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STEAM Salon with Thurka Sangaramoorthy: "Rapid Ethnographic Assessments: A Practical Approach For Collaborative Community Research"

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Thurka Sangaramoorthy, PhD, MPH is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, an Affiliate Associate Professor in the Departments of African-American Studies, Women's Studies, and the Maryland Institute of Applied Environmental Health, and a Faculty Associate at the Maryland Population Research Center.

This session provides an overview of understanding and conducting Rapid Ethnographic Assessment (REA) and is designed to help audience members apply this method to their own research regardless of topic or discipline. Specifically, the talk will focus on:

  • Identifying the key concepts and principles of REA, including interview and observation techniques
  • Identifying the key steps in conducting REAs
  • Knowing when and how REAs are appropriate to use.

Rapid Ethnographic Assessment (REA) is a team-based, multi-method, relatively low-cost approach that results in rich understandings of social, economic, and policy factors that contribute to the root causes of an emerging situation and provides rapid, practical feedback to policy makers and programs.

REAs have a proven history of success in global health and development where resources and local research capacity are often limited, and where the success of interventions requires direct engagement with local communities. REAs typically result in findings and recommendations that are practical and based on local realities.

Please note: This event will be presented online via Zoom. Registrants will recieve an email with a Zoom link 24 hours prior to the event.

Dr. Sangaramoorthy is a cultural and medical anthropologist and public health researcher with 22 years of expertise in conducting applied ethnographic research, including rapid assessments, among vulnerable populations in the United States, Africa, and Latin America/Caribbean. Her expertise includes global health and migration, HIV/STD, health systems, and environmental risk. She is the author of two books: Treating AIDS (Rutgers UP, 2014) and Rapid Ethnographic Assessments (Routledge, 2020), and teaches courses on global health, medical anthropology, and research methods.
Thursday, April 30, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Online via the web
Faculty/Staff   General Public   Graduate Students  
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