to identify trends in gender equity in physical activity.

Bernard Banda is an MPH student specializing in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He works with Dr. Amy Eyler as a research assistant on a project exploring the intersection of physical activity and the environment among elderly people. With a background in urban planning and experience in data management, Bernard is passionate about leveraging data and evidence-based research to enhance health outcomes in vulnerable communities. In his free time, he enjoys watching basketball and reading.