January Monthly Update

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We hope that your 2021 is off to a healthy and productive start! This month was National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. We also have had many other exciting affiliates present their research at the R4P Virtual Conference this week and forthcoming in early February, lastly one project for African American women was just profiled on Radio Free Atlanta last night for an hour. We thank all of the panelists and attendees who experienced our Trafficking Awareness event, it was a large attendance--but we recorded it just in case. We also honored this month’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day, as RTI honors this day for service and reflection. Dr. King had many inspirational quotes, but as we climb out of this pandemic and healing of the country this one might fit; "Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that."

I look forward to sharing so many of our publications and gender-related projects this month, and about our upcoming events below! Also send those impact stories!
Please be safe!

RTI Gender-Related January Publications

  • Agarwal P, Shankaran S, Laptook AR, Chowdhury D, Lakshminrusimha S, Bonifacio SL, Natarajan G, Chawla S, Keszler M, Heyne RJ, Ambalavanan N, Walsh MC, Das A, Van Meurs KP. Outcomes of infants with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy and persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn: results from three NICHD studies. J Perinatol. 2021 Jan 6. doi: 10.1038/s41372-020-00905-7. Online ahead of print. PMID: 33402707 AIDS Behav. 2021 Jan 2. doi: 10.1007/s10461-020-03134-3. PMID: 33389323

  • Anthony MS, Reed SD, Armstrong MA, Getahun D, Gatz JL, Saltus CW, Zhou X, Schoendorf J, Postlethwaite DA, Raine-Bennett T, Fassett MJ, Peipert JF, Ritchey ME, Ichikawa LE, Lynen R, Alabaster AL, Merchant M, Chiu VY, Shi JM, Xie F, Hui SL, Wang J, Hunter S, Bartsch J, Frenz AK, Chillemi G, Im TM, Takhar HS, Asiimwe A. Design of the Association of Uterine Perforation and Expulsion of IUD (APEX-IUD) Study: A Multisite Retrospective Cohort Study. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2021 Jan 15:S0002-9378(21)00026-0. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2021.01.003. PMID: 33460585

  • Brown CM, Richards KM, Vohra Y, Kanu C, Stevens L, Sasane R, Balu S, McAneny B. Evaluation of access to care issues in patients with breast cancer. J Med Econ. 2021 Jan-Dec;24(1):38-45. doi: 10.1080/13696998.2020.1858580. PMID: 33317379

  • Del Río-González AM, Holt SL, Bowleg L. Powering and Structuring Intersectionality: Beyond Main and Interactive Associations. Res Child Adolesc Psychopathol. 2021 Jan;49(1):33-37. doi: 10.1007/s10802-020-00720-w. PMID: 33404947

  • Dunlop AL, Essalmi AG, Alvalos L, Breton C, Camargo CA, Cowell WJ, Dabelea D, Dager SR, Duarte C, Elliott A, Fichorova R, Gern J, Hedderson MM, Thepaksorn EH, Huddleston K, Karagas MR, Kleinman K, Leve L, Li X, Li Y, Litonjua A, Ludena-Rodriguez Y, Madan JC, Nino JM, McEvoy C, O'Connor TG, Padula AM, Paneth N, Perera F, Sathyanarayana S, Schmidt RJ, Schultz RT, Snowden J, Stanford JB, Trasande L, Volk HE, Wheaton W, Wright RJ, McGrath M; program collaborators for Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes. Racial and geographic variation in effects of maternal education and neighborhood-level measures of socioeconomic status on gestational age at birth: Findings from the ECHO cohorts. PLoS One. 2021 Jan 8;16(1):e0245064. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0245064. eCollection 2021.PMID: 33418560.

  • Dybul M, Attoye T, Baptiste S, Cherutich P, Dabis F, Deeks SG, Dieffenbach C, Doehle B, Goodenow MM, Jiang A, Kemps D, Lewin SR, Lumpkin MM, Mathae L, McCune JM, Ndung'u T, Nsubuga M, Peay HL, Pottage J, Warren M, Sikazwe I; Sunnylands 2019 Working Group. The case for an HIV cure and how to get there. Lancet HIV. 2021 Jan;8(1):e51-e58. doi: 10.1016/S2352-3018(20)30232-0. Epub 2020 Nov 30. PMID: 33271124.

  • Erekson E, Menefee S, Whitworth RE, Amundsen CL, Arya LA, Komesu YM, Ferrando CA, Zyczynski HM, Sung VW, Rahn DD, Tan-Kim J, Mazloomdoost D, Gantz MG, Richter HE. The Design of a Prospective Trial to Evaluate the Role of Preoperative Frailty Assessment in Older Women Undergoing Surgery for the Treatment of Pelvic Organ Prolapse: The FASt Supplemental Trial. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2021 Jan 1;27(1):e106-e111. doi: 10.1097/SPV.0000000000000833.PMID: 32217922.

  • Fernando RA, Fennell TR, Watson SL, Silinski MAR, Blake JC, Robinson VG, Waidyanatha S. Development and Validation of an Analytical Method for Quantitation of Alpha-Pinene Oxide in Rodent Blood and Mammary Gland by GC-MS. J Anal Toxicol. 2021 Jan 13:bkab007. doi: 10.1093/jat/bkab007. PMID: 3343872.

  • Guillory J, Crankshaw E, Farrelly MC, Alam I, Fiacco L, Curry L, Hoffman L, Ganz O, Delahanty J. LGBT young adults' awareness of and receptivity to the This Free Life tobacco public education campaign. Tob Control. 2021 Jan;30(1):63-70. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2019-055239.

  • Kumbhat N, Eggleston B, Davis AS, DeMauro SB, Van Meurs KP, Foglia EE, Lakshminrusimha S, Walsh MC, Watterberg KL, Wyckoff MH, Das A, Handley SC; Generic Database Subcommittee of the NICHD Neonatal Research Network. Umbilical Cord Milking versus Delayed Cord Clamping and Associations with In-Hospital Outcomes among Extremely Premature Infants. J Pediatr. 2021 Jan 5:S0022-3476(20)31582-1. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2020.12.072.  PMID: 33417919

  • Mazigo HD, Uisso C, Kazyoba P, Nshala A, Mwingira UJ. Prevalence, infection intensity and geographical distribution of schistosomiasis among pre-school and school aged children in villages surrounding Lake Nyasa, Tanzania. Sci Rep. 2021 Jan 11;11(1):295. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-80317-x.

  • Montgomery ET, Katz AWK, Duby Z, Mansoor LE, Morar NS, Naidoo K, Tsidya M, Chitukuta M, Guma V, Tenza S, Leslie J, Garcia M, Naidoo S. Men's Sexual Experiences with the Dapivirine Vaginal Ring in Malawi, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe. AIDS Behav. 2021 Jan 2. doi: 10.1007/s10461-020-03119-2. PMID: 33389318

  • Mukhopadhyay S, Puopolo KM, Hansen NI, Lorch SA, DeMauro SB, Greenberg RG, Cotten CM, Sanchez PJ, Bell EF, Eichenwald EC, Stoll BJ; NICHD Neonatal Research Network. Neurodevelopmental outcomes following neonatal late-onset sepsis and blood culture-negative conditions. Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed. 2021 Jan 21:fetalneonatal-2020-320664. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2020-320664. PMID: 33478957

  • Neves PAR, Barros AJD, Gatica-Domínguez G, Vaz JS, Baker P, Lutter CK. Maternal education and equity in breastfeeding: trends and patterns in 81 low- and middle-income countries between 2000 and 2019. Int J Equity Health. 2021 Jan 7;20(1):20. doi: 10.1186/s12939-020-01357-3. PMID: 33413445

  • Niedfeldt HJ, Beckstead E, Chahalis E, Jensen M, Reher B, Torres S, Rachmi CN, Jusril H, Hall C, West JH, Crookston BT. Use of Technology to Access Health Information/Services and Subsequent Association With WASH (Water Access, Sanitation, and Hygiene) Knowledge and Behaviors Among Women With Children Under 2 Years of Age in Indonesia: Cross-sectional Study. JMIR Public Health Surveill. 2021 Jan 14;7(1):e19349. doi: 10.2196/19349. PMID: 33443485

  • Richardson D, Zhan L, Mahtani R, McRoy L, Mitra D, Reynolds M, Odom D, Hollis K, Kaye JA, Jones C, Hargis J. A prospective observational study of patient-reported functioning and quality of life in advanced and metastatic breast cancer utilizing a novel mobile application. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2021 Jan 11. doi: 10.1007/s10549-020-06082-7. PMID: 33428072

  • Short VL, Bellad RM, Kelly PJ, Washio Y, Ma T, Chang K, Majantashetti NS, Charantimath US, Jaeger FJ, Lalakia P, Goudar SS, Derman R. Feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary impact of an mHealth supported breastfeeding peer counselor intervention in rural India. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2021 Jan 17. doi: 10.1002/ijgo.13599. PMID: 33454986

  • Staton M, Webster JM, Leukefeld C, Tillson M, Marks K, Oser C, Bush HM, Fanucchi L, Fallin-Bennett A, Garner BR, McCollister K, Johnson S, Winston E. Kentucky Women's Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN): A type 1 effectiveness-implementation hybrid trial to increase utilization of medications for opioid use disorder among justice-involved women. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2021 Jan 9:108284. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2021.108284. PMID: 33455828

  • Stenehjem DD, Telford C, Unni SK, Bauer H, Sainski A, Deka R, Schauerhamer MB, Ye X, Tak CR, Ma J, Dalvi TB, Gutierrez L, Kaye JA, Tyczynski JE, Brixner DI, Biskupiak JE. BRCA testing and outcomes in women with breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2021 Jan 3. doi: 10.1007/s10549-020-06038-x. PMID: 33389410

  • Stoner MCD, Edwards JK, Westreich D, Kilburn K, Ahern J, Lippman SA, Gómez-Olivé FX, Kahn K, Pettifor A. Modeling Cash Plus Other Psychosocial and Structural Interventions to Prevent HIV Among Adolescent Girls and Young Women in South Africa (HPTN 068). AIDS Behav. 2021 Jan 21. doi: 10.1007/s10461-021-03158-3. PMID: 33475905

  • Stoner MCD, Rucinski KB, Giovenco D, Gill K, Morton JF, Bekker LG, Celum CL, van der Straten A. Trajectories of PrEP Adherence Among Young Women Aged 16 to 25 in Cape Town, South Africa.

  • Trude ACB, Richter LM, Behrman JR, Stein AD, Menezes AMB, Black MM; 1993 Pelotas and Birth to Twenty Plus investigators. Effects of responsive caregiving and learning opportunities during pre-school ages on the association of early adversities and adolescent human capital: an analysis of birth cohorts in two middle-income countries Lancet Child Adolesc Health. 2021 Jan;5(1):37-46. doi: 10.1016/S2352-4642(20)30309-6. PMID: 33340466.

  • Walters SM, Kral AH, Lamb S, Goldshear JL, Wenger L, Bluthenthal RN. Correlates of Transactional Sex and Violent Victimization among Men Who Inject Drugs in Los Angeles and San Francisco, California. J Urban Health. 2021 Jan 6. doi: 10.1007/s11524-020-00494-y. PMID: 33409836

  • Xuan Z, Choi J, Lobrutto L, Cunningham T, Castedo de Martell S, Cance J, Silverstein M, Yule AM, Botticelli M, Holleran Steiker L. Support Services for Young Adults With Substance Use Disorders. Pediatrics. 2021 Jan;147(Suppl 2):S220-S228. doi: 10.1542/peds.2020-023523E. PMID: 33386325

We update our website regularly with all RTI Gender-related publications under resources. Please let us know if we missed any of yours. 

 RTI Gender-Related January Project Wins

Rebecca Pfeffer and team on their win, FY2019 BJA ECM Human Trafficking TF - Harris County Action Research Partner, from the Houston Police DepartmentKaty Suellentrop and team on their win, Power to Decide (2), from Power to Decide

Elizabeth Montgomery and team on their win, Mobile CHARISMA, from PATH - USA


January Events

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day Event
On January 11, we hosted our first event of the new year to share RTI research and programs related to human trafficking. Some of the programs included the Outcomes of Human Trafficking Instrument, initiatives focused on minor victims of trafficking, labor trafficking, human trafficking prevention education, and research examining the prevalence of sex trafficking in different parts of the United States. There was a great turnout for this event with over 70 attendees, and we look forward to having many more engaging and informative panels like this one in the future. We thank the many panelists for this wonderful event, and if you are interested in reading more about the speakers, please visit our blog!

HIV R4P Virtual Conference
January 27-28; February 3-4

At this year's HIV Research 4 Prevention (R4P) virtual conference, our affiliates had dozens of presentations! Check out our Twitter page @RTI_Gender for tweets about the presentations and the conference program for all RTI presentations HERE.


Sisters’ Time/Women Speak Radio
January 28 @ 7PM EST
RTI GGC affiliates, Dr. Courtney Peasant Bonner and Erin Cox, recently appeared on Ms. Dazon Dixon Diallo’s radio show, Sisters’ Time/Women Speak (STWS) on WRFG 89.3FM Atlanta to speak about community-based research and our current IMPROV Project, which seeks to improve mental health and substance use treatment provision among people living with HIV in Atlanta. STWS is an audio magazine featuring the life, health, rhythm, and culture of African women.

"People seem to be more receptive, particularly the people who we aim to work with, are excited to participate in the research."
- Dr. Peasant Bonner



Upcoming Events

This event will welcome previous WomenNC scholars to share about their current roles and positions following their participation in a local NC-based scholarship program.

To RSVP and for Zoom link email bhoward@rti.org

Join the RTI Global Gender Center, the RTI Kenya Office, the RTI Africa Regional Office, and the Africa Employee Resource Groups virtually as we commemorate this year’s IWD theme, #ChoosetoChallenge, by highlighting RTI projects focused on skills-building among women, girls, and youth in Kenya. Kenyan-based project staff will present on the Kenya Crops & Dairy Market Systems Project and the Kenya Youth Work Force Program.

To RSVP and for Zoom link email bhoward@rti.org

Call for Abstracts - DUE FEBRUARY 5


Abstracts for 5-minute oral presentations
are being solicited in lieu of posters.

Panel II will also welcome oral presentations from a select number of early-career investigators with high-quality abstracts based on the following criteria:

(1) Adheres to the InWomen's mission, focus, and 2021 theme;
 (2) Contains a gender and substance use component or focus;
(3) Is well written and follows format guidelines and;
(4) Is focused on a critical topic

All abstracts will be peer-reviewed by the InWomen's Abstract Review Committee.


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