Dr. Joana Apenkwa
Role and Responsibility
- Phone – 0501542467/ 0243245124
- Email – email@example.com
- DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH EDUCATION
- FACULTY OF ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH EDUCATION
I am a young researcher and a Public Health Practitioner who has been teaching since 2002 at various levels of education. I have received both national and international trainings and awards for both training of young health workers and research activities. I have a PhD in Public Health from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (February,2021). I was trained as Health Promoter by the same institution in 2007, after which I gained employment as a Lecturer in the Sunyani Technical University (2006-2009) and the Catholic University College of Ghana (2009-2016). I had an award at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to receive training in Nutrition in the Changing Global Environment (2016). I also worked as a Senior Health Tutor (Nutrition Tutor) in St Michael’s Nursing and Midwifery Training College, Pramso (2018- July 2021). I have had collaborative works with international institutions such as the University of Southampton (2013-2016), the International Malnutrition Task Force (2013-15), and Guttmacher Institute. I am a strong advocate for the phrase “your health is your wealth”. My vision as a Health Promoter and a Public Health Researcher is to equip young adults and adolescents with health promotion and healthy living knowledge that can help them live healthy lifestyles and regenerate their health. This will translate into positive birth outcomes, improved health and wealth of families and households. This in the long term, will improve the health and wealth of the entire family life course.
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS / MEMBERSHIPS
1. Member, West African Science and Technology Young Researchers, Germany.
2. Member, University teachers Association of Ghana.
3. Member, African Nutrition Society. (ID-15-316)
4. MASHAV Ghana alumnus,
- Public health Nutrition
- Heath Promotion
- Maternal and Child health
- Health Systems Research
RESEARCH INTERESTS AND SUPERVISION
Reproduction Health (Maternal and Child Health: Nutrition related global issues, Family planning. Young People and Adolescent health. Life course approach to nutrition).
1. Apenkwa, J., Edusei, A., Amponsah, SK., Nakua, E., Newton, S., Otupiri, E., Adaobi, CC. (2021).
Community-based management of acute malnutrition programme: Rural and urban maternal
socio-demographic and implementation differentials in Ghana. British Journal of Public Health,
Medicine and Nursing. 3(2): 167-
2. Keogh, S., Otupiri, E., Castillo PW., Apenkwa, J., Polis CB. (2021). Contraceptive and abortion
practices of young Ghanaian women aged 15-24: evidence from a nationally representative
survey (REPH-D-21-00189), Reproduction Health.
3. Kumbeni, MT., Ziba, FA., Apenkwa, J et al. (2021). Prevalence and Predictors of Menstruation-
related School Absenteeism Among Adolescent Girls in Rural Northern Ghana, 18 January
2021, available at Research Square [https://doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.rs-146221/v1]
4. Asare, O., Otupiri, E., Apenkwa, J., & Adjei, R. (2017). Perspectives of urban Ghanaian women on
vasectomy. Reproductive Health 14, 21 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12978-017-0286-5
5. Amponsah, S., Apenkwa, J., Ojo, L., Solomon KA., Akwasi, E., & Hagar, E. (2018). Assessing the
Relationship between Dietary Intake, Hygienic Practices and Protein Energy Malnutrition among
Children under Five at Ahafo Ano North District. Journal of Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics.