Healthy Beginning Initiatives – HBI®

Baby Shower Initiative™

Baby Shower Initiative (BSI) is a congregation-based initiative that uses prayer sessions to identify and recruit pregnant women; a congregation-organized baby shower for health interventions (including on-site prenatal testing); and baby receptions for post-delivery follow-up and retention.

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We utilize an integrated testing approach to prenatal screening that includes tests for anemia, malaria, sickle cell disease, HIV, hepatitis and syphilis. We also add specific conditions that are prevalent in the local area we serve.

BSI is also supported by the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH); University of Nevada School of Medicine; PeTR-GS (a PEPFAR-supported program) and currently operates in Enugu State-Nigeria. The state is one of the 36 states in Nigeria with 17 sub-divisions (local government areas) and an estimated population of 3,267,837 in 2006. BSI works with the Bishops of Enugu, Agwu and Oji-River and is active in over 200 churches distributed in over 30 communities across 7 local government areas in the state that serve as home to over 500,000 residents. As more communities adapt the BSI model, BSI will expand to other parts of Nigeria.

iCare-to-Know™

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We apply an innovative approach to make individuals aware of certain preventable conditions that they may be at risk for. These include both communicable and non-communicable conditions.

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For example:

  1. High School Students: An Innovative Edutainment Program to Increase HIV Screening and linkage to care among hard to reach groups including adolescents and college students. Currently the program works with school administrators in Nigeria who are approached to participate.
  2. Assent is obtained from students, pretest and posttest counseling is provided prior/after HIV testing to all participants by members of Support Group of people living with HIV and those identified with HIV are enrolled into care.
  3. Eight participants are selected to represent each school in the Edutainment Game Show. Other participants act as audience and supporters.
    Five schools are selected for each game cycle over 8 weeks and the competition are recorded at a TV station. All participants receive a gift pack of school essentials provided by sponsors. Game series are played on statewide television.
  4. The final round is played on live TV and awards are presented by influential individuals including the governor, other high level government officials, Bishops, private individuals and celebrities such beauty queens and Football Stars.

Since 2009, 75 schools have participated and 3000 adolescents were screened for HIV not including individuals influenced by program to get tested on their own by their friends that had participated in the game show.

The program has expanded with a community based version and a specific version focused on pregnant women.

College Students: Most individuals meet their life partners during this period. Individuals need to know of certain condition that may be increased when they have a partner who may carry a specific risk including sickle cell trait.

Nevada Care Program™

Nevada Care Program, which works to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission and provide comprehensive care to pregnant women, children infected or affected by HIV.

Since the program’s inception in 2007, mother-to-child HIV transmission has been reduced to less than one percent in Las Vegas.

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Scholar Development Program

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Scholar Development Program provides unique experiences and opportunities for students and residents across the globe to participate in communities that HSF is currently working in.

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Examples of Scholarly Work:

  1. Ugwu CS, Ezeanolue EE. Feasibility of using verbal autopsy to assess causes of infant death in Enugu, Nigeria. Accepted for presentation at the Western Society for Pediatric Research Annual Scientific Meeting; January 29-31, Carmel CA. Journal of Investigative Medicine 2014; Volume 63 – Issue 1 pp: 1-233
  2. Keane J, Hunt A, Ezeanolue EE, Kvam J, Pennington M, and Mohamednur Y. Prevalence of Sickle Cell Trait among Whites: Results from Nevada 2005-2012. Accepted for presentation at the Western Society for Pediatric Research Annual Scientific Meeting; January 29-31, Carmel CA. Journal of Investigative Medicine 2014; Volume 63 – Issue 1 pp: 1-233. WSCI Travel Award Winner
  3. Ambaram R, Kapadia D, Ogidi A, Keane J, Patel D, Obiefune M, Ezeanolue EE. Impact of Congregation-Based Health Intervention to Promote Birth Outcomes – Perspectives from the Volunteer Health Advisors. Accepted for presentation, Consortium of Universities for Global Health 6th Annual Global Health Conference; March 26-28, 2015, Boston, MA
  4. Patel U., Ihesiaba C., Oduenyi FU. , Hunt AT., Patel D., Pharr J, Obiefune M., Chukwumerije N., Ezeanolue EE. Ebola Outbreak in Nigeria: Volunteer Health Advisors as Information Disseminators. Accepted for presentation, Consortium of Universities for Global Health 6th Annual Global Health Conference; March 26-28, 2015, Boston, MA
  5. Kapadia D, Iheanacho T., Osuji AA., Ike A., Patel D., Obiefune M., Ezeanolue EE. Perception and Attitudes towards Mental Illness among Volunteer Health Advisors in Nigeria. Accepted for presentation, Consortium of Universities for Global Health 6th Annual Global Health Conference; March 26-28, 2015, Boston, MA
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Publications

Ehiri, J, Li, Y, Rouhani, M, Gunn, JKL, Ezeanolue, EE. Training and deployment of lay refugee/internally displaced persons to provide basic health services in camps: a systematic review Glob Health Action 2014, 7: 23902. http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/gha.v7.23902 doi: 10.3402/gha.v7.23902 eCollection 2014. PMID: 25280734

Iheanacho T, Obiefune M, Ezeanolue CO, Ogedegbe G, Nwanyanwu O, Ehiri J, Ohaeri J, Ezeanolue EE. Integrating mental health screening into routine community maternal and child health activity: Experience from Prevention of Mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT) trial in Nigeria. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2014 Sep 9. PMID: 25201181.

Iwelunmor J, Ezeanolue EE, Airhihenbuwa CO, Obiefune MC, Ezeanolue CO, Ogedegbe GG. Socio-cultural factors influencing PMTCT in Nigeria: A qualitative review. BMC Public Health. 2014 Jul 30; 14:771. PMID: 25079673

Akondeng C, , Ogidi A, Osuji A, Obiefune M, Ehiri J, Ezeanolue EE. Congregation-based intervention in resource limited settings: Implementation Challenges & Lesson Learned. Journal of Investigative Medicine 2014; 62 (1): 94.

Ezeanolue EE. Implementation Research: A significant step in the right direction to advance health outcome in Nigeria. Ann Med Health Sci Res 2014; 4: 291-2. PMID: 24971197

Ezeanolue EE, Obiefune MC, Yang W, Obaro SK, Ezeanolue CO, and Ogedegbe OG. 2013). Comparative effectiveness of congregation versus clinic-based approach to prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Implementation Science 2013, 8:62. PMID:23758933

Shahani S, Obaro S, Ezeanolue EE. Awareness of sickle cell genotype among Nigerians in the United States. Journal of Investigative Medicine 2013; 61 (1): 58.

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