Andrea Blanchard

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BACKGROUND While community mobilization has been widely endorsed as an important component of HIV prevention among vulnerable populations such as female sex workers (FSWs), there is uncertainty as to the mechanism through which it impacts upon HIV risk. We explored the hypothesis that individual and collective empowerment of FSW is an outcome of community(More)
In Karnataka state, South India, we analyzed the role of membership in peer groups in reducing HIV-related risk and vulnerability among female sex workers (FSWs). Data from three surveys conducted in Karnataka, a behavioral tracking survey and two rounds of integrated biological and behavioral assessments (IBBAs), were analyzed. Using propensity score(More)
BACKGROUND The National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) of India aims to increase the uptake of safe and institutional delivery among rural communities to improve maternal, neonatal and child health (MNCH) outcomes. Previous studies in India have found that while there have been increasing numbers of institutional deliveries there are still considerable(More)
OBJECTIVES To analyze the prevalence of poor oral health and selected determinants in First Nations (FN) and Caucasian samples in Manitoba, Canada. STUDY DESIGN Cross-sectional survey, nested in a cohort study. METHODS FN and Caucasian participants completed a questionnaire on socio-demographic variables, oral health symptoms, and oral health-related(More)
A qualitative exploration of factors influencing site of delivery (home, public or private hospital) in three North Karnataka districts as described by pregnant women, mothers of neonates, husbands and grandmothers
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