My name is Kim Strifert. My skills and areas of expertise include public health, healthcare administration, organizational development, and problem solving. Previously employed as a healthcare administrator at the Mayo Clinic and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine, I am currently affiliated with the Graduate School, School of Public Health, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
My recent article "The link between oral contraceptive use and the increase in the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder" is in press and available through the Elsevier Journal of Medical Hypotheses. DOI information to access the article is: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mehy.2014.09.026
This article is of significance to all women and their families as it hypothesizes that the increase in the occurrence of autism coincides with the increase in the use of hormonal contraceptives. It is important because it identifies the striking lack of medical research into the effects of contraceptive use on offspring and calls for further research.
I am currently involved with PATH: Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship. I am committed to autism research, board support for the Healthy Community Campaign at the YMCA, and service to Kairos and Epiphany ministries for incarcerated women and youth.
My hobbies and interests include portrait painting, horseback riding, cooking and traveling internationally.