Mary's Center hosts students from various universities providing them the opportunity to apply knowledge gained in the classroom in a real world setting. The research performed by students is extremely beneficial to our services. See past student research projects below.
Lilit developed a survey for Mary's Center to learn more of Traditional Home Remedies used by our participants to determine popular and unique healing practices as well as assess patterns of use. Recruiting the help of our Summer Youth Employment teens, Christian Leiva & Gloria Garcia who helped to conduct more than 50 surveys in Spanish and English in our waiting rooms, she analyzed and prepared a report of the findings. Furthermore, Lilit started collecting multi-ethnic, familial recipes and stories that come along with the dishes in efforts to compile them all in a new and ongoing project, the Mary's Center Cookbook Blog (coming up shortly!). Presentation Summer Interns Reflections
One of the issues that Mary's Center commonly sees during pre-natal care is gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). Women who are diagnosed with GDM have a 20-50% chance of developing type two diabetes mellitus in the next five to ten years postpartum. However, when this rate is stratified among races, Hispanic women have up to a 68% chance of developing type two diabetes (Kim and Chamany, 2007). Many of Mary's Center's patients, who are diagnosed with GDM develop type two diabetes. In order to determine why this is occurring, Georgetown University student, Katherine Schertz conducted a thorough literature and case review (from EMR) of women diagnosed with GDM in 2009. This student-lead project has prompted us to create a GDM Policy for pre/post-partum care with the goal to improve the continuum of care by better integrating prenatal services with health promotion and nutrition services, as well as to ensure the re-entry into primary care to prevent Type II diabetes is seamless. Presentation
In order to provide the Diabetes Interdisciplinary Response team a better picture of the participants served, a snapshot of the outcomes of our participants that are serviced under a standard treatment compared to those that chose to attend the "one-stop-shop" Diabetes Rotational Clinics was studied. The findings provide the Diabetes Interdisciplinary Response Team with a better understanding of the gravity level of participants in each group. Presentation
Since 2011, Mary's Center has been providing dental services to underserved HIV positive D.C. residents using funding provided by the Ryan White Program, Part A. In order to provide an evaluation of this program, surveys were conducted in both English and Spanish with questions addressing three major concerns. The results of these surveys can be found in the links below. Read more. Presentation
Objective: To evaluate and compare two prenatal programs serving Hispanic women in Washington, DC. The two programs are a prenatal education program provided by a federally qualified health center (FQHC) Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care, Inc. (MC), and a group prenatal care program based on the Centering Pregnancy (Providence Hospital, 2011) curriculum provided by the Providence Hospital Center for Life (PH). Read More. Presentation
Mary's Center's Smoking Cessation Program, with the invaluable assistance of 4 Summer Youth Employment Teens conducted a survey during the month of July among 51 participants at our Georgia Ave Clinic's waiting room. The pool of participants were 30 years old and younger. The goal of this project is to help in the development of a youth-focused and youth-specific messaging to prevent and support smoking cessation among adolescents. See the results of the survey here.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University's School of Public Health have been working with Mary's Center since 2004. Funded by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, one project was part of a study carried out at several sites, of which Mary's Center was one. It involved training a portion of pediatricians in a set of skills designed to increase the likelihood that during a visit families would disclose mental health concerns and be willing to engage in treatment. The results indicate that across study sites communication training had a positive impact on parent mental health symptoms and reduced minority children's impairment across a range of problems. A follow-up project is adapting the same communication skills training for Mary's Center medical assistants. To read a study resulting from our collaboration with Johns Hopkins University, click here.
From 2004 to 2008, Mary's Center worked with George Washington University and Georgetown University researchers who received a grant from the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau to test a method of preventing perinatal depression among women of childbearing age. The more than 200 (mostly low-income Latina) women receiving prenatal care who participated in the study reported a number of depressive symptoms or had a history of depression and low levels of social support. These women attended a special eight-week class that taught them mood management strategies. The researchers hoped that these cognitive behavioral techniques would help prevent these women from getting postpartum depression. The research found that immigrant Latina families have many risk factors, but also great resilience. After one year of the intervention, most of the women in the study did not become depressed. To see the published results of this collaboration, click here.