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Idaho State University research team receives pilot grant

Posted February 6, 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Nies, PI, and her research team, Drs. Force, Holmes, Peterson, Weber and Ms. Serr on Pilot Grant funding of $54,190.

Their Pilot Grant, “Spatial and Census Data to Evaluate Obese Persons and their Environment (SCOPE)”, was selected for funding by the Mountain West Clinical Translation Research – Infrastructure Network (CTR-IN). The parent CTR-IN award is from NIH, National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). Mountain West consists of Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico and Wyoming.

Abstract: Utilizing Geographic Information Systems (GIS), SCOPE will identify and couple geospatial data elements necessary to evaluate the built environment (e.g. walking trails, parks, sidewalks, as well as food sources such as supermarkets and fast food restaurants) and its relationship to obesity in rural and urban areas.

Electronic medical records (EMR) data will be obtained from a multi-site federally qualified community health center that serves seven rural and urban communities in southeast Idaho.

Geospatial data will be coupled with EMR of de-identified individuals and used to study factors that influence the health of residents of these communities. Multivariate geostatistical analyses of body mass index (BMI) with both demographic and geospatial data will be done to examine the factors associated with obesity.