Short online conferences at CUNY

Epidemiology and Biostatistics Forum: 5/5/21


  • Keynote: Professor Chloe Teasdale
  • Speaker: N/A
  • Networking


Conference Summary

The SPH Epi/Bios Conference is a forum for students, staff, alumni, faculty, and other interested attendees to learn about recent research in the CUNY community, talk to representatives of the department, school, and related institutes, and meet each other in random 1:1 networking using a full online conference platform. Make sure to register below, and contact us if you’re interested in organizing, contributing, or doing peer review for future events.


Program Details

Implementation research and program evaluation: Examples from the field

What is implementation science and how does it help us understand what works for improving public health? Dr. Chloe Teasdale, PhD, MPH, will give an overview of implementation science and describe examples from her own work of program evaluations and implementation research conducted in Eswatini, Kenya and Mozambique. The talk will include a description of how we can move from evidence to action, as well as how to evaluate public health interventions in resource limited settings and challenges of this work.

Chloe Teasdale, PhD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

The focus of her work is on evaluating the implementation of HIV care and treatment programs with a specific interest in assessing outcomes of children, adolescents and pregnant women living with HIV in resource limited settings. Prior to completing her PhD, she worked in South Africa overseeing monitoring and evaluation for mothers2mothers, a regional public health organization focused on reducing mother-to-child transmission of HIV through peer support and education. This formative experience in public health practice working with healthcare providers and mothers across seven African countries fueled her passion to improve health services for women and children around the world and continues to inform her approach to research. A major focus of Dr. Teasdale’s work has been using routinely collected medical record data from HIV care and treatment service sites to examine patient outcomes. She has designed and led studies examining the impact of targeted service interventions for children, adolescents and pregnant women, including a prospective cohort study of virologic suppression after ART initiation in South African children living with HIV and an evaluation of a novel approach to retaining pregnant and breastfeeding adolescent and young women living with HIV in Kenya.

The impact of food insecurity on the educational experience of CUNY students during the COVID-19 pandemic

With food insecurity rates estimated to have tripled since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, increased attention has recently been brought to this enduring issue. We used data from a cross-sectional, population-representative survey of CUNY students in 2020 to conduct a secondary analysis looking at the association between food insecurity and potential mediation by anxiety/depression. We used weighted Poisson regression with robust standard errors to estimate adjusted prevalence ratios (aPR) for educational outcomes based on food security status. The prevalence of decreased ability to do work was greater in those with moderate food insecurity (aPR=1.12, 95% CIs 1.02, 1.23) and severe food insecurity (aPR=1.18, 95% CIs 1.08, 1.29) compared to food secure students. The prevalence of dropped/withdrawn courses was also greater in those with moderate food insecurity (aPR=1.64, 95% CIs 1.02, 2.65) and severe food insecurity (aPR=1.94, 95% CIs 1.22, 3.08). Delayed or uncertain graduation was still significantly higher in those experiencing moderate food insecurity (aPR=1.27, 95% CIs 1.15, 1.41) and severe food insecurity (aPR=1.50, 95% CIs 1.37, 1.65) as well. After adjusting for anxiety/depression as a mediator, the association between food insecurity and decreased ability to do work was no longer significant in either group. The association with dropped/withdrawn courses was only significant in the severe food insecurity group, and the association with delayed/unsure graduation remained significant for both groups. These findings suggest that poor mental health is a partial mediator between food insecurity and poor educational outcomes and emphasize the urgent need for expanded food assistance and mental health services on college campuses.

Emily BergerEmily Berger is an MPH student in the Epidemiology program on track to graduate in May. She previously earned her BS in Health Sciences from Boston University in 2019. Emily is currently working at the Research Foundation of CUNY as a Resource Navigator on NYC’s COVID-19 Test and Trace team. Upon graduation, Emily is interested in pursuing research in nutritional and environmental epidemiology.


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