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

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

 

Researchers

Lilian Carolina Ajú Batz. Interests: diabetes, early child development, nutrition

Stephen Alajajian, RDN. Interests: malnutrition, food security

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

Carlos Eliezer Bacajol Chapaz. Interests: nutrition

Liria Carina Batzibal Calí. Interests: nutrition

Vilma Borón Surec. Interests: early child development, nutrition

Evelin Calel Borón. Interests: nutrition

Karyn Choy. Interests: nutrition, early child development

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

Enma Coyote. Interests: midwifery, obstetrical emergency

Carlos Dionicio, MD. Interests: quality improvement epidemiology

Pablo Garcia, MD. Interests: chronic kidney disease

Magdalena Guarchaj. Interests: diabetes, early child development

Sara Hernández Hidalgo. Interests: early child development

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

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

Lucrecia Lucia Morales Morales. Interests: nutrition

Irma Yolanda Piló Palax. Interests: nutrition

Olga Marina Saloj Chiyal Interests: early child development, nutrition

Scott Tschida. Interests: implementation science

Rosa Sirín Sirín. Interests: nutrition

Eva Leticia Tuiz Ordoñez. Interests: chronic kidney disease, early child development

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

 

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. Jennifer Crowe, El Instituto Regional de Estudios en Sustancias Tóxicas de la Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica

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

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

Dr. Marvin González Quiroz, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua, León

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

A HYBRID EFFECTIVENESS/IMPLEMENTATION TRIAL OF THE INTERNATIONAL GUIDE FOR MONITORING CHILD DEVELOPMENT (2021-)

The aim of this study is to conduct a hybrid effectiveness/implementation assessment of the International Guide for Monitoring Child Development (GMCD) in two LMIC settings, India and Guatemala, within established rural CHW programs. The primary objectives are (a) to evaluate the real-world effectiveness of the GMCD; (b) to use an implementation science framework to understand barriers and facilitators to effective population coverage, provider implementation, and maintenance; (c) to conduct an economic evaluation of the GMCD. Funding: NIH/NICHD Trial Registration: NCT04665297

POPULATION-BASED SURVEY OF CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE (2018-)

Representative, population-based study surveying prevalence and risk factors for traditional and nontraditional chronic kidney disease in adults in rural Guatemala. Funding: NIH/FIC

CARE NAVIGATION TO IMPROVE OBSTETRICAL CARE (2017-2020)

Using a quality improvement framework and care navigation to improve patient satisfaction and emergency obstetrical referral outcomes. Funding: Grand Challenges Canada

MHEALTH TECHNOLOGY TO SUPPORT OBSTETRICAL CARE (2015-2019)

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