Rukundo Kambarami Benedict
I am interested in health system strengthening in LMICs. My main area of study is at the primary health care level with frontline workers (community health workers) delivering maternal and child health and nutrition programs. My dissertation research focuses on measuring and improving CHW work performance, through identifying important organizational characteristics associated with various tasks.
BA Biochemistry Hood College, Frederick MD
MSPH Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore MD
PhD Nutrition Cornell University, Ithaca NY
|Methods||Community-engaged interventions, qualitative methods, quantitative methods, program impact pathway analysis|
As the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement continues to gain global momentum, I am interested in approaches to capacity building and systems strengthening for multisectoral nutrition (MSN) planning and action. I am currently engaged in two projects in Tanzania which explore on the job mentoring across key stakeholders as a mechanism for operationalizing MSN initiatives within communities. As this work progresses, we aim to scale up approaches found to be successful, including the use of mentorship programs, participatory MSN coalition building and workshops, and community-based stakeholder mapping in order to strengthen relationships and information sharing between government and civil society organizations.
M.P.H. Health Education and Behavioral Science, Emory University
B.A. Philosophy, University of Iowa
|Methods||Trials of improved practices (TIPs), implementation research, program impact pathway (PIP) analysis, stakeholder mapping, professional mentoring, adherence monitoring|
My interests lie in the interaction of science, society and culture, specifically as it relates to maternal and child health and nutrition. Currently, I am engaged in two research projects in the CENTIR Group exploring maternal nutrition and breastfeeding practices in South Asia and infant and young child feeding in the Lake zone of Tanzania.
||B.S. Biology & Society, Cornell University|
|Methods||Ethnography, qualitative methods, scoping review, Trials of Improved Practices (TIPs)|
Previous Research Staff
*Dr. Stephanie Martin and Dr. Laura Smith continue with CENTIR Group as collaborators based at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and University of Buffalo, respectively.