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Henna Budhwani

Assistant Professor of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Chapter Member: Alabama SSN
Areas of Expertise:
  • Reproductive Health
  • Health Care
  • Civic Engagement

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About Henna

Budhwani's research seeks to identify ways to prevent the spread of HIV, reduce various forms of stigma, and examines mental health outcomes in minority populations. She works almost exclusively with women, racial and ethnic minorities, gender and sexual minorities, and youth populations. Budhwani engages in community-based participatory research domestically and internationally with the intent of improving health outcomes through research, public health practice, and advocacy. As a scholar-practitioner, Budhwani was honored for her commitment to the wider community by the Women's Fund of Birmingham in 2017. She was named one of Birmingham's Top 40 Under 40 in 2016, and she received the Vulcan Award for Civic Engagement from the City of Birmingham in 2016.

Contributions

Challenging Assumptions about the Use of Contraception by U.S. Muslim Women

  • Kristine Ria Hearld

In the News

Henna Budhwani quoted in Joe O'Donnell, "The A-List: A Better World" B Metro
Henna Budhwani quoted in Amy Stiftel-Sedlis, "The Compassion Experience: A Virtual Exhibit on Global Poverty" WBHM Public Radio, February 19, 2016.

Publications

"Muslim Women's Use of Contraception in the United States" (with Kristine Ria Hearld and Jami Anderson). Reproductive Health 15, no. 1 (2018).

Examines American Muslim women's contraception utilization patterns. Suggests that American Muslim women's contraception utilization patterns share certain similarities with both American women in general and disadvantaged racial and ethnic minority groups in the United States, implying that factors that influence American Muslim women's use of contraceptives are possibly countervailing and likely multifaceted.

"Transgender Women's Drug Use in the Dominican Republic" (with Kristine Ria Hearld, Adrienne N. Milner, Elaine McGlaughlin, Rebecca Charow, Mayra Rodriguez-Lauzurique, Santo Rosario, and Robert Paulino-Ramirez). Transgender Health 2, no. 1 (2017).

Examines associations between stigma, trauma, and drug use in a national sample of transgender women from the Dominican Republic.

"Generalized Anxiety Disorder in Racial and Ethnic Minorities: A Case of Nativity and Contextual Factors" (with Kristine Ria Hearld and Daniel Chavez-Yenter). Journal of Affective Disorders 175, no. 1 (2015): 275-280.

Evaluates the relationship between minority status, contextual factors, and lifetime Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Offers practical insight into environmental factors for clinicians caring for racial and ethnic minorities diagnoses with Generalized Anxiety Disorder.

"Muslim Women's Experiences with Stigma, Abuse, and Depression: Results of a Sample Study Conducted in the United States" (with Kristine Ria Hearld). Journal of Women's Health 26, no. 5 (2017).

Explores associations between internalized stigma, exposure to physical abuse, experiences with sexual abuse, and depression in Muslim women residing in the United States.

"Transgender Female Sex Workers; HIV Knowledge, Experienced Stigma, and Condom Use in the Dominican Republic" (with Kristine Ria Hearld, Julia Hasbun, Rebecca Charow, Santo Rosario, Louise Tillotson, Elaine McGlaughlin, and John Waters). Public Library of Science One (2017).

Assesses associations between their HIV knowledge, experienced stigma, and condom use across three partner types.

"Transgender Women's Experiences with Stigma, Trauma, and Attempted Suicide in the Dominican Republic" (with Kristine Ria Hearld, Adrienne N. Milner, Rebecca Charow, Elaine M. McGlaughlin, Mayra Rodriguez-Lauzurique, Santo Rosario, and Robert Paulino-Ramirez). Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior (2017).

Examines the relationships between stigma, trauma, and suicide attempts in a national sample of transgender women from the Dominican Republic.

"Depression in Racial and Ethnic Minorities: The Impact of Nativity and Discrimination" (with Kristine Ria Hearld and Daniel Chavez-Yenter). Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities 2, no. 1 (2015): 34-42.

Examines factors associated with lifetime major depressive disorder in racial and ethnic minorities residing in the United States, with an emphasis on the impact of nativity, discrimination, and health lifestyle behaviors.