NAU’s Southwest Health Equity Research Collaborative
Learn more about prior events hosted by SHERC at Northern Arizona University. Find information on topics of workshops, speakers, agendas, and additional materials provided.
Events and descriptions
The Grand Canyon in the Era of the Anthropocene: A Blue Marble Evaluation Perspective 5/31/20 Accordion Closed
with Michael Patton, author and former president of the American Evaluation AssociationMQP, as he is known, is former president of the American Evaluation Association and recipient of its top awards. In addition to his well-known evaluation books, Utilization-Focused Evaluation, Qualitative Research & Evaluation Methods, Developmental Evaluation, and Principles-Focused Evaluation, he is an avid Grand Canyon hiker and author of Grand Canyon Celebration: A Father-Son Journey of Discovery. In this webinar, he uses the Grand Canyon to illustrate the premises and principles from his new book.
Power Analysis 4/21/20 Accordion Closed
with Indrakshi Roy, biostatistician for the Center for Health Equity ResearchPower analysis is an essential (and sometimes a required) part of a research plan. It helps the researcher decide whether a study will have enough statistical power to detect a meaningful effect size. In this workshop, Indrakshi Roy approaches power analysis conceptually rather than mathematically. She discusses the concept of power, factors that impact power and the limitations of a power analysis.
She also provides demonstrations via GPower for t-test and chi-squared tests, ANOVA, Repeated-Measures ANOVA, Mixed-Design ANOVA, and Multiple Linear Regression, (m function) and getting help (stack overflow for R).
Microsoft Teams Training 3/5/20 Accordion Closed
with Sarah Lipsey, NAU Information Systems Training SpecialistThrough this one-hour training, viewers learn to use Microsoft Teams––a “unified communication and collaboration platform for file storage, application integration, video meetings and workplace chat.”
Sarah Lipsey is a staff specialist for Information Systems Training in the NAU Department of Strategic Planning, Implementation and Education Services.
Legal Epidemiology: How to Use the Law in Public Health Research 2/18/20 Accordion Closed
with Carly Camplain, Attorney, Senior Program Coordinator for CHER, NAU doctoral student in Interdisciplinary HealthThrough this workshop, viewers develop an understanding of legal epidemiology and learn how to conduct policy surveillance and legal assessments, methodologies to carry out legal epidemiology, primary steps in conceptualizing a legal epidemiology project, and how to conduct an evaluation using legal data.
This workshop will use hands-on exercises to introduce the legal epidemiology process and will include a question and answer session about participants’ research.
Introduction to Focus Groups 2/4/20 Accordion Closed
with Robert T. Trotter III, Regents’ Professor, Department of AnthropologyCorrectly designed focus group research is a powerful tool. This two-hour introductory workshop explores and explains the 7 critical elements of systematic design and analysis strategies for scientifically defensible focus group data collection.
Space-Time Statistical Models of Health Data from Areal Units 12/5/19 Accordion Closed
with Jay Barber, Associate Professor, School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber SystemsDr. Barber discussed fundamental concepts and terminology (disease risk, odds ratio, relative risk) and how to estimate these quantities using statistical models (binomial regression and Poisson regression) with computation in R. He introduced Bayesian concepts and models with computations in R and NIMBLE. Dr. Barber also offered an introductory review of Bayesian spatial models for count data on aerial units (e.g., counties or health districts) with some model selection.
Wearable Sensors, Human Behaviors, and Statistical Learning 11/14/19 Accordion Closed
with Kyle Winfree, Associate Director for Undergraduate Programs, Assistant Professor, School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber SystemsThis workshop focused on the application of statistical learning to proxy measure human behaviors, with special attention to the methods and the limitations of both sensors and statistical approaches. The workshop provided two examples: the first is an in-depth look at how commodity devices such as a Fitbit can and cannot be used in the research setting; the second is an in-depth look at how clinical devices can be used as commodity sensors that support nuanced human behavior detection.”
Missing Data 9/23/19 Accordion Closed
with Meghan Warren, Professor, Department of Physical TherapyThis SHERC workshop was based on the Missing Data course from February 2019 from Statistical Horizons by Paul Allison, PhD. The Methods for Missing Data workshop covered why imputation may be necessary, both traditional and ‘newer’ methods and the strengths and limitations of each.
Dr. Warren focused on ‘newer’ methods to better produce unbiased estimates. The workshop also illustrates multiple imputation using SAS (STATA and MPlus commands also available).
ADAMS and REDCap 8/19/19 Accordion Closed
with William Wilson, Senior Systems Administrator, Academic and Research Technology ServicesThis workshop with William Wilson reviewed ADAMS, RIC’s secure data analysis server, and also Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap). REDCap is a web-based application developed by Vanderbilt University to capture data for clinical research and create databases and projects.
SHERC Manuscript Writing Workshop 5/15-16/19 Accordion Closed
This two-day interactive workshop emphasized planning, drafting,
and revising scientific manuscripts for faculty researchers, with the goal of improving the quality
of writing for high-impact journals. The workshop was designed for postdoctoral fellows;
early-career faculty, including assistant professors; and all other faculty who conduct
research in the basic biomedical, clinical, or behavioral sciences and who have not yet
RIC Seminar Series: Community-Based Participatory Research 5/7/19 Accordion Closed
with Dr. Lisa Hardy, Assistant Professor, Department of AnthropologyThis workshop provided an overview of Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR). CBPR is an approach to research and practice that has shown successful results in health-related projects. This approach takes time, trial and error, and flexibility to implement well. There is no cookbook for CBPR.
This workshop covered the foundational principles that underlie CBPR and other community engaged strategies, examples of projects that use a CBPR framework, lessons learned from failed CBPR efforts, and scenarios for participants to think through how a CBPR approach differs from other research strategies.
Health Equity in the Americas Symposium 4/24-25/19 Accordion Closed
Scholars from the US, Mexico and Ecuador shared successful international collaborative health equity research projects aimed at curbing the burden of chronic and infectious diseases in Latin America and our commitment to the health of Latin Americans in the US.
RIC Mini-Workshop: REDCap 4/15/19 Accordion Closed
In this mini-workshop, Bill Wilson provided an overview of REDCap.
RIC Mini-Workshop: SPSS 4/3/19 Accordion Closed
This mini-workshop was a hands-on introductory course and consultation for SPSS with Monica Lininger.
RIC Workshop Series: Cost-Effectiveness and Simulation Modeling in Health and Medicine 3/26/19 Accordion Closed
with Sean Gregory, this workshop provided an introduction to Cost-Effectiveness and Decision Modeling across several applications in Public Health and Medicine and reviewed the use of Monte Carlo simulation and sensitivity analyses.
RIC Seminar Series: Physical Activity and Public Health 2/19/19 Accordion Closed
with Ricky Camplain, this workshop introduced ways to measure physical activity, including objective measures, questionnaires, and systematic observation, in public health research and the implications for each.
RIC Seminar Series: Factor Analysis 1/15/19 Accordion Closed
with Monica Lininger, Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training, this workshop introduced principles associated with different types of factor analyses using SPSS. Participants discussed appropriate model building, factor selection, and rotation methods. Several resources were provided, including example literature and annotated syntax with sample data sets for use in SPSS.
SHERC Research Poster Session 12/4/18 Accordion Closed
This session highlighted SHERC researchers who presented posters showcasing their important work in health disparities research.
SHERC Research Speed Meeting 12/4/18 Accordion Closed
This Speed Meeting was designed to build interdisciplinary research collaboration at NAU by bringing researchers together from across campus to share common interests and create new partnerships with SHERC faculty and staff. Participants learned about our resources, including methodological assistance, faculty development and training opportunities, community partnership development support, and pilot project grant opportunities.
Issues Related to Selection Bias with Observational Studies: Exemplar from Administrative Data 11/16/18 Accordion Closed
with Amol Karmarkar, PhD, Associate Professor in the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences at University of Texas Medical Branch. He is clinically trained as an Occupational Therapist, with advanced training in rehabilitation sciences and health services research. He is a health services researcher with a focus on utilization of services in post-acute settings and outcomes related to receipt of these services. Currently, he has a NIH-supported career development award (K01) titled “Comparing Access and Effectiveness of Post-Acute Care for Medicare Beneficiaries” with a focus on methods to control for selection bias in observational studies. He is also a Co-Investigator on a methodological study funded through the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) for hip fracture.
RIC Introduction to Network Analysis Workshop 11/5/18 Accordion Closed
with Brian Eiler, Postdoctoral Fellow in the NAU Department of Psychological Sciences. In this workshop we introduced network principles and analyses using the programming environment R. We covered experimental design, theoretical underpinnings, and visualization techniques. Several resources were provided including: example literature, annotated code with sample data sets, and quick-start resources. The workshop was interactive and participants practiced a number of skills and had opportunities to develop collaborations with other participants and the facilitator.
Sponsored by NAU Physical Therapy Program & SHERC
RIC Cultural Consensus Analysis 10/26/18 Accordion Closed
with H. Russell Bernard. With consensus analysis we can lose the key to a university exam and – if the questions were well formulated – recover that key from the combined set of students’ answers. This talk was about applying consensus analysis to the study of cultural knowledge – where we don’t know the correct answer to the questions beforehand.
SHERC Pilot Project Information Session 9/7/18 Accordion Closed
The SHERC Pilot Project Workshop focused on helping Investigators to craft competitive proposals that address the goals of SHERC.
RIC Workshop Series Event: Steven Barger 9/6/18 Accordion Closed
This event was a part of the RIC Workshop Series. Steven Barger was a fellow at the 10-day AHA seminar this summer. As part of the agreement for RIC sponsorship to attend this seminar, he presented a selection of topics from the event, including: Measurement of Cardiovascular Disease and Cardiovascular Health, Cardiovascular Health Policy, and Comparative Effectiveness Research.
SHERC Pilot Project Information Session 9/5/18 Accordion Closed
The SHERC Pilot Project Workshop focused on helping Investigators to craft competitive proposals that address the goals of SHERC.
RIC Workshop: Access to Public Health Data through the Arizona Department of Health Services Bureau of Public Health Statistics 8/14/18 Accordion Closed
In this presentation, Tim Flood, chair of the BPHS, discusses the implementation of the ADHS-NAU MOU on data sharing and the ADHS Human Subjects Review, and Rob Bailey, bureau chief of BPHS, gives a bureau overview. Dianna Contreras, manager of the Arizona Birth Defects Monitoring Program, presents an overview of 3 program components: surveillance, prevention of BDs, and assuring referral of babies to services. Georgia Yee, chief of the Office of Health Registries gives an office overview of the Arizona Cancer Registry surveillance and research. Flood also explores the concerns about data use.
RIC Networking and Methodological Support Seminar 7/18/18 Accordion Closed
The first in the SHERC Research Infrastructure Core’s summer series, this methodological networking event was an opportunity to brainstorm on new methodological technologies and ideas with interested individuals. Speaker topics included SHERC Computational Infrastructure and REDCap for Surveys and Databases. Lightning talks from SHERC faculty, faculty who had written pilot proposals, and others on campus interested in health equities/disparities research, focused on forward looking-future research goals. The event also included opportunities for discussion, networking, and matchmaking.
Community-Based Participatory Research: Principles and Voices 7/2/18 Accordion Closed
This 1-hour webinar focused on community-based participatory research (CBPR), an approach used to form equitable and meaningful research partnerships between communities and universities. In this webinar, we reviewed basic principles of CBPR and members from a community-academic partnership shared their experiences using CBPR.