Department: BSHE, 2014
Description of work:
I spent 9 weeks in Vespasiano, Minas Gerais, Brazil evaluating the role of community health agents in prenatal care promotion. After training two medical students to work as my research assistants, I conducted a mixed methods cross-sectional study. I conducted quantitative surveys and in-depth interviews with the municipality’s community health agents at all 14 community health posts. With this data, I examined the role, barriers and incentives of community health agents in the promotion of prenatal care initiation and continuation. I presented my preliminary results and recommendations to the health professionals in the municipality, the secretary of health and municipal government, and the partnering medical school directors and professors. From the results and recommendations, my research assistants and I devised a training intervention that was recently accepted and adopted by FASEH and the secretary of health.
Faculty Advisor: Juan Leon, RSPH
Partner Organization: I collaborated with FASEH, a medical school in Vespasiano, who has worked with Emory students for the past five summers (2009-2013)
Recognition: Recipient of RSPH Global Field Experience Funding