Advancing Global Family Health in Difficult-to-Reach Populations: Challenges and Lessons Learned

Concurrent Sessions 6

Paul R. Springer, Richard J. Bischoff, Rochelle L. Dalla, Cody S. Hollist, Natalie Williams, Julie A. Tippens; Discussant: Jerica Berge; Chair: Paul Springer


1:30 PM
2:45 PM
Pacific Salon 2
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  • Research
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  • Families & Health

About the Session

  • 231-01 - Mental Health Disparities: Engaging Global Communities Through Community Based Participatory Research
    By Paul R. Springer, Richard J. Bischoff
  • 231-02 - Overcoming Accessibility Challenges: Investigating Caste-Based Sex Trafficking Among the Rural Bedia of India
    By Rochelle L. Dalla
  • 231-03 - Accessing Hard-to-Reach Families in Crisis: Responding to the Family Needs of the Global Zika Health Crisis
    By Cody S. Hollist, Natalie Williams
  • 231-04 - Translational Health Research With Refugees Across the Migration Continuum: Challenges, Opportunities, and Strategies for Rising Researchers
    By Julie A. Tippens; Discussant: Jerica Berge; Chair: Paul Springer


Advancing Global Health among difficult and hard to reach populations must be a priority area of research.  Research has shown that poor and underserved communities not only face the greatest burden from disease and disability, but that this burden is given the least research attention (Evans, Shim & Loannidis, 2014).  This is especially true as low- and middle-income countries’ (LMICs’) health needs do not attract the same attention from richer, resource strong countries. The purpose of this symposium is to present four unique papers that highlight the challenges and lessons learned in doing global research among difficult-to-reach populations. The authors will provide illustrative examples of challenges and opportunities in global health research from their work in Brazil, India, and Kenya.


To demonstrate how Community Based Participatory Research is a particularly effective approach when accessing difficult to reach populations (because it emphasizes relationship building and investment in the community being studied).To discuss how researchers can navigate outsider status, language, and cultural differences to access hard-to-reach families and individuals. To provide illustrative examples of challenges, opportunities and strategies for early-stage researchers engaged in applied and translational global health research. 

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