Understanding the Environmental Context of Health Disparitites

Co-Principal Investigator:
Michael A. Langston, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Tennessee
The overall goal of this project is to expand the capacity of health services researchers and other biomedical scientists to use a trans-disciplinary systems approach to study the environmental context of health disparities. To achieve this goal, this effort will (1) incorporate data on the physical, built, social and policy environments that will supplement currently funded health disparities research, (2) use high throughput analysis and geo/spatial and temporal analyses to examine the relationships between health disparities and environmental factors, and (3) provide training in public participatory geographic information systems and interactive mapping that supports community participation in the research process and in the translation, implementation and evaluation of targeted public health interventions.
Research Partners:
The PI for this project is Paul D. Juarez at Meharry Medical College. Other Co-PIs are
Mohammad Z. Al-Hamdan at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center,
William Crosson at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center,
Maury G. Estes, Jr. at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center,
Darryl B. Hood at Ohio State University,
Wansoo Im at Meharry Medical College,
Robert S. Levine at Meharry Medical College,
Maureen Lichtveld at Tulane University,
Patricia Matthews-Juarez at Meharry Medical College,
Paul Robinson at Charles R. Drew University, and
Sacoby Wilson at University of Maryland.