Poor Sleep Quality, Antepartum Depression and Suicidal Ideation among Pregnant Women

A new research article written by our MIRT Fellows Gifty Addae and Beemnet Neway (New Zealand 2015) was accepted for publication in the Journal of Affective Disorders. This study investigates the association between sleep quality, depression, and suicidal ideation among pregnant women attending prenatal clinics in Lima, Peru.

Below is a brief abstract of the study “Poor Sleep Quality, Antepartum Depression and Suicidal Ideation among Pregnant Women.”

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Congratulations Dr. Williams and Dr. Anderson!

Michelle Williams and Cheryl Anderson

We are very excited to report that our own Dr. Michelle Williams and Dr. Cheryl Anderson (MIRT 1994 alumna) have been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). Election to the NAM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. Congratulations to Dr. Williams and Dr. Anderson!

Association of Suicidal Ideation with Poor Sleep Quality among Ethiopian Adults

A research article written by our MIRT Fellows Idris Ayantoye and Joseph Okeiga (Ethiopia 2015) was accepted for publication in the Sleep and Breathing Journal. This study investigated the association between poor sleep quality and suicidal ideation among a population of Ethiopian adults.

Below is a brief abstract of the study “Association of Suicidal Ideation with Poor Sleep Quality among Ethiopian Adults.”

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MIRT 2016 Fall Newsletter

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Our MIRT 2016 Fall Newsletter is here!

Inside this issue, we share our MIRT Fellows’ post-trip reflections from their summer research experiences in Chile, Ethiopia, New Zealand, and Peru.

We also profile two recent MIRT alumni, Anjalene Whittier (MIRT Chile 2013) and Andrew Hillman (MIRT Thailand 2009). Lastly, we highlight two new research articles from our MIRT alumni and share a sample of the outstanding photos our MIRT Fellows took during their fellowships.

We hope you enjoy reading the newsletter!

Apply to be a MIRT 2017 Summer Fellow

The application packet for the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health MIRT Program for summer 2017 is now available to download here.

Review all application materials carefully. Additional information about the MIRT Program and the specific eligibility requirements for admission are outlined here. Please contact us if you have additional questions about your application.

It is your responsibility to submit all completed application materials by January 6, 2017. Good luck with your application!

Harvard MIRT Program 2016 Fellows
Harvard MIRT Program 2016 Fellows

Diagnostic Validity of the Patient Health Questionnaire-2 (PHQ-2) among Ethiopian Adults

A research article written by our MIRT Fellow Ijala Wilson (Ethiopia 2015) was recently accepted for publication in Comprehensive Psychiatry. This study evaluated the reliability and validity of using the Patient Health Questionnaire-2 (PHQ-2) as a screening tool for major depressive disorder among adults in Ethiopia. The PHQ-2 is a brief questionnaire that has been widely used in other populations as a screening tool for depression.

A brief abstract of the study “Diagnostic Validity of the Patient Health Questionnaire-2 (PHQ-2) among Ethiopian Adults” is below.

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Can an ecosystem approach to health promotion succeed where reductionism fails?

A research perspective written by our 2015 MIRT New Zealand fellows Wayne Lawrence, Beemnet Neway, and Gifty Addae with collaborator Dr. Lee Stoner was recently accepted for publication. The article will appear in the September 2016 issue of Perspectives in Public Health.

The article asks “Can an ecosystem approach to health promotion succeed where reductionism fails?” The current reductionist approach to the Western biomedical health model fails to address the complex multi-factorial environmental, socio-cultural and lifestyle behavioral determinants of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Here, the authors argue that application of an ecosystem approach to health care will aid in shifting the focus from treatment to the prevention of chronic diseases and thus reverse the rising global incidence of NCDs.

Perspectives in Public Health. September 2016. 136(5): 266-268. Read the full text here.

MIRT 2016 Summer Newsletter

Our MIRT 2016 Summer Newsletter is here!

Inside this issue, we share our MIRT Fellows’ mid-trip reflections from their summer research experiences in Ethiopia, Peru, Chile, and New Zealand.

We also profile two recent MIRT alumni, Gabriella Puente and Parirash Abdolhosseini. Gabriella participated in the 2011 MIRT Program in Lima, Peru, and Pari participated in a MIRT New Zealand Fellowship in 2014.

Lastly, we highlight two new research articles from our MIRT alumni.

A small selection of photos from the spring newsletter are highlighted below. We hope you enjoy reading the newsletter!

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Childhood Abuse, Intimate Partner Violence and Risk of Migraine Among Pregnant Women: An Epidemiologic Study

A new research article co-written by our MIRT Fellows Ngan (May) Do and Samantha Avila (MIRT Chile 2015) was recently accepted for publication in Headache. The article examines the association of childhood abuse and intimate partner violence with migraine among pregnant women.

The findings of this study emphasize the importance of screening for childhood abuse among pregnant migraineurs to help guide clinician’s treatment strategies.

A brief abstract of the study “Childhood Abuse, Intimate Partner Violence and Risk of Migraine Among Pregnant Women: An Epidemiologic Study” is below.

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Congratulations Anne!

Pictured from left are Rice University President David Leebron, Anne Wells and Sheryl WuDunn. (Photo by Tommy LaVergne)
Pictured from left are Rice University President David Leebron, Anne Wells and Sheryl WuDunn. (Photo by Tommy LaVergne)

This spring, Anne Wells (MIRT Peru 2015) received the Commencement Speaker Award at Rice University. This award honors a 2016 graduating student, undergraduate, or graduate, who exemplifies the values and causes of the 2016 Commencement Speaker Sheryl WuDunn. Ms. WuDunn is a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and author. Anne was recognized for her contributions to knowledge on social justice issues both on campus and internationally. Anne will be serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon for Community Health Education in September before applying to medical school.

As a MIRT Fellow, Anne Wells worked with Drs. Sanchez, Gelaye, and Williams on a project titled “Childhood Abuse and Suicidal Ideation in a Cohort of Pregnant Peruvian Women.” (Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2016).