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FIRST Health Equity Seminar Series featuring Dr. Tabb

Thursday, March 16, 2023

11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Join the Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) program for their Health Equity Seminar series, a Drexel-wide forum to discuss exciting work and ideas related to health equity.

This monthly series includes Drexel-based and invited external speakers whose work is relevant to health disparities research, ranging from etiology to intervention and policy.

In March, attendees will hear from Loni Philip Tabb, PhD, associate professor in the department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Dornsife.

Talk Title: "Spatial & spatial -temporal statistical methods and practices around assessing health and social inequities – with an eye towards informing policies"

Overview: Racial disparities in cardiovascular health (CVH) continue to remain a public health concern in the United States. While there has been overall progress in the narrowing of the BlackWhite disparity in all-cause mortality for all ages from 33% in 1999 to 16% in 2015, disparities in CVH remain with some widening. Over the past 2 decades, one of Healthy People’s overarching goals has focused on disparities, with an emphasis on achieving health equity, eliminating disparities, and improving the health of all Americans. In an effort to gauge attaining such goals as laid out by initiatives like Healthy People 2020, innovative methods coupled with diverse observational cohorts are required – which, in turn, help to produce the needed evidence to create more informed policies as well as interventions.

This talk will highlight 2 such diverse cohorts sponsored by the NIH/NHLBI, found in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) and the Reasons for Geographical and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) cohorts – with an es.

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The NIH-funded Drexel FIRST Initiative is a novel initiative to enhance inclusive excellence in health disparities research.

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