Center for Indigenous Health Research

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Since 2007, Maya Health Alliance has been a leader in developing practical solutions to improve the quality of medical care in rural and indigenous communities in Guatemala. The Center for Indigenous Health Research (Centro de Investigación en La Salud Indígena or CISI) was founded by a multidisciplinary group of researchers at Maya Health Alliance, with the goals of advancing scientific investigations into the health needs of these communities. Researchers at CISI come from diverse backgrounds, but we share an interest in core themes (noncommunicable diseases, like cancer and diabetes; chronic malnutrition and food security; civil society and the study of “development”; and gender and health). We also share an interest in certain methodological approaches, especially in mixed methods, applied anthropology, and implementation science. 

Researchers

Research Leadership

Kirsten Austad, MD MPH. Interests: family planning, cervical cancer, implementation science.

Anita Chary, MD PhD. Interests: cervical cancer, medical anthropology

David Flood, MD. Interests: chronic kidney disease, diabetes, child nutrition

Gabriela Montenegro, PhD. Interests: complementary feeding, child malnutrition, food security

Peter Rohloff, MD PhD. Interests: noncommunicable chronic diseases, pediatric growth and development, chronic malnutrition, implementation science


Core Researchers

Meghan Farley Webb, PhD. Research Scientist. Interests: food security, migration, medical anthropology 

Pablo Garcia, MD. Affiliating Researcher. Interests: chronic kidney disease 

Nora King, MD. Affiliating Researcher. Interests: women’s health 

Stephen Alajajian, RDN. Research Fellow. Interests: malnutrition, food security 

Marcela Colom, MD. Research Fellow. Interests: women’s health 

Ana Cordón, MD. Research Fellow. Interests: pediatric nutrition, civil society, social entrepreneurship 

Michel Juarez, MD. Research Fellow. Interests: obstetrical continuum of care, neonatal care 

Boris Martinez, MD. Research Fellow. Interests: pediatric nutrition, early child development.

 

Research Coordinators

Karyn Choy. Interests: nutrition

Enma Coyote. Interests: midwifery, obstetrical emergency 

Magdalena Guarchaj. Interests: diabetes

Eva Tuiz. Interests: chronic kidney disease 

 

Key Collaborators

Dr. Joaquin Barnoya, Unidad Cardiovascular de Guatemala, Universidad Rafael Landivar. Affiliate Research Scientist at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

Dr. Gari Clifford, Department of Biomedical Informatics, Emory University

Dr. Alejandra Colom, Department of Anthropology, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala

Dr. Meredith Fort, Department of Family Medicine, University of Colorado

Dr. Rachel Hall-Clifford, Department of Anthropology, Agnes Scott College

Dr. Maria del Pilar Grazioso, Department of Psychology, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala. Affiliate Research Scientist at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

Dr. Lee Voth-Gaeddert, Affiliate Research Scientist at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

Dr. Carlos Mendoza, Instituto de Nutrición de Centro América y Panamá

Dr. Ann Miller, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Beth Smith, Department of Pediatrics, University of Southern California, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Projects and Funding

Summary of major current and recent projects.

MHEALTH TECHNOLOGY TO SUPPORT OBSTETRICAL CARE (2015-)

Using smartphones and decision support mHealth applications to support identification and referral of high-risk pregnancies by lay midwives. Funding: NIH/NICHD (PI Gari Clifford, Emory University) Trial Registration: NCT02348849

INDIVIDUALIZED HOME-BASED INTERVENTIONS TO IMPROVE DIET QUALITY AND DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOMES IN STUNTED CHILDREN (2015-2017)

Publications

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2013 and earlier