Chunrong Jia, Ph.D. has secured a grant to address the disproportionate burden of exposure to air toxics
in minority and low socioeconomic status (SES) communities in the mid-South. The study,
“Environmental Inequity and Skewed Riskscapes: Differential Distributions of Ambient
Air Toxics in Memphis,” will be the first field study designed to assess socioeconomic
and racial disparities in air toxics exposure using field observations. The results
will enhance our understanding of the scale of environmental injustice, and provide
basis for better risk management and environmental policy.
Latrice Pichon, Ph.D. has received funding for “Mid-South Academic, Community- and Faith-Based Partnership
to address HIV Disparities.” This project aims to increase the involvement of the
African-American faith community in the prevention of HIV and the reduction of disparities.
Pilot data will inform intervention content for a feasibility study and ultimately,
a larger, prospective, randomized controlled trial with faith-based organizations
in the Mid-South.
Natalie Williams, Ph.D. and Sato Ashida, Ph.D. have been awarded funding to work toward the reduction of childhood obesity in the
Mid-South. The study, “Social Networks and Infant Feeding Practices among New and
Expecting Mothers,” will use social network methodology to explore psychosocial factors
associated with maternal feeding practices that may contribute to rapid weight gain
among infants. This project addresses health inequity by evaluating the unique social
contexts surrounding infant feeding beliefs and practices among African-Americans
in the Mid-South.
Xinyua Yu, Ph.D. has received a grant to examine disparities in the utilization of health services
in Shelby County. Health disparities in health services use will be examined by race,
age, and area level socioeconomic variables, and patterns of clinical encounters,
treatments, diagnoses, and procedures. The results of this project, entitled “Health
Disparities in Health Services Use in Shelby County,” will significantly increase
the understanding of health disparities in Shelby County and provide foundations for
future research in reducing local health disparities in health services use.