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

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

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North Dakota State University - PHD - Science Education