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Informatics Research Seminar: Youth-engaged data science and mobile health analytics for obesity prevention

February 22, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm UTC+0

Speaker: Leah Frerichs, PhD
Presented from UNC-CH

Broadcast Link: SEMINAR

The Informatics Research Seminar Series is sponsored by Duke University and a collaboration with UNC-Chapel Hill, NCCU, UNC-Charlotte, and ECU. This series explores key areas in Health Informatics and include research results, overview of programs of research, basic, applied, and evaluative projects, as well as research from varied epistemological stances.


This presentation will provide several examples of research that integrate community-engaged approaches with informatics, and focus on examples that involve engaging youth for obesity prevention.  The examples will showcase methods of engaging youth with simulation modeling and using data visualization to evaluate youth’s perceptions of obesity.  Innovative approaches to using mobile health analytics to guide youth in mobilizing support for environmental and policy changes that promote health will also be discussed.


Leah Frerichs, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned a B.S. and M.S. in community health from the University of Iowa, and a Ph.D. in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research from the University of Nebraska. Dr. Frerich’s research is focused on the intersection of community-based participatory research and systems science to address health disparities, largely in the area of chronic disease prevention.  She has experience working with diverse communities including American Indian, Latino, and African Americans to develop, implement, and evaluate community-based interventions and policies.   Her work has had a major focus on understanding and developing interventions that target social and physical environment influences on youth’s health behaviors in underserved communities.


February 22, 2017
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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