Supporting health in at-risk populations
We work with communities to research health needs and implement solutions. Community health research may assess ways to improve nutrition or fitness education. Often, multiple groups, such as schools and health care systems in specific cities, work together toward the same goal. Population research focuses on promoting health in at-risk populations.
Using systems science methods to study cardiac risk in the Somali community
We studied connections between the social environment and risk of metabolic syndrome in the Somali population. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Somali culture is unique in that it attaches significant value to clan structure. The community can benefit from this study, which will provide a framework to evaluate the factors linking social networks to metabolic syndrome.