NIH invites Dr. Hamisu Salihu to speak on paternal involvement and pregnancy outcomes

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In September, Hamisu Salihu, MD, PhD, joins three other world experts at the National Institutes of Health to provide rare expertise to guide research in the area of paternal involvement and pregnancy outcomes.

To date, numerous efforts have been initiated to promote responsible fatherhood for children’s development. However, less attention has been paid to the role of fathers during pregnancy through the first year of life.  In response to this knowledge gap, the NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development is hosting an exclusive meeting of experts in the field to address the impact of fathers’ involvement on pregnancy, birth outcomes, and the health and development of children during the first year of life.

The meeting takes a transdisciplinary approach to discuss the role of expectant fathers in pregnancy outcomes. It’s offered in collaboration with the Administration for Children and Families, Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal & Child Health Bureau, and the NIH’s Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research

As one of four invited speakers, Dr. Salihu’s research will greatly contribute to the discussion on gaps in the area of fathers’ role in birth outcomes and child development.

Dr. Hamisu Salihu, a professor of epidemiology, directs the USF College of Public Health’s Occupational Medicine Residency Program and the Center for Research and Evaluation for the Lawton & Rhea Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies. His academic home is the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.  The department offers concentrations in epidemiology that lead to MPH, MSPH, and PhD degrees, as well several dual degrees, graduate certificates, and special programs. Most recently, the department added an online master of public health degree in epidemiology to its academic offerings.

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