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America's Homelessness Continues Downward Trend, Despite Nearly 1.5 Million Americans Using Shelters, Abt Studies Find

homelessness report cover Two studies by Abt Associates-each providing a unique view of the nation's homeless population-conclude that homelessness among all subpopulations continues to decline. One of the studies puts a "face" on homelessness, describing the typical homeless sheltered person as African American, middle-aged, an urban dweller living alone, and entering shelter following a stay with family.

PATHS2 Volunteer Transport Helps Nigerian Women Access Emergency Obstetric Care

transporting a patient Approximately 52,000 women in Nigeria die from complications during pregnancy or childbirth every year. Most of these deaths could be prevented through simple medical interventions, but many women can't reach health facilities during obstetric emergencies. To increase affordable, reliable, and timely transportation options for pregnant women in rural areas, PATHS2 has partnered with Nigeria's transport union to recruit and train taxi drivers as volunteers to take pregnant women to health facilities during obstetric emergencies.

Survey to Explore Pervasiveness, Impact of Intimate Partner Violence under New CDC Contract

Abt Associates & Abt SRBI The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded Abt Associates a contract worth more than $10 million to conduct a national and state level survey on the magnitude and characteristics of sexual violence, stalking and intimate partner violence. It will also measure lifetime victimization for these types of violence.  


The CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control began the annual National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence survey in 2010 to address research gaps in the fields of intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and stalking.

Abt-led Malaria Project Helps Prevent Insecticide Resistance through Education

AIRS Project One of the greatest threats to malaria control is insecticide-resistant mosquitoes. Unless resistance is carefully monitored, it can render malaria control programs ineffective, including indoor residual spraying (IRS). Trainings supported by Abt Associates in Zimbabwe are improving entomological surveillance monitoring and increasing understanding on the most effective insecticides that can be used for future malaria control programs.

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We have made much progress in the last 50 years on equality for people with mental illnesses, writes Danna Mauch, Abt principal associate, in an op-ed for Roll Call. But much work remains to ensure equal treatment for people with mental illnesses regarding health care, human services and housing.
Michael Shively, Abt senior associate, said during an interview with the Boston Globe that a 2011 Massachusetts law that increased penalties on men convicted of paying for sex with women has not had the expected impact on the commercial sex trade, partly because police efforts have been hampered by inadequate funding and manpower and a lack of follow-through in the courts.


Abt President and CEO Kathleen Flanagan said during an interview with Washington Technology that collaboration has been a key to Abt's success in achieving its mission of improving the quality of life and economic well-being of individuals worldwide. 

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Kathleen Flanagan Kathleen Flanagan, Abt Associates President and CEO, has been named Executive of the Year by the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce and the Professional Services Council. The award recognizes a government contracting executive who made outstanding contributions to their company, the community, and the government contracting industry during the past year.

Chris Spera Dr. Christopher Spera, an applied social science research expert and high-level corporate and government executive, has been named Vice President of Abt Associates' U.S. Health Division. In this position, Dr. Spera will oversee the company's Behavioral Health, Health Policy, and Public Health and Epidemiology practices.
Andy Weiss Andy Weiss has been named to the position of Chief Business Officer at Abt SRBI. In this role, he will oversee all business groups and practices and execute the business strategy for Abt SRBI, the survey research and data collection arm of Abt Associates.

Catherine Thompson Catherine Thompson, an expert in HIV and AIDS, has joined Abt Associates as Principle Associate-Strategic Lead for this technical area within the company's International Health Division.

Abt-led Projects in Nigeria Improve Women's, Children's Health

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