Obesity, Chronic Disease Prevention, Public Health, Nutrition, Weight Management
- People have a right to a high quality of life.
- Good physical health is a key factor in broadening capabilities.
- Many chronic diseases can be prevented through lifestyle changes.
- Individuals should play an integral role in designing a tailored program to improve their life.
Karlene Graham is a staff member at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as the Project Coordinator of Healthy Bodies, Healthy Souls, a diabetes prevention research intervention. She completed her bachelors’ degree in 2010 at Johns Hopkins University and she is currently enrolled in a Master of Health Science program, with a concentration in Human Nutrition. Karlene is pursuing a Registered Dietitian license and ultimately a career in the field of Public Health Nutrition.
Dec 2010 - Present
Project Coordinator of Healthy Bodies Healthy Souls
Coordinated and conducted interviews of African-American church-goers in Baltimore City about their eating and
shopping habits. Recruited churches and participants from in churches to participate in project. Administered
informed consent forms. Responsible for data collection coordination for data collection team. Screened and
scheduled interviews for eligible volunteers. Trained data collectors to conduct interviews with respondents.
Coordinated planning sessions with church groups. Oriented staff and participants to the purpose and activities of the study. Managed church intervention with various venues, intervention materials development, etc. conducting process evaluation. Organized data collection, intervention, and process evaluation paperwork. Entered information into electronic tracking forms.
Jun 2010 - Dec 2010
Research Assistant for Healthy Bodies Healthy Souls
Conducted interviews for the Healthy Bodies, Healthy Souls Project. Helped recruit churches and participants from in churches. Administered and collected signed consent forms. Screened and scheduled interviews for eligible volunteers. Managed paperwork filled out for each respondent. Data entry as required. Coordinate planning sessions with church groups.
May 2009 - May 2010
Peer Health Mentor for Preventative Education and Empowerment for Peers (PEEPs)
Collaborated with peers to provide a setting in which students can discuss and explore health issues. Presented health information for peers on a variety of topics such as men’s/women’s health, sexual health, nutrition, stress management, and alcohol, drugs, and tobacco. Designed and executed related campus-wide programs.
Jan 2004 - Sep 2005
Participated in project focusing on the ecology and long-term monitoring of the Indian River Lagoon.Research specialized on biodiversity, focused on the marine and estuarine waters of Florida’s Treasure Coast, with comparative studies throughout coastal Florida. Tasks included data entry.Classification of Invertebrate Marine Species using optical microscope and scanning electron microscope.