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Vidya Interviewed about Nature-Based Flood Management Methods

Vidya Interviewed about Nature-Based Flood Management Methods

YRG postdoc Vidya Venkataramanan was recently invited to discuss nature-based methods for flood management on the America Adapts podcast, co-hosted by the WWF Environment and Disaster Management program. The episode, titled “Flooding,Climate Change and Art: Creative Community Engagement” is available here and through the World Wildlife […]

Vidya Shares Social Science Methods at Interdisciplinary Workshops

Vidya Shares Social Science Methods at Interdisciplinary Workshops

YRG postdoc, Vidya Venkataramanan, has been representing the social sciences in workshops that are traditionally targeted to engineers and ecologists. In June 2018, she was invited to present a 90-minute interactive session on community engagement at the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Nature-based Flood Management workshop […]

Casey Presents at 2018 Third Coast CFAR Symposium

Casey Presents at 2018 Third Coast CFAR Symposium

This November, undergraduate YRG member Casey Benzaken presented a scientific poster at the 2018 Third Coast CFAR Symposium. The symposium was held at The University of Chicago in early November with the theme “Ending the HIV Epidemic: Think Globally, Act Locally”. In addition to poster presentations, speakers from across the country presented their findings on a range of HIV topics, such as prevention, testing, and implementation science.

Afterspending a summer in Kisumu, Kenya working with Pamoja Community Based Organization, Casey presented her research about Pamoja’s efforts to recruit high-risk adolescent women in Kisumu to take pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).Consistent use of PrEP is able to drastically lower the chances of HIV infection. Results indicated that 96% of those willing and medically eligible to be on PrEP were initiated. The most common reasons that clinicians reported initiating women on PrEP were: 1) unknown partner HIV status, 2) inconsistent condom use, and 3) more than one sexual partner. These were just preliminary analyses for the study—more qualitative and quantitative analyses are to come.

Collaborative Crop Research Meeting in Tanzania

Collaborative Crop Research Meeting in Tanzania

The McKnight Foundation, which funds SNAP, recently hosted a two-week collaborative crop research meeting in Dr. Young. Vicky and Dr. Young (with Stella in tow) both attended to share updates on SNAP and to get progress updates from farmers involved in the project. Highlights from […]

YRG is Back!

YRG is Back!

Our weekly Young Research Group meetings have started back, and we are working on a ton of exciting projects. It’s a privilege to be working with so many talented undergraduates, MPH students, and doctoral students from Anthropology to Statistics. Here’s to a great year!

Casey and Hayley Return from Field Work in Kenya

Casey and Hayley Return from Field Work in Kenya

This past summer, undergraduates Casey Benzaken and Hayley Platt spent two months in Kisumu, Kenya, working with Pamoja Community Based Organization. Under the guidance of fellow YRG member and Pamoja founder Patrick Mbullo, Casey and Hayley helped collect data for a mixed-methods study about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). For the past two years, Pamoja has been working to connect girls, aged 15-24 and at high risk of HIV infection, with clinics to be prescribed PrEP. If taken properly, PrEP can lower the chance of contracting HIV by over 90%.

In the Pamoja office, Casey and Hayley spent the first few weeks learning about Pamoja’s programming for orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) and DREAMS women. During this time they also helped the Monitoring and Evaluation office do a quality check of their data, designed ODK forms to capture the PrEP data from clinical charts, and completed a literature review about PrEP. Over the following weeks, Casey and Hayley entered the clinical data into the ODK forms for further analysis.

YRG Impresses at ASN 2018

YRG Impresses at ASN 2018

This year, many members from YRG presented at the annual American Society for Nutrition meeting in Boston, MA. Northwestern students who presented posters were able to apply the skills they had recently learned from Dr. Young’s new course on data analysis, results dissemination, and scientific […]

Maggie Presents on Water Insecurity and Infant Feeding Practices

Maggie Presents on Water Insecurity and Infant Feeding Practices

In late March, Maggie Butler presented “Unbreastfed”: The far-reaching consequences of water insecurity for infant feeding” at the 13th Breastfeeding and Feminism International Conference in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Maggie shared preliminary qualitative analyses from 11 of the 28 sites in the Household Water Insecurity […]