DBMI Special Seminar Series: Toward Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Informatics, Health Care, and Society
The Columbia Department of Biomedical Informatics announced a series of talks entitled “DBMI Special Seminar Series: Toward Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Informatics, Health Care, and Society.”
These talks, which began during the 2021 spring semester and are open to the public, focus on informatics research topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion and be part of the weekly DBMI Seminar, a 1-credit course for DBMI students who can benefit from hearing new methods of research from speakers from both academia and industry.
Seminars that are part of this series will be posted below, while upcoming seminars will be listed on the DBMI Seminar page.
Title: Identifying and Leveraging Public Data Sources with Social Determinants of Health Information for Population Health Informatics Research
Speaker: Irene Dankwa-Mullan MD MPH, Chief Health Equity Officer, IBM Watson Health, IBM Corporation
Abstract: Social determinants of health (SDOH) account for many health inequities. Data sources traditionally used in informatics research often lack SDOH, and, when available, SDOH may be difficult to leverage given it’s lack of specificity and lack of structured information. In this presentation, I will share the initial phases of work that we are doing around leveraging SDoH data – for health equity research – addressing some of the informatics challenges leveraging social determinants of health data to inform population health or inform health services research. I will discuss a case study using a machine learning clustering algorithm to uncover region-specific sociodemographic features and disease-risk prevalence correlated with COVID-19 mortality during the early accelerated phase of community spread.