Curious about how disease rates can be measured at a local level? Hear from public health researchers at Emory University and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene about their use of data to understand disparities and improve care and community well-being.
Join us for another installment of our popular Mapchats series on September 23, 2015 to discuss the challenges and opportunities of putting local health on the map. This webinar will feature Patrick Sullivan, MD of Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, Arti Virkud, MPH from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and Morgan Robinson from PolicyMap. Panelists will discuss how researchers can transform administrative records and other data into compelling maps that highlight community health disparities and lead to better policy decisions.
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PATRICK SULLIVAN is a Professor of Epidemiology at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, and Co-Director of the Prevention Sciences Core at Emory’s Center for AIDS Research (CFAR). Dr. Sullivan’s research focuses on HIV among men who have sex with men, including behavioral research, interventions, and surveillance. Previously, Dr. Sullivan worked as the Chief of the Behavioral and Clinical Surveillance Branch at CDC, implementing HIV research studies and surveillance systems to meet critical local, state and national HIV prevention needs. He is the PI of NIH-funded studies to determine reasons for black/white disparities in HIV among MSM, to pilot HIV prevention packages among MSM in South Africa, to evaluate distribution of at-home HIV test kits to MSM in the US, and to develop and test a comprehensive mobile prevention app for gay and bisexual men. He is also the Principal Scientist of AIDSVu.org and HIVContinuum.org.
ARTI VIRKUD is a data analyst for the Population Health Team at the Bureau of the Primary Care Information Project at the New York City (NYC) Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She works on epidemiological research using aggregate data from NYC ambulatory practices. Her research ranges from chronic disease studies on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and falls risk in older adults to infectious disease projects on tuberculosis and HIV prevention. She has a BS in neuroscience from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MPH in epidemiology from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.
MORGAN ROBINSON is a data analyst at PolicyMap. She has applied and developed her skills in data processing and mapping with community-based and advocacy organizations in Detroit, Seattle, and New York. She comes to PolicyMap from Data Driven Detroit, a nonprofit data provider for Southeast Michigan, where she provided research and analysis to support local neighborhood and environmental initiatives. Through her experience, she gained an understanding of how leaders and policymakers use data to make smart and effective decisions. Morgan earned a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies and Political Science from Columbia University, and a Master’s degree in Community Development from the University of Detroit Mercy.