Current research

Global health nursing research

Hospital in AfricaThe Center for Global Health Nursing works to promote preeminent nurse-led research to create ethical, long-term, and sustainable improvements to health and healthcare, locally and globally. UW School of Nursing faculty members are involved in research in the North America, Africa, South America and Asia. Global health research projects span all three school departments. The CGHN aligns itself with the four priorities of nursing research at the University of Washington School of Nursing:

Health equity

Health Equity research examines the differences in quality, outcomes and access of health and healthcare across populations. Areas of study include social injustice, underserved populations, community-based participatory research and environmental influence.

Tracking Risk Compensation over Time in a National MC Roll-Out in Zimbabwe
Drs. Danuta Kasprzyk and Daniel Montano are currently examining the factors that affect the motivation to get circumcised to prevent HIV in Zimbabwe. Previously, they developed posters and tested them on students at the University of Zimbabwe. Their results showed a significant change in targeted key beliefs and motivation. Currently, through funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, they are testing their messages among a community-based sample of men in Zimbabwe.

Mistreated: The political consequences of the fight against AIDS in Lesotho
Dr. Nora Kenworthy recently published her first solo-authored book. Her book examines how politics and economics intersect with global health interventions and the resulting consequences. The book focuses on the HIV crisis in Lesotho and she spotlights several heavily impacted HIV+ communities.

Symptom Science

Symptom Science research examines lifestyle, environmental and/or genetic factors that affect illness, disability and disease to develop improved, personalized strategies to treat and prevent adverse symptoms and chronic illness across diverse populations and settings.

Innovative Interventions

Innovative Interventions research deploys rare and novel strategies for understanding, interpreting, translating, gathering or otherwise using data and information to draw conclusions and ask important questions. Innovative interventions include big data analysis, new tools and technology, and utilizing established concepts in new ways.

Standardized Patient Actors for Improved Adolescent HIV Care in Kenya (SPEED Study)
Dr. Pamela Kohler‘s SPEED Study, funded through NICHD, tests a clinical training intervention using standardized patient actors to train health workers in Kenya to provide adolescent-friendly HIV care. Trained actors portray adolescent cases, helping health workers to develop empathy and communication skills around challenging subjects like HIV disclosure, depression, and family relationships.

Lifespan health

Lifespan Health research studies health and well-being across the human lifespan, from developing fetuses to end-of-life. Studies focus on understanding and promoting health during age-specific times in the human life.

A Tablet-based Clinical Training Approach for Nurses Providing Option B+ Services
Dr. Sarah Gimbel’s research focuses on intervention development and testing to strengthen nursing management of health systems. This NIAID-funded study is developing and evaluating a replicable model for on-the-job clinical training for nurses introducing Option B+ in central Mozambique that can be applied for enhancing prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV across diverse settings.