Training Years: 2014-2015
Training Site: ASOCIACION BENEFICA PRISMA
Mentors: Robert Gilman, MD
Title: The effects of social network on food security and child under nutrition in Peruvian Infants.
Aim 1: To generate a model of a social network within the neighboring communities of Santa Clara de Nanay, Santo Tomas, La Union, and 12 de Diciembre.
Hypothesis 1: Families will report sources of social and financial support from connections both within and external to the community. Poorer families will rely more on up-river connections and short-term migration up-river; while wealthier families will rely more on remittances from connections in Lima.
Aim 2: To relate characteristics of a household’s social network to reported family food insecurity and nutritional status in children under five.
Hypothesis 2: Families with stronger social networks will report less food insecurity and will have less undernutrition in children under five than families with weaker social networks.
NIH Support: Fogarty fellowship postdoctoral training award