Jean Hunleth is a cultural anthropologist who has trained and worked in public health. Her research focuses on the experience of caregiving and treatment seeking for infectious and chronic diseases. Her methodologies are creative and rigorous. She uses photography, drawing, and role playing as well as ethnographic interview and observational techniques. She values multiple perspectives and place special emphasis on the stories of people typically left out of health research. These stories and perspectives hold powerful implications for the delivery of appropriate and effective healthcare and medical interventions.
She is the author of the book, Children as Caregivers: The Global Fight against Tuberculosis and HIV in Zambia.
Collaborations: Dr. Hunleth enjoys collaborating with researchers from different disciplines and bringing anthropological theories and methods to bear on many health issues. Her collaborations have spanned a range of topics: children’s domestic labor and migration, children’s roles in tuberculosis case findings, and cancer prevention and control. Her current collaborations focus on health disparities related to breast and colorectal cancer screening, organizational processes that shape breast cancer screening, the cost-related challenges of starting and staying on medications, and more. If you are interested in collaborating with Dr. Hunleth or hearing more about her work in Zambia or the United States, please contact her.