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Kristin Thomas is a MSPH candidate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health studying social and behavioral interventions in international health. She specializes in mHealth, qualitative research methods, and health communications.
Ms. Thomas joined Dr. Larry Chang’s mLAKE study in Spring 2015 and traveled to Rakai District, Uganda during the summer to join the team at the Rakai Health Sciences Program (RHSP). RHSP is a leader in HIV/AIDS research in Uganda. The mLAKE study seeks to determine the feasibility, acceptability, and impact of an mHealth-guided HIV counseling intervention in the Kasensero fishing community, a HIV hotspot in southern Uganda.
She was selected to perform a mixed-methods interim evaluation for the mLAKE study. This project involved managing the RHSP Qualitative Research Team for data collection in the fishing community, and leading data analysis of 40+ in-depth interview transcripts using NVivo software. She also coordinated descriptive statistical analysis and report writing on process indicators with an RHSP Data Manager. Upon returning to the US, Kristin will work to disseminate the findings to academic parties interested in mHealth and/or HIV interventions via a written publication. As a result of this work, she has gained new proficiency in collaboration with a Ugandan study coordination team, project management and program evaluation, and basic Luganda language skills.
Ms. Thomas completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in health and societies, with minors in French studies and science, technology, and society. After completing her experience with Dr. Chang, she is looking forward to continuing to pursue public health research and practice opportunities internationally.
- 2016 Global Health Established Field Placement Award: $3500 for work in Rakai, Uganda. Community Health Workers, mHealth, and Combination HIV Prevention in a Hotspot: A Randomized Trial (mLAKE)