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’re studying connections between social networks and risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes in the Somali population. The Somali community’s emphasis on clan structure has unique implications for health behaviors that influence these diseases. Understanding this relationship will help researchers evaluate potential benefits of health interventions like Somali-speaking or culturally tailored smoking cessation, exercise or wellness programs.