Award for Graduate Research Leslie Carnahan

Leslie Carnahan, Research Specialist at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s (UIC) Center for Research on Women and Gender and PhD Candidate in the School of Public Health, was awarded UIC’s Award for Graduate Research (AGR) in May 2019 for her dissertation project, “Characterizing the Role of Social Factors on Quality of Life and Survival in Health Disparity Populations.” Specifically, the AGR funds will be used to acquire National Death Index Data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct a survival analysis. This analysis will help broaden our understanding of how social factors are associated with survival among urban cancer survivors by 1) characterizing the multilevel social environment of urban cancer survivors, and by 2) comparing the relationships between the multilevel level social factors and survival. The Award for Graduate Research is the Graduate College’s longest-running support for research by graduate students at UIC. More information can be found here: http://grad.uic.edu/fellowships-awards/award-graduate-research


Dr. Stacie Geller was recently honored as the “Women for Science, Vision & Impact” awardee by ACWIS.

The American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science presented the 2019 Vision & Impact Award to Stacie Geller, PhD, from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Geller’s contributions to women’s maternal health and mortality have far-reaching implications for the medical community and women throughout the world. She has participated in specific initiatives and research to improve the healthcare and outcomes for women residing in impoverished nations.


Lillian Oluchi Nwigwe presented her research poster

Lillian Oluchi Nwigwe, an undergraduate senior majoring in Integrated Health Studies, presented her research poster, The Challenges of Engaging Rural African American Women in Cancer Research: Which Recruitment Strategies Work Best?,  at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s annual Impact and Research Day. Lillian joined CRWG’s Illinois Rural Cancer Assessment (IRCA) study team, led by Dr.  Yamilé Molina, in early 2018. Lillian led the component of the study which include direct outreach to rural households in Illinois in order to recruit rural cancer survivors and caregivers.

 

Photo: Lillian Oluchi Nwigwe (L) is pictured with Leslie Carnahan (R), a co-investigator of the IRCA

2018 Alice J. Dan Dissertation Award Recipient

The 2018 Alice J. Dan Dissertation Research Award recipient is Allison Helmuth, a PhD candidate in the UIC Department of Sociology. Ms. Helmuth’s dissertation is titled, “Renting the West Side: Women of Color Landlords in Chicago’s Low-Income Neighborhoods.”


2018 Women’s March Chicago

 CRWG staff participated in the Women’s March Chicago on January 20, 2018.


Research Survey for Rural Cancer Survivors and Caregivers

Our research team is conducting a survey concerning the needs and experiences of rural cancer survivors and caregivers in Illinois. The goal of the study is to to understand racial/ethnic, gender, and class-based cancer disparities. This is a self-report assessment of physical and mental health, cancer screening, and use of healthcare services in Rural Illinois.

Please see our flyers below for more information.

IL Rural Cancer Assessment General Flyer

IL Rural Cancer Assessment  African American/Survivor Caregiver Flyer

IL Rural Cancer Assessment Male Survivor/Caregiver Flyer

Rural Cancer Flyer

AA Rural Cancer Flyer

IL Rural Male Cancer Survivor

IL Rural Cancer Assessment Survivor Flyer

IL Rural Cancer Assessment Caregiver Flyer

IL Rural Cancer Assessment Childhood Survivor Flyer

IL Rural Cancer Flyer - 18 years and older

IL Rural Cancer Caregiver Flyer

IL Rural Childhood Cancer Survivor

 


Mela Project trains future leaders in Ethiopia

Stacie Geller -Mela Project

“…mentoring has been shown to increase career satisfaction, improve career advancement and increase recruitment and retention.” CRWG director Stacie Geller, professor of obestetrics and gynecology at provided leadership and mentoring training to health science faculty during a recent visit to Ethiopia. Read more…


Dr. Manorama Khare interviewed about the Win With Wellness intervention

Dr. Manu Khare, Research Assistant Professor at the UIC College of Medicine at Rockford and CRWG Affiliate, was interviewed during the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) annual Outreach Partnership meeting. In this interview, Dr. Khare discusses the Win With Wellness intervention, designed to reduce risk of obesity and chronic disease in rural northwest Illinois. Win with Wellness encourages participants in community settings and at different workplaces to make small, incremental changes to their diets and activity levels through a multi-component approach.

https://drive.google.com/a/uic.edu/file/d/0B1Vs7zqzQSAMcnUway0wVlgtdzA/view?usp=sharing


Dr. Pauline Maki, 2017 NAMS Award Recipient

The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) announced the recipients of the Society’s 2017 awards recognizing outstanding contributions to the field of women’s health and menopause. The recipients were acknowledged during the NAMS 28th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Pauline Maki, CRWG Senior Director of Research and Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, was the recipient of the NAMS/Thomas B. Clarkson Outstanding Clinical and Basic Science Research Award in recognition of her outstanding menopause-related clinical or basic science research.

Congratulations Dr. Pauline Maki!


2017 Mother’s Day March for Moms

On Mother’s Day, CRWG’s Visiting Research Specialist, Katie Garland, attended the March for Moms in Washington DC. Over 100 maternal health advocates, researchers, practitioners and families gathered at the Jefferson Memorial to draw attention to poor maternal health outcomes in the US and around the world.

A diverse group of stakeholders came together for the march including the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, DONA International, Frontier Nursing University and March of Dimes, among many others. Translating research to action was a particular theme of the march, as speakers both highlighted maternal health issues and called for action on these issues.

Christy Turlington Burns, supermodel and founder of Every Mother Counts, discussed the global burden of maternal mortality. Her experience having a postpartum hemorrhage giving birth to her first child inspired her to found Every Mother Counts, which funds projects working to prevent maternal mortality around the world.

Neel Shah, MD from Harvard University encouraged attendees to tell their senators to oppose the massive cuts to Medicaid proposed in American Health Care Act, which he called “a slap in the face” to mothers. Medicaid pays for half of births in America, so the proposed $880 billion cut to Medicaid would be particularly devastating to American Moms.

It’s time to seriously invest in the health of American mothers. Events like this are just the beginning to bring together diverse stakeholders to advocate for more resources to ensure the health of all mothers!

Photo caption: Katie (left) attended the march with her mother, Meghan, an instructor at Frontier Nursing University.