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Faculty Lectureship Award Series

Adejoke Ayoola, Department of Nursing

Joke Ayoola

Reproductive knowledge education:
  Tools for improving the health of both mother and child

     Lecture: Thursday, April 17, 2014
     4:00 pm CFAC Recital Hall
     (refreshments will be served)

     vimeo of the lecture

About the lecture: Many women do not know what is happening in their bodies especially in relation to reproductive changes. There is no way for women to be actively involved in their care to achieve preconception health goals as recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Select Panel if they do not understand their reproductive system and its associated changes. Dr. Ayoola will explain how her project titled: “Preconception reproductive knowledge promotion (PREKNOP)” is reaching out to low-income ethnically diverse women to equip them with the knowledge and resources they need to take charge of their reproductive health. This study is based on a community-driven health promotion effort that builds on previously conducted Calvin College Department of Nursing (CCDON) community needs assessments in three partnering low-income neighborhoods. Teams of nursing students and community health workers administer a 12-month intervention during home visits where women receive information on the female reproductive system, the expected monthly cyclical changes and healthy lifestyle.

Brief Bio: Adejoke Ayoola, Ph.D., R.N., is an assistant professor at the Calvin College Department of Nursing (CCDON), in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She earned her BSN and MSN at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife-Ife, Nigeria. She received her PhD degree from Michigan State University in 2007 and has been teaching at Calvin since then. Dr. Ayoola specializes in pregnant women and infant healthcare. Her research interests specifically include women and adolescent health-related issues. Her doctoral dissertation focused on exploring the relationships between time of pregnancy recognition, time of initiation of prenatal care and birth outcomes. Dr. Ayoola received the American Nurses Foundation/Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) and Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation funding to conduct her doctoral dissertation. Dr. Ayoola’s current research, funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar Program, is to implement and evaluate an intervention to promote knowledge of reproductive changes and self-efficacy about pregnancy planning and pregnancy recognition in three residential, ethnically diverse low-income communities. These are the partnering neighborhoods with CCDON program.

Dr. Ayoola is a member of the Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) and the President of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Kappa Epsilon-at-Large chapter. Her research demonstrates that there is a place for research in nursing and that research generation is very important to promoting women’s health as well as sustaining effective nursing practice, especially within the constantly changing health care system in the U.S.

Other lectures in 2013-2014:

David Fuentes, Department of Music
"Do You Hear What I Hear? Deciphering a Universal Language"
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Joel Westra, Department of Political Science
"Global Security Governance in a Changing World: Institutional Legitimacy and Prospects for Reform"
Tuesday, March 18, 2014