MARCH 2018 EDITION
WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW
GREAT MEETING AT MCGILL UNIVERSITY
In February, the HWISE Analytic Team met to look at the distribution of survey responses across 14 study sites using two different methods, item response theory and classical test theory. Based on the results, we agreed to reduce the survey further and dropped ten items, such that there are 22 items left to potentially be included in the final scale. An overview of the conference’s proceedings can be accessed here.
Members of the consortium are currently using HWISE data to investigate important topics. If you have analyses you’d like to perform, please read the above section regarding data requests.
- How water insecurity may impact infant feeding (Roseanne Schuster, Maggie Butler)
- How worry over water impacts perceived stress (Amber Pearson, Ashley Hagaman, Cassie Workman)
- Describing water sharing practices, which includes both borrowing and loaning (Amber Wutich)
- Subjective assessment of the severity of various water insecurity items in Ethiopia (Kenny Maes, Yihenew Tesfaye)
- How water insecurity experiences differ between men and women in Tanzania (Vicky Santoso, Shalean Collins, Amy Lin, and Sera Young)
SOCIETY FOR APPLIED ANTHROPOLOGY
Dr. Roseanne Schuster and Margaret Butler (a Northwestern PhD student) submitted an abstract (“Unbreastfed”: The far-reaching consequences of water insecurity for infant feeding) that Dr. Sera Young will present at the 2018 Society for Applied Anthropology meeting (April 3-7, 2018). Excitingly, this is the first paper that includes the HWISE Consortium as authors.
HUMAN BIOLOGY ASSOCIATION
The Human Biology Association will have its annual meeting this year in Austin, TX. If you plan on going, please be sure to attend Roseanne Schuster’s podium presentation on the intersection between infant and young child feeding and water insecurity; the HWISE consortium is listed as an author! The presentation will be held at 1:30-3:00 pm on Thursday, April 12, 2018.
We have new collaborators who will be overseeing three different sites around the globe:
- Dr. Stroma Cole – Bali, Indonesia
- Dr. Chad Staddon – Kisoro, Uganda
- Dr. Sonali Srivastava – Rajasthan, India
In total, we have cleaned data for 4,329 participants across 14 sites.