Sexual Health of Youth-Headed Households in Kenya

Research and ground-up policy lead

Laura was the lead researcher of this community based participatory research (CBPR) project carried out with the partners: The University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada), Kenya AIDS NGOs Consortium (Nairobi, Kenya), and Family AIDS Initiative Response Project (Nakuru, Kenya). An ethnographic approach was taken, involving arts-based visual and performative methods, to explore the sexual health and wellbeing of young people heading households aged 15 to 24 years. In 2012, Laura led the collaborative knowledge translation project, ‘Research to Action: Quality of Care and Access to Sexual Health and HIV Services among Youth-headed Households in Kenya,’ funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research, that involved a ground-up youth-informed policy process, county and national-level Action Groups and programming, including business skills training, for the youth groups involved. (2011 – 2013)