MPH student, Jaclyn Janis, funded by the Muskie School of Public Service and the Office of Graduate Studies Graduate Student Professional Development Fund, recently attended the National Rural Health Association Conference in Atlanta, GA. At the conference, Jaclyn presented a poster titled "Female Age at First Sexual Intercourse by Rural-Urban Residence and Birth Cohort."
Jaclyn conducted a study under the advisement of MPH professors Erika Ziller and Kate Ahrens, in which they examined the relationship between rural-urban residence and age at first sexual intercourse using time-to-event analysis of data from the National Survey of Family Growth. They found that women living in rural areas were more likely to report first sex at an earlier age compared to women living in urban areas. The findings from the study can inform efforts to tailor sex education and contraceptive counseling in rural areas. Jaclyn says "It was a privilege to disseminate these findings at the largest rural health conference in the US."