Kezia Barnett MPH
Kezia Barnett is a clinical research coordinator at PolicyLab and the Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness (CPCE) at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Ms. Barnett has experience working with federally qualified health centers to plan, develop, implement and evaluate public health programming servicing at-risk youth and young adult populations. Ms. Barnett works with Dr. Aletha Akers on quality improvement projects surrounding the improvement of reproductive health outcomes among adolescent women by reducing incidences of teen pregnancy and STI exposure with access to high quality reproductive health services. Ms. Barnett also works with Dr. Sarah Wood on multiple projects focused on improving access and adherence to HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis for adolescents living with HIV.
Prior to joining PolicyLab and CPCE, Ms. Barnett worked with the D.C. Department of Employment Services, Office of Youth Programs and the D.C. Department of Health to increase the utilization of school-based health centers in order to reduce unintended outcomes of unprotected sex, provide equitable access to youth-centered sexual and reproductive health services via the creation of a trusted adults model, and encourage cultural humility among clinical providers in order to support Washington's youth in making healthy decisions around sexual behaviors. Ms. Barnett has also interned with the National Association of Community Health Centers and supported the development of a nationwide Protocol for Responding to and Assessing Patients’ Assets, Risks and Experiences (PRAPARE) assessment tool. Ms. Barnett received her bachelor’s degree in Black Studies from Temple University and her Master of Public Health, with a concentration in Community Oriented Primary Care from the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.