This project will aim to develop or adapt an existing model to generate small area estimates in Idaho counties of the factors that place individuals at highest risk for obesity (e.g. sedentary behaviors, food insecurity, sugar-sweetened beverage consumption). Knowledge of the local environment is often critical in public health planning and development. In the model, selected demographic characteristics, health conditions, health behaviors, and health status will be estimated to provide a precise geographical picture of the relevant local population. The model will attempt to synthesize a geographically-relevant study population in their local context using various datasets. The American Community Survey (e.g. census) will be used to provide the geographical and demographical context at the local level, and it will be linked to regional datasets such as the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFFS) to provide domain relevant information, mainly in the context of health-related lifestyles. Prevalence of obesity indicators and other risk factors will be estimated for Idaho counties and local authorities in 2013/2014 to identify the “hot spots” or those counties with the highest risk of obesity.
University of Idaho Receives Grant of Nearly $11M for Biomedical Research ModelingAugust 13, 2020
MOSCOW, Idaho — Aug. 13, 2020 — The University of Idaho has secured a grant of nearly $11 million from the National Institutes of Health to support continued modeling for biomedical research at U of I’s Institute for Modeling Collaboration and Innovation (IMCI). The funding comes as Phase 2 of a Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant […]
U of I Researchers, Moscow to Build on COVID-19 Wastewater Testing and AnalysisJuly 21, 2020
This news release, published by central University Communications and Marketing, was written by Alexiss Turner in the College of Engineering. IMCI has research partners and participants in nearly all U of I colleges. MOSCOW, Idaho — July 21, 2020 — Researchers at the University of Idaho have partnered with the City of Moscow to improve wastewater […]
Modeling COVID-19 in IdahoApril 16, 2020
Experts across the nation are using modeling to help make decisions regarding how to respond to COVID-19. But knowing the infection rate in New York or an estimated death toll in Washington state doesn’t really help our great state of Idaho. To address Idaho’s specific rural population, age distribution and travel, modeling researchers at Boise […]