Ruth Long, MA, MPH is a Research Associate at The George Washington University's School of Public Health and Health Services. In 2006 she completed a dual-master’s degree program and earned an MA in International Development Studies and an MPH in Global Health Promotion, both emphasizing health and development through qualitative research. Her MA capstone project, A Progress Evaluation of Sports for Life & Youth Action Kit, two youth-based HIV/AIDS education programs in Ethiopia, was published as an internal report at Health Communication Partnership, an affiliate of John Hopkins University. Her MPH capstone project, Health & Remittances: The Effect of Remittances on Access to Healthcare in Ecuador, was presented at the Latin America Studies Association conference in 2006.
As a qualitative research intern at the National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO), Ms. Long developed the research instrument, conducted structured key-informant interviews, analyzed data, and provided recommendations for an internal publication, Local Health Departments & HIV Prevention: Challenges, Success, & Implications for Practice & Policy. Additional qualitative work conducted by Ms. Long includes a community health needs assessment in Marmont, Haiti and a water and sanitation assessment in Santa Clara, El Salvador; both included informal and structured interviews, focus groups, ethnographic observations, and community mapping.
Ms. Long is the qualitative researcher for SKAPP’s Scientists in Government Project. She works with the Advisory Committee and members of the research team to develop the interview instrument, recruit participants, conduct interviews and analysis, and report on the findings.
Prior to Ms. Long’s career in public health and development, she spent two years traveling the world and four years working for the non-profit Operation Dignity, Inc., helping to provide emergency, transitional, and permanent housing for homeless veterans and families. Ms. Long completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Ethnic Studies from the University of California Berkeley.