September Monthly Update

September 30, 2020

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Our fiscal year has ended like no other!! And September has quickly come and gone, but not without a few memorable dates and events. This month we pay tribute to feminist icon, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a “notorious” SHERO to us all! She will be deeply missed and dearly remembered as a warrior for gender equality and women’s rights. We also observed World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, Bi-visibility Day on September 23, and kicked off National Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States. I look forward to sharing with you what we have been up to this month in the RTI Global Gender Center below!

“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way
that will lead others to join you.”

– Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg



RTI Gender-related September Project Wins

    • Benjamin Laimon and team on their new project, Understanding the impact of Lower Dose Medroxyprogesterone Acetate on Female Genital Tract Microbiome and Immunology, from Family Health International
    • Melissa Raspa and team on their new project, Analyses of longitudinal data to characterize fragile X syndrome and inform the development of outcome measures, from PHS CDC NCBDDD
    • Benjamin Laimon and team on their new project, Contraceptive Method and HIV Risk, from Family Health International
    • Kim Hayes and team on their new project, Add on: NY Prediabetes Media Evaluation Year 3, from Health Research, Inc. (HRI)
    • Melissa McSwegin and team on their new project, Health Policy Plus (HP+) Increase, from Palladium Group
    • Kim Woodhouse and team on their new project, Add on to MTN Year 14 protocol funds, from Magee-Women’s Research Institute
    • Don Bailey and team on their new project, Newborn Screening Modernization, from BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.
    • Valerie Flax and team on their new project,  Alive & Thrive Nigeria endline add-on, from Family Health International
    • Molly Lynch and team on their new project,  ADD ON: NBS Family Education Grant Year 3, from Genetic Alliance, Inc
    • Jennifer Lorvick and team on their new project, Admn Supplement: Understanding and Improving Medicaid Use for Routine and Preventive Care among Women on Probation, from NIH NIMHD  
    • Christopher Krebs and team on their new project, National Victimization Statistical Support Program-3, from Dept of Justice BJS
    • Marni Kan and team on their new project, Evaluating the Effects of the Bar Outreach Project in North Carolina, from CDC National Center for Injury Prevention & Control
    • Anna Yaros and team on their new project, Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience (ACER) for Preventing Violence and ACEs, from CDC National Center for Injury Prevention & Control
    • Lopamudra Ray Saraswati and team on their new project, EoI to WHO SEARO Work Package 7: Situational Analysis on NTDs and Climate Change, from WHO SEARO
    • Susana Peinado and team on their new project, CDRH Qualitative Development of Patient Preference Survey Tool For Breast Implants, from FDA CFSAN
    • Lissette Saavedra and team on their new project, Phase 2: Research and Evaluation of Victims of Crime, from Dept of Justice National Institute of Justice
    • Marni Kan and team on their new project, Air Force Sexual Assault Intervention Services Task Order 5: Sustainability Planning, from DOD Air Force District of Washington (AFDW)
    • Kathleen Krieger and team on their new project, Addressing Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting Purpose Area #1: TTA Provider, from Dept of Justice OVC
    • Jennifer Uhrig and team on their new project, Formative, Process and Outcome Evaluation in Support of CDC’s HIV prevention, testing…, from CDC National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, & TB Prevention  

RTI Gender-related September Publications

  • Black MM, Hager ER, Wang Y, Hurley KM, Latta LW, Candelaria M, Caulfield LE. Toddler obesity prevention: A two-generation randomized attention-controlled trial. Matern Child Nutr. 2020. doi:10.1111/mcn.13075. PMID: 32885909.
  • Black MM, Trude ACB, Lutter CK. All Children Thrive: Integration of Nutrition and Early Childhood Development. Annu Rev Nutr. 2020. 23;40:375-406. doi: 10.1146/annurev-nutr-120219-023757. PMID: 32966185.
  • Boudewyns V, Southwell BG, DeFrank JT, Ferriola-Bruckenstein K, Halpern MT, O’Donoghue AC, Sullivan HW. Patients’ understanding of oncology clinical endpoints: A literature review. Patient Educ Couns. 2020.103(9):1724-1735. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2020.03.018. PMC7423743.
  • Brion LP, Phelps DL, Ward RM, Nolen TL, Hallman NMK, Das A, Zaccaro DJ, Ball MB, Watterberg KL, Frantz ID 3rd, Cotten CM, Poindexter BB, Oh W, Lugo RA, Van Meurs KP, O’Shea TM, Zaterka-Baxter KM, Higgins RD; Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network. Blood myo-inositol concentrations in preterm and term infants. J Perinatol. 2020. doi:10.1038/s41372-020-00799-5. PMID: 32934363.
  • Camerota M, Willoughby MT, Magnus BE, Blair CB. Leveraging item accuracy and reaction time to improve measurement of child executive function ability. Psychol Assess. 2020. doi: 10.1037/pas0000953.PMID: 32897093.
  • 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. e20193318. doi: 10.1542/peds.2019-3318. PMID: 32943536.
  • Custer B, Quiner C, Haaland R, Martin A, Stone M, Reik R, Steele WR, Kessler D, Williamson PC, Anderson SA, Williams AE, Raymond HF, McFarland W, Robinson WT, Glick S, Sey K, Melton CD, Glynn SA, Stramer SL, Busch MP. HIV antiretroviral therapy and prevention use in US blood donors: a new blood safety concern. Blood. 2020. 10;136(11):1351-1358. doi: 10.1182/blood.2020006890. PMID: 32645148.
  • Demtse AG, Pfister RE, Nigussie AK, McClure EM, Ferede YG, Tazu Bonger Z, Mekasha A, Demisse AG, Gidi NW, Metaferia G, Worku B, Goldenberg RL, Muhe LM. Hypothermia in Preterm Newborns: Impact on Survival. Glob Pediatr Health. 2020. 13;7:2333794X20957655. doi: 10.1177/2333794X20957655. PMC7493265.
  • Duncan AF, Bann CM, Maitre NL, Peralta-Carcelen M, Hintz SR; Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Development Neonatal Research Network. Hand Function at 18-22 Months Is Associated with School-Age Manual Dexterity and Motor Performance in Children Born Extremely Preterm. J Pediatr. 2020. 225:51-57.e3. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2020.05.048. PMID: 32474029.
  • Fearon E, Chabata ST, Magutshwa S, Ndori-Mharadze T, Musemburi S, Chidawanyika H, Masendeke A, Napierala S, Gonese E, Herman Roloff A, Tippett Barr BA, Kilmarx PH, Wong-Gruenwald R, Chidiya S, Mhangara M, Hanisch D, Edwards JK, Rice B, Taramusi I, Mbengeranwa T, Manangazira P, Mugurungi O, Hargreaves JR, Cowan FM. Estimating the Population Size of Female Sex Workers in Zimbabwe: Comparison of Estimates Obtained Using Different Methods in Twenty Sites and Development of a National-Level Estimate. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2020. 85(1):30-38. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000002393. PMCID: PMC7417013.
  • Fehlberg EA, Cook CL, Bjarnadottir RI, McDaniel AM, Shorr RI, Lucero RJ. Fall Prevention Decision Making of Acute Care Registered Nurses. J Nurs Adm. 2020. 50(9):442-448. doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000914. PMID: 32826513.
  • Ferrante KL, Gantz MG, Sridhar A, Smith A, Rahn DD, Ellington DR, Weidner AC, Wohlrab K, Mazloomdoost D, Moalli P, Lukacz ES; NICHD Pelvic Floor Disorders Network. Do Women Who Self-report More Exercise Have Increased Rates of Symptomatic Stress Urinary Incontinence After Midurethral Slings? Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2020. doi: 10.1097/SPV.0000000000000893. PMID: 32898050.
  • Friedland BA, Gottert A, Hows J, Baral SD, Sprague L, Nyblade L, McClair TL, Anam F, Geibel S, Kentutsi S, Tamoufe U, Diof D, Amenyeiwe U, Mallouris C, Pulerwitz J; PLHIV Stigma Index 2.0 Study Group. The People Living with HIV Stigma Index 2.0: generating critical evidence for change worldwide. AIDS. 2020.34 Suppl 1:S5-S18. doi: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000002602. PMID: 32881790.
  • Gilsenan A, Midkiff K, Harris D, McQuay L, Hunter S, Kellier-Steele N, Andrews E. Assessing the incidence of osteosarcoma among teriparatide users based on Medicare Part D and US State Cancer Registry Data. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2020. doi: 10.1002/pds.5103. PMID: 32894794.
  • Grebe E, Busch MP, Notari EP, Bruhn R, Quiner C, Hindes D, Stone M, Bakkour S, Yang H, Williamson P, Kessler D, Reik R, Stramer SL, Glynn SA, Anderson SA, Williams AE, Custer B. HIV incidence in US first-time blood donors and transfusion risk with a 12-month deferral for men who have sex with men. Blood. 2020. 136(11):1359-1367. doi: 10.1182/blood.2020007003. PMID: 32693408.
  • Halpern MT, Cohen J, Lines LM, Mollica MA, Kent EE. Associations between shared care and patient experiences among older cancer survivors. J Cancer Surviv. 2020. doi: 10.1007/s11764-020-00934-3. PMID: 32948992.
  • Krebs NF, Hambidge KM, Westcott JL, Garcés AL, Figueroa L, Tsefu AK, Lokangaka AL, Goudar SS, Dhaded SM, Saleem S, Ali SA, Bose CL, Derman RJ, Goldenberg RL, Thorsten VR, Sridhar A, Chowdhury D, Das A; Women First Preconception Maternal Nutrition Study Group. Growth from Birth through Six Months for Infants of Mothers in the “Women First” Preconception Maternal Nutrition Trial. J Pediatr. 2020. 18:S0022-3476(20)31165-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2020.09.032. PMID: 32956698.
  • Leta GT, Mekete K, Wuletaw Y, Gebretsadik A, Sime H, Mekasha S, Woyessa A, Shafi O, Vercruysse J, Grimes JET, Gardiner I, French M, Levecke B, Drake L, Harrison W, Fenwick A. National mapping of soil-transmitted helminth and schistosome infections in Ethiopia. Parasit Vectors. 2020. 13(1):437. doi: 10.1186/s13071-020-04317-6. PMCID: PMC7466696.
  • Lewis MA, Harshbarger C, Bann C, Burrus O, Peinado S, Garner BR, Khavjou O, Shrestha RK, Karns S, Borkowf CB, Zulkiewicz BA, Ortiz A, Galindo CA, DallaPiazza M, Holm P, Marconi VC, Somboonwit C, Swaminathan S; Positive Health Check Study Team. Positive Health Check evaluation: A type 1 hybrid design randomized trial to decrease HIV viral loads in patients seen in HIV primary care. Contemp Clin Trials. 2020. 96:106097. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2020.106097. PMID: 32738408.
  • Lukacz ES, Sridhar A, Chermansky CJ, Rahn DD, Harvie HS, Gantz MG, Varner RE, Korbly NB, Mazloomdoost D; Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Pelvic Floor Disorders Network (PFDN). Sexual Activity and Dyspareunia 1 Year After Surgical Repair of Pelvic Organ Prolapse. Obstet Gynecol. 2020.136(3):492-500. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000003992. PMCID: PMC7483870.
  • Mark TL, Hinde JM, Zarkin GA, Parish W, Kluckman M. Adherence to buprenorphine treatment guidelines among individuals with an opioid use disorder who have private insurance. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2020. 116:108062. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2020.108062. PMID: 32741503.
  • McCree DH, Chesson H, Bradley ELP, Williams A, Gant Z, Geter A. Exploring Changes in Racial/Ethnic Disparities of HIV Diagnosis Rates Under the “Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America” Initiative. Public Health Rep. 2020.135(5):685-690. doi: 10.1177/0033354920943526. PMCID: PMC7485057.
  • Moalli PA, Bowen ST, Abramowitch SD, Lockhart ME, Ham M, Hahn M, Weidner AC, Richter HE, Rardin CR, Komesu YM, Harvie HS, Ridgeway BM, Mazloomdoost D, Shaffer A, Gantz MG; NICHD Pelvic Floor Disorders Network. Methods for the defining mechanisms of anterior vaginal wall descent (DEMAND) study. Int Urogynecol J. 2020. doi: 10.1007/s00192-020-04511-1. PMID: 32870340.
  • Nyblade L, Mbuya-Brown RJ, Ezekiel MJ, Addo NA, Sabasaba AN, Atuahene K, Kiwia P, Gyamera E, Akyoo WO, Vormawor R, Manyama W, Shoko S, Mingkwan P, Stewart C, Balampama M, Bowsky S, Jacinthe S, Alsoufi N, Kraemer JD. A total facility approach to reducing HIV stigma in health facilities: implementation process and lessons learned. AIDS. 2020. Suppl 1:S93-S102. doi: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000002585. PMID: 32881798.
  • Voils CI, Shaw R, Adler R, Jeanes E, Lewis MA, Sharp W, Cronin KA, Hetzel S, Mao L, Johnson HM, Elwert F, Pabich S, Gavin KL, Yancy WS Jr, Porter LS. Protocol for Partner2Lose: A randomized controlled trial to evaluate partner involvement on long-term weight loss. Contemp Clin Trials. 2020 96:106092. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2020.106092. PMCID: PMC7395658.
  • Powell BJ, Patel SV, Haley AD, Haines ER, Knocke KE, Chandler S, Katz CC, Seifert HP, Ake G 3rd, Amaya-Jackson L, Aarons GA. Determinants of Implementing Evidence-Based Trauma-Focused Interventions for Children and Youth: A Systematic Review. Adm Policy Ment Health. 2020. 47(5):705-719. doi: 10.1007/s10488-019-01003-3. PMCID: PMC7275881.
  • Russell KN, Preble EA, Hegarty-Craver M, Arrieux JP, Cole WR, Choi YS, Grego S, Rae Olmsted K, Gilchrist KH. Feasibility of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Assessment Based on Cardiovascular Response to Postural Change. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2020. 35(5):E422-E428. doi: 10.1097/HTR.0000000000000582. PMID: 32472839.
  • Schaaf M, Boydell V, Van Belle S, Brinkerhoff DW, George A. Accountability for SRHR in the context of the COVID-19 pandemicSex Reprod Health Matters. 2020. 28(1):1779634. doi: 10.1080/26410397.2020.1779634. PMID: 32552593.
  • 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. doi: 10.1007/s10549-020-05864-3.
  • Shu C, Justice AC, Zhang X, Wang Z, Hancock DB, Johnson EO, Xu K. DNA methylation mediates the effect of cocaine use on HIV severity. Clin Epigenetics. 2020. 12(1):140. doi: 10.1186/s13148-020-00934-1. PMID: 32928285.
  • 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. PMID: 32925609.
  • Siraprapasiri T, Srithanaviboonchai K, Chantcharas P, Suwanphatthana N, Ongwandee S, Khemngern P, Benjarattanaporn P, Mingkwan P, Nyblade L. Integration and scale-up of efforts to measure and reduce HIV-related stigma: the experience of Thailand. AIDS. 2020. Suppl 1:S103-S114. doi: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000002586. PMID: 32881799.
  • Son SL, Allshouse AA, Page JM, Debbink MP, Pinar H, Reddy U, Gibbins KJ, Stoll BJ, Parker CB, Dudley DJ, Varner MW, Silver RM. Stillbirth and Fetal Anomalies: secondary analysis of a case-control study. BJOG. 2020. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.16517. PMID: 32946651.
  • Spencer RA, Livingston MD, Woods-Jaeger B, Rentmeester ST, Sroczynski N, Komro KA. The impact of temporary assistance for needy families, minimum wage, and Earned Income Tax Credit on Women’s well-being and intimate partner violence victimization. Soc Sci Med. 2020. 266:113355. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113355. PMID: 32947076.
  • Stanley KE, Giordano J, Thorsten V, Buchovecky C, Thomas A, et al…& Goldstein DB. Causal Genetic Variants in Stillbirth. N Engl J Med. 2020.17;383(12):1107-1116. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1908753. PMID: 32786180.
  • 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. 31(11):1001-1009. doi: 10.1007/s10552-020-01334-9. PMID: 32897529.
  • Sung VW, Richter HE, Moalli P, Weidner AC, Nguyen JN, Smith AL, Dunivan G, Ridgeway B, Borello-France D, Newman DK, Mazloomdoost D, Carper B, Gantz MG; Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Pelvic Floor Disorders Network. Characteristics Associated With Treatment Failure 1 Year After Midurethral Sling in Women With Mixed Urinary Incontinence. Obstet Gynecol. 2020. 136(3):482-491. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000003989. PMC7483953.
  • 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. Genetic predictors of severe intraventricular hemorrhage in extremely low-birthweight infants. J Perinatol. 2020. doi: 10.1038/s41372-020-00821-w. PMID: 32978526.
  • Walters SM, Kral AH, Simpson KA, Wenger L, Bluthenthal RN. HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Prevention Awareness, Willingness, and Perceived Barriers among People Who Inject Drugs in Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA, 2016-2018. Subst Use Misuse. 2020. 23:1-11. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2020.1823419. PMID: 32962490.
  • Wechsberg WM, Browne FA, Ndirangu J, Bonner CP, Minnis AM, Nyblade L, Speizer IS, Howard BN, Myers B, Ahmed K. The PrEPARE Pretoria Project: protocol for a cluster-randomized factorial-design trial to prevent HIV with PrEP among adolescent girls and young women in Tshwane, South Africa. BMC Public Health. 2020.15;20(1):1403. doi: 10.1186/s12889-020-09458-y. PMID: 32933510.
  • Wise LA, Wesselink AK, Hatch EE, Weuve J, Murray EJ, Wang TR, Mikkelsen EM, Toft Sørensen H, Rothman KJ. Changes in Behavior with Increasing Pregnancy Attempt Time: A Prospective Cohort Study. Epidemiology. 2020. 31(5):659-667. doi: 10.1097/EDE.0000000000001220. PMID: 32487855.
  • Zhao XL, Liu ZH, Zhao S, Hu SY, Muwonge R, Duan XZ, Du LJ, Su CF, Xiang XE, Zhang X, Pan QJ, Qiao YL, Sankaranarayanan R, Zhao FH, Basu P. Efficacy of point-of-care thermal ablation among high-risk human papillomavirus positive women in China. Int J Cancer. 2020. doi: 10.1002/ijc.33290. PMID: 32895912.
  • Zhao XL, Xu XQ, Duan XZ, Rezhake R, Hu SY, Wang Y, Xia CF, Zhang X, Qiao YL, Sankaranarayanan R, Zhao FH, Basu P. 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. 2020. 147(5):1275-1285. doi: 10.1002/ijc.32881. PMID: 31970767.

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

September Events

Dr. Jaimie Meyer, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Yale AIDS Program presented on How Sex, Drugs, and Violence Intersect with HIV Prevention for Women on Wednesday, September 30 to 26 attendees. Dr. Meyer discussed the SAVA syndemic (substance use, violence, and HIV) and its disproportionate impact on Black women, stating that “HIV does not exist in a vacuum.” She also shared findings related to decision aids that may increase PrEP awareness and reorient personal HIV risk estimation. A recording of the presentation is available to internal affiliates on the RTI GGC share drive, and to external affiliates upon request.

Calls to Action

Sanitary Pads and Eco-Friendly Disposal for Students in Gurgaon 

Since we know sanitary pads are an issue for girls in low resource communities, the RTI International India office is working with the Lotus Petal Foundation to help provide sanitary pads and eco-friendly disposal of used pads for students in Gurgaon, near Delhi in India.

Write to Prasanna Perumal of RTI International, India at for additional information and to support the effort.

Upcoming Events

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Stay tuned for event details.

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