July Monthly Update



Dear Friends and Colleagues,

RTI is celebrating its 65th anniversary!  Congratulations to RTI with all the impact made globally! The Global Gender Center has been in existence for 9 years now -- making strides with essential research to address gender inequality. RTI researchers have conducted almost 800 gender-related projects in more than 100 countries around the world. We have hosted more than 300 events with over 5,000 attendees and have two additional working groups aimed at improving our work in LGBTQIA+ inclusive research, as well as facilitating business connections across RTI's vast array of international project work. With more than 1,000 published articles about gender related issues, it is clear that we are in the gender business!
July was Minority Mental Health month, and we hosted an empowering and thoughtful event, see below. We also wanted to share a podcast series by affiliate Dr. Kineka Hull! In the first episode, “Adolescent Health and Sexually Transmitted Infections,” the Elevate Youth Programming team sat down to discuss sexually transmitted infection (STI)/human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) trends and tools and resources to advance adolescent sexual health. You can listen here: https://rb.gy/m9jamz.
We are excited for upcoming programming for August as well on Women's Equality Day! One of our speakers will be a connection I made through Forbes, an Academy Award Winner who started The Pad Project and another will be from the RTI USAID Enabling WASH & Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in Kenya project. Please get stay tuned for upcoming details.

In health,


 RTI Gender-related July Publications

  • Antonishak J, Suellentrop K, Steiner RJ, Lloyd L, Axelson SM. Catalyzing technology-based innovation in teen pregnancy prevention: An implementation model and findings from a human-centered design initiative. Prev Sci. 2023 Jul 19. doi: 10.1007/s11121-023-01523-3.
  • Bank TC, Yee LM, Lynch C, Wu J, Johnson J, McNeil R, Mercer B, Simhan H, Reddy U, Silver RM, Parry S, Saade G, Chung J, Wapner R, Grobman WA, Venkatesh KK. Group B streptococcus colonization in pregnancy and neighborhood socioeconomic disadvantage. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2023 Jul 22:S0002-9378(23)00500-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2023.07.028.
  • Bonner CP, Minnis AM, Ndirangu JW, Browne FA, Speizer I, Nyblade L, Ahmed K, Wechsberg WM. The importance of the individual in PrEP uptake: Multilevel correlates of PrEP uptake among adolescent girls and young women in Tshwane, South Africa. AIDS Behav. 2023 Jul 13. doi: 10.1007/s10461-023-04126-9.
  • Brero M, Meyer CL, Jackson-Morris A, Spencer G, Ludwig-Borycz E, Wu D, Espinosa De Candido AF, Ferre Eguiluz MI, Bonvecchio Arenas A, Jewell J, Nugent R. Investment case for the prevention and reduction of childhood and adolescent overweight and obesity in Mexico. Obes Rev. 2023 Jul 18:e13595. doi: 10.1111/obr.13595
  • Czynski A, Laptook A, Das A, Smith B, Simon A, Greenberg R, Annett R, Lee J, Snowden J, Pedroza C, Lester B, Eggleston B, Bremer D, McGowan E. Pragmatic, randomized, blinded trial to shorten pharmacologic treatment of newborns with Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome (NOWS). Trials. 2023 Jul 21;24(1):466. doi: 10.1186/s13063-023-07378-x.
  • Danilack VA, Siegel-Reamer L, Lum L, Kesselring C, Brousseau EC, Guthrie KM. From "disappointing" to "fantastic": Women's experiences with labor induction in a U.S. tertiary hospital. Birth. 2023 Jul 20. doi: 10.1111/birt.12750.
  • Goldenberg RL, Hwang K, Saleem S, Tikmani SS, Yogeshkumar S, Kulkani V, Ghanchi N, Harakuni S, Ahmed I, Uddin Z, Goudar SS, Guruprasad G, Dhaded S, Goco N, Silver RM, McClure EM. Data usefulness in determining cause of stillbirth in South Asia. BJOG. 2023 Jul 20. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.17592.
  • Guruprasad G, Raghoji CR, Dhaded SM, Tikmani SS, Saleem S, Goudar SS, Hwang K, Yogeshkumar S, Somannavar MS, Reza S, Yasmin H, Moore JL, Bann CM, McClure EM, Goldenberg RL; PURPOSe Study Group. Pregnancy outcomes in preterm multiple gestations: Results from a prospective study in India and Pakistan (PURPOSe). BJOG. 2023 Jul 20. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.17602.
  • Harlfinger J, Sommer I, Gartlehner G. WHO-Leitlinie zu Screening und Behandlung von präkanzerösen Zervixläsionen für die Prävention von Gebärmutterhalskrebs (2. Auflage) [WHO guideline for screening and treatment of cervical pre-cancerous lesions for cervical cancer prevention (Second Edition)]. Gesundheitswesen. 2023 Jul;85(7):630-634. German. doi: 10.1055/a-2052-6652.
  • Hull SJ, Massie JS, Holt SL, Bowleg L. Intersectionality policymaking toolkit: key principles for an intersectionality-informed policymaking process to serve diverse women, children, and families. Health Promot Pract. 2023 Jul;24(4):623-635. doi: 10.1177/15248399231160447.
  • Kavi A, Hoffman MK, Somannavar MS, Metgud MC, Goudar SS, Moore J, Nielsen E, Goco N, McClure EM, Lokangaka A, Tshefu A, Bauserman M, Mwenechanya M, Chomba E, Carlo WA, Figueroa L, Krebs NF, Jessani S, Saleem S, Goldenberg RL, Das P, Patel A, Hibberd PL, Esamai F, Bucher S, Koso-Thomas M, Silver R, Derman RJ. Aspirin delays the onset of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy among nulliparous pregnant women: A secondary analysis of the ASPIRIN trial. BJOG. 2023 Jul 20. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.17607.
  • Kavi A, Goudar SS, Somannavar MS, Moore JL, Derman RJ, Saleem S, Naqvi S, Billah SM, Haque R, Figueroa L, Mazariegos M, Lokangaka A, Tshefu A, Esamai F, Mwenechanya M, Chomba E, Patel A, Das P, Bauserman M, Petri WA Jr, Krebs NF, Carlo WA, Bucher S, Hibberd PL, Koso-Thomas M, McClure EM, Goldenberg RL. COVID-19 symptoms and antibody positivity among unvaccinated pregnant women: An observational study in seven countries from the Global Network. BJOG. 2023 Jul 20. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.17604.
  • Keita MS, Camara A, Daffe M, Fofana A, Balde M, Diallo T, Barry H, Fitch E, Taton JL, Bangoura L, Mbounga E, Reithinger R. Integrating nutrition assessments and seasonal malaria chemoprevention: Results from a mixed-methods feasibility study in Guinea. Trop Med Int Health. 2023 Jul;28(7):571-575. doi: 10.1111/tmi.13897.
  • Maragh-Bass AC, Stoner MCD, Castellanos-Usigli A, Agarwal H, Katz AWK, Patani H, Sukhija-Cohen A, Campbell L, Arreola S, Saberi P. New preexposure prophylaxis options need updated counseling approaches: Reframing 'risk' in HIV prevention counseling for young sexual and gender minorities of color. AIDS. 2023 Jul 15;37(9):1361-1366. doi: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000003563.
  • O'Donnell KJ, Gallis JA, Turner EL, Hagaman AK, Scherer E, Sikander S, Maselko J. The day-in-the-life method for assessing infant caregiving in rural Pakistan. Fam Relat. 2023 Jul;72(3):1237-1253. doi: 10.1111/fare.12706.
  • Ondersma SJ, Kress AM, Stroustrup A, Annett RD, Avalos LA, Talavera-Barber M, Brennan PA, Camargo CA Jr, Conradt E, Dunlop AL, Elliott AJ, Hedderson MM, Li X, McGrath M, Nguyen RHN, Page GP, Sathyanarayana S, Lester B. The association between intrauterine exposure to opioids, tobacco, alcohol, and cannabis and length of birth hospitalization among neonates without NOWS. J Perinatol. 2023 Jul;43(7):949-951. doi: 10.1038/s41372-023-01694-5.
  • Osakwe CE, van der Drift I, Opper CA, Zule WA, Browne FA, Wechsberg WM. Condom use at last sex and sexual negotiation among young African American women in North Carolina: context or personal agency. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2023 Jul 26. doi: 10.1007/s40615-023-01693-4.
  • Rennie S, Henderson G, Phanuphak N, Kuczynski K, Colby D, Ormsby N, Kroon E, Hsu D, Likhitwonnawut U, Vasan S, Sacdalan C, Jupimai T, Butterworth O, Peay H. The essential need for trust when transmission risk cannot be eliminated in HIV-Remission trials. Ethics Hum Res. 2023 Jul-Aug;45(4):2-15. doi: 10.1002/eahr.500172.
  • Saleem S, Tikmani SS, Goudar SS, Hwang K, Dhaded S, Guruprasad G, Nadig NG, Kusagur VB, Patil LGC, Siddartha ES, Yogeshkumar S, Somannavar MS, Roujani S, Khan M, Shaikh M, Hanif M, Bann CM, McClure EM, Goldenberg RL; PURPOSE Study Group. Neonatal mortality among preterm infants admitted to neonatal intensive care units in India and Pakistan: A prospective study. BJOG. 2023 Jul 20. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.17581.
  • Semenza D, Silver I, Stansfield R, Boen C. Concentrated disadvantage and functional disability: a longitudinal neighbourhood analysis in 100 US cities. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2023 Jul 14:jech-2023-220487. doi: 10.1136/jech-2023-220487.
  • Shapley-Quinn MK, Song M, Chen BA, Devlin B, Luecke E, Brown J, Blithe DL, Achilles SL, van der Straten A. Participant experiences with a multipurpose vaginal ring for HIV and pregnancy prevention during a phase 1 clinical trial: learning from users to improve acceptability. Front Reprod Health. 2023 Jul 6;5:1147628. doi: 10.3389/frph.2023.1147628.
  • Silver IA, Semenza DC, Nedelec JL. Incarceration of youths in an adult correctional facility and risk of premature death. JAMA Netw Open. 2023 Jul 3;6(7):e2321805. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.21805.
  • Stevenson E, Tanabe P, Knisely M, Masese R, Bulgin D, Preiss L, Hankins JS, King AA, Gordeuk V, Shah N. Infertility and treatment-seeking practices among females and males with sickle cell disease in the Sickle Cell Disease Implementation Consortium registry. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2023 Jul;70(7):e30356. doi: 10.1002/pbc.30356.
  • Stoner MCD, Hawley I, Mathebula F, Horne E, Etima J, Kemigisha D, Mutero P, Dandadzi A, Seyama L, Fabiano Z, Scheckter R, Noguchi L, Owor M, Balkus JE, Montgomery ET. Acceptability and use of the Dapivirine Vaginal Ring and daily oral Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) during breastfeeding in South Africa, Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Uganda. AIDS Behav. 2023 Jul 11. doi: 10.1007/s10461-023-04125-w.
  • Swiatlo A, Curtis S, Gottfredson N, Halpern C, Tumlinson K, Hassmiller Lich K. Contraceptive behavior dynamics and unintended pregnancy: a latent transition analysis. Demography. 2023 Jul 20:10877862. doi: 10.1215/00703370-10877862.
  • Tita ATN, Carlo WA, McClure EM. Azithromycin to prevent sepsis or death in women planning a vaginal birth. Reply. N Engl J Med. 2023 Jul 20;389(3):283-284. doi: 10.1056/NEJMc2305875.
  • Young AM, Mancuso N, Atujuna M, Tenza S, Chitukuta M, Kemigisha D, Ngure K, van der Straten A, Garcia M, Szydlo D, Soto-Torres L, Roberts ST. Adolescent girls and young women's experiences with disclosing oral PrEP or Dapivirine Vaginal Ring use: a multi-country qualitative analysis. AIDS Behav. 2023 Jul 1. doi: 10.1007/s10461-023-04109-w.


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


July Publication Feature

In a recent publication, RTI International researchers examined the importance of personal agency and external correlates in the context of PrEP uptake. Using data collected over a 9-month period, researchers found that, while perceived higher HIV risk was associated with lower likelihood of PrEP uptake, condomless last sex was a potential predictor for PrEP uptake. Understanding what individual, interpersonal, and community-level factors can prevent or empower young women to take PrEP can help to address HIV prevention, especially for young South African women at risk. Read more

Bonner CP, Minnis AM, Ndirangu JW, Browne FA, Speizer I, Nyblade L, Ahmed K, Wechsberg WM. The importance of the individual in PrEP uptake: Multilevel correlates of PrEP uptake among adolescent girls and young women in Tshwane, South Africa. AIDS Behav. 2023 Jul 13. doi: 10.1007/s10461-023-04126-9.


RTI Gender-related July Project Wins

Congratulations to:

  • Jeffrey Rosen and team on their win, EAPS Computer Science for All, from the NSF
  • Elizabeth McClure and team on their win, Global Network for Women's and Children's Health Research Data Coordinating Center: 2023-2030, from NIH NICHD
  • Wanda Bodnar and team on their win, Lactational Environmental Exposures: Associations with Early Growth and Adiposity in the First Months of Life-add-on, from the University of Oklahoma
  • Rebecca Lawrence and team on their win, Philippines - New Higher Education Activity (formerly QUEST), from USAID Philippines Mission
  • Norman Goco and team on their win, CHAMPS (MITS) Kits Year 4, from Emory University
  • Rebecca Pfeffer and team on their win, CACTX Research Projects, from the Children's Advocacy Center of Texas (CACTX)


 July Project Win Feature

Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth McClure and team on winning their award for the Global Network for Women's and Children's Health Research Data Coordinating Center from 2023 to 2030! RTI has hosted this center since 2001 and has undertaken numerous studies in 6 countries around the world on topics ranging from nutrition to addressing and ending newborn and maternal mortality.


July Event Recap

On July 26th, the RTI Global Gender Center hosted an event in honor of Minority Mental Health month. This event featured presentations from Drs. Lissette Saavedra and Ye Pogue, and also contained a moderated discussion by Dr. Courtney Peasant Bonner. Mental health can pose barriers to research both in ensuring the safety of participants, and also maintaining the health of the researcher. Presentations covered topics ranging from personal experiences with mental illness in research to work addressing mental health challenges among Latina women in North Carolina. If you are interested in viewing a recording of this event, please reach out to ivanderdrift@rti.org.


Upcoming Events

AUGUST 2023 
Join us for an event about menstrual equity in honor of Women's Equality Day!


Gender Science News 

Racism and sexism underlie high maternal death rates for Black women, U.N. says
'Milking' umbilical cords may help some sickly newborns
Iron deficiency goes unnoticed in too many U.S. female adolescents
Women are more likely than men to share personal details when teaching
New drug delivery system shows promise in treatment of life-threatening pregnancy condition


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