Agbemenu awarded grant to explore reproductive health in vulnerable populations

Published October 25, 2017

“These studies will help health care professionals understand the mechanisms that underlie health disparities ... ”
Kafuli Agbemenu, Assistant Professor
University at Buffalo, School of Nursing

Two grants focusing on reproductive health in vulnerable populations have been awarded to Kafuli Agbemenu, PhD, MPH, RN, CTN-A, assistant professor in the School of Nursing

The Appalachia Grant Society for Family Planning has funded a two-phase project exploring drug use in incarcerated rural Appalachian women to guide development of a survey to target pregnancy prevention. “Determining Risky Sexual Behaviors and Reproductive Health Needs of Opiate-using Women in Rural Appalachia: A Secondary Data Analysis” will tackle the issues of pregnancy, abortion and contraceptive use in this vulnerable population with a focus on increasing understanding of the health needs of those who use or are addicted to opiates.

Additionally, an Association of Black Nursing Faculty funded project, “Reproductive Health Outcomes of African Refugee Women Living in Upstate New York,” examines reproductive issues encountered by refugees and will potentially lead to community-based culturally congruent interventions.   

These studies will help health care professionals understand the mechanisms that underlie health disparities and, in future research, contribute to development of interventions that promote optimal health and well-being for women.