Our recently published meta-analysis on the relationships between pica and micronutrient deficiencies offers even stronger evidence of the consistent relationships between all types of pica (including geophagy, amylophagy, and pagophagy) and lower hemoglobin, (-0.65 g/dl), lower hematocrit (-1.15%), and zinc (234.3 ug/dl). Great idea, Chris!
On August 20, 2014 at 12:00am, the PreNAPS/PostNAPS home visitor Joe Cord, his wife, and three daughters welcomed a new baby into the world! Baby Akanyo Faith Shalean Cord is now a few weeks old and is healthy and thriving! The PreNAPS/PostNAPS staff wants to wish Joe and his family congratulations on the arrival of their sweet new addition to the family!
Thanks to the hard work of Dr. Maricianah Onono, Pauline Wekesa, her little baby Liam, Natalie Krumdeick, Isaya Opondo, Dr. Beth Widen, Hijab Khan, and the whole PM team, our pregnancy cohort in Kisumu, Kenya has launched!
In our recent paper in the Journal of Nutrition, we showed that nearly half (47%) of pregnant adolescents living in Rochester, NY engaged in pica. And pica was strongly associated with iron deficiency. Now, the nature of that relationship remains unknown– is it causal? More studies are clearly needed. The Chronicle was kind enough to cover the story.
Dr. 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.
The 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.
I was delighted to get to see, in person, the fabulous work that the whole NAPS team is doing.
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!
Together 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’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!