Maternal & Child Health

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Posters under this theme address important aspects of health equity, including access to reproductive and sexual health services, as well as children’s health. 

The Social, Cultural, and Political Factors that Contribute to Cigarette Smoking Among Adolescents in the United States

by Andrew Reddy

Although smoking is now mostly considered a negative activity in American culture, there have been several factors contributing to an increase in smoking behavior among adolescents. The emergence of electronic cigarettes threatens to reverse the progress made by anti-smoking advocates because of the political, social, and cultural factors...

Birds and Bees: The Effects of Comprehensive Sexual Health Education on Adolescents

by Ashley Amaladhas

Sex education and its contents have long been cause for controversy across classrooms in the United States. The topics covered range drastically across the country, with some educators choosing to circumvent facts and science while other educators strive to provide an in-depth review. As a result, many adolescents graduate high school with inadequate...

Reducing Instances of Rapid Repeat Pregnancy through One Step AHEAD (Adolescent Health Education and Development) Maternal Program: A Dialogue on Teen Pregnancy and Risks in the U.S.

by Andrea Villanueva

This research paper examines the relationship between rapid repeat pregnancy (RRP) in adolescents and maternal programs in the United States. By examining common social risk factors in teen pregnancy, I can conclude that most of these factors are not considered in intervention strategies. Lack of proper contraception use and education leads to...

A Medical Anthropological Perspective on the Impact of Ebola on Maternal Health

by Audrey Kim

This paper aims to highlight the importance of using a medical anthropological analysis to understand the effects of the intersection of acute crises on top of chronic health problems in relation to maternal mortality and the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak. By using a medical anthropological analysis to view the Ebola virus disease as a whole and...

Beyond a Tradition - FGC As A Social Pressure in Djibouti

by Jessica Zavala

Female Genital Cutting (FGC) has been an ongoing practice that has severe health implications for girls and women. This practice is a tradition of many cultures with a number of purposes, including conserving virginity, becoming more attractive, and mainly, to be accepted in their communities. Thus, there is a social pressure on families to continue this...

Barriers to Accessing Reproductive Health Care Services for Indigenous Women in the United States: A Call for Research and Action

by Victoria Araiza

Access to reproductive health care is a major determinant and contributing factor for women’s health. This form of care includes many different facets, such as access to cervical and breast cancer screenings and abortion services. Although this is a form of care that is necessary for women to have access to, many face barriers to receiving such services...

Power and Limitations Within Reproductive Rights: Women in US vs China

by Jenny Ng

In this paper, I will state the importance of the following key points: policies, the image of women, the role of the government, dynamics of power, and other factors that need to be examined to understand the restrictions in the empowerment within these ideologies of rights. After evaluating the data on maternal health as a Millennium Development...

Benefits of ABA therapy- Early Intervention in Autistic children

by Marianna Garcia

After the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), misconceptions arise creating a division of whether he or she should receive services creating the question: is ABA therapy effective. The question stems from a lack of parental or caregiver knowledge and accessibility, which are dependent on whether or not it was a late diagnosis. In this study, I...

Displaced Children: "Adverse Childhood Experiences Amongst Refugees from the Horn of Africa: Influences on Development, Attachment, and Risk/Resilience"

by Segen Zeray

This paper addresses the trauma and adverse life experiences that displaced East-African youth are exposed to. This is specific to the trauma relevant in the last of the three stages endured: relocation. The effects of trauma from war are observed in the disruption of secure attachments and how it filters through psycho-social/mental, developmental, and...