By Stella Muthuri, Post-doctoral Fellow, APHRC via K4Health Blog I was invited to participate in the Knowledge Management for Health Share Fair held in Arusha, Tanzania between April 13th and 15th....
Stella is a researcher within the APHRC’s Health and Systems for Health Unit. Her current project seeks to explore the role that people’s social networks, physical, and economic factors, play in driving dietary practices, and how we may leverage this evidence for interventions and policies to prevent related non-communicable diseases by improving diet (Food Choices project).
Stella has also managed other projects investigating the extent that early child care may act as a barrier to women’s economic empowerment (GrOW project), and understanding what works to prevent and respond to Violence against Women and Girls in conflict and humanitarian emergencies (VAWG project).
Stella holds a PhD in Population Health from the University of Ottawa (Canada), a Master of Science degree from Concordia University (Canada), and a Bachelor of Science Honours degree from Concordia University (Canada). She has previously served as a research project manager for the Champlain Community Heart Health Survey (PURE International Study) and the International Study of Childhood Obesity, Lifestyle and Environment (ISCOLE-Kenya). Her publications have largely focused on the trends and correlates of behavioural risk factors for non-communicable diseases among populations in Africa.
Stella is driven by a strong desire to help improve the quality of life for individuals through research and intervention. She is particularly interested in modifiable health behaviours associated with child, youth and maternal health.