Two Case Western Reserve University students were awarded scholarships to conduct research at MetroHealth Medical Center this summer.

David Henry Greentree, a rising fourth-year medical anthropology and biology double major, and Danyel Crosby, a rising third-year nutritional biochemistry major, focused their projects on healthcare access in downtown Cleveland.

The Edward M. Chester, MD, Summer Scholars Program awards 10 undergraduate students the opportunity to spend 10 weeks in clinical laboratory research settings at MetroHealth Medical Center with hospital faculty. In addition, the recipients gained extensive observation of surgery, hospital rounds and other medical experiences at MetroHealth.

Greentree worked with Aparna Roy, department chair of pediatrics at MetroHealth and associate professor of medicine at CWRU, and Jessica Easdale, a pediatrician at MetroHealth and assistant professor at the School of medicine, to identify risks for lack of follow-ups in newborns. They found that drug usage, insurance, background and marital status impact the likelihood that parents will bring their children to routine check-ups.

Crosby worked with Vanessa Ho, a physician specializing in trauma surgery, to research trauma patients and their outlooks on life, community, personal connections and resilience. They found that trauma patients’ demographics impact resilience levels and that their overall outlook on life was positive.

At the conclusion of the program on July 28, Crosby and Greentree presented their poster findings for the MetroHealth healthcare team.

The scholarship is open to all Case Western Reserve students and Ohio residents. Learn more about the program.