In the summer of 2017, Denison University student Jayla Johnson ‘19 was investigating children in India — while she was doing research in Baltimore. Johnson, anthropology/sociology and women’s and gender studies major, was conducting research at Johns Hopkins University about the immunization coverage of children in India.
“I was thrilled to be selected for the Diversity Summer Internship at Johns Hopkins University,” said Johnson. “While I was there I conducted a systematic review on vaccine coverages of children in India under the age of five by reviewing published studies. I read a lot of literature and eventually narrowed my focus to eight pieces that really matched my subject.”
“I examined links between mothers’ education and their children’s immunization status. My findings suggest that higher maternal education leads to an increase of fully immunized children,” she said. “This information could advocate for more educational opportunities for women in India.”
Johnson has a deep understanding of best practices in research. Last year, she worked with Denison Assistant Professor Karen Powell Sears on a semester-long project that addressed gendered health inequities in Newark, Ohio, and she was an intern with the city’s Department of Health.
“Through her research, Jayla developed a program to address food access needs among low-income women. She conducted qualitative research for the project, working with local residents and social service agencies,” said Sears. “Jayla’s previous experience, working as an intern for the Department of Health, provided her with public health experiences that were really valuable for her work on this project.”