Incentives tied to safer sex

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Male sex workers in Mexico City often earn more money for unprotected sex. In a recent study, PSTC Associate and Assistant Professor of Health Services Omar Galárraga found that, to offset the financial losses from clients, sex workers were willing to accept financial incentives such as grocery vouchers as compensation for increased condom use. Read more...

(Distributed December 1, 2014)

Hogan evaluates aid to Kenyan children

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – A cash transfer program providing support to poor families caring for orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya is having a positive impact. An article co-authored by PSTC Associate and Professor of Biostatistics Joseph Hogan notes an improvement in nutritional status, school attendance, and optimism regarding the future among those receiving assistance. Read more...

(Distributed December 1, 2014)

McGarvey develops bilingual assessment

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – In an effort to address alcohol dependence issues in American Samoa and the Western Pacific, PSTC Associate and Professor of Epidemiology and Anthropology Stephen McGarvey has worked with a team to develop a bilingual version of Semi-Structured Assessment for Drug Dependence and Alcoholism. An article on the study, "Translating the Semi-Structured Assessment for Drug Dependence and Alcoholism in the Western Pacific," was published in June by Alcohol and Alcoholism.

McGarvey also recently coauthored an article on the distribution of the infection schistosomiasis, also known as bilharzia, in the Philippines.

(Distributed November 26, 2014)

Franklin examines livability

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – In urban planning, sustainability and livability play two important guiding roles. PSTC Associate and Associate Director of S4 Rachel Franklin has co-authored an article evaluating the current discourse on livability and exploring strategies for transforming the livability concept. The article, “Livability for all? Conceptual limits and practical implications,” was published in May by Applied Geography.

(Distributed November 24, 2014)
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