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Christina Crabtree-Ide successfully defended her dissertation in March at the University at Buffalo (State University of New York) and her PhD in Epidemiology will be conferred in June 2020. Follow her on twitter: @Crabtride
Tell us about your professional journey and how you ended up studying Epidemiology.
After studying Public Policy in healthcare as an undergrad, I moved to China with the goal of learning medical Chinese and getting volunteer experience working in diverse healthcare settings. It was the year before the Beijing Olympics, so I ended up helping with some of the community health programming related to preparation for the Olympic Games. My work there introduced me to the potential of large-scale programming, and I began to move toward a population health focus.
When I moved back to the US, I completed my Masters in Public Health while working for a medical device and pharmaceutical company where I developed and implemented clinical and technical training programs. Through that work, I was able to observe healthcare systems all over the world and interact with patients, providers, and administrators facing very different pressures depending on their community and policy environments.
Throughout the MPH program, I gravitated toward the Epidemiology courses. For me, Epidemiology was a natural fit with my career goals because it facilitated identification of areas that impact population health. Epidemiology provides a toolkit of methods to be able to explore a wide range of issues and allows scientists to be able to be flexible in understanding the ever-changing needs of diverse populations.
Join the NAM for a one hour webinar where field leaders will explore the meanings of both social determinants of health and health equity and what it means to apply these terms to enact change in the real world. November 29, 2018, 4:00-5:00pm ET. Registration required.
This National Science Foundation solicitation supports the development of innovative analytical and statistical methods and models for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences. MMS seeks proposals that are methodologically innovative, grounded in theory, and have potential utility for multiple fields within the social, behavioral, and economic sciences. As part of its larger portfolio, the MMS Program partners with a consortium of federal statistical agencies to support research proposals that further the production and use of official statistics. Multiple mechanisms supported. Annual deadline, next is January 31, 2019.
Like Aretha says, THINK. What are you trying to do to this data? Lourdes Rodriguez reports from “Technological Innovations and Population Health…Friends, Foes, or Both?” at our October 2018 conference.
Bethany Everett is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Utah. She joined IAPHS in 2018. Learn more about Bethany on her faculty website and follow her on twitter: @bethanygeverett
Tell us a little about yourself, where are you from, where did you go to graduate school, what makes you jump out of bed each morning?
I grew up in Crescent City, CA – the last (and very small) town on the California coast before you hit Oregon. It is most famous for being the site of Pelican Bay State Prison, but also where they filmed the ewok scenes in Star Wars Return of the Jedi. I received my PhD in Sociology at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2012 and worked as a graduate research assistant in the Institute of Behavioral Sciences at CU Boulder. Usually it is my young daughter that makes me jump out of bed each morning, but studying and fighting for reproductive and LGBT rights get me excited to come to work each day.
How do you define yourself as a population health professional?
I think of myself as a Sociologist first but my work is defined by being interdisciplinary. The LGBT health field is a relatively small (but growing!) area, so a lot of my research has had to be interdisciplinary in order to collaborate with others. I was very lucky to have an NIH Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) award from 2012-2014, which exposed me to a lot of research in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine and influenced my decision more recently to focus my research on family planning and maternal and child health among sexual minority women.
How can individuals care for their health when they don’t have a home, don’t feel “at home”, and when home has different gendered meanings? A conference report from Emily Walton.
What’s “shiny new thing syndrome?” And how can biosocial scientists avoid it? Read on in this conference report from Lauren Brown.
The Population Research Center (PRC) at the University of Texas at Austin conducts robust programs in many population health areas: aging and longevity, reproductive health,
A report from our October 2018 conference: digital skills, the SUPER social determinant of health.