Dr. Tara Zolnikov

Dr. Tara Rava Zolnikov is an associate professor at National University at the School of Health and Human Services, whose research focuses on aspects of culture in global health. Dr. Zolnikov teaches courses in both the BPH and MPH program; her primary courses are environmental health and global health. Dr. Zolnikov earned a Ph.D in Developmental Science from North Dakota State University and an M.S. in Environmental Health from Harvard School of Public Health and a second M.S. in Industrial Hygiene from Montana Tech of the University of Montana. She also earned a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences from Montana Tech of the University of Montana. Dr. Zolnikov•s works internationally on issues in low- and middle-income countries, including Kenya, Ghana, India, Colombia, and Brazil. She has worked on a variety of public health projects, ranging from infectious diseases (e.g. Ebola and HIV/AIDS) to access to water projects. She is primarily a qualitative researcher and concentrates on providing vulnerable populations with a voice; she uses autoethnographic, ethnographic, and phenomenological perspectives to understand or live through these experiences in order to recreate them for a widespread audience. Additionally, Dr. Zolnikov is the vice president of a nonprofit organization, The Shepherd’s Village, which focuses on providing access to water to Maasai communities around Narok, Kenya. Dr. Zolnikov has published extensively in some of the world’s most renowned public health and global health journals, including the American Journal of Public Health, AIDS and Behavior, Science of the Total Environment, and many more. She has also written and published two books, which focus on qualitative research and environmental health. In 2017, she received Editors Choice Reviewer of the Year Award at the American Journal in Public Health.

Publications

Type Date Author Type Date Title Publication Name Author List Publisher Volume / Issue / Page
Article – Other Economic benefits of implemented water interventions in the developing world: A qualitative study in Kitui, Kenya
Article – Other Understanding the social effects of water intervention implementation in the developing world: A qualitative study in Kitui, Kenya
Article – Peer Reviewed Limitations in small artisanal gold mining addressed by educational components paired with alternative mining methods
Article – Peer Reviewed Isolation and characterization of Salmonella enterica in day-old ducklings in Egypt
Article – Peer Reviewed The Maladies of Water and War: Addressing Poor Water Quality in Iraq American Journal of Public Health
Article – Peer Reviewed Prevalence, pathogenic capability, virulence genes, biofilm formation, and antibiotic resistance of Listeria in goat and sheep milk confirms need of hygienic milking
Article – Peer Reviewed Confirmed low prevalence of Listeria mastitis in she-camel milk delivers a safe, alternative milk for human consumption
Article – Peer Reviewed Understanding cultural experiences: a qualitative study of Kenyans in America
Article – Peer Reviewed Evaluation of asbestos exposures during firewood-harvesting simulations in Libby, MT, USA Preliminary data Tj Ward, Tm Spear, K Crispen, Tr Zolnikov Annals of Occupational Health
Article – Peer Reviewed Understanding the social effects of water intervention implementation in Sub-Saharan Africa: A qualitative study in Kitui, Kenya
Article – Peer Reviewed Access to water provides economic relief through enhanced relationships in Kenya
Article – Peer Reviewed Proposing a re-adapted successful aging model addressing chronic diseases in low-and middle-income countries
Article – Peer Reviewed Let's talk about culture! Experiencing a disco funeral in Western Kenya
Article – Peer Reviewed Improved Relationships in Eastern Kenya From Water Interventions and Access to Water.
Article – Peer Reviewed My Walk to Water. American Journal of Public Health
Article – Peer Reviewed A Qualitative Study on the Interconnected Nature of HIV, Water, and Family
Article – Peer Reviewed Author Formalizing gold mining under the Minamata Convention on mercury: Previewing the challenge in sub-Saharan Africa. Environmental Science and Policy
Article – Peer Reviewed Author AIDS-affected orphans in Sub-Saharan Africa: A systematic review on outcome differences in rural and urban environments AIDS and Behavior
Article – Peer Reviewed Author New targets for behavior change in Ebola outbreaks: Ideas for future interventions Intervention: Journal of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Conflict Affected Areas
Article – Peer Reviewed Author My failed attempt to access small-scale gold miners. American Journal of Public Health
Article – Peer Reviewed Author Changing tradition in the humanitarian sector: Kenya Red Cross challenging socioeconomic conditions through a novel business model approach. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
Article – Peer Reviewed Author A humanitarian crisis: Lessons learned from Hurricane Irma. American Journal of Public Health
Article – Peer Reviewed Author Where your electronics go to die. American Journal of Public Health
Article – Peer Reviewed A systematic review on mercury in artisanal gold mining. Science of the Total Environment
Book Author Autoethnographies on the environment and human health Geneva, Switzerland: Springer. Pp. 1-157 Springer
Chapter Author Climate change: Water and sanitation In: Climate Resilient Water Resources Management, edited by Robert Brears. Geneva, Switzerland: Springer. Pp 5-14. Springer
Presentation AIDS-affected orphans in sub-Saharan Africa
Presentation AIDS-affected orphans in sub-Saharan Africa
Presentation Addressing chronic diseases in low and middle income countries
Presentation Author The interconnected nature of HIV, water, and family. [Podium]. XVI World Water Congress. May 29- June 3, 2017. Cancun, Mexico.
Presentation Author My walk to water XVI World Water Congress. May 29- June 3, 2017. Cancun, Mexico.
Presentation Author Access to water puts a family back together. [Podium]. International Conference on Children's Health and the Environment. September 16-18, 2016. Barcelona, Spain.
Presentation Author AIDS-affected orphans in sub-Saharan Africa: A systematic review on differences between rural and urban environments. [Poster]. International Conference on Children's Health and the Environment. September 16-18, 2016. Barcelona, Spain.
Presentation Author Managing mercury emissions in small-scale gold mining: Solutions remain inadequate until informality is addressed. [Poster]. Zolnikov, T.R. International Conference on Children's Health and the Environment. September 16-18, 2016. Barcelona, Spain.
Dr. Tara Zolnikov

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Dr. Tara Zolnikov

School of Health and Human Services

Community Health

Education

North Dakota State University - PHD - Science Education