Grant: $335,942 - National Institutes of Health - Sep. 22, 2009
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Award Description: This study's goal is to compare the effectiveness of a city level policy in New Orleans to control problem alcohol outlets that contribute to health inequalities among poor and minority populations. In 1997 New Orleans adopted a series of policies that in effect represent a societal intervention to address the social determinants of health disparities in poor and minority neighborhoods where problem alcohol outlet proliferation is a major problem. The policies were specifically enacted to address the proliferation of problem alcohol outlets believed to be the source of a variety of social problems including assaultive violence as well as adverse health effects. To accomplish this goal a longitudinal study of the effect of changes in alcohol outlet exposure on assaultive violence as well as alcohol related mortality is proposed
Project Description: The study period for which we have now begun to collect data under this grant is 1994-2004. Dr. Theall and Dr. Simonsen have begun to organize the data at the census tract level, the unit of analysis most strongly associated with structural effects associated with alcohol outlet exposure. The outcome of the analysis is to develop a census tract level database for New Orleans and Baton Rouge that incorporates spatially referenced assaultive violence offense data, mortality data, alcohol outlet data, and sociodemographic data for all census tracts over the ten year period (i.e., 1994 through 2004). We created 2 new positions at 80% effort: Epidemiology Research Associate 1 and Epidemiology Research Associate 2 and advertised for candidates. The Research Associates will assist in data entry and analysis tasks such as query databases to obtain analytic data subsets; prepare analytic datasets; conduct data diagnostics to assess/assure data quality; perform quantitative analyses including geocoding, georeferencing, spatial analyses, regressions, time series analysis.
Jobs Summary: Retained 1 full time job Faculty at 15% Neal Simonsen 0.15 FTE. As Co-investigator Dr. Simonsen will perform the data analyses described in the study including preliminary analyses, multiple regression, and multilevel analyses and assist in directing the analyses of the data in the preparation of manuscripts and reports and findings from the data analyses. Retained 1 full time job Faculty at 20% Katherine Theall 0.20 FTE. As Co-PI Dr. Theall has joint responsibility for the scientific and technical direction of the project. In light of the large budget cuts anticipated in the LSU system and the LSUHSC in particular due to massive revenue shortfalls in the state, the salary support and attendant indirect revenues provided by the supplement will help to mitigate the layoffs and other forms of salary reduction otherwise necessitated by the cuts. The additional funding provided by the Supplement will help the LSUHSC and other collaborating institutions to maintain current positions while filling vacant positions, employing graduate assistants, and undertaking infrastructure maintenance and repair that would otherwise not be possible in the face of falling budgets. (Total jobs reported: 0)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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