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2020 PDSA Recipient, Hannah Caudill

Hannah Caudill

Hannah Caudill

Hamilton, Ohio | Psychology, Public Health, and Social Work Triple Major

One nominator wrote that Hannah Caudill is one of the very rare students who stands out as an academic, has a passion for her fields, maximizes experience through involvement and volunteering, and is a genuinely kind person. She has combined her passions through her three majors: social work, public health, and psychology. For her social work field placement, Hannah worked to find a site that allowed her to practice the core components of all three. At this placement, she worked in a hospital emergency department, assisting with social and health assessments and helped refer patients to appropriate resources. Though she wasn’t the first student in this placement, Hannah immediately saw opportunities for improvement in processes. The hospital staff saw Hannah’s passion and potential and fully empowered her to implement some of her ideas. Ultimately, these changes helped shape the culture of the emergency department and Hannah’s research and presentations on the topic influenced departments across the country to prioritize psychosocial needs of patients, along with their medical needs.

Hannah has also served as a HAWKS Peer Health Educator for two years, educating many Miami students on important topics across all dimensions of health. She served as the HAWKS staff development coordinator, managing her peers and assisting with weekly staff development activities. Hannah conducted research about the effectiveness of the HAWKS signature program, Step Up! Bystander Intervention Training. She has also been the president of Miami’s chapter of the College Diabetes Network, involved with Opening Minds through Art, and participated in a service trip to work with imprisoned youth in Guatemala.