November Monthly Update

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Lots of news about COVID variants that may concern our global work and cause even more delays. It is a wait and see. I am reminded of the persistent challenges we have all had yet we are so adaptable and so many projects have progressed. More than ever I am thankful for the work we all do to address gender inequality, even with restrictions in place. Yet, we all know that staff are also impacted and stressed who are on the frontlines, we must appreciate and support them!
This past month we celebrated International Men's Day on November 19, and highlighted the impressive work that our internal affiliates are doing to address issues that specifically affect men. Check out our Twitter! The holidays have sprung upon us for many, and I wish you all a very special holiday season filled with good health and memories: Felices fiestas 节日快乐 Bonnes fêtes Frohe Feiertage 良い休日を छुट्टियाँ मुबारक हों أعياد سعيدة Geseende Kerfees Twawatakia heri na fanaka sikukuu za Desemba Happy Holidays, among so many other incredible languages!
I look forward to commemorating the 16 Days of Activism against GBV next month with you all.

In health,
Dr. Wendee

RTI Gender-related November publications

  • Akré, E.-R. L., Marthey, D. J., Ojukwu, C., Ottenwaelder, C., Comfort, M., & Lorvick, J. (2021). Social Stability and Unmet Health Care Needs in a Community-Based Sample of Women Who Use Drugs. Health Services Research and Managerial Epidemiology8, 233339282110486.

  • Anderson, S., Mauskopf, J., Talbird, S. E., White, A., & Srinivasan, M. (2021). Antiseizure medications and oral contraceptives: Impact of enzyme inducers on pregnancy outcomes and costs. Epilepsy & Behavior125, 108368.
  • Basu, P., Malvi, S. G., Joshi, S., Bhatla, N., Muwonge, R., Lucas, E., Verma, Y., Esmy, P. O., Poli, U. R. R., Shah, A., Zomawia, E., Pimple, S., Jayant, K., Hingmire, S., Chiwate, A., Divate, U., Vashist, S., Mishra, G., Jadhav, R., … Sankaranarayanan, R. (2021). Vaccine efficacy against persistent human papillomavirus (HPV) 16/18 infection at 10 years after one, two, and three doses of quadrivalent HPV vaccine in girls in India: a multicentre, prospective, cohort study. The Lancet Oncology22(11), 1518–1529.
  • Bouvard, V., Wentzensen, N., Mackie, A., Berkhof, J., Brotherton, J., Giorgi-Rossi, P., Kupets, R., Smith, R., Arrossi, S., Bendahhou, K., Canfell, K., Chirenje, Z. M., Chung, M. H., Del Pino, M., de Sanjosé, S., Elfström, M., Franco, E. L., Hamashima, C., Hamers, F. F., … Lauby-Secretan, B. (2021). The IARC perspective on cervical cancer screening. The New England Journal of Medicine385(20), 1908–1918.
  • Cappa, C., Petrowski, N., De Castro, E. F., Geisen, E., LeBaron, P., Allen-Leigh, B., Place, J. M., & Scanlon, P. J. (2021). Identifying and Minimizing Errors in the Measurement of Early Childhood Development: Lessons Learned from the Cognitive Testing of the ECDI2030. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health18(22).
  • DeBusk, K., Abeysinghe, S., Vickers, A., Nangia, A., Bell, J., Ike, C., Forero-Torres, A., & Blahna, M. T. (2021). Efficacy of tucatinib for HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer after HER2-targeted therapy: a network meta-analysisFuture Oncology17(33), 4635–4647.
  • Etima, J., Katz, A. W. K., Duby, Z., Garcia, M., Palanee-Phillips, T., Reddy, K., Mathebula, F., Zimba, C., Mansoor, L. E., Singh, D., Manengamambo, E., Naidoo, S., Soto-Torres, L., Montgomery, E. T., & MTN-020/ASPIRE, MTN 025/HOPE, MTN-032 Study teams. (2021). Does the Ring Work? Perceptions and Understanding of the Efficacy of a Dapivirine Vaginal Ring for HIV Prevention Amongst Women in a Placebo-Controlled TrialAIDS and Behavior.
  • Garcia, M., Luecke, E., Mayo, A. J., Scheckter, R., Ndase, P., Kiweewa, F. M., Kemigisha, D., Musara, P., Mansoor, L. E., Singh, N., Woeber, K., Morar, N. S., Jeenarain, N., Gaffoor, Z., Gondwe, D. K., Makala, Y., Fleurs, L., Reddy, K., Palanee-Phillips, T., … Torjesen, K. (2021). Impact and experience of participant engagement activities in supporting dapivirine ring use among participants enrolled in the phase III MTN-020/ASPIRE studyBMC Public Health21(1), 2041.
  • Goldenberg, R. L., & McClure, E. M. (2021). Antibiotics at delivery: do the benefits outweigh the risks? Primum Non Nocere. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
  • Goldenberg, R. L., Saleem, S., Goudar, S. S., Guruprasad, G., Tikmani, S. S., & McClure, E. M. (2021). Preventability of stillbirths: context mattersBJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
  • Goldstein, K. M., Zullig, L. L., Andrews, S. M., Sperber, N., Lewinski, A. A., Voils, C. I., Oddone, E. Z., & Bosworth, H. B. (2021). Patient experiences with a phone-based cardiovascular risk reduction intervention: Are there differences between women and men? Patient Education and Counseling104(11), 2834–2838.
  • Jukes, M. C. H., Mgonda, N. L., Tibenda, J. J., Gabrieli, P., Jeremiah, G., Betts, K. L., Williams, J., & Bub, K. L. (2021). Building an assessment of community-defined social-emotional competencies from the ground up in Tanzania. Child Development92(6), e1095–e1109.
  • Kauffman, T. L., Prado, Y. K., Reyes, A. A., Zepp, J. M., Sawyer, J., White, L. L., Martucci, J., Salas, S. B., Vertrees, S., Rope, A. F., Weinmann, S., Henrikson, N. B., Lee, S. S.-J., Feigelson, H. S., & Hunter, J. E. (2021). Feasibility of a traceback approach for using pathology specimens to facilitate genetic testing in the genetic risk analysis in ovarian cancer (GRACE) study protocol. Journal of Personalized Medicine11(11).
  • Kranzler, H. R., Washio, Y., Zindel, L. R., Wileyto, E. P., Srinivas, S., Hand, D. J., Hoffman, M., Oncken, C., & Schnoll, R. A. (2021). Placebo-controlled trial of bupropion for smoking cessation in pregnant women. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology MFM3(6), 100315.
  • La, E. M., Garbinsky, D., Hunter, S., Poston, S., Novy, P., & Ghaswalla, P. (2021). National and State-Level Composite Completion of Recommended Vaccines Among Adolescents in the United States, 2015-2018. The Journal of Adolescent Health69(5), 762–768.
  • Lv, N., Xiao, L., Rosas, L. G., Venditti, E. M., Smyth, J. M., Lewis, M. A., Snowden, M. B., Ronneberg, C. R., Williams, L. M., Gerber, B. S., Ajilore, O. A., Patel, A. S., & Ma, J. (2021). Sex moderates treatment effects of integrated collaborative care for comorbid obesity and depression: the RAINBOW RCT. Annals of Behavioral Medicine55(12), 1157–1167.
  • McClure, E. M., & Goldenberg, R. L. (2021). Preterm neonatal survival: what is the role of prognostic models? BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
  • Meinhofer, A., Hinde, J. M., Keyes, K. M., & Lugo-Candelas, C. (2021). Association of comorbid behavioral and medical conditions with cannabis use disorder in pregnancyJAMA Psychiatry.
  • Ozdemir, S., Sears, C. G., Harrington, J. M., Poulsen, A. H., Buckley, J., Howe, C. J., James, K. A., Tjonneland, A., Wellenius, G. A., Raaschou-Nielsen, O., & Meliker, J. (2021). Relationship between Urine Creatinine and Urine Osmolality in Spot Samples among Men and Women in the Danish Diet Cancer and Health Cohort. Toxics9(11).
  • Sauder, K. A., Harte, R. N., Ringham, B. M., Guenther, P. M., Bailey, R. L., Alshawabkeh, A., Cordero, J. F., Dunlop, A. L., Ferranti, E. P., Elliott, A. J., Mitchell, D. C., Hedderson, M. M., Avalos, L. A., Zhu, Y., Breton, C. V., Chatzi, L., Ran, J., Hertz-Picciotto, I., Karagas, M. R., … Program Collaborators for Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO). (2021). Disparities in Risks of Inadequate and Excessive Intake of Micronutrients during Pregnancy. The Journal of Nutrition151(11), 3555–3569.
  • Sekhon, M., van der Straten, A., & MTN-041/MAMMA Study Team. (2021). Pregnant and breastfeeding women’s prospective acceptability of two biomedical HIV prevention approaches in Sub Saharan Africa: A multisite qualitative analysis using the Theoretical Framework of Acceptability. Plos One16(11), e0259779.
  • Stoner, M. C. D., Bhushan, N. L., Maragh-Bass, A. C., Mitchell, J. T., Riggins, L., Walker, M., LeMasters, K., Reese, B., Dearing, A., Debnam, S., Golin, C., Lightfoot, A. F., & Pettifor, A. (2021). Using participatory methods to assess prep interest and uptake among young people living in the southeastern US: A mixed methods assessment. AIDS and Behavior.
  • Stoner, M. C. D., Edwards, J. K., Westreich, D., Kilburn, K., Ahern, J., Lippman, S. A., Gómez-Olivé, F. X., Kahn, K., & Pettifor, A. (2021a). Correction to: modeling cash plus other psychosocial and structural interventions to prevent HIV among adolescent girls and young women in south africa (HPTN 068). AIDS and Behavior25(Suppl 2), 144.
  • Stoner, M. C. D., Edwards, J. K., Westreich, D., Kilburn, K., Ahern, J., Lippman, S. A., Gómez-Olivé, F. X., Kahn, K., & Pettifor, A. (2021b). Modeling cash plus other psychosocial and structural interventions to prevent HIV among adolescent girls and young women in south africa (HPTN 068). AIDS and Behavior25(Suppl 2), 133–143.
  • Thornburg, J., Halchenko, Y., McCombs, M., Siripanichgon, N., Dowell, E., Cho, S.-H., Egner, J., Sayarath, V., & Karagas, M. R. (2021). Children’s particulate matter exposure characterization as part of the new hampshire birth cohort

November Publication Feature

Social Stability and Unmet Health Care Needs in a Community-Based Sample of Women Who Use Drugs
Guided by the framework of social determinants of health, RTI researchers sought to examine the relationship between access to healthcare services and social stability among over 500 women who reported drug use in Oakland, CA. In their analysis, researchers found that those with higher levels of social stability had fewer unmet mental health and other medical care needs than their counterparts. The authors suggest that further research be conducted on the effects of gender-specific drug treatment on drug use, social stability, and unmet healthcare needs.

Akré, E.-R. L., Marthey, D. J., Ojukwu, C., Ottenwaelder, C., Comfort, M., & Lorvick, J. (2021). Social Stability and Unmet Health Care Needs in a Community-Based Sample of Women Who Use Drugs. Health Services Research and Managerial Epidemiology8, 233339282110486.

RTI Gender-related November Project Wins


Congratulations to:

  • Katherine Treiman and team on their win, Evaluation of MD Anderson HPV Vaccination Initiative, from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Norman Goco and team on their win, MITS Surveillance Alliance: Accelerating pathology-based mortality surveillance using MITS, from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Michelle Krzyzanowski and team on their win, PhenX Supplement for Expanding Social Determinants of Health, from PHS NIH NHGRI
  • Kelle Barrick and team on their win, Research and Evaluation of Trafficking in Persons - Labor Trafficking, from the Department of Justice National Institute of Justice
  • Nicole Lee and team on their win, 2022 and 2023 Ohio Study of Associated Risks of Stillbirth (OH SOARS), from the Ohio State University
  • Jonathan Thornburg and team on their win,Reducing Household Air Pollution Exposure to Improve Early Child Health and Development: Extending the CHANge Trial, from the University of Sydney
  • Sue Napierala and team on their win, Savings interventions to reduce men's engagement in HIV risk behaviors, from the University of Pennsylvania
  • Melissa McSweign and team on their win, Columbia Kazakhstan NIH R21 Stigma Bid, from Columbia University
  • Courtney Bonner and team on their win, 217711/ BW Implementation Science Study- Time and Materials Contract, from GlaxoSmithKline - USA

 November Project-Win Feature

Savings Intervention to Reduce Men's Involvement in HIV Risk Behaviors
This recently-awarded project will partner with a prominent Kenyan bank to provide prize-based incentives to local men for not engaging in HIV risk behaviors and promote savings behaviors to improve health outcomes, future orientation, and reduce HIV risk. 

Congratulations to the project team on this exciting win!


Upcoming Events

November 25th through December 10th are the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence!
Stay tuned for information about what we are doing to commemorate this at our next RTI Global Gender Center meeting.


 Gender Science News 

Unvaccinated: The kids aren’t alright
Clinician peer networks remove race and gender bias
Moderate amounts of caffeine not linked to maternal health risks
New study finds evidence of COVID antibodies in breast milk of vaccinated mothers
Lack of sleep affecting students’ mental health especially women

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