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Kenya Fieldwork Experiences

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Shaye Arwood is an MPH student in the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and a Global Health student. Shaye is conducting her APE in Kisumu, Kenya with Anza Mapema, a support group for gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (GBMSM) support organization founded by the Nyanza Reproductive Health Society (NRHS). Shaye will be developing a database for tracking participant activities at Anza Mapema and analyzing that data a to look at
associations between attendance at activities and frequency of clinical visits and frequency of HIV testing, and among HIV positive participants viral load. Shaye will also be engaging in community and outreach activities designed for HIV risk reduction.

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Sophie Young is an MPH student in the Division in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and is also a Global Health Student. Sophie is conducting her APE in Kisumu, Kenya with the Nyanza Reproductive Health Society (NRHS). Sophie will be working on data analysis of laboratory and WASH-standard related records for local sites, assisting with qualitative interviews and focus groups, and researching the background and risk factors for bacterial vaginosis and various reproductive health issues for vulnerable populations in Africa, specifically for women.

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Karissa Frazier is a second year MPH student in Community Health Sciences and also a Maternal Child Health and Global Health student. This summer, Karissa will be living in Maseno, Kenya, just outside of the city Kisumu. In order to complete her applied practice experience, she will be working with the Maseno University School of Public Health assisting in the completion of a community health assessment for the Maseno area. Karissa is very excited to be able to learn about different global communities with a hands-on approach while learning about Kenya and all it has to offer from her host family and the friends and colleagues she meets along the way!

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Erica Petersen is a second year MPH student in Community Health Sciences with a concentration in Community Health Interventions and enrolled in the Global Health Program.  This summer, she will be living in Maseno, Kenya which is just outside the city of Kisumu.  Erica will be working with Maseno University in their efforts to complete a community health assessment for the surrounding community for her applied practice experience.  She is very excited to gain hands-on public health experience in the global health arena in addition to learning about Kenyan culture and experiencing all the country has to offer!


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Dr. Samuel Dorevitch works in the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences division of the UIC School of Public Health, and is working in Kisumu, Kenya for the summer of 2019.  Dr. Dorevitch’s research interests include waterborne illness, indicators of water quality, developing innovative methods for measuring pathogens in water, communicating environmental information to the public, and asthma and obesity among inner-city residents.

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Christine Fukuda, MPH in Epidemiology ’19, traveled to Kisumu, Kenya during the summer 0f 2018.  She supported an observational study nested within a larger randomized controlled trial investigating the impact of menstrual cup use in school age girls. The project was recently implemented in April of 2018 and is examining the effects of menstrual cups on the vaginal microbiome, STI susceptibility and sexual behaviors.

Carrie Nacht

Carrie Nacht, MPH in Epidemiology/MBA student, completed her fieldwork in Kisumu, Kenya working at the Nyanza Reproductive Health Society at the UNIM clinic. The project she will be working on focuses on anti-microbial resistant strains of gonorrhea in patients around Kisumu, aligned with her career aims working in sexual and reproductive health.  Carrie spent her spare time in Kisumu staying active with her housemates, catching up on reading, traveling around Eastern Africa and attempting to learn Swahili.

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Nicholas Davis, MS in Epidemiology ’18, traveled to Kisumu Kenya in the summer of 2017.  He worked at the Nyanza Reproductive Health Society (NRHS) with a project called the Anza Mapema Study. Anza Mapema is a project that focuses on the sexual health of gay and bisexual men who have sex with men in Kisumu and the surrounding region. This project will include linking HIV-positive MSM to care for HIV, including antiretroviral therapy (ART) and provide ART adherence programs to encourage the continuation of therapy. In addition to working with outreach and adherence programs, Nico will be working with staff to diagnose and treat STIs other than HIV.

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Obehi Ilenikhena, MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences ’18, completed her fieldwork in Kisumu, Kenya.  She worked for the Safe Water and AIDS Project (SWAP), which seeks to improve the quality of life of the vulnerable in the community by building their capacities and supporting them to develop profitable health oriented micro enterprises.  Her research covered implementation and evaluations of approaches used to improve access to safe and reliable drinking water in communities.