Dr. McClintock, Graduate Students Present at Global Conference on Women’s Health in Sub-Saharan Africa

By Caitlin Burns | May 3, 2018



Dr. Heather McClintock, assistant professor of Public Health; Erica Hartman ’18M, a dual degree student in Public Health and Physician Assistant programs; and Ewinka Romulus ’18M, a student in the Public Health program, each presented research on women’s health in sub-Saharan Africa at the 2018 Global Health and Innovation Conference (GHIC) at Yale University in Connecticut on April 14.

Dr. McClintock’s research is focused on the role of controlling physical, sexual, and emotional violence against women in eight African countries using nationally representative data from the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS). The work was developed in collaboration with Public Health students Marsha Trego ’18M and Evangeline Wang ’20.

Hartman presented research on intimate partner violence and child death in Togo, which found that women who reported sexual, physical, or emotional violence were more likely to have experienced the death of a child. Romulus presented on contraceptive knowledge and use among women in Swaziland. The findings of her study describe the influence that women’s literacy has on their knowledge and use of contraception.

GHIC is the world’s largest global health conference, with over 2,000 professionals and students from over 55 countries in attendance. The conference was sponsored by Unite for Sight.