Our Research on Health Disparities

Our Research on Health Disparities

Identifying and eliminating systemic and structural biases, racism, and other injustices, as well as enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is essential to our department’s work to advance population health data science and improve health oucomes for all. Featured below are recent publications (organized from most recent to oldest) from DBEI faculty members and researchers that address various health disparities and aim to better understand their complexities. Learn more about our Vision of Justice

Journal Articles:

Nesoff ED, Wiebe, DJ, Martins, SS. City Streetscapes and Neighborhood Characteristics of Fatal Opioid Overdoses Among People Experiencing Homelessness Who Use Drugs in New York City, 2017–2019International Journal of Drug Policy, Volume 110, December 2022. doi:10.1016/j.drugpo.2022.103904

Meeker J, Burris H, Bai R, Levine L, Boland MR. Neighborhood Deprivation Increases the Risk of Post-Induction Cesarean DeliveryJournal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Volume 29, Issue 2, February 2022, pp. 329–334. doi:10.1093/jamia/ocab258

Meeker J, Canelón S, Bai R, Levine L, Boland MR. Individual-Level and Neighborhood-Level Risk Factors for Severe Maternal Morbidity Obstet Gynecol. April 2021. doi:10.1097/AOG.0000000000004343

McCarthy AM, Armstrong K. Genetic Testing May Help Reduce Breast Cancer Disparities for African American Women J Natl Cancer Inst. May 2020. doi:10.1093/jnci/djaa042

Nfonoyim, B., Griffith, H., Guevara, J.P. Association Between Neighborhood Poverty and ADHD Symptom Severity Academic Pediatrics. February 2020. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acap.2020.02.015

Schneider RB, Jimenez-Shahed J, Abraham DS, Thibault DP, Mantri S, Fullard M, Burack MA, Chou KL, Spindler M, Jermakowicz WJ, D'Haese PF, York MK, Kirk JC, Schwalb JM, Espay AJ, Shih LC, Simon DK, Hunter C, Crispo JAG, Willis AW; of the Parkinson Study Group Health Care Outcomes and Disparities Working Group (HCODWG) and the Registry to Advance DBS for PD (RAD-PD). Acute readmission following deep brain stimulation surgery for Parkinson's disease: A nationwide analysis Parkinsonism Relat Disord. January 2020. E-pub: December 2019. doi:10.1016/j.parkreldis.2019.11.023

Palumbo AJ, Wiebe DJ, Kassam-Adams N, Richmond TS. Neighborhood Environment and Health of Injured Urban Black Men J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. December 2019. E-pub: June 2019. doi:10.1007/s40615-019-00609-5

Singh JA, Kallan MJ, Chen Y, Parks ML, Ibrahim SA. Association of Race/Ethnicity With Hospital Discharge Disposition After Elective Total Knee Arthroplasty JAMA Netw Open. Oct 2019. Erratum in: JAMA Netw Open: December 2019. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.14259

Winestone LE, Getz KD, Rao P, Li Y, Hall M, Huang YV, Seif AE, Fisher BT, Aplenc R. Disparities in pediatric acute myeloid leukemia (AML) clinical trial enrollment Leuk Lymphoma. September 2019. E-pub: February 2019. doi:10.1080/10428194.2019.1574002

Wan J, Margolis DJ, Mitra N, Hoffstad OJ, Takeshita J. Racial and Ethnic Differences in Atopic Dermatitis-Related School Absences Among US Children JAMA Dermatol. September 2019. E-pub: March 2019. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2019.0597

Wan J, Oganisian A, Spieker AJ, Hoffstad OJ, Mitra N, Margolis DJ, Takeshita J. Racial/Ethnic Variation in Use of Ambulatory and Emergency Care for Atopic Dermatitis Among U.S. Children J Invest Dermatol. September 2019. E-pub: March 2019. doi:10.1016/j.jid.2019.02.024

Takeshita J, Eriksen WT, Raziano VT, Bocage C, Hur L, Shah RV, Gelfand JM, Barg FK. Racial Differences in Perceptions of Psoriasis Therapies: Implications for Racial Disparities in Psoriasis Treatment J Invest Dermatol. August 2019. E-pub February 2019. doi:10.1016/j.jid.2018.12.032

Lane-Fall MB, Fleisher LA. Untangling the Web of Health Care Access and Racial Disparities After Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. July 2019. E-pub December 2018. doi: 10.1053/j.jvca.2018.12.021

Sommers MS, Fargo JD, Regueira Y, Brown KM, Beacham BL, Perfetti AR, Everett JS, Margolis DJ. Are the Fitzpatrick Skin Phototypes Valid for Cancer Risk Assessment in a Racially and Ethnically Diverse Sample of Women? Ethn Dis. July 2019 18. eCollection Summer 2019. doi:10.18865/ed.29.3.505

Zeigler-Johnson C, Keith S, McIntire R, Robinson T, Leader A, Glanz K. Racial and Ethnic Trends in Prostate Cancer Incidence and Mortality in Philadelphia, PA: an Observational Study J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. April 2019. E-pub: December 2018. doi:10.1007/s40615-018-00534-z.

Takeshita J. Identifying Disparities in Dermatology: The Importance of Measuring Differences That Matter JAMA Dermatol. November 2018 1;154(11):1251-1253. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2018.2938

Suarez J, Cohen JB, Potluri V, Yang W, Kaplan DE, Serper M, Shah SP, Reese PP. Racial Disparities in Nephrology Consultation and Disease Progression among Veterans with CKD: An Observational Cohort Study J Am Soc Nephrol. October 2018. E-pub: Augut 2017. doi:10.1681/ASN.2018040344

Takeshita J, Shin DB, Ogdie A, Gelfand JM. Risk of Serious Infection, Opportunistic Infection and Herpes Zoster Among Patients With Psoriasis in the United Kingdom J Invest Dermatol. August 2018. E-pub: Marxh 2018. doi:10.1016/j.jid.2018.01.039

Fischer A, Shin B, Gelfand JM, Takeshita J. Health care utilization for psoriasis in the United States differs by race J Am Acad Dermatol. January 2018. doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2017.07.052

Fischer A, Shin B, Margolis D, Takeshita T. Racial and ethnic differences in health care utilization for childhood eczema: an analysis of the 2001–2013 Medical Expenditure Panel Surveys J Am Acad Dermatol. Dec 2017. E-pub: Sep 2017. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2017.08.035

Na L, Streim JE, Pezzin LE, Kurichi JE, Xie D, Hillary R, Bogner HR, Kwong PL, Asch SE, Hennessy S. Disparities in receipt of recommended care among younger versus older medicare beneficiaries BMC Health Serv Res. March 2017. doi:10.1186/s12913-017-2168-5


Guerra C, Glanz K. Why are so many black Americans dying of COVID-19? The Philadelphia Inquirer. April 2020.

Eneanya ND, Yang W, Reese PP. Reconsidering the Consequences of Using Race to Estimate Kidney Function JAMA. June 2019. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.5774


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