Two winners were awarded approximately $25,000 in research funds from the Maternal, Adolescent and Child Health committee at DGHI for a pilot proposal funding period of July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016.

The first grant was awarded to Melissa Watt  (DGHI) for the project “Understanding contraceptive use among South African women at high risk for alcohol-exposed pregnancies.”

The second grant was awarded to Lavanya Vasudevan (CHPIR) for the project “mHealth-assisted conditional case transfers to improve timeliness of childhood vaccinations.”

Congratulations to the two grant recipients!



The Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) invites interdisciplinary teams to submit research proposals in the area of Global Maternal, Adolescent and Child Health (MACH) for up to $25,000. Maternal, Adolescent and Child Health is a research priority for DGHI. Letter of intent is due April 1, 2015 to Alisa Barrett at [email protected], and questions can be directed to Dr. Kathryn Whetten at [email protected].


DGHI seeks to provide pilot funds to stimulate interdisciplinary research in maternal, adolescent, and child health with the goal of enabling investigators to leverage preliminary findings and data to obtain larger awards of external funding. Collaborative and interdisciplinary proposals are especially encouraged. Proposals that support a sustainable line of research in maternal, adolescent, and child health will be prioritized.




Susan Reif, Brian Pence, and Kathryn Whetten from the CHPIR team recently published “HIV Diagnoses, Prevalence, and Outcomes in Nine Southern States” in Journal of Community Health.


A group of nine states in the Southern United States, hereafter referred to as the targeted states, has experienced particularly high HIV diagnosis and case fatality rates. Differences in characteristics and outcomes of individuals with HIV in the targeted states are critical to consider when creating strategies to address HIV in the region, as are other factors identified in previous research to be prominent in the region including poverty and stigma.
HIV Diagnoses