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Demographic and Socio-Economic Effects in Public Health

Dr. Mike Reibel is a Demographer and a Professor at CSU Pomona. He has taken on another project with a large organ donor bank, the California Transplant Donor Network, and he will share with us his latest research and methodological challenges, including neighborhood level demographic and socio-economic effects/disparities in public health and health services.  

Dr. Reibel will address the methodological impact on his research of several issues. He will develop key ideas such as why the neighborhood level effects are different from the effects of corresponding individual level factors, and why they don’t combine in simple ways.  He will discuss his challenge for sorting out issues in health care such as it's  obviously bad to be poor, and it’s bad to live in a poor neighborhood, but which is worse?  And, in terms of main effects, it’s bad to be poor, and it’s good to live in a rich neighborhood, but can we assume that if you're in poverty that you would be better off in a rich neighborhood? Dr. Reibel points to the Relative Deprivation Theory which suggests the opposite, and is often observed empirically.

This is a great opportunity for our meetup group to kickoff the New Year. Please RSVP as usual, and as always, I will provide sandwiches, soft drinks and coffee, and a few treats.

I hope you have a great Holiday Season, and I'm looking forward to seeing you in the New Year!


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  • Michael C.

    It was a great presentation on a great topic! Well paced, and clear explanation of how he developed an approach to multi-level analysis for individual, micro level, and neighborhood, macro level analysis.

    1 · January 23, 2014

  • Farid H.

    An interesting angle into practical application of GIS for healthcare industry. Loved it.

    January 23, 2014

  • William L.

    A passionate and well versed lecture presenting some potentially boring stuff in a very interesting style. Dr. Reibel did a great job.

    January 22, 2014

  • Michael C.

    We're a little less than 2 weeks away from the presentation. There are a few spots left (but going quickly). There are quite a few folks that are not part of our meetup group that are attending. They did not RSVP online, so the online count is not accurate. Please RSVP soon if you plan to attend as this will help me in planning the snacks and refreshments.
    Looking forward to seeing you on the 22nd!

    January 10, 2014

  • Michael C.

    As we close out 2013, I want to thank all of you for supporting the relaunch of the Research Methods and Analytics group.
    I wish you all a safe and Happy New Year, and I look forward to great turnout on the 22nd for Dr. Reibel's presentation.

    December 30, 2013

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