Research Affiliate, Population Studies Center.
Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Assistant Professor, Health Behaviors and Health Education.
M.D., Medical Doctor, University of Michigan Medical School
Research Interests: Dr. Okeoma Mmeje is an Assistant Professor in the Department Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan Medical School. She was recruited as part of the Presidential Admission Scholar program focused on Global HIV/AIDS in 2013. As a physician researcher, she has expertise in reproductive infectious diseases and their impact on at-risk populations. She has evaluated safer conception options for HIV-affected couples in Kenya and Ethiopia and has been evaluating the implementation of expedited partner therapy as a treatment and prevention strategy for sexually transmitted infections amongst at-risk young adults in Michigan. Dr. Mmeje and her collaborators have conducted mixed methods studies engaging healthcare providers and individuals affected by HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Her projects are focused on understanding the facilitators and barriers to implementing patient-centered initiatives in an effort to influence healthcare decision-making and policy makers. These efforts have resulted in several interdisciplinary collaborations with faculty at the University of Michigan and other institutions, as well as the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Reproductive Health (National and International) Expedited Partner Therapy (prevention of sexually transmitted infections) as a treatment strategy for at-risk populations Safer conception in HIV-serodiscordant couples Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV Reproductive Infectious Diseases Healthcare Management and Policy
Mmeje, Okeoma, Betty Njoroge, Pauline Wekesa, Alfred Murage, Raphael O. Ondondo, S. van der Poel, Mary A. Guzé, Starley B. Shade, et al. 2019. "Empowering HIV-infected women in low-resource settings: A pilot study evaluating a patient-centered HIV prevention strategy for reproduction in Kisumu, Kenya." PLOS ONE, 14(3): e0212656.
Jamison, Cornelius D., Jenell S. Coleman, and Okeoma Mmeje. 2019. "Improving Women's Health and Combatting Sexually Transmitted Infections Through Expedited Partner Therapy." Obstetrics & Gynecology, 133(3): 416.
Gamarel, Kristi E., Raha Mouzoon, Alejandro Rivas, Rob Stephenson, and Okeoma Mmeje. Forthcoming. "Healthcare providers and community perspectives on expedited partner therapy (EPT) for use with gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men." Sexually Transmitted Infections.
Tzilos Wernette, Golfo, Melissa Plegue, Okeoma Mmeje, Ananda Sen, Kristina Countryman, Quyen Ngo, Lisa Prosser, and Caron Zlotnick. 2019. "Reducing sexual health risks and substance use in the prenatal setting: A study protocol for a randomized controlled trial." Contemporary Clinical Trials, 84: 105827.
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