Holly McClain Burke, PhD, MPHScientist, Social and Behavioral Health Sciences
Areas of expertise
- Family planning
- HIV prevention
- Health communication research
- Health behavior research
- Program evaluation
- Measurement development
- Youth sexual and reproductive health
Projects & Resources
Injectable contraceptives are among the most popular family planning options. They are safe, effective and discreet. But, in many countries, they are not widely available outside clinic settings.
The Accelerating Strategies for Practical Innovation and Research in Economic Strengthening (ASPIRES) project supports evidence-based, gender-sensitive programming to improve the economic security and improve health outcomes of families and children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS, as well as others at high risk of acquiring HIV.
Measuring Soft Skills and Life Skills in International Youth Development Programs: A Review and Inventory of Tools
YouthPower Action’s review of soft skill measurement tools and inventory describes characteristics useful to international youth development programs seeking to assess participants’ soft skills.
This report identifies the core soft skills that would create positive outcomes across important areas of youth’s lives, including workforce success, violence prevention, and sexual and reproductive health.
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Impact of an agricultural value chain project on smallholder farmers, households, and children in Liberia
Rutherford DD, Burke HM, Cheung KK, Field SH
World Dev 2016 Jul; 8370-83. [Journal Impact Factor: 1.965]
This paper explores the impact of an agricultural value chain project in Liberia on smallholder farmers, their households and children in order to better understand the link between household economic welfare and child well-being. Although the study suggests that the intervention contributed to positive outcomes, it also illustrates how economic-focused interventions alone are insufficient to produce sustained improvements in children’s lives. Economic strengthening programs should benefit children as part of their effort to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty.
The role of relationship types on condom use among urban men with concurrent partners in Ghana and Tanzania
Fleming PJ, Mulawa M, Burke H, Shattuck D, Mndeme E, Attafuah J, Mbwambo J, Guest G.
AIDS Care 2015; 27 (4): 466-72. [Journal Impact Factor: 2.194]
Multiple concurrent partnerships are hypothesized to be important drivers of HIV transmission. Despite the demonstrated importance of relationship type on condom use, research on concurrency has not examined how different combinations of relationship types might affect condom use. Study findings underscore the importance of considering relationship type when designing HIV prevention strategies in these settings.