MPH Faculty and Student Study Connection Between Climate Change and Violence

At the Minnesota Society for Public Health Education (MNSOPHE)'s 2020 virtual Health Education Summit on Thursday October 22, 2020, St. Catherine University's Master of Public Health faculty members Elizabeth Allen, PhD, MPH and Leso Munala, PhD, MSW and MPH student Julie Henderson, RN, BSN presented a poster titled “Climate Change and Violence: The relationship between severe weather events and domestic violence in Kenya.” 

As part of their collaboration, Allen, Munala, and Henderson analyzed the effects of severe weather events on the prevalence of domestic violence in Kenya. IPUMS-DHS data and GPS data from 2008 and 2014 as well as data from EM-DAT were used to create variables in Stata. The outcomes of interest were whether a woman aged 15-49 who had ever been married or lived with a family experienced at least one form of domestic violence (DV) in the past 12 months. The predictor variables were [incidence of severe weather] in the year of data collection and if there was a change in severe weather in the two years leading up to the year of DV data collection. T

Their findings support that the effect of climate change — in this case, severe floods — are associated with a rise in domestic violence.