July Featured CHOP Postdoc

 

The July Featured CHOP Postdoc is Drisana Henry, MD, MPH. Drisana is originally from Springfield, Massachusetts, and she received her MD from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Currently, Drisana works as an adolescent medicine fellow under the mentorships of Aletha Akers, MD, MPH, FACOG and Sarah Wood, MD.

At CHOP, Drisana is primarily interested in the sexual and reproductive health of Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW). Her primary research project is based in Botswana and is focused on investigating the barriers and facilitators towards implementing long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs) in AGYW. LARCs are recommended as a first-line option for contraception in adolescents by the American Academy of Pediatrics. However, the uptake of LARCs among adolescents continues to be alarmingly low.

In Botswana, short-acting contraception (e.g. condoms, hormonal contraceptive pills and injectables) are more commonly used than LARCs. Despite LARCs being available in Botswana, their use among AGYW has been low, while the teen pregnancy rate remains high. Drisana is performing a qualitative study comprised of semi-structured interviews in order to better understand the various factors that influence LARC uptake among AGYW. By interviewing multiple key stakeholders and AGYW, she aims to provide important data that can be used to develop effective interventional strategies in Botswana.

Drisana aspires to work in academic medicine as an Adolescent Medicine clinician and researcher. She plans to work both domestically and internationally with a focus on improving the delivery of sexual and reproductive health services to adolescent girls and young women.

Drisana's biggest accomplishment at CHOP so far is connecting and networking with like-minded individuals and working with local community organizations to expose underrepresented individuals to careers in science and medicine.

To relax and relieve stress, Drisana salsa dances, goes to zumba, hikes through the Wissahickon, or bikes the Schuykill trail. The last book she read was Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan. Drisana's favorite song right now is Kingdom by Ruth La'Ontra. Her favorite TV show is This is Us. If there was any place in the world she could go, Drisana would travel to Tahiti.

When asked why Drisana would like to connect or collaborate with other CHOP postdocs, she replied:

"I would like to connect or collaborate with other CHOP postdocs in an effort to expand my network of potential research collaborators as well as to share knowledge and expertise."