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The East Tennessee State University Center for Applied Research and Evaluation in Women’s Health (CARE Women’s Health) is studying the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on contraceptive services in health department clinics and federally qualified health centers (FQHC). The surveys and interviews examined issues such as the contraceptive methods the clinics have continued or stopped providing; changes in their patient volume; availability of resources and supplies (such as personal protective equipment); temporary clinic closures, staffing layoffs, furloughs, and absenteeism due to illness; utilization of telehealth; and COVID-19 screening and testing practices. CARE Women’s Health released an Issue Brief discussing their findings.
Dr. Nathan Hale, faculty in the East Tennessee State University College of Public
Health’s Center for Applied Research and Evaluation in Women’s Health, has published
an article in Women’s Health Issues. The article, “Contraceptive Use Patterns among Women of Reproductive Age in Two Southeastern States,” discusses the important role of health insurance in enabling women, particularly
women with lower incomes, to obtain the contraceptive care that they need to achieve
optimal health and to plan whether and when to get pregnant.
Sylvester Orimaye, Research Associate with the East Tennessee State University College
of Public Health’s Center for Applied Research & Evaluation in Women’s Health, has
authored an article in the American Journal of Public Health. The article, "Adolescent Birth Rates and Rural–Urban Differences by Levels of Deprivation and Health
Professional Shortage Areas in the United States, 2017–2018," examines birth rates of females aged 15 to 19 in rural and urban counties of the
Dr. Tosin Ariyo, has been awarded a 2020 Changemakers in Family Planning grant from the Society of Family Planning. Dr. Ariyo is a community health scientist and women’s health advocate who is dedicated to addressing health disparities in underserved communities. She serves as research director in the Department of Health Services Management and Policy in the ETSU College of Public Health.
Edward Leinaar, part of East Tennessee State University’s College of Public Health, has authored an article in Southern Medical Journal. The article, "Perceived Barriers to Contraceptive Access and Acceptance among Reproductive-Age Women Receiving Opioid Agonist Therapy in Northeast Tennessee," describes the unique challenges women with substance use disorders experience to obtaining contraceptives and user-dependent method adherence, contributing to higher than average rates of unintended pregnancy.
CARE Women's Health Awarded the 2020 Dean's Special Recognition Award
Each year since 2009, the Dean recognizes one or two individuals and one or two groups, with the “Dean’s Special Recognition Award" with the intention to highlight individuals and groups that had provided an exceptional service to the College, overall, or to him, personally. This year, the Center for Applied Research and Evaluation in Women's Health was awarded this honor. In Dr. Wykoff's own words, "This research group has received the largest research grant, not in the history of the College, but in the history of ETSU. They are doing research that changing understanding of women's health. They are working across the Southeast in 3 different states, a tremendously successful operation under the direction of Dr. Amal Khoury and really the backbone of our research infrastructure." Congratulations to the entire team for all of your hard work and dedication!
CARE Women’s Health leverages the expertise of approximately 50 ETSU students, faculty, and staff members, as well as collaborations with other universities, public health and health care systems, and stakeholders from throughout the country.
Edward Leinaar, has authored an article describing dynamics of healthcare access and contraceptive utilization among women in Northeast Tennessee seeking treatment for opioid use disorder. The article, “Healthcare Access, Pregnancy Intention, and Contraceptive Practices Among Reproductive-Aged Women Receiving Opioid Agonist Therapy in Northeast Tennessee,” was published in the Southern Medical Journal.
As a member of the Advisory Council, Dr. Khoury will help guide the strategic direction
of the Coalition and provide feedback and expert opinion in developing, implementing
and evaluating the course that the Coalition’s work will take. Council members represent
business, education, science and medicine, public health, government relations, and
other relevant areas. The Council will serve as a sounding board and think tank as
the Coalition moves forward with its plan of action.
Dr. Nathan Hale associate professor and Director of Research for the Center for Applied Research and Evaluation in Women's Health, has been named to the editorial board of the Journal of Rural Health. The Journal of Rural Health, a quarterly journal published by the National Rural Health Association, offers a variety of original research relevant and important to rural health. Some examples include evaluations, case studies, and analyses related to health status and behavior, as well as to health work force, policy and access issues.