COVID-19 and its effects on maternal mental health have been understudied among vulnerable populations, particularly in fragile and conflict-affected settings. In this EGAP Displacement, Migration, and Integration seminar series event on June 14th, we will share the results from a randomized controlled trial conducted in Tumaco, Colombia—a territory rife with armed conflict due to the drug trade. The study analyzed how the pandemic affected mental health and parenting stress among caregivers, many of whom are internally displaced persons (IDPs), through a psychosocial program that seeks to restore maternal mental health and improve early childhood development among violence-exposed families.
Researcher Andrés Moya (UniAndes), along with Cristina Gutierrez de Piñeres (United Way) and Diana María Pineda Ruiz (Fundación Éxito), representatives from the organizations that implemented the program, will discuss the insights that emerge from their research and the implications of those insights on shaping national mental health policies for IDPs and other vulnerable populations. EGAP Member Rosario Aguilar will moderate the event.
This event will be held in Spanish and in English, and will feature an introduction of EGAP’s Displacement, Migration, & Integration priority theme followed by a panel discussion and an audience Q&A session.
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Andrés Moya is an Associate Professor at the Economics Department of the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. His research falls under the fields of Development, Behavioral, and Experimental Economics. Much of Moya’s work has focused on the economic, psychological, and behavioral consequences of violence and forced displacement in Colombia, while his current work focuses on analyzing the behavioral consequences of violence on early childhood.
Cristina Gutierrez de Piñeres is the Executive Director of United Way Colombia, a foundation with a network of individuals, companies, and private and public organizations that seeks to create a more inclusive society by developing and enhancing innovative educational solutions that aim to improve the quality of education in Colombia.
Diana María Pineda Ruiz is the Social Investment and Knowledge Management Leader at Fundación Éxito, a non-profit institution that focuses its efforts on early childhood nutrition. A Nutritionist-Dietitian, she has more than 14 years of professional experience in management of projects on maternal and child nutrition and in advocacy on public policy of health and early childhood development.
Rosario Aguilar is Senior Lecturer of Comparative Politics at Newcastle University. Her research interests are in identity politics, focusing on the effect that different contexts have on people’s political behavior and attitudes in relation to race and gender, as well as on the study of voters’ psychological predispositions on support of populist discourses in young democracies. Aguilar is also interested in improving survey measures of political attitudes, such as party identification, in young democracies.