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Contextual Analysis, Part 1: A Tool for Understanding Disparities in Preterm Birth

Wednesday, May 16, 2007, 2:00-3:00 p.m., ET 

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Presenter Information

Michael Kogan, Ph.D.Michael Kogan, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Data and Program Development
Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Health Resources and Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 18-41
Rockville, MD 20857
Phone: (301) 443-3145
Fax: (301) 443-3145
mkogan@hrsa.gov

Michael Kogan holds a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from Yale University. He is currently the Director, Office of Data and information Management for the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. In this position he is responsible for directing activities of the office with an emphasis on 1) maternal and child health research; 2) building the data capacity of federal, state and local areas in maternal and child health; and 3) building the maternal and child health epidemiology capacity in the United States.

Prior to this position, he worked as a Senior Epidemiologist at the National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He serves on the editorial boards of the Maternal and Child Health Journal and the American Journal of Public Health. His research interests include: the effect of prenatal and pediatric care services on maternal and child health, the effect of lack of health care coverage on access and continuity of care, multiple births and determinants of preterm birth.

Mary Kay Kenney, Ph.D.Mary Kay Kenney, Ph.D.
Health Statistician
Health Resources and Services Administration
Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Office of Data and Program Development
5600 Fishers Lane, Rm 18-41
Rockville, MD 20857
Phone: (301) 443-0755
Fax: (301) 443-9354
MKenney@hrsa.gov

Dr. Mary Kay Kenney is a Health Statistician with the Maternal and Child Health Bureau in the Health Resources and Services Administration. She has a special interest in Children with Special Health Care Needs. She began her career working on multi-disciplinary Early Intervention teams as a certified Speech-Language Pathologist, treating developmental speech and language disorders in the special needs population. She obtained a doctorate from Northwestern University in 1998 studying developmental speech production and held a position as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke between 1998 and 2004, investigating genetic speech disorders. Currently Dr. Kenney is involved in several different projects related to statistical analysis of national data from the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs and the National Survey of Children's Health. In addition, Dr. Kenney is project officer on federal grants and contracts that build data capacity and data analysis of child health information and preterm birth.

Jennifer Culhane, MPH, Ph.D. Associate Professor.Jennifer Culhane, MPH, Ph.D. Associate Professor
Drexel University College of Medicine
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Drexel School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Mail Stop 495
245 N. 15th Street, 17th floor
Phila, PA 19102
Phone: (215) 762-2013
Fax: (215) 762-2310
Administrative Assistant: (215) 762-4763
Jennifer.Culhane@DrexelMed.edu

Dr. Jennifer F. Culhane is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Drexel University College of Medicine and of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Drexel School of Public Health, in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Culhane's research interests include the interaction of stress, infection and pregnancy outcomes. She is currently the principal investigator for multiple research grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention examining the causes of preterm birth and particularly the associated racial and ethic disparities. In addition to her work at Drexel University College of Medicine, she also holds a research position at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Culhane has extensive experience researching maternal and child health issues. Her research has been widely published in such journals as the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Journal of Public Health and Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology. Before coming to Drexel University College of Medicine, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Thomas Jefferson University, and prior to that she was the Director of Research at the Health Federation in Philadelphia. She also directed the Healthy Start evaluation with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. Dr. Culhane graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Biochemistry from Mount Holyoke College and completed her Masters in Public Health and PhD in Public Health at Temple University.