We are happy to announce that the piece that we have been working on with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) has just been published as a part of their ‘Stories’ blog! This blog features voices of researchers, advocates, policymakers, and those who have been personally affected by suicide to provide their audience with diverse and valuable perspectives on suicide prevention in the U.S. (read more of the stories here).
Our blog post focuses on data quality in the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS), which is an essential dataset and tool for researchers that study suicidality. Specifically, it explains work previously done by GREMAP that investigated the narrative data in the NVDRS and observed significant inequalities in the narratives based on the individual characteristics of the suicide victim, primarily for older adults, people of color, and those with less education. This blog briefly discusses these findings and highlights the importance of improving this qualitative aspect of NVDRS data to further suicide prevention efforts.
It is a part of the public engagement aspect of the Aging, Transitions over the Lifespan, and Suicide (ATLAS) Study, which prioritizes working with stakeholders such as advocacy groups like AFSP.
We are excited to welcome new team member Dylan Warren to GREMAP! Dylan is a medical student at Ohio University and will be collaborating with us on a project studying how burnout among providers affects diabetes-related stigma. The project will utilize the University of Michigan HomeLab and is led by Dr. Weidi Qin and Dr. Kevin Joiner from the School of Nursing.
Here are some words from Dylan about his interest in diabetes research and how he came to work on this project with us:
“The program that connected me with the project is the NIDDK, which stands for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. It is organized/hosted by the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, however, there are 16 universities who take part in the program, including the University of Michigan! The program is funded by the NIH and helps connects medical students between their 1st and 2nd years, or 2nd and 3rd years, with researchers working in the areas of diabetes, hormone action, physiology, obesity, etc. Really, anything related to the diseases listed in the name of the program!
I was put onto the program by the Office of Research at Ohio University (my home university). I majored in nutrition in undergrad at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Not only did we talk a lot about diabetes, digestive diseases, and kidney diseases, I also have specific interest in these areas!”
Congratulations to Linh Dang for being selected as a new trainee on the public health and aging training grant! This program focuses on interdisciplinary collaboration, mentorship, and advanced coursework to support researchers that are working to address the unique needs of aging populations, with an emphasis on chronic disease prevention. Congrats Linh!
Congratulations to Dr. Weidi Qin for getting funding for her new project! The funding comes from the Population Studies Center Marshall Weinberg Endowment Fund at the Institute for Social Research here at U of M. Weidi’s project is titled “Neighborhood, Social Support, and Inflammation in Older Adults” and will examine the pathways linking neighborhood characteristics, social support, and inflammation levels among community-dwelling older adults. Congrats Weidi!
With the novel R01 project picking up speed, the Aging, Transitions over the Lifespan and Suicide (ATLAS) Study, the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health (CSEPH) is looking to add new members to the team! We are looking for experienced and passionate individuals to join the ATLAS research team in the following roles:
We are seeking a postdoctoral research fellow with experience and passion for public mental health research to contribute to the research agenda, progress, and design. To view more detailed information and apply, please visit the job posting here.
Research Area Specialist Senior:
We are also looking for an experienced analyst who has conducted prior work with large epidemiological studies and who is interested in contributing to innovative public mental health research. To view more detailed information and apply, please visit the job posting here.
With this position, we are looking for an organized and dedicated individual that will support and manage the ATLAS study’s progress in a collaborative and engaging setting. To view more detailed information and apply, please visit the job posting here.
The ATLAS Study is an interdisciplinary endeavor that will include collaborators from Michigan Medicine, the Institute for Social Research (ISR), the School of Public Health (SPH), and the School of Information. Overall, the study aims to utilize multiple cohort studies and population-based registries to examine how major life transitions, including those related to work, housing, health, and social life, shape suicide risk. We are looking forward to welcoming new members to the team!
“The real problem in speech is not precise language. The problem is clear language. The desire is to have the idea clearly communicated to the other person. It is only necessary to be precise when there is some doubt as to the meaning of a phrase, and then the precision should be put in the place where the doubt exists. It is really quite impossible to say anything with absolute precision, unless that thing is so abstracted from the real world as to not represent any real thing.” – Richard Feynman
Dr. Feynman said it best, and Dr. Mezuk agrees whole-heartedly. Read more here:
Members of GREMAP met to socialize and enjoy the late-summer weather here in Ann Arbor. We are excited to welcome our newest members Dr. Weidi Qin (new post-doctoral fellow in aging), Bella Rios (1st year MPH student) and Katherine Khosrovaneh (2nd year MPH student), as well as returning members Kelly Peuquet (3rd year MPH/MBA student), Linh Dang (2nd year PhD student) and Viktyoria Kalesnikava (5th year PhD student).