- Adolescent reproductive health
- Measuring adherence to contraception
- Association between migration and reproductive health in Mexico and the Mission District of San Francisco
Dr. Minnis' work examines the measurement of self-reported STI/HIV risk behaviors (such as barrier methods and microbicides) and how structural factors (social networks, immigration, partnership patterns) influence Latino youth’s risks for STIs and pregnancy. She is also pursuing evaluation of audio computer-assisted self-interviewing (ACASI) through a validation study in Zimbabwe using a biomarker of recent sexual activity. In addition to investigating these measurement issues in sub-Saharan Africa, she is examining use of ACASI in a prospective cohort study of women in Bangalore, India.
Since 2001, Dr. Minnis has built a research program in San Francisco’s Mission District with a focus on examining structural factors that lead to reproductive health disparities among ethnic minority and marginalized youth. This work addresses factors that influence adolescents’ pregnancy intentions and focuses on how migration and community violence affect reproductive health among Latino youth in Mexico and California. Currently she is evaluating a combined conditional cash transfer and life skills intervention (“Yo Puedo”/I Can) delivered to social networks of close friends that promotes educational attainment and reproductive health wellness as a strategy to improve sexual health. She has conducted considerable methodological research on the measurement of sensitive behaviors in the context of HIV prevention and sexual health research. Her research approach integrates quantitative and qualitative methods and uses community-based participatory action research principles in design and implementation.