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We are beginning a formative study on postpartum depression in Cook County

We are beginning a formative study on postpartum depression in Cook County

Margaret Butler, a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology at Northwestern University and a member of the Young Research Group, is currently recruiting participants for her pilot study: A Retrospective Examination of Postpartum Depression Experiences Among Chicagoland Mothers (IRB: STU00210495). We would love you…

Patrick Begins Thwake Multi-Purpose Dam Fieldwork in Makueni County, Kenya

Patrick Begins Thwake Multi-Purpose Dam Fieldwork in Makueni County, Kenya

Patrick has completed the first six months of fieldwork in Makueni County, Kenya for his project assessing the health and economic impacts of dam construction on displaced and downstream communities. As part of his PhD dissertation, he aims to: Assess the nutritional, disease, and economic…

Front Page of UN.org! Our research on food insecurity and breastmilk intake

Front Page of UN.org! Our research on food insecurity and breastmilk intake

Last week, findings from our research on the connection between food insecurity and breastmilk were featured on the front page of the United Nation’s website! The article, published in Maternal & Child Nutrition in June of this year, explored infant feeding practices among a community in Kenya in which HIV and household food insecurity are high. This was the result of a collaborative effort between Dr. Victor Owino at the International Atomic Energy Association, Dr. Shadrack Oiye, and from the YRG family, Josh Miller, Godfred Boateng, and moi.

Our call to action: “Given the nutritional and physical health risks of suboptimal feeding, public health practitioners should screen for and integrate programs that reduce food insecurity in order to increase breast milk intake.”

Community Screening of Chocolate Milk: The Documentary in Chicago to celebrate Black Breastfeeding Week 2019

Community Screening of Chocolate Milk: The Documentary in Chicago to celebrate Black Breastfeeding Week 2019

Last week was Black Breastfeeding Week, an annual event that takes place from August 25th– 31st to celebrate breastfeeding among Black women around the world, and highlight the progress being made toward a more equitable breastfeeding landscape in the United States. On Wednesday August 28th, YRG…

A Call for Better Research on the Impact of Women’s Empowerment on Child Nutrition

A Call for Better Research on the Impact of Women’s Empowerment on Child Nutrition

Dr. Vicky Santoso has published her first dissertation paper! Our thanks to co-authors Prof Rachel Kerr, Prof John Hoddinott, and Northwestern undergraduate researchers Priya Garigipati & Sophia Olmos for their contributions. We reviewed 62 studies examining the relation between more than 200 unique indicators of…

A review of transactional sex for natural resources: Under-researched, overstated, or unique to fishing economies?

A review of transactional sex for natural resources: Under-researched, overstated, or unique to fishing economies?

Environmental change is projected to decrease the availability of key natural resources. We therefore recently reviewed all published reports of transactional sex for natural resources to understand how resource scarcity, and fluctuations due to climate change, shape behavior. The review, led by my former post-doc and now Prof Katie Fiorella appeared in Global Public Health. Check out our article to see the trends in this behavior, and why we think there is so much emphasis on fish-for-sex.

YRG@ANH

YRG@ANH

In June, Dr. Young, Hollyn Cetrone, and Dr. Vicky Santoso presented recent findings at the Agriculture, Nutrition, & Health (ANH)  Academy week in Hyderabad, India. We also hosted a learning lab on using the Household Water InSecurity Experiences (HWISE) Scale. Northwestern senior Hollyn Cetrone gave…

Standardizing measurements of vaccination adherence!

Standardizing measurements of vaccination adherence!

This March, undergraduate YRG member Casey Benzaken wowed the crowd at the 2019 Human Biology Association Conference in Cleveland. In her poster, she discussed the need for a standardized metric of vaccination maintenance. She then explained how she developed a Vaccination Maintenance Score to do…