Akadia Kacha-Ochana, MPH

Research and Quality Improvement Specialist

Akadia worked for three years as a Research Associate at the Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute, helping to better understand the pediatric autoimmune disorder Juvenile Dermatomyositis. Akadia also provided crisis intervention to runaway and homeless youth nationwide at the National Runaway Safeline. Akadia has provided sexual health education and HIV testing for Baltimore teens and participated in a qualitative research project to better understand the barriers and facilitators pediatric clinicians face in screening parents for intimate partner violence (IPV) as well as developed a guide in which Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake could use to evaluate their mentoring program for youth who were hospitalized due to violence. Akadia was selected as the first intern for the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy to work at the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control’s Division of Violence Prevention, with whom she continues to collaborate remotely on a systematic review of the risks and protective factors of child neglect, and analyses of the National Surveys of Children’s Exposure to Violence data.

With JPA, Akadia helped write and edit a report by the Illinois Children’s Justice Task Force of recommendations to the Illinois General Assembly for a multidisciplinary approach to investigating child maltreatment in Illinois. She helped plan, conduct, analyze and present the information from an intensive and collaborative case review to better understand barriers to and facilitators of permanency for children in care after receiving the Illinois Birth to Three (IB3) waiver intervention. She helps provide consultation services to clients from the Illinois child welfare agency (DCFS), the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center (ChicagoCAC), and other mental health service providers including cleaning data, evaluating client retention and engagement in mental health services, and making continuous quality improvement recommendations.

Education:

  • BS, Biophysics and Biology, minor in Mathematics, Loyola University Chicago
  • MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Certificate, Injury and Violence Prevention, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Areas of Specialty:

  • Evaluation
  • Quality Improvement

Professional Memberships:

  • American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • Associate Board, North Side Housing and Supportive Services

Juvenile Protective Association
1707 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614

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