Jessica Elf, MPH, PhD

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Post Doctoral Fellow
Jessica Elf, MPH, PhD

Jessica Elf, MPH, PhD, is a post doctoral fellow in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Her primary research focus has been on the epidemiology and health impacts of tobacco use and exposure to indoor air pollution from the combustion of biomass fuels. She is a former Fogarty Fellow who lived and worked in Pune, India conducting research for her thesis project, which investigated the association between indoor air pollution and tuberculosis. She completed her undergraduate education in nutrition at the University of Florida and received an MPH and PhD the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH). She has worked at the Institute for Global Tobacco Control at JHSPH, as a tobacco program specialist at a county health department in the State of Florida and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Timor-Leste.

Awards

  1. Arthur M. Dannenberg Award. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 2016.
  2. Dr. Timothy Baker Award for International Health Development. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
  3. Ujala Foundation Scholar. Center for Clinical Global Health Education, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
  4. 2014 UJMT Fogarty Global Health Fellow. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, February 2013-May 2014.
  5. Student Assembly Student Conference Fund Award. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 2014
  6. Global Health Established Field Placement Conference Grant Award. "Exposure to indoor air pollution from secondhand tobacco smoke and use of biomass fuels in homes with active TB disease in Klerksdorp, South Africa."
  7. Center for Global Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 2013.
  8. Global Health Established Field Placement Award. South Africa – Integration of Environmental Assessments into a Mass Active Case Finding Program. Center for Global Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 2008.
  9. Master of Public Health Field Experience Award. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 2008.

Characteristics Associated with Mobile Phone Usage among TB Populations in Pune, India

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2017-10-02
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With 8.6 million people affected worldwide in 2012, the control and prevention of tuberculosis (TB) has become an international priority. In order to reduce burdens and achieve global goals for TB control, new and innovative tools are necessary. With a growing number of mobile phone subscriptions...

Predictive Value of TB-symptom Screen in HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected Pregnant Women in Pune, India

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2014-10-28
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This is a cross sectional observational study will be conducted at BJGMC to establish what the predictive value of the WHO TB symptom screen is in pregnant women in India. We hypothesize that the WHO TB symptom screen will have a higher positive predictive value (PPV) in HIV-seronegative pregnant...

RePORT: C-TRIUMPH: Substudy on Assessing the Association of Indoor Air Pollution with Tuberculosis in Adult Women and Children under 5 Years of Age

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2013-09-15
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Addressing social and environmental risk factors contributing to TB disease is becoming increasingly important for national TB programs. We are leveraging the pediatric participants in 1,100 homes participating in the C-TRIUMPH study, enhancing data collection regarding household and individual...

Impact of Diabetes on TB Treatment Outcomes

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2013-02-01
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CCGHE, the JHU Center for TB Research and BJGMC have been awarded a $2.5 million dollar NIH grant (2013-2018) to conduct a study to evaluate treatment outcomes among Indian patients with both diabetes mellitus and active TB. This study is assessing the prevalence of impaired glucose or frank...

BWI CTU: Baltimore-Washington-India Clinical Trials Unit

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2007-02-02
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Comprising clinical trial sites at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, Whitman Walker Health in Washington, DC, and the BJGMC-CCGHE collaboration in Pune, India, the Baltimore-Washington-India Clinical Trials Unit (BWI-CTU) is one of only 25 international HIV/TB clinical trial sites funded by the...

The association of household fine particulate matter and kerosene with tuberculosis in women and children in Pune, India

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2018-09-07
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Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Use of kerosene cooking fuel is positively associated with TB in women and children in our analysis using reported sources of exposure.

Sources of household air pollution and their association with fine particulate matter in low-income urban homes in India

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2018-05-23
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Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology
INTRODUCTION: Household air pollution (HAP) is poorly characterized in low-income urban Indian communities. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A questionnaire assessing sources of HAP and 24 h household concentrations of particulate matter less than 2.5 microns in diameter (PM 2.5 ) were collected in a sample...

Secondhand smoke exposure and validity of self-report in low-income women and children in India

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2018-01-10
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Pediatrics
Pediatrics: Dr. Jessica Elf and colleagues evaluated the validity of standard self-reported measures for secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure among women and children in urban India.

Household food insecurity is associated with low interferon-gamma levels in pregnant Indian women

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2017-07-01
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International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Objective: To determine the association between household food insecurity and interferon-gamma (IFN-γ) levels in pregnancy. Design: Pregnant women in India were administered the Household Food Insecurity Access Scale (HFIAS) questionnaire and underwent an IFN-γ release assay. Logistic regression...

Mobile Phone Access and Comfort: Implications for HIV and Tuberculosis Care in India and South Africa

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2018-10-04
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Cox SN , Elf J, Lokhande R, Ogale YP, DiAndreth L, Dupuis E, Milovanovic M, Mpongose N, Martinson N, Mave V, Suryavanshi N, Gupta A, Golub JE, Mathad JS. Mobile Phone Access and Comfort: Implications for HIV and Tuberculosis Care in India and South Africa. I DSA. IDWeek 2018. San Francisco, CA,...

Validity of Reported Measures of Secondhand Smoke Exposure in Indian Households: Mishri Preparation a Potentially Overlooked Source in Low-Income Indian Communities

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2017-03-10
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Elf JL , Kinikar AA, Khadse S, Mave V, Gupte N, Kulkarni V, Patekar S, Raichur P, Cohen J, Breysse PN, Gupta A, Golub JE. Validity of Reported Measures of Secondhand Smoke Exposure in Indian Households: Mishri Preparation a Potentially Overlooked Source in Low-Income Indian Communities. 23rd Annual...

Characteristics Associated with Mobile Phone Access among Tuberculosis Patents in Pune, India

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2016-12-04
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Ogale YP , Elf JL, Lokhande R, Mave V, Roy S, Gupta A, Golub J, Mathad J. Characteristics Associated with Mobile Phone Access among Tuberculosis Patents in Pune, India. 46th Union World Conference on Lung Health. International Union for Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. Cape Town, South Africa.

The Association of Household Air Pollution and Tuberculosis in Women and Children in Pune, India

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2016-10-27
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Elf JL , Kinikar A, Khadse S, Mave V, Gupte N, Kulkarni V, Patekar S, Raichur P, Breysse PN, Gupta A, Golub JE. The Association of Household Air Pollution and Tuberculosis in Women and Children in Pune, India. 47th Union World Conference on Lung Health. International Union for Tuberculosis and Lung...

A Case-control Study of Household Air Pollution and Tuberculosis in Women and Children in Pune, India

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2016-10-26
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Elf JL , Kinikar A, Khadse S, Mave V, Gupte N, Kulkarni V, Patekar S, Raichur P, Breysse PN, Gupta A, Golub JE. A Case-control Study of Household Air Pollution and Tuberculosis in Women and Children in Pune, India. 47th Union World Conference on Lung Health. International Union for Tuberculosis and...

The Association of Household Air Pollution and Tuberculosis in Women and Children in Pune, India

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2016-09-22
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Elf JL , Kinikar A, Khadse S, Mave V, Gupte N, Kulkarni V, Patekar S, Raichur P, Breysse PN, Gupta A, Golub JE. The Association of Household Air Pollution and Tuberculosis in Women and Children in Pune, India. RePORT International Meeting. Durban, South Africa. 2016-07-14.

The Association of Household Air Pollution and Tuberculosis in Women and Children in Pune, India

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2016-06-21
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Elf, J. The Association of Household Air Pollution and Tuberculosis in Women and Children in Pune, India. 2016 Annual Meeting. Johns Hopkins Center for Tuberculosis Research. Baltimore, MD. 2016.

Operational Challenges Undermine WHO TB Symptom Screen in Pregnant Women

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2015-10-11
Vaidya A , Tambe S, Bhosale R, Mave V, Elf J, Pradhan N, Nevrekar N, Patil S, Kagal A, Joshi S, Chandanwale A, Gupta A, MathadJ. Operational Challenges Undermine WHO TB Symptom Screen in Pregnant Women. ID Week 2015. San Diego, CA. San Diego, CA. 2015

The Association of Exposure to Air Pollution from Biomass Fuels, Kerosene, and Secondhand Tobacco Smoke with TB in Adult Women and Children in Pune, India

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2015-05-01
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Elf JL , Kinikar A, Khadse S, Mave V, Gupte N, Kulkarni V, Patekar S, Raichur P, Breysse P, Gupta A, Golub J. The Association of Exposure to Air Pollution from Biomass Fuels, Kerosene, and Secondhand Tobacco Smoke with TB in Adult Women and Children in Pune, India. American Thoracic Society...

Up Close: Jessica Elf

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2016-05-31
The quality of air is an ethical imperative.