Health & Human Services Virtual Project Day

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  • Alumni
  • Community/Public
  • Current Undergraduate Students
  • Faculty/Staff

Join The College of Health and Human Services students as they present a full day of Education and Social Work projects! 

Schedule of Sessions

Center for Social Work Education Concurrent Poster Presentations
@ 9:15 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.     

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Please join us for our Student Project Day. Please use the Zoom link to the left to register for the presentations.  Presentations are 5-8 minutes long and will repeat throughout the Poster Session time slot.  Participants can exit and enter rooms to view multiple presentations.  We encourage you to attend each of the student presentations.

  • Rachel Decker: Individuals Experiencing Homelessness and its Implication on the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • This presentation will discuss findings from four different cities in the U.S. including Boston, NYC, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles as well as information from the CDC. More specifically, there will be a focus on comparing what is being through different parts of the country in its approach to ending homelessness while COVID-19 continues to worsen by the day. 


  • Kimara DixThe Impact of COVID-19 on Children and Virtual School
  • In this presentation, I will discuss a qualitative study on how COVID-19 has impacted children during virtual school in three areas which are Upper Darby, Detroit, and Philadelphia. I will be analyzing three students which I have interviewed who range from grades elementary through high school. Also, I will analyze the school district they live in. My purpose for this research project is to understand how COVID-19 has impacted virtual education from a child’s perspective.


  • Bridget DombrowskiFlourishing or Floundering: A Look at Delaware County Schools’ Initiatives and Resources
  • This presentation will discuss student's accessibility to technology and resources in Upper Darby and Marple Newtown School Districts.  Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, students have been affected by the transition to a virtual platform.  There will be an analysis based on a literature review that compares the two school districts' initiatives, resources, and accessibility.


  • Grace FischerA Year of Change in Chester’s Schools
  • This presentation explores the response of the Chester-Upland School District, the charter schools, and private schools in the city to the COVID-19 pandemic. From March 2020 until March 2021, the schools’ closing, and reopening plans varied and changed, with some students attending school in-person full time and others completely virtual. The timeline details different schools’ responses to the pandemic and includes recommendations based on various diversity factors.


  • Kylie FrancisHow COVID-19 Has Impacted the Caregivers of Children with Autism
  • The purpose of my project was to create a resource guide to help relieve any stress that caregivers have encountered during the time of the pandemic. The pandemic has disrupted services and everyday routines for both caregivers and children. I will explain how I reviewed different literature reviews and articles to conduct a list of resources to provide solutions to the problems being experienced. The resource guide will include support groups, general therapy services, pediatric rehab, general resources, etc.


  • Madison GeeStigma versus Access? A Comparative Study of the Lack of Mental Health in the Black Community
  • The purpose of this capstone project is to assess if the poor treatment of mental health in the Black community stems from a matter of stigma, an issue of access, or both. In this presentation, the unique perspective of scholarly articles focused on mental health in the community and policy mapping will provide an accurate assessment into what truly is deteriorating the treatment of mental health within the Black Community, specifically Southwest Philadelphia zip codes 19143, 19142, 19153.


  • Junius Johnson-Fruster: A National Crisis: Closing the Achievement Gap 
  • This project will bring awareness to individuals and college institutions on the underrepresentation of college students within the U.S that are from low-socioeconomic backgrounds. The intention is to highlight the graduation gap in this country between these students versus their affluent peers. Secondly, this project will explore interventions practiced by Widener University before and during the pandemic that were established to alleviate the challenges these students face and increase retention and graduation of students.


  • Sahr J Kpakiwa: Financial Pooling As A Source Of Emergency Saving For The West African Immigrants Community In The United States American: Susu Group Contributions.
  • This presentation will discuss findings from research on the concept of Susu which creates microfinance for West African immigrants.  The research covers examples from five countries: Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Liberia, Ghana, and Guinea and will focus on how Susu helps immigrant households and businesses to established credit, savings, and financial connections. My presentation will provide a literature review of Susu, its impacts during the Covid 19 pandemic, financial shock experiences, and how immigrants used it to fulfill their American dreams.


  • Garrett Lamartina: Substance Abuse and Treatment During COVID-19
  • The purpose of this project is to discuss the increase in substance abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic and its implication on treatment. Delivery of treatment has changed during the pandemic to fulfill appropriate guidelines. The new normal regarding treatment involving telehealth will be discussed with an emphasis on how Delaware County has addressed the pandemic through various resources and services.


  • Sarah Riordan: Access to Medical Resources during COVID-19 from a Social Work Perspective
  • This presentation will investigate how access to resources was affected during COVID-19 and how organizations changed in response through the creation of a resource booklet. This presentation will also highlight the resources that have been missing during the pandemic and how it has affected individuals in the healthcare system.


  • Brian SheetsThe Challenge of In-Home Services
  • This presentation will discuss the challenges associated with finding and procuring in-home care services, specific to Gloucester County, NJ by utilizing a “typical” client profile.  We will explore the availability as well as the quality of those services provided by both government, private, and non-profit organizations.


  • Sheritta ThorntonKeep Hope Alive
  • In this presentation, I will discuss my research on college students between the ages of  18-22  who have been diagnosed with cancer.   This research will cover the United States and the state of Pennsylvania. The information will define what cancer is, signs, symptoms, and types of treatment after diagnosis. Following the research analysis, this presentation will discuss nonprofit organizations, ways to increase awareness, and how to aid students who have been diagnosed with or have survived cancer.


  • Casey VentrescaA Deeper Look into Life as A Single Mother.
  • This presentation highlights a literature review that explores the topic of single motherhood. It will focus on the stressors and resources that are being used and needed, while also getting a glimpse of what the children may be experiencing. The information gathered will reflect the effects of the pandemic, COVID19, and what is needed most to assist both of these groups.

10:25-10:3 0Break 



Keynote Presentations

Everyone will rejoin the common Zoom link for both presentations.

Stephen RaquetShort Term Effects of COVID-19 Restrictions on Nursing Home Residents  

This presentation will explore the effects of COVID-19 Restrictions on nursing home residents during the height of the pandemic. The research study will be conducted by interviewing 10 long-term care residents on their feelings of isolation and loneliness during the quarantine and after the COVID-19 restrictions were lifted.

Mackenzie HillCase Study: An Agency’s Approach to Addressing Access to Technology for Clients during COVID-19

This presentation will discuss one agency's effort to create access to technology for the Domiciliary Care Program clients through a case study. It will cover the methods and goals of the technology project as well as the implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic.



  • 11:45 a.m. 
    Wrap Up & Awards 

Center for Education Student Project Day
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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  • Freshman Presentations:
    • 9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. - Digital Playgroup (ED 104) 
    • 9:50 a.m. - 10:05 a.m.. - Learning Illustrated (ED 108)
  • Sophomore Presentations:
    • 10:10 a.m. - 10:25 a.m. - Foundations to Literacy I (ED 211)
  • Junior Presentations:
    • 10:30 a.m. - 10 :50 a.m. - Foundations of Literacy II Digital DRTA (ED 302)
    • 10:55 a.m. - 11:05 a.m. - 90 Second Newbery (ED 312)
  • Senior Presentations:
    • 11:10 a.m. - 11:25 a.m. - Teacher Work Sample (ED 411/5900)
      • Chiara Scaramuzzo
      • Junius Zoegar
  • CETE Presentation and Awards
    • 11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - CETE Little Free Library Presentation
      • Megan Branin
      • Isabella Hamlin
      • Shelby Schoffstall
    • 11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - AWARDS


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