Julia R. Raifman, ScD, SM
LGB YOUTH SUICIDE ATTEMPTS AND US MARRIAGE EQUALITY
Julia Raifman, ScD, SM, uses econometric methods to conduct research on policy drivers of health inequities and on structural barriers and facilitators of HIV and STI prevention and treatment. Her policy research includes studies linking state LGBT rights and mental health based on difference-in-differences approaches to causal inference.
This project explores attempted suicide among American youth and its dramatic decline in states that adopt marriage equality legislation.
KATRINA ORTBLAD, PhD
FEMALE SEX WORKERS IN SUB SAHARAN AFRICA
I synced up with Katrina just weeks after she defended her dissertation at The Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University, which focused on female sex workers in Sub Saharan Africa.
While I recognized the importance of her work, I feared that not enough people were going to see and understand it. I also feared that the individual experiences of these women would be averaged, summed, and divided until their humanity was difficult to find.
I hope you, like me, will learn something new about someone whose circumstances don’t reflect your own.
Kelsey Parker, Olive Crest
EXPLORING THE WASHINGTON STATE FOSTER SYSTEM
Across the United States, the foster system is widely misunderstood and overlooked. No one knows this more than Kelsey Parker. Kelsey works as the Development Director of Olive Crest, a non-profit in the Seattle area that focuses on making a positive impact on those navigating the Washington State foster system.
Kelsey and I teamed up to bring new experiences and insights to Olive Crest and their beneficiaries by curating a data-driven art gallery for Olive Crest's annual fundraising gala. Explore this project to learn more about Washington State's foster children and their experience.
CHECKERBOARD WATERMELON SALAD
I first met Ilana's acquaintance in a home-room Culinary Arts class circa 2005. Ilana did very well. I did horribly. I loathed cooking until I brought one of Ilana’s recipes to life in my own kitchen. Her talent is best explained like this: she makes me believe that cooking dinner for myself can actually beat going to a local taco truck.
Ilana’s method is approachable because she often uses ratio guidelines instead of strict measurements. When I realized her cooking style reflects the “parts-to-a-whole” relationship as discussed in the data world, I saw an opportunity to collaborate. Check out this series we did on a summer favorite, Checkerboard Watermelon Salad.