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					 Using Mathematics to
Transform Communities
           By Tanya Moore, PhD
     Blackwell-Tapia Conference 2008
          Raleigh, North Carolina
            November 15, 2008
 I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the

community, and as long as I live it is my privilege

           to do for it whatever I can.
             ~ GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
The Infinite Possibilities Conference
Statistics for Social Change
   Upcoming apprenticeship program for Building Diversity in Science to begin in
    January 2009

   Transitional aged-youth (16-24)

   Participants learn statistics, logic, reasoning, and evaluation skills and applied
    knowledge to a research question related to violence in their community

   Goal is to better understand conditions leading to violence and peace in South &
    West Berkeley

   Joint program with B-Tech, Berkeley’s continuation high school
Public Health: Improving & Supporting the
Health of the Community
Examples of Health Inequities in Berkeley
   African Americans in Berkeley on
    average live 10 to 15 years less than
    any other racial/ethnic group

   If inequities between Whites and
    African Americans and high and low
    poverty were eliminated, annually
    there would be 41% fewer deaths in
    African Americans and 36% fewer
    deaths in the poorest neighborhoods
BARHII Data Workgroup
Neighborhood Based Approach to Reducing
Health Inequities in Cardiovascular Disease
                             Legend
                             Blocks of Interest
                             Dept/Group
                                  City Council
                                  Community Representatives
                                  Economic Development
                                  Facilities Maintenance
                                  Marina
                                  Police
                                  Public Health
                                  SWB Health Forum

                                  Area of Interest of Council-
                                  men Moore and Anderson
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In Conclusion…
Acknowledgements
   Thank you to IPC sponsors & partners, in particular:
        National Security Agency
        National Science Foundation
        American Statistical Association
        North Carolina State University, SAMSI, Spelman College




   Thank you to collaborators for IPC 2005, 2007 in particular
        Dr. Nagambal Shah
        Dr. Leona Harris
        Dr. Kimberley Weems


    IPC Pictures Jeff Basladynski and Frederick Moore


   City of Berkeley Collaborators:
        Neil Maizlish, PhD
        Victoria Breckwich-Vasquez, DrPH

				
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