Suessmilch Lecture

Using Data to Advance the Science of Health Disparities

Rumi Chunara
Online Presentation, October 25, 2021

As part of the Suessmilch Lecture series, Rumi Chunara from New York University, NYU School of Global Public Health, will give a talk entitled "Using Data to Advance the Science of Health Disparities".


“Using Data to Advance the Science of Health Disparities”


Equalizing health disparities has been shown to avert more deaths than the number of lives saved by medical advances in the same time frame. Thus addressing health disparities is a significant priority. Simultaneously, the rise of new technologies can magnify health disparities. In this talk, Rumi Chunara will give a broad overview of current research in health disparities, and discuss two studies leveraging machine learning and multi-level statistical methods, along with social media data and data from a telemedicine system to measure sources of inequity and their impact on health outcomes. Broadly, this work demonstrates how we can use data, statistical and machine learning methods to address health disparities in a principled manner, addressing open needs in the health disparities literature.

About the Speaker

Rumi Chunara © Rumi Chunara, Vincent C. Auyeung

Dr. Rumi Chunara is an Associate Professor at NYU, jointly appointed at the Tandon School of Engineering (in Computer Science) and the School of Global Public Health (in Biostatistics/Epidemiology). Her PhD is from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology and her BSc from Caltech. Her research group focuses on developing computational and statistical approaches for acquiring, integrating and using data to improve population-level public health. She is an MIT TR35, NSF Career, Facebook Research and Max Planck Sabbatical award winner.


Take Part Online

If you are not a member of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) but would like to attend the Suessmilch Lecture, you are very welcome! Please register by sending an email to Emilio Zagheni.

The presentation will be by Zoom. After registration, please use this link zoom.us/j/98945495560 for participation. It starts on Monday, 25th of October, at 2 p.m. Rostock time.

Announcement (PDF File, 29 kB)

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