Helena Sung, who received her MPH in Health Management and Policy from the UNTHSC School of Public Health in 2014, has been awarded the Benjamin B. Ferencz Fellowship in Human Rights and Law from the World Without Genocide organization at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Ferencz fellowships are named for one of the world’s leading advocates of human rights, justice and peace, who prosecuted and received convictions at the 1947 Nuremberg, Germany, trials.
The fellowships provide financial support through World Without Genocide for work on core areas of human rights, including research, policy development and action at local, state, national and international levels.
A second-year law student, Ms. Sung was selected as a reporter for the American NGO Coalition of the International Criminal Court and will attend the Court’s annual Assembly of State Parties at the United Nations in New York.
A team led by Washington University researchers in St. Louis and Dr. Ojha examined whether insurance status may affect survival rates of children diagnosed with cancer.
The team looked at data on cancers diagnosed among children under 15 years old for the time period 2007-2009. Among 8,219 childhood cancer patients (131 without insurance; 2,838 with Medicaid; and 4,297 with private insurance) who were followed for five years, the study found that children who were uninsured had a 26 percent higher risk of cancer death than those who were privately insured at diagnosis; the risk for those with Medicaid was similar to those with private insurance.
Dr. Ojha serves as Director for the JPS Health Network’s Center for Outcomes Research in Fort Worth, working toward improved patient outcomes in treatment and prevention of cancer, diabetes, infectious diseases like HIV and Hepatitis C, and maternal/child health.