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.)
Kate was exposed to fascinating studies investigating emergency contraception, female condom acceptability, traditional medicine use in STI treatment and more.
"Family Planning and Preventing Maternal Mortality in Kigoma Tanzania"
Jessica worked with the Community Based Distribution (CBD) program of the Lake Tanganyika Catchment Reforestation and Education Project (TACARE), a division of the Jane Goodall Institute.
The Health of Latinos of African Descent: Social and Cultural Determinants That Impact the Health of Afri-Cubans
“The Health of Latinos of African Descent: Social and Cultural Determinants That Impact the Health of Afri-Cubans”
Population Services International (PSI) enlisted Bixby Intern Julie Earne's help to study the potential of developing social franchising in India to communicate the importance of birth spacing through the use of temporary methods of birth control.
Ashley worked doing semi-structured interviews with women and service providers and did workshops, providing training and outreach activities.
Sean's internship was based in Lusaka , the capitol, working on all aspects of this media campaign by researching reproductive health care information. In addition, he provided newspaper articles, poster ideas, and comments on past outreach.