The Bixby Center for Population, Health and Sustainability funds graduate student summer internships and dissertation research in the areas of family planning and population for graduate students at UC Berkeley. The principal focus of the program is on family planning issues in developing countries where population growth rates remain high and reproductive health services are poor or inaccessible. (Internships that focus only on HIV/AIDS do not meet the criteria.)
Sara Fewer spent her summer in Tigray, Ethiopia supporting the monitoring and evaluation of a project aiming to increase access to contraception, specifically depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA, or Depo). Ethiopia is the second most populous country in Africa, with women having an average of 4.8 children during their lifetime (Population Council, 2013; Population Reference Bureau, [...]
Dario Maciel, MPH Candidate 2014
Dario collaborated with the Guatemalan NGO WINGS on a project to evaluate the impact that WINGS' pilot advocacy and empowerment program has had on municipal women leaders. The program trains women's groups on reproductive health and community advocacy, and culminates in a campaign led by the women's groups to [...]
This summer Michael worked in the rural Mayan community of Rabinal, Guatemala to develop a survey tool to measure differences in empowerment between groups of students. He thought this project would be worthwhile because, as Israel[i] has noted, tools to measure empowerment should be adapted to local contexts. To his [...]
Government-sponsored family planning has been subject to intense human rights debates. Paradoxically, some of the groups who have been most vocal in supporting a woman's right to make informed autonomous decisions about childbearing have also opposed access to some long-term methods of contraception. In India, the issue of injectable contraceptives has been [...]
Jesse Berns went to the CDC for hersummer internship to learn about how to best operationalize my field epidemiology career aspirations. Basia Tomczyk, UC Berkeley DrPH alum, was her mentor throughout the summer. She worked on literature reviews for a reproductive health and SGBV CDC protocol and assisted in the design of SGBV indicators for [...]
This summer, Celia interned for a non-governmental organization called the Human Needs Project (HNP). The (HNP) is an international organization situated in Kibera, one of the largest slums in Africa, in Nairobi, Kenya and is currently building a water and sanitation project, in the construct on a Town Center in the Gatwikera [...]
Divya and Aidan spent the summer investigating how Angolan women make decisions about pregnancy, childbearing, and family planning. With help from PSI Angola, Divya and Aidan conducted in-depth interviews with 28 women of reproductive age in health centers and local church groups in Luanda Province.
Laura and Kristina spent 10 weeks in Tigray, Ethiopia working to support a project that makes it easier for women in rural Ethiopia to obtain contraception. The project trains Community Based Reproductive Health Agents (CBRHAs), lay women from rural villages, to provide injectable contraceptives to women in their community.
Courtney completed a qualitative research investigation into women's perceptions, enabling factors, and barriers to access and use of non-permanent family planning methods, in collaboration with World Health Partners (WHP), an Indian non-governmental organization that provides health services to rural communities in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, India.
Through the Bixby Internship, Rebecca helped launch an evaluation of a Family Planning Mobile Job Aid for Community Health Workers in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The goal of this project is to critically examine an innovative mobile technology-based approach to increasing access to family planning information and services at the community-level.