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Kathleen Ward, MSPH, CHES

UHC Doctoral Research Fellow


Kathleen Ward, MSPH, CHES, studied health education and communication at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where she was trained as an HIV and Hepatitis C educator, tester, and counselor with the JHU Center for AIDS Research. She continued her work at Johns Hopkins University with the School of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases coordinating NIH-funded research projects focused on improving health outcomes and understanding facilitators and barriers to care for persons living with HIV, HCV, and substance use disorders. Kathleen is a master presenter in the Maryland Department of Health’s ‘Regrounding Our Response’ initiative that aims to address the opioid crisis and reduce stigma surrounding substance use in Maryland. As an UHC fellow and doctoral student in the department of Community Health and Prevention, she will work with Alexis Roth, PhD, MPH and plans to use Community-Based Participatory Research methods to develop interventions focused on harm reduction while addressing the healthcare and social needs of marginalized populations in Philadelphia.