Linnenbringer Public Health Research Funded
A new public health research project, Mixed Methods Analysis of Interdistrict School Transfer Program Participation and Student Health, was funded by the Institute for Public Health and the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences. Erin Linnenbringer, PhD, instructor in surgery, and Washington University colleagues, Darrell Hudson, PhD, MPH, and Odis Johnson Jr., PhD, received funds as part of the Public Health Cubed fall 2017 awardees. The project will work with the St. Louis voluntary interdistrict school desegregation program (VICC), which has been in existence for nearly 35 years, and is the largest program of its kind in the country. The project team will integrate empirical and thematic results with existing education policy, school health, and racism and health literatures to generate a conceptual model of the mechanisms by which interdistrict school desegregation program participation may influence health among children and adolescents. The ultimate goal of this project and subsequent research is to develop a much deeper understanding of the health impact that various types of interdistrict transfer and school choice programs may have on minority and underserved populations to inform policies, programs, and interventions to reduce both health and education disparities in the St. Louis region.
This article originally appeared on the Institute for Public Health website.