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Anne M. Ballenger
E-mail: anneball@erols.com

Education:
Ph.D., Cultural Anthropology, speciality: Applied Medical Anthropology, The Catholic University of America, expected 2001. Master of Arts, Cultural Anthropology, speciality: Applied Medical Anthropology, The Catholic University of America, May 1997. Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, May 1987, St. Mary's College of Maryland.

Prince George's County Health Department: Sexually Transmitted Disease Program
(1989-October 31, 1998)

Program Management (November 1992-October 1998)

Responsible for all aspects of program management and research, from minutia to assessment of theoretical soundness of study design and evaluation. Research areas have included: anthropological ethnography and applied anthropological techniques, STD health seeking behaviors, STD/HIV behavior modification, HIV prevention and HIV Counseling and Testing, and cognitive theory based intervention development.

Applied Medical Anthropologist (1995- present)

Created, designed and conducted original anthropological research with Vietnamese refugees focusing on health and illness narratives.
In addition, provided context specific and innovative public health and medical anthropology consulting to local Community Based Organizations


Under Health Department purview:


Responsible for providing expert anthropological technical assistance, recommendations and analysis regarding public health, epidemiology, sexually transmitted disease prevention for programs and multi-disciplinary research projects.

Congenital Syphilis Program Manager, STD Division (August 1990-August 1992)
Responsible for all program management aspects including surveillance, intervention and prevention of all congenital syphilis cases in Prince George's County.

Disease Control Specialist, STD Division (August 1989- July 1990)
Responsible for the epidemiological investigation, intervention and prevention of syphilis and HIV morbidity by conducting partner notification and contact tracing.

Eckerd Youth Challenge Program
Residential Group Counselor (July 1988- July 1989)
Group Leader responsible for the assessment of therapeutic needs and counseling of ten male adjudicated juveniles at a residential treatment facility.

Melwood Horticultural Training Center
Residential Group Home Primary Counselor (September 1987 - January 1988)

Primary counselor responsible for the supervision, counseling of three mentally disabled clients in a group home setting.

Professional Memberships:
American Public Health Association
American Anthropological Association
Society for Applied Anthropology & Vice- Chair, Student Committee SfAA '00-01
Society for Medical Anthropology
Society for Anthropologists Practicing with Master's Degrees
American Anthropological Association: Committee on Refugee and Immigrant Issues
American Anthropological Association: Council on General Anthropology
Publications and Presentations:
Ballenger, A. & Anderson, A. (Session Co-organizers) "More Common Ground: A Dialogue with Students, Practitioners, & Academy". Society for Applied Anthropology, 1999 Annual Conference, Tucson, Az.


Chen, Z., Branson, B., Ballenger, A., Peterman, T. (1998) "Risk Assessment to Improve Targeting of HIV Counseling and Testing Services for STD Clinic Patients". Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 25:539-543.


Stoner, B., Jones, C., Zenilman, J., Ballenger, A., Middlestadt, S. "Health Care Providers Perceptions about Persons with Gonorrhea (GC): Formative Research Results from Two Urban US Communities", American Public Health Association, 126th Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., November, 1998.


Ledsky, R., Griffith, M., Hoffman, C., Ballenger, A., Middlestadt, S. "The Role of Community-Based Organizations in Gonorrhea Control", American Public Health Association, 126th Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., November, 1998.


Middlestadt, S.E., Malotte, Bull, S., Ledsky, R., Ballenger, A., Reitmeijer, C., Smith, L., LeRoux, T. "Encouraging Health Seeking Among Those At High Risk for Gonorrhea", American Public Health Association, 126th Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., November, 1998.


Ballenger, A. M. (Invited Panelist) "Critique of Applied Anthropology in Education- Doctoral Programs", sponsored by University of Southern Florida Applied Anthropology Department, 1998 Annual Society for Applied Anthropology Conference, Puerto Rico.


Ballenger, A..M. "Illness Narratives: Vietnamese Women Refugees", paper sponsored by the Anthropological Association: Committee on Refugee and Immigrant Issues, 1998 Annual Society for Applied Anthropology Conference, Puerto Rico.


Ballenger, A.M. (Invited Panelist) "Special Event: Society for Anthropologists Practicing with Master's Degrees", Sponsored by National Association for Practicing Anthropologists, American Anthropological Association Conference, November 1997, Washington D.C.


Ballenger, A.M. & Whitehead, T. "An Ethnographic Study of Sexually Transmitted Disease Related Risk Attitudes and Practices of 15-19 year old African American Female Residents of Select Communities of Prince George's County Maryland". Anthropological study using qualitative and quantitative research methods, utilizing socio-demographic questionnaires, focus groups and ethnographic interviewing. Analysis of preliminary focus group data and presented preliminary results at CDC, 1996 National STD Prevention Conference: Tampa.

Whitehead, T., Ballenger, A.M., Olthoff, G.A. "An Ethnographic Study of Sexually Transmitted Disease Related Risk Attitudes and Practices of 15-19 year old African American Female Residents of Select Communities of Prince George's County Maryland", Co-presentation of project, 1996 Regional CDC Enhanced Grantee Meeting, St. Louis.


Branson, B., Ballenger, A.M., Olthoff, G.A., "Study of Notification of HIV Antibody Test Results and Post-Test Counseling by Telephone" 1994. Collaboration with CDC, Division of STD& HIV Prevention, 1995 World AIDS Conference: Japan.


Branson, B., Ballenger, A.M., Olthoff, G.A., "Study of Notification of HIV Antibody Test Results and Post-Test Counseling by Telephone" 1994. Presentation at the 1994 CDC National STD Prevention Conference in Washington, D.C.


Ballenger, A. M. (Invited Guest Lecturer), "Death and Dying", St. Vincent Pallotti High School, Laurel Md., October 1990.


Ballenger, A.M. "Following Directions: A Comparison of Adolescents in 1918 and Today", St. Mary's Journal of Experimental Psychology, vol 3(1), 1986.

Trainings:
Provided intensive anthropological training in several venues regarding: focus groups, anthropological interviewing, the use of anthropology and the cultural brokerage technique in the HIV/STD clinical setting. List does not include Health Department "in-house" or community trainings on STDs.

Oh, I also do web pages, too!

Go Home Proffessional Gateway Anthro Page
Medical Anthro Page STD World Student Nexus