Sustainable Development for HIV Health Seminar Series

We host a bi-weekly Sustainable Development for HIV Health (SD4H) seminar via zoom for Maseno University graduate students. The course is led by the Fellowship Directors (Drs. Bukusi, Ndunyu, Weiser, and Cohen) and features guest lectures by Maseno University, KEMRI and UCGHI faculty, and Kenyan SD4H researchers. The SD4H seminar combines lectures, participatory discussions, and student presentations focusing on the SD4H core competencies.

Remote access to STI testing and treatment for high-risk men

March 21, 2024
Dan Omollo has a BSc in Biomedical Science & Technology from Egerton University and an MPH in Epidemiology from Maseno University. Dan is a SD4H doctoral student with Maseno University, currently taking the Advanced Training in Clinical Research at UCSF. He has served as a part-time lecturer at Maseno University and Great Lakes University of Kisumu. He has also worked as a Research Coordinator on various studies since 2011. His research interests are focused interventions to reduce youth’s engagement in HIV high risk behaviour.

Educating for Change: Education's Role in Addressing the Climate and Health Crisis - Understanding and Addressing Climate Mental Health Trauma

March 7, 2024
  • Arianne Teherani, PhD is Professor of Medicine and Education Scientist in the Center for Faculty Educators at the UCSF. Dr. Teherani is the Founding Co-Director of the University of California, Center for Climate Health and Equity. She is also the Director for Program Evaluation and Education Continuous Quality Improvement for the School of Medicine. Dr. Teherani's research, which has informed conversations, research agendas and policies, focuses on advancing knowledge in equity and social justice, professionalism, and education for climate change and health.
  • Jyoti Mishra, PhD is trained in the computational, cognitive and translational neurosciences. She is the founder of the Neural Engineering & Translation Labs (NEATLabs) at UCSD. Her lab innovates digital technologies for scalable brain health mapping, monitoring and precision therapeutics. Dr. Mishra's interdisciplinary research interests are at the intersection of neuroscience and digital engineering, integrating machine learning methods to personalize and inform mental healthcare, education, and climate change adaptation efforts.

SD4H Masters' student presentations

February 22, 2024
Elias Pande, Joy Nyaim, and Christine Magak
  • Christine A. Magak is enrolled in the Masters’ in Public Health (Epidemiology and Population Health) at Maseno University. Ms. Magak is Public Health Specialist and Clinical Officer with 13 years of experience in public health programs and expertise in providing care for patients with complex healthcare needs. In addition to her clinical work, she works at the Henry Jackson Foundation Medical Research Institution, as a Pediatric & Adolescents Program Coordinator, TB/HIV & Nutrition Program Officer, and the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Lead. Her research interest is in infectious diseases and improving HIV care, treatment and prevention outcomes.
  • Elias Pande is enrolled in the Masters’ in Public Health (Epidemiology and Population Health) after completing his Bachelors in Science in Public Health with a focus on IT from Maseno University. He is Public Health Specialist with a focus on Human Rights Advocacy, Epidemiology, Research Learning Monitoring & Evaluation, Program/Project Management, and Leadership & Mentorship.
  • Joy Nyaim is enrolled in the Masters’ in Public Health (Epidemiology and Population Health). She completed a Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing and Midwifery. She worked as a general nurse and a nurse counselor in HIV/TB field, with a focus on maternal, child and adolescent health. She also has experience in conducting both quantitative and qualitative research. Her research interest is in the intersection between tobacco and substance use among people living with HIV.

Adolescent Nutrition

January 30, 2024
Rhoda Musungu is a PhD student at Maseno University and the Training Coordinator for the Sustainable Development for HIV Health. She is an experienced Project Coordinator with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Skilled in Gender Mainstreaming, Report Writing, Leadership, Project Management, and Sign Language. Strong community and social services professional with a MSc. focused in Public Health Nutrition. She is a champion for gender equity and women empowerment.

Water Insecurity and Intimate Partner Violence among Women Living with HIV: Understanding the intersecting challenges and their impact on HIV health

January 11, 2024
Jacquelyne Jascinter Odak is a Public Health PhD student from Maseno University, Kenya. Jacquelyne is a Sustainable Development for HIV Health Fellow with a multi-disciplinary background. She completed the Advanced Training in Clinical Research (ATCR) graduate program at UCSF. She has experience in conducting health and development research in resource-poor settings focusing on HIV health, self-reliance, and resilience to the effects of climate change. Her concentration is on Global Health, climate change, and the intersectionality between HIV health, environment, and sustainable development to address resource insecurities among People Living with HIV. Her research interests are built around water and food insecurities among PLWH with the aim of improving HIV health outcomes, livelihoods, and resilience in a sustainable manner. She will be integrating GIS in the assessment of determinants and outcomes of water insecurity among people living with HIV in the lake Victoria Basin, Kenya.

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