Bio: Julie Bergmann, MHS, received her master’s degree in International Health Systems from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree at UC San Diego in Global Health. Her research interests focus on the intersection of health and economic sustainability through the use of cost-effective, culturally tailored interventions. Specifically, she is interested in maternal and child health in sub-Saharan Africa focusing on HIV, couple level factors (i.e., intimate partner violence), and intervention development. In the future, she hopes to apply her research to design, implement, and scale up scientifically informed interventions, creating programs that are responsive to the needs of vulnerable populations, while addressing concerns of practicality and effectiveness.
Project: The most effective way to eliminate HIV-related maternal deaths, and to prevent mother to child transmission of HIV, is through family planning (FP). Moreover, in Kenya there is an expressed desire to delay fertility at least two years or cease childbearing altogether. Ms. Bergmann’s primary research goals are to determine couple-level obstacles, highlighting the male perspective, to the use of female contraceptives. To this end, she will recruit couples to complete a cross-sectional survey to assess factors that inhibit the use of female contraceptives, exploring FP acceptance, knowledge, and desire as well as other couple-level factors. She will also conduct in-depth interviews to explore primary quantitative findings and to understand contextual factors influencing behaviors. The study will be conducted in Kenya in the Nyanza Province in collaboration with the Kenya Educational Medical Research Institute (KEMRI).