We mourn the loss of Dr. Oyok

OyokDr. Okello Oyok, a psychiatrist and NAPS study investigator, passed from this world into the next on August 6, 2014. His absence is deeply felt, in Gulu and far beyond. This is an obituary that Barnabas wrote, celebrating his commitment to public health and the training of public health professionals.

ASN service and leadership

asnThe work and commitment of the Young Research Group in the fields of global nutrition and public health have been recognized by the American Society for Nutrition! Roseanne was elected as Student Member to the Advisory Board for the Community and Public Health Nutrition Research Interest Group, and Sera was elected Early Career Representative for the Governance Committee of the Global Nutrition Council.

The NAPS team in action!

I was delighted to get to see, in person, the fabulous work that the whole NAPS team is doing.

Fabulous study coordinators

I am absolutely delighted to announce two new group members. Shalean Collins, an MPH student at Tulane, will be helping to coordinate the PeriNAPS study in Gulu, Uganda (left). Natalie Krumdeick, a third year medical student at Cornell Weill, will be helping to coordinate data collection of Pith Moromo, in Kisumu, Kenya (right). Welcome, ladies!
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New grant to support farmer curriculum development to reduce food insecurity and improve infant and child nutrition

AVF2014-IMG_6439-852x852Together with Rachel Bezner Kerr (Development Sociology), Laurie Drinkwater (Horticulture), and David Wolfe (Horticulture), we have been awarded Venture Funds from the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. We will be developing a culturally appropriate curriculum around climate change, agroecology, child nutrition, and social equity to be used in rural Africa. The objective of the collaborative program is to improve food security and nutrition, increase soil health, and build healthy, resilient rural communities.

Roseanne to give oral presentation at the American Public Health Association annual meeting!

Comencando Saudavel Equipe - 3 copias      Tapona GroupRoseanne’s abstract “The women have trust in me, and I try to live up to this trust: Health worker motivation and workplace characteristics among facility- and community-based health workers in rural Mozambique” has been accepted for an oral presentation at the American Public Health Association’s 2014 annual meeting in November. This is Roseanne’s first oral conference presentation, and second conference abstract for co-authors Octávio Leonel de Sousa, Carolyn Vopelak, and Devon McMahon. The group’s related work on identifying factors in health worker motivation to inform a performance-based incentive intervention has also been accepted at the 3rd Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Cape Town in September. Hurray, team!


Top: CARE Project Manager Octavio da Sousa (l) and Roseanne (r) with surveyors Cassimo Faquira and Francisca Pascoal and motorista Alexandre Mupetse
Bottom: Carolyn Vopelak with the Tapona Activista Association

Pica among Mexican-born women

IMG_4354Our formative study on pica practices and beliefs among Mexican women in the US and Mexico has just been published in Maternal and Child Nutrition. We found that more than 1/3 of women reported pica behavior during pregnancy, especially earth, adobe, bean stones and ice. This paper is the result of collaboration with scientists at the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico and the School of Public Health at University of California Berkeley. A special congratulations to Janice Lin (pictured here with Livia González and Cynthia Jeannette, the study translators) this is her first first-author paper!

Farewell AMMA!

The Amsterdam Master’s in Medical Anthropology closed its proverbial doors this year, and it will be greatly missed. To commemorate this wonderful program, a compilation of former students’ work has been published. It’s available here, and includes my first ever publication, an ethnography of maternal anemia in Pemba, Tanzania (Young Maternal Anemia Ethnography 2002).