142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Intersection of Genealogy and Epidemiology: Making Epidemiology Personally Relevant by Examining a Family Tree

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 : 8:42 AM - 8:54 AM

Gina Piane, DrPH , Community Health Department, National University, Costa Mesa, CA
In a single family case study approach, analysis and of infant mortality, under-five mortality, maternal mortality and life spans among ancestors have been calculated. This allows for comparisons across centuries as well as comparison of the health status of immigrant families and their counterparts remaining in Europe.   The data sources include oral histories verified by US and Italian census records, US immigration records, vital statistics, burial and military records: n=2000, sources = 4000 records.  The family resided in a 500-acre village in Calabria, Italy.  Italian unification under Garibaldi and other social factors of the time triggered emigration to the United States among some family members from 1870-1920.  This historical research explores the hardship and poverty among immigrants in the United States and examines the parallel experiences of their family members in Italy.  This novel approach to teaching epidemiology and the history of public health brings the numbers to life. Paul Brodeur has said that “Statistics are human beings with the tears wiped off”.  Using this case study and teaching tool, the tears remain as infant and maternal mortality have names and faces attached.

Learning Areas:

Biostatistics, economics
Diversity and culture
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Evaluate the family tree as a teaching tool in epidemiology Compare infant mortality, under-five mortality, maternal mortality and life spans among generations and between immigrants and their counterparts remaining in Europe

Keyword(s): Immigrant Health, Epidemiology

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have conducted the extensive research with the assistance of family collaborators
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.