Public health faculty Elizabeth M. Allen, PhD, and Leso Munala, PhD, along with alumna Julie Henderson MPH’21 recently published an article on the impact of climate change on intimate partner violence in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
Co-author Henderson wanted to gain data analysis skills while in the MPH program. Working on the analysis during her practicum experience with Allen and Munala, she drafted an initial paper as her MPH capstone project. Following her Henderson's graduation, the three continued to collaborate in order to turn the work into a manuscript that combines two equally important public health issues: gender-based violence and climate change.
Climate action is an essential component in the ongoing fight to eliminate violence against women and girls. Their analysis adds to the urgency of addressing action to stop environmental degradation and gender-based violence, and demonstrates that the two issues often need to be addressed together.