March 20 (Fri) 11 a.m.
Alavi Commons Room, 6625 Everett Tower

Poor births in Kalamazoo and Calhoun Counties: An interdisciplinary approach using the HDReAM interactive mapping website.

Libby Alward, MA, RD
Doctoral Associate for Health Research, Analysis, and Mapping (HDReAM) Center
PhD student, Interdisciplinary Health Science

The HDReAM Center is an interdisciplinary research center at WMU, with contributing directors and students from the Health and Human Services Department (Center Director Dr. Amy Curtis), the Department of Statistics (Associate Director Dr. Rajib Paul), and the Department of Geography (Associate Director Dr. Kathleen Baker). The Mission of HDReAM is to provide health-related secondary data analysis and mapping services for the ultimate purpose of creating and disseminating a holistic overview of our community’s health in order to advance knowledge, understanding and strategies to improve the public’s health. In addition to WMU entities, multiple community partners work with HDReAM to provide data and other forms of collaborative work. In addition to providing secondary data analysis and health mapping to contracted organizations and community partners, HDReAM meets their goal to disseminate health and community-service related information to the general public through a recently-launched, publicly available interactive mapping website of Kalamazoo and Calhoun Counties.

To provide detailed examples of some of the work being done by the HDReAM Center, two current, ongoing projects will be discussed in detail: an evaluation of the Nurse-Family Partnership program of Calhoun County and a study on poor birth (premature and low-birth weight births) in Kalamazoo and Calhoun County. Maps created as part of these investigations will be shown and study methods and initial findings will be discussed.

All statistics students are expected to attend.


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