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M.A. Student Jennifer Alexander Presents at the 15th International Medical Geography Symposium

Posted: August 14, 2013
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Graduate student Jennifer Alexander was selected to present at the 15th Biannual International Medical Geography Symposium this summer at Michigan State University. The focus of the 2013 conference was "Highlights of Research, Training and Practice" of Medical Geography.  The conference was held July 7-12, 2013, and attendees included researchers from public health and academic environments worldwide: NSF special guests from Brazil, Ghana, Senegal, Nigeria, Tunisia, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, AAG sponsored scholars from Russia, and participants from around the world.

Ms. Alexander presented research from her thesis in her talk HIV/AIDS and Co-Factors in Southern Africa: A Statistical and Spatial Analysis. Citing co-factors of disease and chronic health conditions, demographic variables, and inequalities in sexual relationship control, she discussed correlations between co-factors and HIV infection risk. She used Demographic and Health Survey data (2007 through 2011) from Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe to analyze individual and cluster-level data using both logistic regression and spatial statistical tools for analysis of the data at both scales.

While at the conference, she had the opportunity to hone her craft at a GIS and Health workshop taught by renowned Dr.’s Chetan Tiwari and Gerard Rushton. The training covered observation and mapping challenges in incorporating GIS into medical and health research, and focused on medical data, interpretation and inference techniques, and optimal representation of health data to best reflect health situations "on the ground."

More information about the conference can be found at the XVth International Symposium in Medical/Health Geography website, and you can learn more about Jennifer Alexander on her graduate student profile.  

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