In 2005, Kathryn Whetten, director of the Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research (CHPIR), and her colleagues set out to examine predictors of physical and emotional well-being, cognitive development, relationship outcomes and achievement outcomes for a cohort of more than 3,000 orphaned and separated children (OSC) living in five low-income countries (Cambodia, India, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania).

Fourteen peer-reviewed papers, dozens of conference presentations and 12 years later, the “Positive Outcomes for Orphans” (POFO) project is still ongoing. Whetten, the principal investigator, was recently awarded a third round of funding for the project—a five-year, nearly $2.8 million National Institutes of Health grant.

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CHPIR is continuing the National Evaluation of Quality of Childcare in El Salvador project (ENCCI), an evaluation of the Salvadorian government funded implementation of the Whole Child International intervention to improve the care of children in residential and child care settings.

As the new research project director, Dr. Hy Huynh traveled to El Salvador this October to visit child care centers, support office activities, as well as provide ethical humanitarian photography for Whole Child International’s visual storytelling purposes. Below is a selection of photos from his field work:

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A Southern AIDS Strategy Initiative report written by CHPIR staff was cited in a Jezebel article titled, “What Do Teens Think About When They Think About HIV?”

“If you were to overlay a map of Medicaid expansion and where we’re seeing new HIV diagnoses, they basically line up with states that don’t have Medicaid expansion through the ACA and states where we’re seeing incredibly high rates of HIV infections,” said Leonard on the socio-economic aspect of new infections. Of the Southern AIDS Strategy’s assessment of the nine states that had the highest HIV and AIDS diagnosis rates in the U.S. from 2008 to 2013— Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas—none of them had Medicaid expansion (Louisiana has since expanded).”

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