Yale University

Monika Doshi, M.P.H.

Roles:
  • Principal, Saath
  • Member, Community Research and Implementation Core, CIRA
Contact:
(860) 833-1566

Biography:

Ms. Doshi's research interests include:

  • HIV/AIDS
  • Health and Human Rights
  • Chronic Disease
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Women's and Reproductive Health

Ms. Doshi is the Principal of Saath, a small public health consulting firm based in Connecticut. She is currently working on two research projects with the University of Manitoba: (a) one in Kenya to understand and address the individual, social, environmental, and structural factors that shape the HIV vulnerability of male sex workers (MSWs) in Nairobi and (b) the other in China, India, and Kenya to examine the social and cultural issues related to introducing future HIV vaccines among female sex workers (FSWs) and men who have sex with men (MSM).

In the past, she has worked with the Enhancing Care Foundation and the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) Knowledge Hubs Network on a blended learning training course based on the World Health Organization guidelines for the prevention and treatment of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among MSM and transgender people. She has also worked with the Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention (CHIP) on the Options for Health supplement study in South Africa. The study examined the impact of a brief multi-pronged intervention aimed at engagement and retention in care of recently diagnosed HIV-positive individuals who were not eligible for antiretroviral medications. As a Connecticut Health Foundation Health Leadership Fellow and through funding from CIRA (Yale University), Ms. Doshi conducted research on HIV risk behaviors and prevention needs of transgender populations in partnership with the Connecticut TransAdvocacy Coalition, the Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective and the Institute for Community Research. As a consultant, she was involved in preventive HIV/AIDS interventions in the state of Karnataka (India), working specifically with FSWs, MSM and hijras (transgenders). Through the American India Foundation’s William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service, Ms. Doshi worked with Avahan, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s (BMGF) India AIDS Initiative. She was a member of the technical team that initiated the first HIV prevention program in Karnataka through BMGF funding. She has also worked with the University of Manitoba to conduct studies on the impact of intra- and inter-state mobility/migration among female sex workers on HIV transmission dynamics in southern India. Her research experience also includes examining socio-cultural contexts of the HIV epidemic, particularly investigating sanctioned sex work practices in India for Canadian CIDA.