In November 2017, University of Southern California Research Associate Kristin Zacharias, MPH, led an Eastern Africa Children’s Health Study workshop at Makerere University School of Public Health to train local investigators and field team on Children’s Health Study implementation procedures.
Training Workshops & Visits
In addition to ambient air pollution monitoring, the GEOHealth Hub will collect household air pollution data for some study participants. In May, University of Southern California (USC) Co-Investigator Scott Fruin conducted a household air pollution monitoring training to prepare field researchers for this arm of the research study.
In follow-up to previous trainings on broader exposure assessment principles, the University of Southern California (USC) team conducted a one-week exposure monitoring training workshop focused on training country teams in the installation, maintenance and use of the specific exposure monitoring equipment being used for the Eastern Africa Children’s Health and Time-Series Morbidity/Mortality studies as part of the Eastern Africa GEOHealth Hub.
GEOHealth Hub Principle Investigators (PIs) Drs. Berhane and Kumie visited Kenya during April 3-7, 2017, to meet officials of the new lead institution, University of Kabianga (UoK), and visit potential sites in Nairobi for the air quality monitors, schools that could be part of the Children’s Health Study, and hospitals for the morbidity and mortality study.
In December 2016, University of Southern California (USC) Principle Investigator (PI) Dr. Samet conducted a research site visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to meet with Addis Ababa University (AAU) investigators, including Hub/AAU PI Dr. Kumie, as well as the research field team to review study management practices and provide supplemental training and guidance on study practices.
The July 2016 Ethiopia Training in Household Air Pollution was a three-day training workshop on household air pollution (HAP) and exposure monitoring targeting 1) members of NIH-funded GEOHealth Hubs that include a focus on HAP, including the Eastern Africa GEOHealth Hub, and 2) investigators currently engaged or interested in household air pollution research and exposure monitoring.
In July 2016, a two-week in-depth field and study implementation training was conducted with the Eastern Africa GEOHealth Hub field staff.
Researcher Worku Tefera visited USC Environmental Health in May 2014 to learn about the types of air pollution monitoring conducted as part of the Children’s Health Study.
The April 2013 planning and training workshop at the University of Southern California reviewed the progress of the GEOHealth Hub’s projects and key findings and focused on internal planning for projects and trainings with Addis Ababa University team on exposure assessment, use of new spatial and mapping technologies, and more.