October Monthly Update

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Can you believe it is already the end of October? Over these past four weeks, we observed Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Intersex Awareness Day, National Coming Out Day, LGBT History Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and for many tomorrow, Halloween, safely or at home! Be sure to check out our latest blog if you haven't already, found here.

Today, October 30th, we hosted an event sharing RTI research on domestic violence - one on a policy brief published by RTI Press about partner violence helping couples affected by incarceration (read here), and the other an excellent review of an evaluation demonstrating that we need more prevention programs for men and boys (read here).

Both were great talks and I enjoyed our exchange after each of them. There is clearly still much we need to consider in ending gender violence with developmental and environmental issues. A concern we have all had, especially now that COVID is in the mix as well. Please let me or Brittni know if you would like to give a talk at one of our upcoming events. I look forward to sharing more with you about what we have been up to this month in the RTI Global Gender Center below.

Please be sure to keep an eye out for the announcement of a 16 Days of Activism event in the works! Please be safe!

RTI Gender-related October Project Wins

  • Barrot Lambdin and team on their win, CDC Preventing Suicide Technical Package Update from University of Washington

  • Anna Yaros and team on their win, 2021 Ohio Pregnancy Assessment Survey (OPAS) from Prevention Institute

  • Nicole Lee and team on their win, FY20 COPS Community Policing Development - Victim Support from Ohio State University

  • Crystal Daye and team on their win, Adaptation, Implementation, and Evaluation of the Sexual Communication and Consent Program at the U.S. Air Force Academy from International Association of Chiefs of Police

  • Marni Kan and team on their win, Alive & Thrive Nigeria implementation research add on from University of Florida

  • Valerie Flax and team on their win, Sexual Violence Prevention Research Design and Technical Support from Family Health International

  • Miriam Hartmann and their team on their win, Papua New Guinea (PNG) Electrification Partnership from No Means No Worldwide

RTI Gender-related October Publications

Armaroli P, Riggi E, Basu P, Anttila A, Ponti A, Carvalho AL, Dillner J, Elfström MK, Giordano L, Lönnberg S, Ronco G, Senore C, Soerjomataram I, Tomatis M, Vale DB, Jarm K, Sankaranarayanan R, Segnan N. Performance indicators in breast cancer screening in the European Union: A comparison across countries of screen positivity and detection rates. Int J Cancer. 2020. 147(7):1855-1863. doi: 10.1002/ijc.32968.
Armstrong B, Hepworth AD, Black MM. Hunger in the household: Food insecurity and associations with maternal eating and toddler feeding. Pediatr Obes. 2020. 15(10):e12637. doi: 10.1111/ijpo.12637.Bansal PS, Haas SM, Willoughby MT, Coles EK, Pelham WE Jr, Waschbusch DA. A Pilot Study of Emotional Response to Time-Out in Children With Conduct Problems and Callous-Unemotional Traits. Psychol Rep. 2020. 123(5):2017-2037. doi: 10.1177/0033294119884014.
Chambers GM, Keller E, Choi S, Khalaf Y, Crawford S, Botha W, Ledger W. Funding and public reporting strategies for reducing multiple pregnancy from fertility treatments. Fertil Steril. 2020. 114(4):715-721. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2020.08.1405.
Chandrasekharan P, Lakshminrusimha S, Chowdhury D, Van Meurs K, Keszler M, Kirpalani H, Das A, Walsh MC, McGowan EC, Higgins RD; NRN STEERING COMMITTEE. Early Hypoxic Respiratory Failure in Extreme Prematurity: Mortality and Neurodevelopmental Outcomes. Pediatrics. 2020. 146(4):e20193318. doi: 10.1542/peds.2019-3318.
Chawla S, Laptook AR, Smith EA, Tan S, Natarajan G, Wyckoff MH, Ambalavanan N, Bell EF, Van Meurs KP, Stevenson DK, Werner EF, Greenberg RG, Das A, Shankaran S; Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Neonatal Research Network. In-hospital mortality and morbidity among extremely preterm infants in relation to maternal body mass index. J Perinatol. 2020. doi: 10.1038/s41372-020-00847-0.
Eric Jelovsek J, Gantz MG, Lukacz E, Sridhar A, Zyczynski H, Harvie HS, Dunivan G, Schaffer J, Sung V, Varner R, Mazloomdoost D, Barber MD; NICHD Pelvic Floor Disorders Network. Success and failure are dynamic, recurrent event states after surgical treatment for pelvic organ prolapse. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2020. S0002-9378(20)31181-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2020.10.009.
Eshetu B, Gashaw M, Solomon S, Berhane M, Molla K, Abebe T, Gizaw S, Abdissa A, Abayneh M, Goldenberg RL, Tigabu Z, Mekasha A, Worku B, McClure EM, Nigusse AK, Muhe LM. Bacterial Isolates and Resistance Patterns in Preterm Infants with Sepsis in Selected Hospitals in Ethiopia: A Longitudinal Observational Study. Glob Pediatr Health. 2020. 7:2333794X20953318. doi: 10.1177/2333794X20953318.
Flores AR, Langton L, Meyer IH, Romero AP. Victimization rates and traits of sexual and gender minorities in the United States: Results from the National Crime Victimization Survey, 2017. Sci Adv. 2020. 6(40):eaba6910. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aba6910. PMID: 33008905.
Gichane MW, Wechsberg WM, Ndirangu J, Browne FA, Bonner CP, Grimwood A, Shaikh N, Howard B, Zule WA. Implementation science outcomes of a gender-focused HIV and alcohol risk-reduction intervention in usual-care settings in South Africa. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2020. 215:108206. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2020.108206.
Giguere R, Lentz C, Kajura-Manyindo C, Kutner BA, Dolezal C, Buthelezi M, Lukas I, Nampiira S, Rushwaya C, Sitima E, Katz A, van der Straten A, Balán IC. Counselors' acceptability of adherence counseling session recording, fidelity monitoring, and feedback in a multi-site HIV prevention study in four African countries. AIDS Care. 2020. 1-10. doi:10.1080/09540121.2020.1823312. PMID: 33021118.
Gilkey MB, Grabert BK, Malo TL, Hall ME, Brewer NT. Physicians' rhetorical strategies for motivating HPV vaccination. Soc Sci Med. 2020. 266:113441. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113441.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.
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. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000004092.

Kranzler HR, Washio Y, Zindel LR, Lynch KG, Hand D, Tyndale RF, Oncken C, Schnoll R. Pregnant Smokers Receiving Opioid Agonist Therapy Have an Elevated Nicotine Metabolite Ratio: A Replication Study. Nicotine Tob Res. 2020. 22(10):1923-1927. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntaa066.

Layland EK, Carter JA, Perry NS, Cienfuegos-Szalay J, Nelson KM, Bonner CP, Rendina HJ. A systematic review of stigma in sexual and gender minority health interventions. Transl Behav Med. 2020. 10(5):1200-1210. doi: 10.1093/tbm/ibz200.

Liu AY, Laborde ND, Coleman K, Vittinghoff E, Gonzalez R, Wilde G, Thorne AL, Ikeguchi E, Shafner L, Sunshine L, van der Straten A, Siegler AJ, Buchbinder S. DOT Diary: Developing a Novel Mobile App Using Artificial Intelligence and an Electronic Sexual Diary to Measure and Support PrEP Adherence Among Young Men Who Have Sex with Men. AIDS Behav. 2020. doi: 10.1007/s10461-020-03054-2.

McClure EM, Kinney MV, Leisher SH, Nam SL, Quigley P, Storey C, Christou A, Blencowe H; Stillbirth Advocacy Working Group. Impact of COVID-19 on maternal and child health. Lancet Glob Health. 2020. 8(10):e1258. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(20)30326-0.

Meyer I, Whitworth RE, Lukacz ES, Smith AL, Sung VW, Visco AG, Ackenbom MF, Wai CY, Mazloomdoost D, Gantz MG, Richter HE; NICHD Pelvic Floor Disorders Network and the National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women’s Health. Outcomes of native tissue transvaginal apical approaches in women with advanced pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Int Urogynecol J. 2020. 31(10):2155-2164. doi: 10.1007/s00192-020-04271-y.

Pappas A, Shankaran S, McDonald SA, Carlo WA, Laptook AR, Tyson JE, Das A, Skogstrand K, Hougaard DM, Higgins RD. Blood Biomarkers and 6- to 7-Year Childhood Outcomes Following Neonatal Encephalopathy. Am J Perinatol. 2020. doi: 10.1055/s-0040-1717072.

Roman TS, Crowley SB, Roche MI, Foreman AKM, O'Daniel JM, Seifert BA, Lee K, Brandt A, Gustafson C, DeCristo DM, Strande NT, Ramkissoon L, Milko LV, Owen P, Roy S, Xiong M, Paquin RS, Butterfield RM, Lewis MA, Souris KJ, Bailey DB Jr, Rini C, Booker JK, Powell BC, Weck KE, Powell CM, Berg JS. Genomic Sequencing for Newborn Screening: Results of the NC NEXUS Project. Am J Hum Genet. 2020.107(4):596-611. doi: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2020.08.001.

Schreiber JM, Frank LH, Kroner BL, Bumbut A, Ismail MO, Gaillard WD. Children with refractory epilepsy demonstrate alterations in myocardial strain. Epilepsia. 2020. doi: 10.1111/epi.16652.

Siff LN, Barber MD, Zyczynski HM, Rardin CR, Jakus-Waldman S, Rahn DD, Smith AL, Mazloomdoost D, Sridhar A, Gantz MG; NICHD Pelvic Floor Disorders Network. Immediate Postoperative Pelvic Organ Prolapse Quantification Measures and 2-Year Risk of Prolapse Recurrence. Obstet Gynecol. 2020. 136(4):792-801. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000004043.

Stanford JB, Willis SK, Hatch EE, Rothman KJ, Wise LA. Fecundability in relation to use of mobile computing apps to track the menstrual cycle. Hum Reprod. 2020. 35(10):2245-2252. doi: 10.1093/humrep/deaa176.

Thornburg CD, Erickson SW, Page GP, Clark EAS, DeAngelis MM, Hartnett ME, Goldstein RF, Dagle JM, Murray JC, Poindexter BB, Das A, Cotten CM; Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network. Correction: Genetic predictors of severe intraventricular hemorrhage in extremely low-birthweight infants. J Perinatol. 2020. doi: 10.1038/s41372-020-00859-w. J Perinatol. 

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

October Events

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Event

On October 30th, RTI Global Gender Center affiliates Erin Kennedy and Venita Embry presented on their research in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, with over 20 participants attending. Ms. Kennedy shared her research focused on help-seeking among couples impacted by incarceration. She highlighted the individual, interpersonal and societal barriers to seeking victimization help detailed by women in her research. Specifically, she noted the importance of individualized care, providing increased and stronger safety nets for re-entry, and robust victims advocacy. Venita Embry presented her research on evaluating domestic, sexual, and interpersonal violence prevention programs for men and boys. Ms. Embry found that many programs vary in their presentation, content, effectiveness, and training for implementers. Ultimately, her research showed the need for more in-depth evaluation of programs, specifically those that could be easily distributed over social media to reach a broad audience. If you would like to read more about either of these projects, you can access Ms. Kennedy’s research here, and Ms. Embry’s research here. The recording is available in the  RTI GGC to all internal affiliates, and available to external affiliates upon request.

Upcoming Events

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence Event

Tentative Date: December 10th (Human Rights Day)

Stay tuned for event details.

Gender Science News

Same-gender couples interact better than heterosexual couples, study finds

Safe sex or risky romance? Young adults make the rational choice

Hypothyroidism in pregnant women linked to ADHD in their children

PTSD and alcohol abuse go hand in hand, but males and females exhibit symptoms differently

COVID-19 anxiety linked to body image issues

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