The Kenyan Grandparents Study, a research project that seeks to examine the impact of caregiving for orphaned children on the health and well being of Luo elders, takes place in a rural area in western Kenya. Gillian H. Ice, PhD, MPH, the project director, conducts her research during the summer and takes several students to assist with the data collection.
 
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Gillian Ice, PhD, MPH
Ohio University

Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Department of Social Medicine
309 Grosvenor Hall
Athens, OH  45701

740 593-2128 phone
740 593-1730 fax
iceg@ohio.edu

 
 
Eligibility: This research program is open to medical students between the first and second year who participate in the Research and Scholarly Advancement Fellowship Program and fourth year medical students who would like to participate in a research rotation. In addition, graduate students in the fields of African Studies, Public Health and Anthropology are also eligible for the experience. Students must have completed a minimum of one year in their respective programs and be in good academic standing. In special circumstances, advanced undergraduate students may participate as well. click to enlarge map
 
Requirements: Students who participate in this research program are required to participate in short training workshops prior to leaving for Kenya. The purpose of these workshops is to train students in basic data collection methodologies and to learn basic Dholuo phrases. In addition, students are required to read “Where There is No Doctor” by David Warner and “The Travel and Tropical Medicine Manual” by Jong & McMullen. Also, please read About Kenya, prepared by Gary Snyder and Jaja Yogo as well as Kenya travel tips. Additional training will take place in Kenya. 
 

Activities in Kenya: While in Kenya, students may participate in the following data collection activities according to skill and background:

  • Anthropometric assessment

  • Blood pressure measurement

  • Osteopathic screening

  • History and Physical exams

  • Blood spot collection for EBV antibodies, CRP, blood glucose and hemoglobin levels

  • Stool collection for parasite assay
  • Saliva collection for cortisol assay
  • Interviews
  • Nutritional assessment
  • Behavioral observation
Research is primarily conducted during the summer and may occur over 4-12 weeks, depending on project goals and funding.  Please click on the current project link for more details on the project itself. Approximate travel dates for the 2009 program are January 12-February 20.
 

Students will also have the opportunity to participate in other activities, time and interest pending:

  • Participation in the current Kenyan Children's Fund project

  • Clinical rotations in rural clinics and a variety of hospital settings

  • Cultural activities (e.g. church, local celebrations, dances, museums)

  • Visits to CDC in Kisumu, Kenya
  • Touring western Kenya
  • Hippo watch on Lake Victoria
  • Safari
Other details: While in the field, students are required to keep a field notebook and a personal journal.  In addition, students may be asked to participate in data entry and group discussions. Upon return, students are required to participate in data entry, limited data analysis and preparations of abstracts and posters. Students must participate in OU-HCOM Research Day and at least one state or national research conference. Research and Scholarly Advancement Fellows must complete additional work as required by the OU-HCOM Office of Research and Grants. Students using this opportunity as a fourth year research rotation are expected to participate in manuscript preparation.
Contact information and application procedure: Students who are interested should contact Dr. Ice directly. Application includes the International Programs Application, a letter of interest, a 2-3 page proposal statement (which is part of the Research and Scholarly Affairs Fellowship application) and a one-page essay describing your interest in this international research opportunity. We are currently accepting applications for 2009, with an application deadline of October 1, 2008.
 
Cost of the Program: Program costs vary depending on the length of the program but are approximately $3,000 - $5,000, including airfare, food and lodging. Several options for financial aid may be available. Students will have to obtain a passport, visa, international student identification card, several immunizations, complete all required pre-departure forms and a contact contract.  Additional preparation is described in "Things to do before you leave for Kenya."

 

 
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Last updated: 11/19/2013