July Update

July 31, 2020

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
First and foremost, I hope you are safe and healthy. We have adapted to the new “virtual normal” and have been quite busy within the gender center this past month. I am excited to share an update on the inspirational event our new external affiliate, Dr. Rebekah Rollston, presented at on epigenetics, specifically how the trauma of deportation negatively impacts a generation. I am also thrilled to announce that Ana Perez will join us as the new Co-Associate Director of the RTI Global Gender Center (more on both below!). We also have another great virtual event planned for August surrounding women’s empowerment and access to safe abortion in Colombia on August 18, and we will celebrate Women’s Equality Day on August 26 on Twitter to commemorate the 1920 adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.



RTI Gender-related July Project Wins

  • Dominican Republic: DHAPP–FFAARD Partnership for Sustainable HIV Epidemic Control in Border Region from Two Oceans in Health (2OiH) (Wayne Pitts)
  • Understanding Opioid Overdose Mortality Prevention during the Coronavirus Pandemic from NIDA (Barrot Lambdin)
  • Improving the Integration of Psychiatry into Ryan White-Funded Care Sites in Atlanta using an Implementation Science App from PHS NIH NIMH (Courtney Bonner)
  • The Substance Abuse Treatment to HIV care (SAT2HIV-II) Project from NIDA (Bryan Garner)
  • A mixed-methods study of polysubstance use to inform opioid overdose prevention from NIDA (Jennifer Lorvick)
  • Cambodia Integrated Early Childhood Development Activity from USAID Cambodia Mission (Rebbeca Skipp)
  • Feed the Future LSIL complementary research and capacity building activities from International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) – Kenya (Valerie Flax)

RTI Gender-related July Publications

  • Bauer CR, Langer J, Lambert-Brown B, Shankaran S, Bada HS, Lester B, Lagasse LL, Whitaker T, Hammond J. (2020). Association of prenatal opiate exposure with youth outcomes assessed from infancy through adolescence. J Perinatol. 40(7):1056-1065. doi: 10.1038/s41372-020-0692-3.
  • Baumgartner T, Bhamidipalli SS, Guise D, Daggy J, Parker CB, Westermann M, Parry S, Grobman WA, Mercer BM, Simhan HN, Silver RM, Wapner RJ, Saade GR, Reddy UM, Haas DM; nuMoM2b study. (2020). Psychosocial and Sociodemographic Contributors to Breastfeeding Intention in First-Time Mothers. Matern Child Health J.;24(8):1047-1056. doi: 10.1007/s10995-020-02928-0.
  • Flax VL, Thakwalakwa C, Phuka JC, Jaacks LM. (2020). Body size preferences and food choice among mothers and children in Malawi. Matern Child Nutr.e13024. doi: 10.1111/mcn.13024.
  • Grebe E, Busch MP, Notari EP, Bruhn R, Quiner CA, Hindes DA, Stone M, Bakkour S, Yang H, Williamson PC, Kessler D, Reik RF, Stramer SL, Glynn SA, Anderson SA, Williams AE, Custer B. (2020 epub). HIV incidence in US first-time blood donors and transfusion risk with a 12-month deferral for men who have sex with men. Blood. doi: 10.1182/blood.2020007003.
  • Ha S, Nobles C, Kanner J, Sherman S, Cho SH, Perkins N, Williams A, Grobman W, Biggio J, Subramaniam A, Ouidir M, Chen Z, Mendola P. (2020). Air Pollution Exposure Monitoring among Pregnant Women with and without Asthma. Int J Environ Res Public Health.17(13):4888. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17134888.
  • Krall JR, Adibah N, Babin LM, Lee YC, Motti VG, McCombs M, McWilliams A, Thornburg J, Pollack AZ. (2020). Estimating exposure to traffic-related PM2.5 for women commuters using vehicle and personal monitoring. Environ Res.187:109644. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2020.109644.
  • Menefee S, Richter HE, Myers D, Weidner A, Moalli P, Harvie H, Rahn D, Jeppson P, Paraiso M, Thomas S, Mazloomdoost D; NICHD Pelvic Floor Disorders Network. (2020). Design of a 3-Arm Randomized Trial for Posthysterectomy Vault Prolapse Involving Sacral Colpopexy, Transvaginal Mesh, and Native Tissue Apical Repair: The Apical Suspension Repair for Vault Prolapse in a Three-Arm Randomized Trial. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 26(7):415-424. doi: 10.1097/SPV.0000000000000803.
  • Morton JF, Myers L, Gill K, Bekker LG, Stein G, Thomas KK, Duyver M, van der Straten A, McConnell M, Aunger R, Curtis V, de Witt Huberts J, Van Damme L, Baeten JM, Celum C. (2020). Evaluation of a behavior-centered design strategy for creating demand for oral PrEP among young women in Cape Town, South Africa. Gates Open Res. 4:29. doi: 10.12688/gatesopenres.13103.2.
  • Moultrie RR, Paquin R, Rini C, Roche MI, Berg JS, Powell CM, Lewis MA. (2020). Parental Views on Newborn Next Generation Sequencing: Implications for Decision Support. Matern Child Health J.24(7):856-864. doi: 10.1007/s10995-020-02953-z.
  • Ramaswamy M, Hemberg J, Faust A, Wickliffe J, Comfort M, Lorvick J, Cropsey K. (2020). Criminal Justice-Involved Women Navigate COVID-19: Notes From the Field. Health Educ Behav. 47(4):544-548. doi: 10.1177/1090198120927304.
  • Schaaf M, Boydell V, Van Belle S, Brinkerhoff DW, George A (2020 epub). Accountability for SRHR in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sex Reprod Health Matters. 28(1):1779634. doi: 10.1080/26410397.2020.1779634.
  • Starkweather C, Guarino A, Bennion N, Cottam M, McGhie J, Dearden KA, Santika O, Jusril H, Hall C, Crookston BT, Linehan M, Torres S, Bennett C, West JH. (2020). An interpersonal nutrition campaign and maternal knowledge and childhood feeding practices: a case study from mothers in rural Indonesia. Arch Public Health.78:62. doi: 10.1186/s13690-020-00444-9.
  • Tsang SH, Basu P, Bender N, Herrero R, Kemp TJ, Kreimer AR, Müller M, Panicker G, Pawlita M, Pinto LA, Sampson JN, Sankaranarayanan R, Schussler J, Sehr P, Sierra MS, Unger ER, Waterboer T, Hildesheim A; Costa Rica Vaccine Trial (CVT) Group. (2020). Evaluation of serological assays to monitor antibody responses to single-dose HPV vaccines. Vaccine. 23:S0264-410X(20)30917-8. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2020.07.017.
  • Siddiqui M, Kataria I, Watson K, Chandra-Mouli V. (2020). A systematic review of the evidence on peer education programmes for promoting the sexual and reproductive health of young people in India. Sex Reprod Health Matters.28(1):1741494. doi: 10.1080/26410397.2020.1741494.
  • Tumin R, Johnson K, Spence D, Oza-Frank R. (2020). The Effectiveness of “Push-to-Web” as an Option for a Survey of New Mothers. Matern Child Health J.24(8):960-965. doi: 10.1007/s10995-020-02936-0.
  • Vernon-Feagans L, Bratsch-Hines M, Reynolds E, Willoughby M. (2020). How Early Maternal Language Input Varies by Race and Education and Predicts Later Child Language. Child Dev. 91(4):1098-1115. doi: 10.1111/cdev.13281.
  • Willis SK, Hatch EE, Wesselink AK, Rothman KJ, Mikkelsen EM, Ahrens KA, Wise LA. (2020). Post-partum interval and time to pregnancy in a prospective preconception cohort. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. doi: 10.1111/ppe.12702.
  • Yee LM, Silver RM, Haas DM, Parry S, Mercer BM, Iams J, Wing D, Parker CB, Reddy UM, Wapner RJ, Grobman WA. (2020). Quality of periconceptional dietary intake and maternal and neonatal outcomes. Am J Obstet Gynecol. ;223(1):121.e1-121.e8. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2020.01.042.
  • Zhao XL, Xu XQ, Duan XZ, Rezhake R, Hu SY, Wang Y, Xia CF, Zhang X, Qiao YL, Sankaranarayanan R, Zhao FH, Basu P. (2020). Comparative performance evaluation of different HPV tests and triaging strategies using self-samples and feasibility assessment of thermal ablation in ‘colposcopy and treat’ approach: A population-based study in rural China. Int J Cancer.147(5):1275-1285. doi: 10.1002/ijc.32881

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

July Events & Special Happenings Recap

Deportation and the Traumatizing of a Generation Presentation

On July 23, 35 virtual attendees joined external affiliate Dr. Rebekah Rollston’s presentation on the trauma of deportation and its impact on pregnant and parenting mothers, their children, and epigenetics. Dr. Rollston is the founder of Doctors For A Health US, LCC, Affiliate Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Primary Care Blog, and Family Medicine Physician at Cambridge Health Alliance. A recording of the presentation is available to internal affiliates on the gender center share drive, and to external affiliates upon request.

The following is a list of resources and/or articles with topical information provided by Dr. Rollston:

Contact information
RLRollston@gmail.com or rrollston@challiance.org


Upcoming Events

Virtual Presentation
Safe Abortion Care & Women’s Empowerment in Colombia, South AmericaTuesday, August 18, 2020
12-1 pm EDT
Miria Vivas, MD, MPH, director of Orientame will present on her work around women’s empowerment and access to safe abortion care in Colombia, South America.If you would like to receive additional event information as it becomes available please email bhoward@rti.org


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