Hello ! I am a clinical, biocultural medical anthropologist who is interested in optimizing maternal health and improving birth outcomes in the US and Hispanix/Latinx communities!
I joined the Anthropology faculty at the University of Alabama in the fall of 2019. As an academic and birth and postpartum doula, I study perinatal health and birth outcomes using an applied, biocultural anthropological approach. My research focuses on identifying the intersections between perinatal health outcomes and structural inequities. In Puerto Rico, I conducted a mixed-methods research project on maternal perceptions of stress and timing of delivery by triangulating ethnographic research methods with structured surveys and hair cortisol sampling. I have also worked in public health as a program coordinator for a culturally and socially-matched doula program for Medicaid priority populations in Oregon.
As an anthropologist, I use the critical medical anthropological framework of syndemics to understand the complex relationship(s) between the lived experience of pregnant individuals, structural inequities, and poor outcomes. I prioritize conducting community-led research, where researchers and community partners work collaboratively to identify and construct research projects that not only benefit the academic community but also provide useful information and tools for the community partners themselves.
Manuscripts: Cheyney, M.J., Henning, M., Horan, H., Ferguson, M., & Bovbjerg, M. 2019. “From Policy to Practice: Women’s Experiences of Breastfeeding-Friendly Worksites, Part 1.” Clinical Lactation. doi: 10.1891/2158-07126.96.36.199
Cheyney, M.J., Henning, M., Horan, H., Ferguson, M., & Bovbjerg, M. 2019. “From Policy to Practice: Women’s Experiences of Breastfeeding-Friendly Worksites, Part 2.” Clinical Lactation. doi: 10.1891/2158-07188.8.131.52
Horan, H., Cheyney, M., Nako, E., and Bovbjerg, M. 2020. Maternal Stress and the ZIKV Epidemic in Puerto Rico. Journal of Critical Public Health.
Horan, H., Cheyney, M., Caldari, V., and Piovanetti, Y. 2021. “La crisis de la atención de maternidad: Experts’ perspectives on the syndemic of poor maternal and infant health outcomes in Puerto Rico”. Human Organization.
Albright, D. L., McDaniel, J. T., Suntai, Z., Horan, H., & York, M. Pregnancy and binge drinking An intersectionality theory perspective using veteran status and racial identity. Journal of Maternal and Child Health. Accepted for publication April 26, 2021.
Albright, D. L., McDaniel, J. T., Suntai, Z., Horan. H, & Hirsch, B. Is subjective cognitive decline associated with behavioral health outcomes among mothers? Women’s Health Issues. Under review.
Hernandez-Reif, M., Horan, H. Nickelson, J., Lee, A., Godoy, G., et al. Collaborating and Partnering with Community Members to Effect Health Change for Mothers, Children, and Families in Rural West Alabama. Journal of Community Practice. Under review.
Contributions: Horan, H. with B. Ruder and C.L. Everson. 2018. “A Daya’s Omen: Chronicling Melissa Cheyney as a Scholar, Postmodern Midwife and Activist.” In Ways of Knowing About Birth, edits by Robbie Davis-Floyd, 249-254. Long Grove, Illinois: Waveland Press, Inc.