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Fighting Maternal Mortality: Investigating the Influence of Architecture on Women's Health and Wellness
Amanda Nicole Sparks. (M. Arch. Thesis) University of Maryland, 2023.
"This thesis seeks to explore how the use of community based and empathetic design, providing equitable access to nature, and life cycle planning strategies could improve care and redefine how we think about women’s health care in the United States." Chapters 6 and 7 focus on Newark as "the demographics of Newark suggest a population that is highly vulnerable to the problem of Maternal Mortality in the state of New Jersey." Chapter 7 is a site analysis for locating a women's health and wellness center in Newark. Rutgers-restricted Access
Language Proficiency and Delay of Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Cross-Sectional Analysis of Low-Income Women in Newark
Victor Cueto, Vivian González Cueto, Luis Alzate-Duque et al. Journal of General Internal Medicine 39(1), 2024, pp.159-162.
"In this population of low-income minority women, delayed medical care was significantly related to language proficiency. Although all groups were likely to delay care due to their fear of becoming infected with COVID-19, Spanish speakers with LEP were much more likely than English-proficient respondents to delay care overall." Rutgers-restricted Access
Psychosocial Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Women with Trauma Histories: Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN)
Karen P. Jakubowski et. al. Journal of Traumatic Stress 36(1), 2023, 167-179.
"We tested associations between prepandemic childhood abuse or intimate partner violence (IPV) and elevated depressive, anxiety, conflict, and sleep symptoms during the pandemic among aging women. Women (N = 582, age: 65-77 years) from three U.S. sites (Pittsburgh, Boston, Newark) of the longitudinal Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN) reported pandemic-related psychosocial impacts from June 2020-March 2021."
Impact of Immigration and Duration of Residence in US on Length of Gestation Among Black Women in Newark, New Jersey
Amira Elsayed, Ndidiamaka N.Amutah-Onukagha, Laurie Navin, Lisa Gittens-Williams, and Teresa Janevic. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 21(5). October 2019, pp. 1095-1101
"Little is known about pregnancy outcomes of black immigrant women to the US. We surveyed 447 black women post-partum in two hospitals in Newark, NJ... Immigrant women relative to US-born women had a 60% lower risk of preterm birth (adjusted risk ratio = 0.4; 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.2, 0.8) and longer gestation (adjusted difference = 1.4 weeks, 95%CI 0.6, 2.1). Gestation was 1.9 weeks longer for recent immigrants compared to US-born women (95%CI 0.2, 3.6), whereas for those who lived in the US for at least 10 years there was no difference. The healthy immigrant effect found among black may erode with time in the US." Rutgers-restricted Access
Evaluation of a Multilevel Intervention to Reduce Preterm Birth Among Black Women in Newark, New Jersey: A Controlled Interrupted Time Series Analysis
Teresa Janevic, Jennifer A. Hutcheon, Norm Hess, Laurie Navin, Elizabeth A. Howell, and Lisa Gittens-Williams. Maternal and Child Health Journal 22(10), October 2018, pp. 1511-1518
"Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of a multilevel intervention, Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait (HBWW), in reducing preterm birth (PTB) and very preterm birth (VPTB) among black women in Newark, NJ." Rutgers-restricted Access

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