[TobaccoAction] Fwd: Upcoming DataSpeak: Contextual Analysis, Part 3

Jeanne Mahoney JMahoney at acog.org
Mon Jul 2 15:20:13 EDT 2007

You or one of your colleagues may find this teleconference  very helpful when describing population based public health issues or doing evaluation.  Jeanne

Jeanne Mahoney
Providers Partnership Project
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
409 12th St., SW
Washington, DC 20024
FAX 202/484-3917

>>> "MCHIRC" <mchirc at altarum.org> 7/2/2007 2:26 PM >>>
The MCH Information Resource Center, funded by the Maternal and Child
Health Bureau (MCHB), is pleased to announce that registration is now
available for the third program in the 2007 DataSpeak Web conference
series on contextual analysis. This program, entitled "Contextual
Analysis, Part 3:  Applying the Statistical Concepts to Real Data," will
be held on Wednesday, July 11, 2007 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. 


To register for this program, go to:


For more details about this program, go to:


Program Overview


This DataSpeak program is the final program in a three-part series on
the use of contextual analysis, an approach for assessing the effect of
contextual, or neighborhood, characteristics along with individual-level
factors in explaining disparities in health outcomes. Each program in
the series features one of several university-based researchers funded
by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) in the Health Resources
and Services Administration to explore the effect of neighborhoods on
our country's relatively high infant mortality rate as compared to other
industrialized countries and wide racial disparities in infant mortality
and preterm birth.

This series is intended to provide public health professionals with
background and knowledge of concepts and statistical analysis techniques
to begin developing and adapting the approach to their specific States
and communities. The first program in the series, broadcast on May 16th,
presented an overview of contextual analysis, including discussion of
how neighborhoods are defined, what sources of data are available at the
neighborhood level, and how neighborhood conditions can affect health.
The second program, broadcast on June 6, described several different
multilevel analysis techniques, the advantages and disadvantages of
these different approaches, examples of their use for the analysis of
preterm birth data, and the interpretation of statistical results.

This third program in the series, to be broadcast on July 11, will
include real-world examples of analyses from the research sites funded
by MCHB, the resources needed to implement these types of analyses, and
the varied potential uses of multilevel modeling other than preterm
birth and low birth weight outcomes.  The session first covers the
creation of an index of neighborhood deprivation from census data that
is appropriate for the study of pregnancy related outcomes.  The
neighborhood deprivation index is then used to understand the
relationship between deprivation and preterm birth across eight sites in
the US. Finally, the session will briefly touch upon resources that are
available for those who would like to gain a greater understanding or
experience with multilevel modeling.


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