POPULATION BASED HEALTH RESEARCH

CURRENT PROJECTS

Positive Outcomes for Orphans

The objective of this multi-country longitudinal study of orphaned and separated children in Cambodia, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, and Tanzania is to examine the influence of residential characteristics, caregiver characteristics, and culture, on: 1) children's behavior and emotional adjustment; 2) health status including health related quality of life; 3) learning and achievement outcomes; and 4) relationship outcomes.

Caregiver Flourishing

This interdisciplinary, cross-cultural study seeks to understand pathways for sustaining flourishing mental health among caregivers of orphans living in four countries (India, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Cambodia) and of four religious traditions (Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism). This qualitative and quantitative study includes interviews, surveys, and diaries. The findings aim to advance theoretical concepts of stress, coping, and well-being; to inform the measurement of virtue; and to provide practical guidance on how caregivers in challenging contexts can flourish.

Proyecto Luz 2.0

This study is examining the influence of U.S. immigration-related laws and policies, and U.S. Hispanic immigrants' beliefs and concerns about immigration laws on their willingness and actual utilization of healthcare and resources related alcohol and drug use disorders, intimate partner violence, and HIV testing.

Southern AIDS Strategy Initiative (SASI)

This research project analyzes and synthesizes research on HIV epidemiology, care financing, and factors influencing HIV in the Southern United States.

Global Health Needs Among Refugee Children in Durham County

This Bass Connections project serves as the pilot for an ambitious multidisciplinary effort to develop a culturally appropriate, robust healthcare model that can help reduce health disparities among some of Durham’s newest, most vulnerable community members.

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