My dissertation examines racial and geographic disparities in diabetes prevalence throughout Georgia.
I hypothesize that the built environment has a significant impact on diabetes prevalence, and differences in the built environment contribute to both racial and geographic disparities in diabetes prevalence and morbidity.
Using geospatial analysis along with linear regression analyses, I investigate how access and availability to health-affecting facilities (such as healthcare facilities, parks, fast food restaurants, supermarkets, and other facilities) affects diabetes prevalence in vulnerable populations in urban, suburban, and rural environments.
Using knowledge of diabetes disease prevalence in Georgia, I am examining social epidemiological factors that can negatively affect the health of vulnerable populations.
DETERMINING APPROPRIATE STATISTICAL ANALYSES
A study conducted with Dr.
Matt Hayat sought to determine the appropriateness of statistical analyses used in public health literature.
Examined observational, experimental, quasi-experimental, and surveillance survey designs and whether the statistical methods used were correct.
Paper in progress.
SURVEY DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION: Created and distributed surveys to program participants to examine changes in health, employment, and other sociodemographic variables over time, in an effort to identify and resolve gaps in public health surveillance systems.
This was part of a longitudinal study of relocated public housing residents in Atlanta, and included three waves of data collection.
I am currently analyzing outcomes of this study, and continue to be a consultant for other researchers interested in examining the data.
Experienced in all aspects of survey design and implementation, including creation, distribution, management, and analysis.
DATA ANALYSIS: Cleaned, maintained, and organized a large dataset consisting of three waves of data.
Conducted data analysis using SPSS and GIS technology.
Ran descriptive statistics, multivariate regressions, and epidemiological statistics such as risk ratios, prevalence, and mortality rates, in an effort to investigate trends to monitor disease outcomes and evaluate the effectiveness of public health programs.
Coded qualitative data and categorized results to determine patterns in the data.
BUILT ENVIRONMENT ASSESSMENT: Conducted a built environment assessment of over 300 neighborhoods throughout Atlanta in an effort to identify and resolve gaps in public health surveillance systems and surveys.
Assessment was developed after a thorough examination of the literature regarding the built environment.
Developed and maintained extensive records, pictures, audio and video recordings, and field notes of neighborhoods and residents over a span of two years.
July 2013 to CurrentORISE FELLOW
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention － Atlanta, GA
Kathi Wilson P: (404) 747-2707 May Contact 40hrs/wk Duties EBOLA RESPONSE ROTATION (EXTENDED) - SURVEY DESIGN, DATA ANALYSIS, & EVALUATION: From August-December 2015, I served with the Ebola Evaluation team as a data analyst.
I created a database from scratch using SPSS statistical software and set up a sustainable standard operating procedure to maintain the database once the rotation is over.
I conducted descriptive statistical analysis and cross-tabulations and displayed the results on PowerPoint slides that are distributed throughout upper management in the Ebola response.
Further, I've suggested improvements to the current survey form that have been implemented into the current version to ease respondent comprehension and completion of the survey.
These were initiated in an effort to increase quality control and consistency throughout the survey process.
PROGRAM EVALUATION: Initiated and managed the Community Guide Dissemination and Implementation Evaluation plan at baseline to increase awareness and adoption of Community Guide Task Force findings and recommendations.
The evaluation included gathering data metrics from various sources (such as GovDelivery, Omniture, and ForeSee) and determining how the results translated into growth and production of the Community Guide.
Additionally, worked with the Ebola Evaluation Team to develop analytic techniques and project evaluation for deployer response.
SURVEY DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION: Created and distributed surveys to program participants to identify problems, discern gaps, and develop solutions to issues.
Familiar with survey programs such as Qualtrics, SharePoint (Management Tool), ForeSee, and Survey Monkey.
Manage the ForeSee Customer Satisfaction Survey database, including developing questions, synthesizing qualitative and quantitative results, and performing data analyses on results.
These results were included in the branch's evaluation plan, and helped us determine the areas in which The Community Guide excelled, and those areas where it could be improved.
SYNTHESIZE PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATION: Using information obtained through collaboration with internal CDC partners and external liaison organizations, I wrote promotional material (such as success stories and fact sheets) in plain language to disseminate research results that can be applied toward the design of effective prevention programs and practice guidelines to both a public health and a general audience.
DATA ANALYTICS: Managed website metrics (such as ForeSee and Omniture), created and distributed GovDelivery notices, and maintained the Program Management Database Tool (PMDT) for the Community Guide Branch.
These metrics were included in branch reports as well as Division reports.
With this information, I was able to analyze qualitative and quantitative data to improve performance of The Community Guide.
DISSEMINATION AND IMPLEMENTATION: Dissemination lead on many Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) findings and recommendations.
Topics of dissemination include diabetes, cardiovascular disease, health equity, and tobacco.
Materials were disseminated in a wide range of venues, including web-based reports, fact sheets, one-pagers, Community Guide in Action stories, and peer-review journal articles.
Contributed to the CPSTF's Annual Report to Congress, a congressionally mandated document designed to provide evidence-based findings and recommendations on community preventive services to improve health.
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: Provided technical assistance to public health departments, educators, clinicians and nurses, web readers, and others through webinars, trainings, and email or telephone communication.
I have aided users through The Community Guide, including how to navigate the website, understand the reviews, and use the findings of the CPSTF for their own needs.
CLEAR WRITTEN COMMUNICATION: I have written a number of informational and promotional materials for The Community Guide.
These include What Works Fact Sheets, Community Guide in Action Stories, and one-pagers for Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) findings.
I wrote What Works Fact Sheets for Preventing Excessive Alcohol Consumption, Diabetes Prevention and Control, Skin Cancer Prevention, Health Communication and Social Marketing, Tobacco Use, and Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention.
I have written Community Guide in Action Stories for physical activity, public health accreditation, and worksite wellness.
I developed one-pagers for tobacco control and motor vehicle helmet CPSTF findings.
Additionally, with the Analytic Tools and Methods branch in 2013, I wrote a survey manual to accompany the Community Opinion Survey.
This survey is a part of many hospitals' community health needs assessments required by the Affordable Care Act in January of 2014.
The manual covers study design, data collection, sampling strategies, survey procedures, and data analysis.
SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS: Worked with systematic review teams to review and analyze studies that assess major, sensitive, and controversial public health issues in order to make evidence-based recommendations for public health interventions to improve population health.
Recent reviews that fit this criteria include recommending the use of motorcycle helmets, improving diet and physical activity to prevent diabetes, and recommending school-based health centers to improve student health.
TEAMWORK AND COLLABORATION: Extensive experience working with teams internally and externally.
As part of the Dissemination and Implementation team, I constantly collaborate with fellow team members, seeking feedback and providing the same.
Work as the dissemination lead for multiple health topics, including tobacco, diabetes, and health equity.
Additionally, using information obtained through collaboration with internal CDC partners and external liaison organizations, I write promotional material (such as success stories and fact sheets) in plain language to disseminate research results to the public audience.
I continue to maintain and develop relationships both within CDC and with our external partners.
In the spring of 2015, I coordinated a tax seminar to assist ORISE fellows with their taxes.
I arranged for the speaker, set up the room and audio requirements, and worked with both CDC HR and ORISE HR to invite all ORISE fellows (~500) to attend.
This seminar was so popular that ORISE asked for me to coordinate a second seminar two weeks later.
Overall, attendance at these seminars was over 300 people.
GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT January 2011 to CurrentGeorgia State University － Atlanta, GA
Erin Ruel, Matt Hayat P: (404) 413-6530, (404) 413-2343 May Contact 20 hrs/wk Duties PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES: Throughout the three-year graduate assistantship, I put into use the principles and practices of the social sciences.
This includes developing social and behavioral theory, survey creation, data collection, field work and environmental assessments, and data analysis.
I assessed social and behavioral issues throughout the project, and through the use of social theory, was able to identify strategies to address these issues.
Specifically, using social disorganization theory, I identified policy changes that would help ease public housing resident relocation into the private market.
This work became my master's thesis.
Doctor of Philosophy : Sociology, 2016Georgia State University － Atlanta, GASociology expected - ABD)
Dissertation: Accessing Health: Examining Racial and Geographic Disparities in Diabetes Prevalence as a Result of the Built Environment.
Master of Public Health : Environmental Health, 2016Environmental Health Can Changing Your Environment Change Your Health? Examining Public Housing Relocation and Cardiovascular Disease Risk.
Master of Arts : Sociology, 2014Sociology
Public Housing Relocation and Its Effect on Residents' Self-Esteem and Self-Efficacy
Graduate Certificate in Public Health : 2012University of Georgia － Athens, GA
Bachelor of Arts : Sociology, 2003Sociology
Bachelor of Science : Psychology, 2003Psychology
Social Determinants of Health Workgroup
*Health Equity Workgroup
*Built Environment Workgroup
*Division of Public Health Dissemination Diversity and Inclusion Workgroup
Public Housing Relocation in Atlanta 2013 Presented to the Urban Fellows of Georgia State University Racial Inequalities in Food Access in Atlanta 2013 Presented at the Mid-South Sociological Association Characterizing Georgia's Food Deserts 2015 Presented at the James E. Clyburn Health Disparities Lecture Self-Esteem and Self-Efficacy among Relocated Public Housing Residents 2016 - forthcoming Presenting at the Urban Affairs Association Annual Meeting 3
ACTIVE WORKGROUP PARTICIPATION Social Determinants of Health Workgroup Health Equity Workgroup Built Environment Workgroup Division of Public Health Dissemination Diversity and Inclusion Workgroup AWARDS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Atlanta, GA Excellence in Program or Policy Evaluation (Team Award) 2016
Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, & Publisher. Experienced in survey design programs such as Qualtrics, Survey Monkey, ForeSee, and Survey Gizmo. Knowledgeable about MR Interview. Proficient with the SPSS statistical program - trained and experienced using syntax. Skilled in GIS programs such as ARCGIS, QGIS, GeoDa, and CrimeStat. Experienced in graphic presentation programs such as InDesign and Photoshop.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Georgia State University
Georgia State University
University of Georgia
Job Titles Held:
GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Doctor of Philosophy : Sociology , 2016 Master of Public Health : Environmental Health , 2016 Master of Arts : Sociology , 2014 Public Housing Relocation and Its Effect on Residents' Self-Esteem and Self-Efficacy
Graduate Certificate in Public Health : 2012 Bachelor of Arts : Sociology , 2003 Bachelor of Science : Psychology, 2003
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