Andrew Dykens, MD, MPH
Global Health Network – Affiliate
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
Director, Global Community Health Track
Director, Post Global Health Education and the UIC Center for Global Health
Global Community Health
Andrew Dykens is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Originating from southwest Missouri, he received his medical degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and completed his Family Medicine residency and Public Health degree at UIC.
His interests lie in cervical cancer prevention and control, implementation and delivery science, health policy and systems research, chronic diseases, community medicine, and health disparities. He directs the Global Community Health Track through the UIC Center for Global Health. This program strives to expose interested resident physicians to a global community health perspective with an emphasis on building technical and research capacity, improving access to quality health services, and equitable partnerships. His interest in global health first developed through his experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer from 1997 to 1999 in Mauritania, West Africa. he served as a Health Education/ Water Sanitation volunteer in Selibaby, the capital of the Guidimakha region. He founded and currently directs Peace Care, a nonprofit organization, with impact in Senegal, Ethiopia, and the Dominican Republic.
UIC Cancer Center Research member in the Population Health, Behavior and Outcomes Research Program.
UIC Institute for Health Research and Policy Member
AWARDS & DISTINCTIONS
Grant Generating Project Fellow 2012-2013, Virginia Commonwealth University
2013: Outstanding Young Physician Award – presented by the University of Missouri School of Medicine and the Medical Alumni Organization
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS
Peterson CE, Dykens JA, Brewer NT, Buscemi J, Watson K, Comer-HaGans D, PhD, Ramamonjiarivelo Z, Fitzgibbon M. (2016). Increase HPV Vaccination Uptake: An Urgent Opportunity for Cancer Prevention. Retrieved from http://www.sbm.org/UserFiles/
Demment MM, Peters K, Dykens JA, Dozier A, Nawaz H, McIntosh S, Smith JS, Sy A, Irwin T, Fogg TT, Khaliq M, Blumenfeld R, Massoudi M, De Ver Dye T; “Developing the evidence base to inform best practice: A scoping study of breast and cervical cancer reviews in low- and middle-income countries” PLOS One. 2015 Sep 1;10(9):e0134618. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0134618
Abril EP, Kupczyk M, Zwicke GL, Mastarone GL, Irwin T, Dykens JA. Health communication practices in rural Senegal. An assessment to support cervical cancer screening. Journal of Applied Communication Research. 2015;43(2):242-262.
Dykens JA, Ndiaye Y, Hedrick C, Linn A. Peace Corps partnered health services implementation research in global health: opportunity for impact. Global Adv Health Med. 2014;3(5):8-15
Hasnain M, Massengle L, Dykens JA, Figueroa EM. Health Disparities Training in Residency Programs in the United States. Fam Med 2014;46(3):186-91.
Reifler K, Dykens JA. Strengthening decentralized primary health care in low- and middle-income countries: a narrative review of frameworks. Journal of Health Policy and Planning. 2016 [under review]
Patel D, Xing Y, Hasnain M, Dykens JA. Global community health education: expertise for capacity building. Journal of Family Medicine. [under review]
Dykens JA, Linn A, Irwin T, Peters K, Pyra M, Traoré F, Touré-Diarra M, Hasnain M, Wallner K, Linn P, Ndiaye Y. Implementing visual cervical cancer screening in Senegal: A cross sectional study of risk factors and prevalence highlighting service utilization barriers. International Journal of Women’s Health. [under review]
Dykens JA, Peters K, Irwin T, Dioukhane EM, Traore F, Ndiaye Y. Grand challenges of sustainability: implementing a cervical cancer screening program in rural Senegal. [under development]
Desai AN, Patil C, Peters K, Dykens JA. Peace Corps Partnering for Health Services Implementation Research: Volunteer Perspectives. 2016 [under development]
Dykens JA, Smith J, Demment M, Marshall E, Schuh T, Dye T. Implementation of cervical cancer screening programs in low resource areas globally: literature review. 2016 [under development]
Delgado A, Schuh T, Ndiaye Y, Peters K, Dykens JA. Global health partnership for cervical cancer services implementation in Senegal: partnership synergy. 2016 [under development]
Rahman R, Dykens JA et al. Community-engaged, Participatory Cervical Cancer Visual
Screenings in rural Africa: Best Practices. 2016 [under development]
Xing Y, Patel D, Hasnain M, Dykens JA. Global health education at UIC Family Medicine: A qualitative study of trainee impact. 2016 [under development]
Dykens JA, University Global Health Electives Policy: Program Compliance, Risk Management, and Opportunity [under development]