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Dr. Kafuli Agbemenu
University at Buffalo

Dr. Kafuli Agbemenu (PhD, MPH, MSN, RN, CTN-A) is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at the State University of New York, University at Buffalo. As a PhD-trained nurse scientist, her research gives voice to the reproductive health concerns of African immigrant and refugee women. Dr. Agbemenu has Masters degrees in Nursing Research and Public Health (behavioral and community health science), and a nursing PhD with a concentration on women’s health, obtained from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focus is on reproductive health education, family planning decision making and uptake, HIV stigma, and access to reproductive health care services for African immigrant and refugee women. She has published extensively in several top-tier journals, including: the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, the Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved, the Transcultural Journal of Nursing, and the Journal of Nursing Scholarship. Dr. Agbemenu is also certified as a Transcultural Nurse-Advanced level (CTN-A). Certification in transcultural nursing indicates possession of knowledge, experience, and commitment to engaging in culturally competent care in diverse populations.

Relevant Publications:

Agbemenu, K., Aidoo-Frimpong, G., Auerbach, S. & Jaffri, A. (2020). HIV Attitudes and Beliefs in African Refugee Women. Ethnicity and Health. doi:10.1080/13557858.2020.1740175

Agbemenu, K., Auerbach, S., Wang, H. & Ely, G. (2020). Family Planning Use Trends in African Refugee Women. Journal of Public Health Nursing. doi:10.1111/phn.12725

Agbemenu, K. Banke-Thomas, A. Ely, G. & Johnson-Agbakwu, C. (2019) Avoiding obstetrical interventions among US-based Somali migrant women: A qualitative study.  Ethnicity & Health, doi:10.1080/13557858.2019.1613519

Agbemenu, K., Auerbach, S. & Shelton, J. (2019). Reproductive Health Characteristics of African Refugee Women: Introduction to an At-Risk Population in Western New York. Journal of the Association of Black Nursing Faculty, 13(1), 4-6.

Agbemenu, K., Auerbach, S., Murshid, N., Amutah-Onukagha, N. & Shelton, J. (2019). Reproductive Health Outcomes in African Refugee Women: A Comparative Study. Journal of Women’s Health. doi:10.1089/jwh.2018.7314

Banke-Thomas, A.O., Agbemenu, K., Agbakwu-Johnson, C. (2018). Factors Associated with Access to Maternal and Reproductive Health Care among Somali Refugee Women Resettled in Ohio, United States: A Cross-Sectional Survey. Journal of Immigrant Minority Health. doi:10.1007/s10903-018-0824-4

Agbemenu, K., Kitutu, J., Hannan, M., Terry, M.A. Doswell, W. (2017). “Sex will make your fingers grow thin and then you die”: The Interplay of Culture, Myths, and Taboos on African Immigrant mothers’ perceptions of reproductive health education with their daughters aged 10-14 years”. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, doi:10.1007/s10903-017-0675-4.

Agbemenu, K., Devido, J., Terry, M. A., Hannan, M., Kitutu, J., & Doswell, W. (2016). Exploring the Experience of African Immigrant Mothers Providing Reproductive Health Education to Their Daughters Aged 10 to 14 Years. Journal of Transcultural Nursing. doi:10.1177/1043659616681848

Agbemenu, K. (2016), Acculturation and Health Behaviors in African Immigrants Living in the United States: An Integrative Review. Journal of the Association of Black Nursing Faculty, 27(3), 67-73.

Agbemenu, K., Terry, M., Hannan, M., Kitutu, J., & Doswell, W. (2016). Attitudes and Beliefs of African Immigrant Mothers Living in the US Towards Providing Comprehensive Sex Education to Daughters Aged 12–17 Years: A Pilot Study. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 18(5), 1053-1059.


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