Jennifer McGee-Avila

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Jennifer has participated in internships with the California Medical Association Foundation working on a project involving HPV, HPV vaccination, and cervical cancer. She also received a Bixby Reproductive Health Fellowship to intern with Population Council, located in Nairobi, Kenya. There she worked on projects involving HIV/AIDS prevention, microfinance for adolescent girls, and female genital mutilation. Jennifer is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and received her Certified in Public Health (CPH) certification. She was selected as an Equity & Opportunity Fellow by the Center on Law, Inequality and Metropolitan Equity from Rutgers School of Law.

MORE ABOUT JENNIFER
Jennifer is currently a third-year doctoral student in an interdisciplinary program through Rutgers School of Nursing and the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Urban Systems, with an Urban Health concentration. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles as an undergraduate majoring in Anthropology and Women’s Studies. She completed her Masters of Public Health in Urban Health Administration with Rutgers School of Public Health. Jennifer grew up in Palmdale, California, located in the Antelope Valley, a suburb of Los Angeles, where she attended Palmdale High School. She is currently the Program Manager for the Northeast/Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC) at the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center. She also worked in this capacity at Charles Drew University in South Los Angeles prior to moving to New Jersey.

DISSERTATION GRANT AWARDEE — MAY 2019
Multilevel Points of Intervention to Improve Cervical Cancer Screening Among Women Living with HIV: A Mixed Methods Approach to Addressing Health Inequities

Using a multi-level approach, this project aims to (1) examine patient level and psychosocial determinants (2) examine social and structural determinants and (3) examine, through focus groups, barriers to and facilitators of cervical cancer screening in a racially/ethnically diverse population of women living with HIV who receive care at a Ryan White Part D funded healthcare site in New Jersey.

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