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Kristin Beima-Sofie | Understanding test, prevent, treat: Using qualitative methods to inform adolescent HIV services in Kenya

September 23, 2021

Kristin Beima-Sofie

Dr. Beima-Sofie is an Acting Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington. She serves as core faculty for the UW/FHCRC Center for AIDS Research Behavioral Sciences Core, as well as faculty for the Global Center for Integrated Health of Women, Adolescents, and Children (Global WACh) and the Kenya Research and Training Center (KRTC). Dr. Beima-Sofie leads a qualitative mentoring group (QWIP) for students, fellows, faculty and staff, conducts workshops on qualitative methods for CFAR, and teaches the second course in the global health qualitative methods series (GH539: Analyzing Qualitative Data). As her research trajectory has advanced, she has moved along the translational health pathway from being a laboratory scientist to a qualitative methodologist. Originally focused on molecular and genetic influences on health, she now uses personal narratives to provide a deeper understanding of health experiences. Dr. Beima-Sofie’s research interests span a range of topics related to HIV, including HIV prevention and treatment, global and domestic foci, and key populations. A key focus of her research has been holistic care for women, adolescents, and children, applying a translational health continuum lens within 2 primary research domains: 1) behavioral and contextual influences on health outcomes using qualitative methods, and 2) bridging the ‘know-do gap’ through evaluation of intervention implementation using implementation science methods.


May 18, 2022


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Dr. Beima-Sofie’s talk will discuss how she has used qualitative research approaches to understand key influences on the health of adolescents affected by HIV in Kenya. She will discuss past and ongoing research projects related to HIV testing, disclosure of a positive HIV diagnosis to adolescents, transition from pediatric to adult care, healthcare provider interventions that optimize adolescent HIV treatment support, and provision of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to adolescent girls.