November Monthly Update

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Having just celebrated Thanksgiving here in the United States, I want to express how thankful we are for each and every one of you, as each of us has a role in the betterment of society and the world. Looking back at November, we observed and honored International Men's Day, Veterans Day, Transgender Day of Remembrance, and the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. We also kicked off the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence via a social media Twitter campaign and will host an event on December 10th to commemorate the end of the 16 Days and Human Rights Day. See details below, and please check out our Twitter and blog to read more about how we are participating to #OrangeTheWorld.

On November 18th, we hosted an event sharing RTI research on men and boys to commemorate International Men's Day. These two presentations focused on supporting male survivors of violence, which you can learn more about below.

As always, please let me know if you would like to give a talk on your gender-based research at one of our upcoming events. I look forward to sharing more with you about what our internal affiliates have been up to this month in the RTI Global Gender Center below. We are rocking!

Please be safe!


RTI Gender-related November Project Wins

  • Carolina Barbosa and team on their project win, Assessing Pandemic-Driven Changes in Alcohol Consumption, from NIH NIAAA

  • Katie Cretin and team on their project win, Add-on to Women First Yr 10, from the University of Colorado Denver

  • Serena Hinz and team on their project win, Wake Invests in Women add-on, MOU3, from the Wake Invests in Women

  • Lynn Langton and team on their project win, Advancing the Use of Technology to Assist Victims of Crime, from the Dept of Justice OVC

  • Lori-Ann Palen and team on their project win, Infographic Add-On: Evaluation Services for the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte, from the Healthcare Foundation of Laporte

  • Courtney Peasant Bonner and team on their project win, One-Year FY2020 EHE CFAR/ARC Supplement Announcement, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC Chapel Hill)

  • Rebecca Pfeffer and team on their project win, County Innovations to Prevent Commercial Sexual Exploitation, from the Harris County District Attorney's Office

  • John Richardson and team on their project win, Stop Soldier Suicide Cost Study Amendment, from Stop Soldier Suicide

  • Ariane van der Straten and team on their project win, Injection Trio Brief, from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  • Marina Simic and team on their project win, Energy Secure Philippines Activity, from the USAID Philippines Mission

RTI Gender-related November Publications

Appukkuttan S, Farej R, Miles L, Purser M, Wen L. Budget impact analysis of darolutamide for treatment of nonmetastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer. J Manag Care Spec Pharm. 2020 Nov 3:1-9. doi: 10.18553/jmcp.2020.20330.

Brown ER, Hendrix CW, van der Straten A, Kiweewa FM, Mgodi NM, Palanee-Philips T, Marzinke MA, Bekker LG, Soto-Torres L, Hillier SL, Baeten JM; MTN-020/ASPIRE Study Team. Greater dapivirine release from the dapivirine vaginal ring is correlated with lower risk of HIV-1 acquisition: a secondary analysis from a randomized, placebo-controlled trial. J Int AIDS Soc. 2020 Nov;23(11):e25634. doi: 10.1002/jia2.25634.

Covington L, Armstrong B, Trude ACB, Black MM. Longitudinal associations among diet quality, physical activity and sleep onset consistency with body mass index z-score among toddlers in low-income families. Ann Behav Med. 2020 Nov 16:kaaa100. doi: 10.1093/abm/kaaa100.

Deese J, Philip N, Lind M, Ahmed K, Batting J, Beksinska M, Edward VA, Louw CE, Onono M, Palanee-Phillips T, Smit JA, Baeten JM, Donnell D, Mastro TD, Mugo NR, Nanda K, Rees H, Morrison C. Sexually transmitted infections among women randomised to depot medroxyprogesterone acetate, a copper intrauterine device or a levonorgestrel implant. Sex Transm Infect. 2020 Nov 18:sextrans-2020-054590. doi: 10.1136/sextrans-2020-054590.

Deese J, Wang M, Lapple D, Nelson JAE, Kuerten B, Steiner MJ, Chen PL, Hobbs MM. What's sex got to do with it? Understanding potential confounding and exposure misclassification in mechanistic sexually transmitted infection research. J Infect Dis. 2020 Nov 12:jiaa705. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiaa705.

Dolan CB, Saunders M, BenYishay A. Childhood health and the changing distribution of foreign aid: Evidence from Nigeria's transition to lower-middle-income status. PLoS One. 2020 Nov 4;15(11):e0241866. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0241866.

Dutta A, Alaka M, Ibigbami T, Adepoju D, Adekunle S, Olamijulo J, Adedokun B, Deji-Abiodun O, Chartier R, Ojengbede O, Olopade CO. Impact of prenatal and postnatal household air pollution exposure on lung function of 2-year old Nigerian children by oscillometry. Sci Total Environ. 2020 Nov 5:143419. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.143419.

Gartlehner G, Vander Schaaf EB, Orr C, Kennedy SM, Clark R, Viswanathan M. Screening for hypertension in children and adolescents: updated evidence report and systematic review for the US Preventive Services Task Force. JAMA. 2020 Nov 10;324(18):1884-1895. doi: 10.1001/jama.2020.11119.

Gatzke-Kopp L, Willoughby MT, Warkentien S, Petrie D, Mills-Koonce R, Blair C. Association between environmental tobacco smoke exposure across the first four years of life and manifestation of externalizing behavior problems in school-aged children. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2020 Nov;61(11):1243-1252. doi: 10.1111/jcpp.13157.

Guthrie JF, Anater AS, Hampton JC, Catellier DJ, Eldridge AL, Johnson WL, Quann EE. The special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children is associated with several changes in nutrient intakes and food consumption patterns of participating infants and young children, 2008 compared with 2016. J Nutr. 2020 Nov 19;150(11):2985-2993. doi: 10.1093/jn/nxaa265.
Haber G, Conway KM, Paramsothy P, Roy A, Rogers H, Ling X, Kozauer N, Street N, Romitti PA, Fox DJ, Phan HC, Matthews D, Ciafaloni E, Oleszek J, James KA, Galindo M, Whitehead N, Johnson N, Butterfield RJ, Pandya S, Venkatesh S, Bhattaram VA. Association of genetic mutations and loss of ambulation in childhood-onset dystrophinopathy. Muscle Nerve. 2020 Nov 5. doi: 10.1002/mus.27113.

Harlow AF, Wesselink AK, Hatch EE, Rothman KJ, Wise LA. Male preconception marijuana use and spontaneous abortion: a prospective cohort study. Epidemiology. 2020 Nov 5. doi: 10.1097/EDE.0000000000001303.

Jakus-Waldman S, Brubaker L, Jelovsek JE, Schaffer JI, Ellington DR, Mazloomdoost D, Whitworth R, Gantz MG; NICHD Pelvic Floor Disorders Network (PFDN). Risk factors for surgical failure and worsening pelvic floor symptoms within 5 years after vaginal prolapse repair. Obstet Gynecol. 2020 Nov;136(5):933-941. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000004092.

Laptook AR, Shankaran S, Barnes P, Rollins N, Do BT, Parikh NA, Hamrick S, Hintz SR, Tyson JE, Bell EF, Ambalavanan N, Goldberg RN,; Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network. Limitations of conventional magnetic resonance imaging as a predictor of death or disability following neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy in the late hypothermia trial. J Pediatr. 2020 Nov 12:S0022-3476(20)31392-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2020.11.015.

Peay HL, Ormsby NQ, Henderson GE, Jupimai T, Rennie S, Siripassorn K, Kanchawee K, Isaacson S, Cadigan RJ, Kuczynski K, Likhitwonnawut U. Recommendations from Thai stakeholders about protecting HIV remission ('cure') trial participants: report from a participatory workshop. Int Health. 2020 Nov 9;12(6):567-574. doi: 10.1093/inthealth/ihaa067.

Schairer C, Hablas A, Eldein IAS, Gaafar R, Rais H, Mezlini A, Ayed FB, Ayoub WB, Benider A, Tahri A, Khouchani M, Aboulazm D, Karkouri M, Eissa S, Bastawisy AE, Yehia M, Gadalla SM, Swain SM, Merajver SD, Brown LM, Pfeiffer RM, Soliman AS. Risk factors for inflammatory and non-inflammatory breast cancer in North Africa. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2020 Nov;184(2):543-558. doi: 10.1007/s10549-020-05864-3.

Shukla VV, Eggleston B, Ambalavanan N, McClure EM, Mwenechanya M, Chomba E, Bose C, Bauserman M, Tshefu A, Goudar SS, Derman RJ, Garcés A, Krebs NF, Saleem S, Goldenberg RL, Patel A, Hibberd PL, Esamai F, Bucher S, Liechty EA, Koso-Thomas M, Carlo WA. Predictive modeling for perinatal mortality in resource-limited settings. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 Nov 2;3(11):e2026750. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.26750.

Subramanian S, Tangka FKL, Edwards P, Jones M, Flanigan T, Kaganova J, Smith K, Thomas CC, Hawkins NA, Rodriguez JL, Guy GP Jr, Fairley T. Treatment cost and access to care: experiences of young women diagnosed with breast cancer. Cancer Causes Control. 2020 Nov;31(11):1001-1009. doi: 10.1007/s10552-020-01334-9

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

November Events

International Men's Day Presentation
Affiliates Drs. Stephanie Hawkins and Darrig Brown presented on their Supporting Male Survivors of Violence Initiative. This five-year initiative evaluated 12 different programs that supported young men of color following experiences of violence, expressing the importance of having culturally relevant services and curricula. We also heard from Dr. Katherine Karriker-Jaffe about her work examining how behavioral competencies are linked to the development of alcohol use disorder in young men during emerging adulthood. You can read more about Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Brown's project here, and you can read about Dr. Karriker-Jaffe's project hereOver 30 people attended this presentation.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, December 1, 2020   I   11:30AM – 1:00PM EST
Virtual via Zoom

RTI researchers in the Global Public Health Impact Center (GPHIC) present on their cross-cutting and cross-cultural HIV research around the world, with testimonials from individuals on the ground and in the field.

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This two-part event will commemorate both the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence and Human Rights Day. RTI Global Gender Center researchers and affiliates will lead presentations surrounding gender-based violence in relation to mental health and intersectional factors, the energy sector, and in the classroom in a local to global context.

PART I: 10:00 – 11:00 AM EST
Welcome & Event Kickoff

(Dr. Wendee Wechsberg, Director, RTI Global Gender Center & Guest)

PART II: 2:00 – 3:40 PM EST
2:00 PM   Gender-Based Violence and Mental Health among Black Adolescents and Young Women  (Dr. Courtney Peasant Bonner, Research Clinical Psychologist, RTI) 
2:30 PM  Advancing Gender Equity in the Energy Sector in Rwanda: A response to GBV in the Workplace  (Ana Perez, Senior Technical Gender Advisor, Energy;
Associate Director, RTI Global Gender Center)

3:00 PM  Journey through Uganda: Addressing School-Related Gender-Based Violence
(Julianne Norman, Education Analyst, RTI)

  3:40 PM Closing


If you would like to receive additional event information as it becomes available please email


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