Maternal and Child Health
As the mother of two small children herself, Mimi has found additional inspiration in her research on Maternal and Child Health, particularly in developing African settings.
Recognizing that many Maternal and Child Health interventions in sub-Saharan Africa are largely under-theorized, Mimi has engaged in projects looking to enhance the knowledge base informing program design. She has participated in the Philani Mentor Mother research project based in South Africa, which was intended to culturally tailor the lay community health worker service delivery model (i.e. promotora) that has been effective in the Los Angeles Area with the Latino community to the sub-Saharan African context. She has also contributed to designing the third wave of the Women's Health Study of Accra, a Ghana-based research project focusing on women's health, quality of life, and social and civic engagement.
In 2011, she co-authored an article in the Journal of Translational Behavioral Medicine on Families affected by HIV, and in 2014, she presented on posters and papers on women's health in sub-Saharan Africa at the UC San Diego Medical School and the American Public Health Association. Maternal and Child Health is a significant theme in her course onThe African Woman and Her Environment.