Social Determinants of Health

Project Summary

A team of students led by faculty and researchers at the Social Science Research Institute will bring together data that will facilitate research using social determinants of health (SDH) to examine, understand, and ameliorate health disparities. This project will identify SDH variables that have the potential to be linked to data from the MURDOCK Study, a longitudinal health study based in Cabbarus County, NC. Much of this data – information relevant to understanding socioeconomic status, education, the physical and social environment, employment, and social support networks – is publicly available or easily obtained and its aggregation and analysis offer opportunities to significantly improve predictions of health risks and improve personalized care. Students will evaluate potential data sources, develop ethical policies to protect respondent privacy, clean and merge data, create documentation for data sharing and reuse, and use statistical tools and neighborhood mapping software to examine patterns of disparity.

Paul Bendich

Disciplines Involved: Sociology, Public Policy, PreHealth/PreMed, Global Health, Environmental Science, all quantitative STEM

Project Lead: Alexandra Cooper

Project Manager: Mara Sedlins

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