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The increasing focus on health equity research will require projects that examine and address the geographic contexts where we live, work, and play. Such contexts are important drivers of health inequities given that the characteristics of neighborhoods and other spaces have been driven by historic and current structural inequities. This seminar will provide an orientation to spatial framing and methods, including traditional and emerging spatial methodologies such as global positioning systems (GPS) and location aware technologies.
Dr. Katherine Theall is a Professor at Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Senior Director of the Tulane Violence Prevention Institute and Director of the Mary Amelia Center for Women’s Health Equity Research. As a social and spatial epidemiologist, her research focuses on reducing health inequities by understanding and altering neighborhood environments and social policies in underserved populations locally, nationally, and internationally. She has been PI or co-PI of more than 25 federally- and privately-supported research and training awards and has a highly interdisciplinary background, with educational and practical experience in social/spatial epidemiology and community health and prevention sciences. Her work involves close collaboration with both state and city governments as well as international partners, where she has been involved in research, programming, and translational efforts to improve health equity and well-being.