How are neighborhood characteristics and individual health outcomes related? Find out at next PRCHN seminar

Adam PerzynskiAdam Perzynski, assistant professor of medicine and researcher in the Center for Health Care Research and Policy, will present “Neighborhoods and Health from Redlining to the Digital Divide: Perspectives for Public Health and Primary Care” at the next Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (PRCHN) seminar.

The seminar will be held Wednesday, Jan. 13, from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the ground floor conference room of the BioEnterprise Building.

Perzynski will describe results from local projects in the context of mounting national and historical evidence of the connection between neighborhood characteristics and individual health outcomes. These projects examine a variety of neighborhood characteristics and health processes and indicators including neighborhood segregation, broadband Internet coverage and personal health record use.

In his current work on broadband Internet, Perzynski and his team are investigating differences in enrollment and use of personal health records according to gender, race/ethnicity, age, insurance status, disability and broadband Internet coverage in a sample of 304,142 patients in the Cleveland area.

Perzynski also is director of the newly founded Patient Centered Media Lab. His doctoral degree is in sociology and his current research interests include: novel strategies to eliminate health disparities, outcomes measurement over the life course and mixed methods research. His methodological expertise spans the continuum from focus groups and ethnography to psychometrics and structural equation modeling. His publications span many disciplines and stand out against the backdrop of a career long effort to infuse the study of biomedical scientific problems with the knowledge, theories and methods of social science.