Kathleen Jeanne Welch

I have a varied background, with a BA in Russian Language and Literature and an MA in Education. My career in public health started when I worked for CARE-USA in Moscow, Russia. I designed, implemented and analyzed some of the first population-based health surveys in the former Soviet Union. I continued my education at Tulane  University where I obtained an MPH and PhD. I have an interdisciplinary PhD in international health, sociology and epidemiology. During my ten years in New Orleans, I worked as an epidemiologist for the CDC Adult Spectrum of HIV Disease Study. During this time, I also worked as a consultant for Abt Associates designing HIV/AIDS materials for education activities in Central Asia.  I moved to Maine in 2003 and worked as an evaluator for the Healthy Community Coalition and as an Assistant Professor of Community Health Education at the University of Maine at Farmington. At UMF, I also coordinated pandemic influenza planning. I continue to work in the area of international health as much as possible. I was very fortunate to receive a Maine Community Foundation grant, which allowed me to conduct an online humor exchange with a high school in Emva, Russia and Mt. Blue High School in Farmington. I was able to travel to Russia in December of 2007 to facilitate the international health partnership. I returned to New Orleans in 2008 and am thrilled to be back. I am the Prevention/Services Evaluator for the Louisiana Office of Public Health HIV/AIDS Program. I am also very pleased that I can continue to teach GPH 740 at UNE and each year I learn so much from my students.

Education

Board Certifications and Licenses

Expertise

Global Health

HIV/AIDS

Evaluation

Research

Current Research

Using humor and other alternative treatments to decrease anxiety and depression among Gulf Coast residents during the hurricane season. Promoting recycling among New Orleans post Katrina.

Research Interests

International health partnerships between Russia and the U.S. which use distance learning and videoconferencing; avian influenza emergency preparedness; identifying indicators associated with adult obesity in rural Maine; identifying stressors associated with smoking among rural mothers in Maine; Eco-Theatre: integrating artistic and cultural expression with research and dissemination; population based nutritional risk surveys and research of the elderly

Selected Publications

Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action. Building International Partnerships through an On-Line Humor Exchange. Fall 2008.

Funded Grants

Recipient: University of Maine-Farmington Service Learning grant titled ÒEco-theatreÓ, 2007-2008.

Recepient: Maine Community Foundation grant titled ÒUniversity of Maine-Farmington/Lyceum ProjectÓ (an international health partnership between students in Komi, Russia and Western Maine),2007-2008.